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Bevan, badgers and some very British goings on - your favourites from our collections…

The free films that caught your imagination in 2020.

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These Are the HandsThese Are the Hands

Charity appeal20202 mins

Beautiful NHS fundraiser, setting Michael Rosen’s poem to powerful archive images.

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Public Information Filler19416 mins

The face mask comes of age in this intriguing wartime guide to germ prevention.

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Animation & Artists Moving Image201813 mins

A post-Brexit pagan dance fantasy about a troupe of Morris-dancing badgers forced to confront the animals quarantined in a facility built above their burrow.

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Grove CarnivalGrove Carnival

Documentary198118 mins Location: Notting Hill

West London echoes to the sound of reggae and steel pans in this kaleidoscopic record of the 1980 Notting Hill Carnival.

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In One EndIn One End

Documentary197728 mins Location: Southwold

Real ale and folk music in the pub – performed by Fairport Convention – are celebrated in this portrait of Southwold on the Suffolk coast and the work of the Adnams brewery.

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Caribbean RestaurantCaribbean Restaurant

Magazine and Review show19867 mins Location: West Bromwich

Bringing the tastes of Montego Bay to a wintry West Bromwich.

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Survivors GuiltSurvivors Guilt

Comedy20208 mins

A young recluse suffering from PTSD encounters a late-night commercial that promises him an unexpected and somewhat magical cure.

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Almost An AdultAlmost An Adult

Music video20198 mins

A conceptual film following musical artist Jords’ quest to serendipity. The Tree of Life’ is the cornerstone of the film as he battles to triumph through grief.

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Black Country FoodBlack Country Food

News19725 mins Location: Wednesbury

Tasting the plain, good 'fittle' of the Black Country - just remember to pull the hairs out of those pork scratchings.

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Talent Contest (Fun Palace outtakes)Talent Contest (Fun Palace outtakes)

Amateur film196310 minsSilent Location: London

A compelling glimpse inside an unnamed East End pub in 1963 where a talent show takes place featuring singers and strippers.

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Ojumo Ti MoOjumo Ti Mo

Documentary201916 mins

Three years after their father passed, a family of four women come together through a series of phone calls spanning over three months.

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Bickershaw FestivalBickershaw Festival

Amateur film197219 minsSilent Location: Bickershaw

Mud and music at Wigan's answer to Woodstock.

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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.

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Glastonbury Festival and the First Pyramid StageGlastonbury Festival and the First Pyramid Stage

Current affairs19715 mins Location: Glastonbury

Glastonbury ley lines for iconic pyramid stage to heighten a festival-goer’s experience

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Action in Slow MotionAction in Slow Motion

19433 minsSilent

A naked woman cavorts innocently at the seaside in this 1940s nudist film, strictly for artists and students only

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Dear PhiladelphiaDear Philadelphia

Documentary202028 mins

Three African American fathers unravel the incomparable partnership of forgiveness and community.

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New Towns in BritainNew Towns in Britain

195614 mins Location: Harlow

An insider's guide to 1950s Harlow made for US audiences, with architect Frederick Gibberd interviewed from the top of the Lawn tower block.

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4 and 20 Fit Girls4 and 20 Fit Girls

194011 minsSilent

Flock to your local keep fit class - there's a war on and Britain needs its citizens in tip-top shape.

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Mark Kermode Online In 3D with Riz Ahmed, Aleem Khan, Joanna Scanlan, Tricia Tuttle and Ben WheatleyMark Kermode Online In 3D with Riz Ahmed, Aleem Khan, Joanna Scanlan, Tricia Tuttle and Ben Wheatley

Discussion programme202045 mins

Mark looks back at the 2020 BFI London Film Festival, speaking to Festival Director Tricia Tuttle about the challenges of this year and chatting to the creators of two of the Festival’s most talked about titles: Mogul Mowgli and After Love.

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Hot DogsHot Dogs

Documentary197010 mins Location: Bingley

The quirks of a whippet race, with novices in winklepickers learning from the old hands, all fully elucidated in broad West Yorkshire dialect.

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Findus - Pancakes: Pancake Day (Revised Version)Findus - Pancakes: Pancake Day (Revised Version)

Advert19811 mins

The iconic Findus frozen food, a crispy pancake wrapped around a choice of four different fillings.