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Most Popular Free 2016

Our national fabric has many threads and deep colour. Each year, it gets more vivid and popular…

Here are the most popular free films on BFI Player during 2016.

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The Farm on the Motorway
The Farm on the Motorway
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The Farm on the Motorway

Documentary198326 mins Location: Booth Wood

Life in the fast lane, as thousands roar past every day wondering why there is a farm in the middle of a motorway, and why anyone would live there.

Christmas in Belfast
Christmas in Belfast
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Christmas in Belfast

Government sponsored film19772 mins Location: Belfast

Christmas in Belfast at the height of 'The Troubles'. Not the most wonderful time of year.

Glasgow Gets to Work
Glasgow Gets to Work
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Glasgow Gets to Work

Amateur film193512 minsSilent Location: Glasgow

Hold on tight for a joyous ride around 1935 Glasgow's bustling road, rail and river transport network in this Scottish educational film.

Sunshine in Soho
Sunshine in Soho
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Sunshine in Soho

Documentary195632 mins Location: Soho

1950s Soho beats with far more energy than its 21st century counterpart in this vivid time capsule.

Swansea, Victoria - Pontardulais Railway, 1964 (June)
Swansea, Victoria - Pontardulais Railway, 1964 (June)
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Swansea, Victoria - Pontardulais Railway, 1964 (June)

Amateur film196412 mins Location: Pontarddulais

“It would be difficult to find a more lovely train journey”, declares Swansea’s Librarian, the film-maker and narrator. Prepare to be beguiled, station by station.

A Day in the Hayfields
A Day in the Hayfields
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A Day in the Hayfields

Non-Fiction19043 minsSilent Location: Walton-on-Thames

Midsummer haymaking larks

Lonely Water
Lonely Water
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Lonely Water

19732 mins

Terrifying public information film presenting the horrific consequences of playing in or near rivers, ponds and other water hazards.

Punk In 60 Seconds
Punk In 60 Seconds
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Punk In 60 Seconds

Promotional20161 mins

Anarchy in the UK… This rare footage presents a short blast of the punk energy that took over the streets of Britain in the late 1970s.

A Victorian Lady in Her Boudoir
A Victorian Lady in Her Boudoir
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A Victorian Lady in Her Boudoir

Pornography18961 minsSilent

A treat for Victorian voyeurs - and Britain's oldest erotic film?

Tunde's Film
Tunde's Film
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Tunde's Film

Documentary drama197340 mins Location: Stepney

Tired of being hassled by the police and with no job opportunities, a group of teenage East End lads plan to rob a bank.

Alligator on Lizard
Alligator on Lizard
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Alligator on Lizard

News19715 mins Location: St Keverne

Daisy the pet alligator living on the Lizard in Cornwall

Cambridge - St Ives
Cambridge - St Ives
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Cambridge - St Ives

Amateur film19688 minsSilent Location: Cambridge

Amateur film capturing the Cambridge to St Ives Eastern Rail route prior to its closure following the Beeching Report.

Bitterne Traffic Scheme
Bitterne Traffic Scheme
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Bitterne Traffic Scheme

Documentary197415 mins Location: Southampton

On the buses in Southampton, as this traffic scheme tried to end commuter misery by prioritising public transport

Beautiful Yorkshire
Beautiful Yorkshire
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Beautiful Yorkshire

Amateur film193612 minsSilent Location: Harrogate

Sedate cars drive by the Stray at Harrogate, where stately ladies serenely walk, while a lonely woman in a glides by in a punt at Knaresborough.

Mining Review 2nd Year No. 11
Mining Review 2nd Year No. 11
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Mining Review 2nd Year No. 11

Industry sponsored film19499 mins

American actor and singer Paul Robeson visits an Edinburgh colliery, where he regales miners with a rendition of 'I Dreamed I Saw Joe Hill Last Night'.

Muslims
Muslims
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Muslims

197822 mins Location: Bradford

Brusque portrait of issues facing the Muslim community in 1970s Bradford including working conditions, co-educational schooling and family law.

Who Killed the Bears?
Who Killed the Bears?
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Who Killed the Bears?

Non-Fiction19645 mins Location: Cinderford

24 April 1889 - a crime is committed against two animals and the repercussions reverberate into the next century.

River Ride
River Ride
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River Ride

Amateur film196317 mins Location: Wivenhoe

On the Essex line from Wivenhoe to Brightingsea, Guard Proctor checks for tickets as passengers share the wonderful view of yacht racing on the River Colne from their carriage.

Bourne - A Town Study
Bourne - A Town Study
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Bourne - A Town Study

197521 minsSilent Location: Bourne

From racing cars to squeaky toys: local school kids discover there's more to rural Bourne than meets the eye.

Making of Woking
Making of Woking
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Making of Woking

Amateur film198515 mins Location: Woking

An award winning amateur film tracing the transformation of Woking, from open heath to modern commuter-belt town. The film also features the famous Brookwood Necropolis.

Miniskirts
Miniskirts
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Miniskirts

News19664 mins Location: Plymouth

Miniskirt - Passion and Power

Railways for Ever!
Railways for Ever!
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Railways for Ever!

Documentary19707 mins

Sir John Betjeman reminisces about the phasing out of the mainline steam operation.

Death Is Their Destiny
Death Is Their Destiny
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Death Is Their Destiny

Amateur film197813 mins Location: London

Fascinating amateur footage of London punks, and a glimpse of fashion designer Vivienne Westwood, filmed on the King's Road in 1978.