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.
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
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
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.
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.
Punk In 60 Seconds
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.
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.
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
Documentary197415 mins Location: Southampton
On the buses in Southampton, as this traffic scheme tried to end commuter misery by prioritising public transport
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
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'.
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?
Non-Fiction19645 mins Location: Cinderford
24 April 1889 - a crime is committed against two animals and the repercussions reverberate into the next century.
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
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
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.
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.