Most Popular Free 2018

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Here are the most popular free films on BFI Player during 2017.

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Spelga DamSpelga Dam

Industry sponsored film196017 minsSilent

A concrete reason to give a dam about water supplies in Northern Ireland, in the heart of the picturesque Mourne Mountains

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It's No Joke Living in BarnsleyIt's No Joke Living in Barnsley

Lifestyle show197626 mins Location: Barnsley

Barnsley-born actor Brian Glover returns to his Yorkshire hometown in this RTS-winning portrait of 1970s working-class northern life.

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197823 mins

Blood on the Streets. Bengali youth fight back against racism and the National Front after the death of Altab Ali.

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H Block Hunger StrikeH Block Hunger Strike

Documentary198033 mins Location: Belfast

An unflinching look at the experience of the 1980 H Block hunger strikers and the potentially stark consequences of their actions.

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Connah's Quay Carnival and Fete 1965Connah's Quay Carnival and Fete 1965

Amateur film196514 minsSilent Location: Connah's Quay

The Connah's Quay Old People's Association demonstrates that it's not just the young that are embued with carnival spirit.

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Jamaica Street Glasgow (1901)Jamaica Street Glasgow (1901)

Non-Fiction19013 minsSilent Location: Glasgow

A flood of pedestrians and horse-drawn traffic in Edwardian Glasgow.

The Cut - Professor Brian Cox

In the most watched episode of our web series The Cut, the leading physicist explores the independent films that matter to him.

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Witham to Maldon EastWitham to Maldon East

Amateur film195713 minsSilent Location: Witham

Dusty the dog enjoys scenic views of the Essex countryside from the carriage of a passenger train, journeying with amateur filmmaker Chib Thorp.

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Focus on HoddesdonFocus on Hoddesdon

Amateur film197610 mins Location: Hoddesdon

Ray Young is your guide in this candid film about Hoddesdon - showing shopping precincts, historic buildings, garden centres, outdoor markets and flared trousers

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Shouts for City!Shouts for City!

Documentary197526 mins Location: Stoke-upon-Trent

From 'Red and White' Rosemary to 'Zigger Zagger' and veteran Fred Trimble, who has been watching the Potters since 1913: Stoke City's fans are a devoted bunch.

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Whitley BayWhitley Bay

Amateur film195010 minsSilent Location: Whitley Bay

A Mecca for fun – Whitley Bay still thrills the holiday crowds in the 50s

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Are We Down-hearted?Are We Down-hearted?

Musical19113 mins

Cecil Hepworth’s Vivaphone film features Hay Plumb singing George Robins’ optimistic 1906 ditty.

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Isle of Portland FloodsIsle of Portland Floods

Current affairs19789 minsSilent Location: Chiswell

Repairing flood damage in the fishing village of Chiswell

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Leonard Whiting Olivia HusseyLeonard Whiting Olivia Hussey

Inside Film196716 mins

Teenage actors discuss their work with Franco Zeffirelli on Romeo and Juliet.

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Kingston in Decay?Kingston in Decay?

Amateur film19769 mins Location: Kingston Upon Thames

An amatuer filmmaker takes a critical and somewhat tongue-in-cheek look at the changing face of Kingston upon Thames

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The Sex VictimsThe Sex Victims

Horror197337 mins

A truck driver thinks he’s in luck when he meets a strange girl by the road in this supernatural horror short

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That Yorkshire SoundThat Yorkshire Sound

Short documentary20173 mins

An audio-driven animated documentary covering a day of life in Yorkshire.

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Blackpool Outdoor Dog Show 1960Blackpool Outdoor Dog Show 1960

Amateur film196012 minsSilent Location: Blackpool

Have a doggy treat - and meet some very well groomed visitors to Blackpool.

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Life in Her HandsLife in Her Hands

Instructional film/TV programme195155 mins

Kathleen Byron - of Black Narcissus fame - stars in one of the most ambitious recruitment films ever made.

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From England to India by AirFrom England to India by Air

Documentary191712 minsSilent

A state welcome for a Handley Page aircraft arriving in Kolkata

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Tram Journey through SouthamptonTram Journey through Southampton

Non-Fiction19001 minsSilent Location: Southampton

A moving tour through lively turn-of-the-century Southampton.

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Night MailNight Mail

Documentary193624 mins Location: Euston Sta

The flagship of the GPO Film Unit's output and a cornerstone of British documentary, featuring music by Benjamin Britten and the verse of W.H. Auden.