Who Can You Trust?
From the collections of the BFI and its partner archives, a host of rarely seen British thrillers highlighting Britain's often idiosyncratic take on the genre.
From gritty London noir to murderous melodramas and obscure amateur works, this collection will open your eyes to a world of unseen British thrills.
A young woman is persuaded to help a Chinese businessman to kidnap a naval officer in this fun and outrageous British thriller.
Thriller194839 mins Location: Hampstead
An escaped murderer faces the vengeful spirit of the woman he killed in this 'psychic mystery' British B-movie.
Amateur film193417 minsSilent Location: Nottingham
A biplane, car chase and steam express train all feature in this pre-war 16mm thriller that stretches the ambition and art of the amateur film maker.
Amateur film193117 minsSilent Location: Bournemouth
Sheila sees the folly of her ways when husband, John, is to be hanged for murdering her paramour, but once trusty Bill from the CID is on the case, the real killer is soon unmasked
Amateur film193213 minsSilent Location: Bournemouth
In this bizarre 1932 short film produced by the Bournemouth Cine Society, a swastika pendant becomes a plot device in a kidnapping drama.
Amateur film196022 mins Location: Harrow
Nail-biting amateur thriller in Pinner tells the story of a suspicious husband who may not have got the right man.
Amateur film195711 minsSilent Location: Queensbury
The excitement of making this crime caper is clearly seen in the acting of these kids from a village junior school, as they chase the robbers across fields overlooking the Dales.
Amateur film193828 minsSilent Location: Ingoldisthorpe
Thrilling pirate adventure made by a preparatory schoolmaster and starring some of his schoolchildren, who apprehend dangerous smugglers.
Amateur film193716 minsSilent Location: Cornwall
A map that leads to treasure and trouble: John, Mary and Anne go in search of Jack Mundy's loot only to find that his map wasn't quite complete.
Amateur film193714 minsSilent Location: Eltham
A pair of kidnappers are no match for the derring-do Boy Scouts of Eltham - in this amateur action thriller from the Eltham Cine Society
Amateur film19317 minsSilent Location: Kingsgate Bay
This gruesome tale from the Barnes Brothers is a warning to parents as a young child falls prey to a band of cliff dwelling murderous outlaws
Amateur film19598 mins Location: Surrey
There are echoes of Fritz Lang in this short film about a shadowy figure following a child through woodland - but what is his true purpose?
Amateur film19797 mins Location: Eastbourne
A sophisticated bookish blonde proves to be a murderer’s nemesis in this atmospheric thriller-with-a-twist from the Eastbourne Cine Group
Amateur film193616 minsSilent Location: Plas Newydd
Catapult-wielding democrats take on wader-wearing fascists in this ‘Plas Newydd’ drama filmed by the Marquis of Anglesey.
Amateur film19589 minsSilent Location: Sevenoaks
Peter’s birthday is one his suffering parents would rather forget in this harrowing film from the Sevenoaks Cine Society