Explore archive films
See shorts and features, showing the best from the BFI, national and regional archives - including 120 years of Britain on film
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News19661 mins Location: Weymouth
A proud owner shows his spritely tortoise playing football in Weymouth, but what are the odds?
Non-Fiction19052 minsSilent Location: Manchester
An Edwardian contest between teams representing the English and Irish Football Leagues, with plenty of goal-line action.
News197322 mins Location: Plymouth
Santos Football Club bring Brazil's world cup talent to Home Park in Plymouth with Pele playing his almost beautiful game.
Pete and Dud prove to be stout football fans in this Guinness commercial recalling a great sporting moment - however fleeting.
Animation & Artists Moving Image19451 mins
Delayed trains, crowded carriages, and standing room only: Blitz spirit makes a parent's nightmare commute a walk in the park
Animation & Artists Moving Image19716 mins
Do not adjust your set! This off-beat jukebox cartoon is definitely more freaky than footbally
Amateur film196031 mins Location: Ilfracombe
A promotional film shows the famous holiday destination of Ilfracombe.
News19719 mins Location: Devon
Country House offers naturists a way to air all.
Want to get into rowing? Here's a 1926 masterclass by a rowing eight and champion single scullers Jack Beresford and Ted Phelps.
Discover the 'name behind the hairstyle', in this essential portrait of the bard of Salford, aka John Cooper Clarke.
Amateur film194615 minsSilent Location: Battle
Enjoy an austerity holiday in Eastbourne with the Corder family in this delightful colour film from 1946.
Profile of artist Paul Nash, who was fascinated by the atmosphere of places and the surreal aspects of landscape.
Short documentary20215 mins
Associate Editor for Little White Lies Magazine Hannah Strong introduces Andrea Arnold’s stunning debut feature.
Mark Kermode Online In 3D with Riz Ahmed, Aleem Khan, Joanna Scanlan, Tricia Tuttle and Ben WheatleyMark Kermode Online In 3D with Riz Ahmed, Aleem Khan, Joanna Scanlan, Tricia Tuttle and Ben Wheatley
Discussion programme202045 mins
Mark looks back at the 2020 BFI London Film Festival, speaking to Festival Director Tricia Tuttle about the challenges of this year and chatting to the creators of two of the Festival’s most talked about titles: Mogul Mowgli and After Love.
Short documentary20215 mins
Lydia West (It’s A Sin) introduces debbie tucker green’s ethereal, warm and human debut feature.
Three African American fathers unravel the incomparable partnership of forgiveness and community.
Three years after their father passed, a family of four women come together through a series of phone calls spanning over three months.
We Do What We Can is a film that looks at one of the miracles in the journey of diaspora Africans.
NHS on Film
Celebrating the National Health Service
Training film/TV programme200218 mins
Imelda Staunton and Hugh Laurie as you've not quite seen them before: in a comedy training video for Britain’s National Blood Service.
Doctors undertake forensic-style detective work to identify the origins of outbreaks, in the fascinating film from the early days of the NHS.
Documentary197327 mins Location: London
A portrayal of the NHS which shows off the “marvellous” system to audiences around the world.
The Community Health Council of Wales blows its own trumpet in myriad ways, including animation, to draw attention to their NHS advisory service.
Documentary198629 mins Location: Bolton
Local authorities trial the Thatcher government’s new ‘care in the community’ initiative.
An urgently filmed appeal for organ donation.
To mark the release of Judas and the Black Messiah we present three acclaimed shorts starring Daniel Kaluuya.
Football on Film
Football and film: two giants of 20th century spectacle. Born just a few years apart, film and the professional game have grown up together, as this fascinating collection shows.
Woman with a Movie Camera
Great films incite, others vex, a few elate. From pre-war to the present day, these remarkable works by international women directors do all that and more.