Most Popular Free 2017

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 2017.

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Schools for MoslemsSchools for Moslems

Documentary198027 mins Location: Bury

A visit to Darul Uloom School in South Lancashire, the UK's first Muslim school

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Pornography19605 minsSilent

Glamour goddess Pamela Green reveals all in a key ‘60s striptease collaboration with George Harrison Marks.

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Heaven (Gay Life)Heaven (Gay Life)

Factual TV198025 mins

The LGBT current affairs series visits the new Heaven nightclub, contrasting it with other parts of London’s gay scene.

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Introduction to NorthamptonIntroduction to Northampton

Documentary196317 mins Location: Northampton

Your employer is relocating to Northampton. Will this film convince you it's a good idea for you too?

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If I Film at 2fps…If I Film at 2fps…

Amateur film19653 mins Location: Middlesbrough

A ride on the wild side through Middlesbrough and Teesside.

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Chapeltown: One Year OnChapeltown: One Year On

Documentary198721 mins Location: Chapeltown

A documentary that reveals the gap between the talent and determination of a community, and its lack of control over its own destiny.

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Changing Face of CamberwellChanging Face of Camberwell

Documentary196332 mins Location: Camberwell

Looking back at Camberwell's Victorian history, and forward to the future, this film captures the impact of changing architecture on local residents.

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From Back to BackFrom Back to Back

Promotional192337 minsSilent Location: Manchester

From woolly sheep to satisfied customer - come and see how to produce a Co-operative coat.

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The Battle of Cable StreetThe Battle of Cable Street

Home movie193611 minsSilent Location: London

The notorious Battle of Cable St kicks off this film from 1936 which also shows young Basque refugees and a Communist Summer Camp in rural Kent

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Indian DurbarIndian Durbar

Documentary194011 mins

The "rich and vivid spectacle" of the Durbar held for the Maharaja of Alwar is captured in gorgeous Technicolor by Jack Cardiff in this travelogue.

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Beauty in BriefBeauty in Brief

Drama19554 minsSilent Location: London

A young bride-to-be models a modish nylon nightie before a voyeuristic camera in this silent 1950s striptease film.

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Animation & Artists Moving Image196912 mins

An intimate, unusual encounter with the progressive narrative of orgasm.

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Public wash-house Liverpool 1959Public wash-house Liverpool 1959

Documentary19594 mins Location: Liverpool

A social club with washing tubs: take a tour of a 1950s Liverpool wash-house

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The New CroydonThe New Croydon

19639 mins Location: Croydon

Jaunty, optimistic look at Croydon being reconstructed in the 1960s, with large concrete towers presented as a symbol of a bright new future.

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Promotional195823 mins Location: Weymouth

Enjoy this nostalgic look at the Dorset resort of Weymouth - complete with beachtime fun, Punch & Judy, fishing and a Beauty Queen tug-of-war.

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Snow Llanelli 1982Snow Llanelli 1982

Home movie198211 minsSilent Location: Llanelli

Llanelli becomes a winter wonderland as snow covers its streets, and icicles hang from the roofs of buildings.

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The Look of Lingerie at Castle DrogoThe Look of Lingerie at Castle Drogo

Current affairs19805 mins Location: Castle Drogo

Lingerie models dress for a titillating chase around Castle Drogo.

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Our Town - LowestoftOur Town - Lowestoft

Amateur film19754 minsSilent Location: Lowestoft

Amateur colour footage of streets, buildings and factories give viewers a nostalgic look around Lowestoft, Suffolk in the mid seventies.

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Documentary197019 mins Location: Aberdeen

Explore the growth of Aberdeen’s sparkling streets in this lively and colourful educational documentary produced by Campbell Harper Films for the 'Cities of Scotland' series.

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Maidens in DistressMaidens in Distress

Amateur film19769 mins Location: The Maidens

Find out what a picture of a lighthouse is doing among the many maidens in distress?

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Birth of a Big GunBirth of a Big Gun

Non-Fiction19088 minsSilent Location: Newcastle upon Tyne

The manufacture of a new weapon in the pre-WWI naval arms race.