Rentals

Festival Archive Treasures

Film preservation and restoration is a vital part of our work. This collection represents moments in time, salvaged for a second chance to awe, enrich and entertain a new audience. They reflect human endeavour, on and off screen.

As BFI Ambassador Tom Hiddleston said, "We can’t predict the future of film. But we can preserve its past."

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Shiraz: A Romance of India
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Shiraz: A Romance of India

Historical drama1928106 minsDirector: Franz Osten

This epic silent film, telling the ravishing, romantic story behind the Taj Mahal, has been newly restored with a sumptuous new score from Anoushka Shankar.

The Great White Silence
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The Great White Silence

Documentary1924107 minsDirector: Herbert G. Ponting

The BFI Archive's restoration of Herbert Ponting's official film record of Captain Scott's tragic expedition to the South Pole, with a new score by Simon Fisher Turner.

The Epic of Everest
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The Epic of Everest

Non-Fiction192487 minsDirector: J.B.L. Noel

Premiere. A breathtaking and poignant account of the valiant 1924 British assault on the awe-inspiring peak, beautifully restored by the BFI.

Shooting Stars
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Shooting Stars

Drama1929101 minsDirector: A.V. Bramble

Anthony Asquith's (A Cottage on Dartmoor, Underground), fabulous silent film set in a British movie studio in the 1920s.

The Touch
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The Touch

Drama1971115 minsDirector: Ingmar Bergman

Elliott Gould joins Ingmar Bergman regulars Bibi Andersson and Max von Sydow in this neglected classic from the great director, about infidelity and a toxic love triangle.

Animal Farm
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Animal Farm

Animation & Artists Moving Image195472 minsDirector: John Halas

Sixty years young, this British cartoon of George Orwell’s political ‘fairy story’ is still the most abiding adaptation of this powerful, cautionary tale for all ages.

Daughters of the Dust
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Daughters of the Dust

Drama1991112 minsDirector: Julie Dash

Julie Dash’s groundbreaking Daughters of the Dust remains urgent and poetic and continues to resonate, most recently inspiring Beyoncé’s Lemonade.

Far from the Madding Crowd
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Far from the Madding Crowd

Period drama1967165 minsDirector: John Schlesinger

Terence Stamp and Julie Christie star in the classic adaptation of Thomas Hardy’s tale of tragedy and passion.

The Witches
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The Witches

98 minsDirector: Cyril Frankel

Joan Fontaine stars as an ex-missionary drawn to investigate the sinister undercurrents beneath the surface of English village life.

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