Films to fall in love with. Films to break your heart.
When did you last kiss in a cinema? When did you last cry? Could you still believe in romance? Or is it just a fairy tale, a movie you once saw? Cinema's most seductive illusion is to immerse us in the intensity and passion of other people's lives and loves. Our season celebrates the broad sweep of love in film from the swooning silent era to the present day.
Screenwriter Tess Morris on how to write a romcom
Inside Film6 mins
The writer of romantic comedy Man Up talks about screenwriting in the genre, and offers tips for aspiring romcom creators.
The Kiss in the Tunnel
The earliest film kiss held by the BFI National Archive is this stolen smooch aboard a steam train, an important example of Victorian film.
The Private Life of Don Juan
Husbands lock up their wives when the renowned Romeo returns to Seville; but the man wooing the city’s ladies is not what he seems.
The Faithful Heart
20 years after saying goodbye to a young waitress and embarking on a war-bound ship, a naval officer discovers he has an adult daughter.
Madness of the Heart
The path to true love never runs smooth, but poor Margaret Lockwood gets more of a bumpy ride than anyone deserves in this post-war melodrama.
Duncan Jones, director of Moon, Source Code and Warcraft, presents this ambitious Iron Age short about the star-crossed romance between a slave and gentry girl.
Your Hand in Mine
Documentary198026 mins Location: Cardiff/Caerdydd
Old age hits, often along with loss of partner, mobility and abilities. Can it be embraced or does it have to be endured? Might it include love?
Darling, Do You Love Me?
In a hugely entertaining parody of her media persona, Germaine Greer stars as a terrifyingly amorous woman who pursues a man relentlessly.
Here Comes the Bride
Amateur film194816 minsSilent Location: Hebburn
A wonderfully sophisticated take on the wedding film crafted by a Tyneside musician for his brother and a stylish bride.
Amateur film19749 mins Location: Colchester
Colchester Cine Club present romance and a case of mistaken identity in this intriguing short drama, shot on location in the club's home town in Essex.
Action and Adventure191222 minsSilent Location: Peak District National Park
Passions run high in the Peak District in this beautifully-shot silent romantic drama.