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The most popular free films that caught your imagination in 2023.

We are told that the past is a foreign country: they do things differently there. Yet British life has a comforting and quirky evenness, as this selection of free-to-stream favourites surely proves.
 

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Walsall MarketWalsall Market

News19736 mins Location: Walsall

The sights and sounds of Walsall Market

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Turn-Up for TonyTurn-Up for Tony

Comedy196829 mins Location: Newcastle upon Tyne

A Tyne Tees Television comedy romance is a forgotten gem from a 1960s decade of radical urban change in Newcastle.

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Llanddwyn IslandLlanddwyn Island

Home movie19558 minsSilent Location: Llanddwyn Island/Ynys Llanddwyn

Sea pinks and samphire, lighthouses and church ruins – Llanddwyn’s charms are many and varied.

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The Body BeautifulThe Body Beautiful

Animation & Artists Moving Image199024 mins

Autobiographical account of a mother-daughter relationship, exploring beauty standards and female sexuality.

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A Dog Called DiscordA Dog Called Discord

Documentary202323 mins

BAFTA-winning director Mark Jenkin (BAIT, Enys Men) explores his fascination with the magic of film.

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The Finishing LineThe Finishing Line

Instructional film/TV programme197721 mins

In this surrealist short, John Krish and Michael Gilmour tell a perilous tale at the railway station. Mind the gap - this is going to get scary.

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Seaside Scenes at HastingsSeaside Scenes at Hastings

Amateur film193815 minsSilent Location: Hastings

Hastings looks marvellous in this sumptuous colour film from the late 1930s - complete with sunbathing, swimming and being slapped with a fish

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SmithSmith

Charity appeal193910 mins

Long thought lost, this Powell-directed promotional short for a veteran’s charity was only rediscovered in 2003.

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A Day in Watford's High StreetA Day in Watford's High Street

Amateur film19767 minsSilent Location: Watford

Filmed by local man, Geoff Spencer, this is a valuable record of a bustling british High Street where people are out enjoying the cafe lifestyle.

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What's a Girl Like You ...What's a Girl Like You ...

Documentary196952 mins Location: Vauxhall

Scintillating look at the 1960s drag renaissance, with a visit to London's Royal Vauxhall Tavern.

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Naturists at Pilchard CoveNaturists at Pilchard Cove

News19614 mins Location: Pilchard Cove

Locals and Strete Parish Council align to strip nude bathing rights.

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Colne TramsColne Trams

Amateur film19343 minsSilent Location: Colne

The last days of the trams, and the end of an era for a small Lancashire town.

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The Woolston FerryThe Woolston Ferry

Amateur film19601 minsSilent Location: Woolston

Fans of floating bridges will enjoy this nostalgic film about a long gone piece of Southampton history - the Woolston Ferry across the River Itchen

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Sheffield Parks and GardensSheffield Parks and Gardens

Promotional196417 minsSilent Location: Sheffield

A wonderful leisurely tour of the impressive public parks and copious green spaces spread out across Sheffield as they were in the 1960s, with a languid narration to match.

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Vital Years, BusheyVital Years, Bushey

Non-Governmental Organisations sponsored film196622 mins Location: Bushey

Neal Arden – actor and host of “Housewives’ Choice” – narrates this informative, thoughtful look at the Masonic boys’ school in Bushey.

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Welcome SpringWelcome Spring

Amateur film19529 minsSilent

Spring comes to Scotland in the 1950s: feed playful lambs, pick a host of glorious daffodils, and harness your faithful horse to the plough in this lovely amateur colour film.

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PassportPassport

Drama196734 mins

A train journey turns into a dystopian odyssey of impenetrable bureaucracy.

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NHS 75NHS 75

Short documentary20233 mins

NHS England CEO Amanda Pritchard reflects on the impact and legacy of the National Health Service in this short video produced to celebrate 75 years of the NHS.

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The RuffianThe Ruffian

News19744 mins Location: Portaferry

Northern Ireland takes great pride in its boat building heritage, watch masters at work in Portaferry with news rushes from Ulster Television

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Kitchen TalesKitchen Tales

Drama202122 mins

A newlywed Indian couple navigate 40 years of marriage through the food they make and the meals they share, as their family grows and their love struggles to survive.

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64 Squadron At RAF Station Hornchurch64 Squadron At RAF Station Hornchurch

Non-Fiction194233 minsSilent Location: Hornchurch

Two fighter squadrons fly Supermarine Spitfire aircraft from RAF Hornchurch during the Second World War.