Dive into our specially-selected resources and online content exploring a range of film-related subjects, including interviews, articles, and archive film.
THIS CULTURAL LIFE: Mike Leigh
Mike Leigh OBE is one of Britain’s most successful and critically acclaimed filmmakers, with a career spanning 50 years. In this episode of the BBC Radio 4 series, Leigh talks to John Wilson about his life, career, and cultural influences.
Cultural historian Janina Ramirez presents a collection of short films by emerging women directors and artists, each one presenting a refreshingly honest female perspective on modern-day topics from body image and new love, to grief and belonging – with many of them made during the COVID-19 lockdown.
Delve into a range of interviews with international film talent filmed at the BFI in front of a live audience, including Parasite director Bong Joon-Ho; Carol Morley on Federico Fellini; Bait‘s Mark Jenkin in conversation with Mark Kermode; and Bacurau director Kleber Mendonça Filho.
The BFI’s Film Archive is available online for FREE, with over a century of Britain on film to explore. Use the map to find fascinating short and feature-length films from their national and regional archives.
British movie magazine Little White has a fantastic range of free content online, including reviews of the latest releases, movie news and features. They also have a YouTube channel with playlists, beginners guides, and movie masterclasses.
Black Panther smashed box office records, and Moonlight and Get Out enjoyed awards success at the Oscars – something that previous generations of Black filmmakers and actors could only dream of. This insightful BBC series celebrates those who paved the way for the current generation of Black talent.
Ealing Studios were responsible for some of the most iconic British films of the 1940s and ‘50s, famous for their comedies but with a back catalogue that also included drama and films to support the war effort.
Catch up with the latest episodes in Mark Kermode’s fascinating guide to the art of cinema, originally broadcast on BBC Four. Kermode examines the techniques and conventions behind classic film genres to reveal how filmmakers keep audiences coming back for more.
This fascinating series uses archive footage to explore the lives and careers of legends of the silver screen, including Gene Kelly, Sean Connery, British acting dames – Maggie Smith, Joan Plowright, Diana Rigg, Julie Walters and Judi Dench. The series also delves into popular genres such as Westerns and British comedies.
We’ve all got one – a classic film that everyone except us seems to have seen. Not a problem… unless you’re a film critic, that is. Now writers from the Guardian are confessing which classic films they’ve never actually watched. Read on, and you might be a trifle surprised.
Step head-first into the world of one of Japan’s greatest animation filmmakers, Hayao Miyazaki (Ponyo, Spirited Away, Howl’s Moving Castle), and the renowned Studio Ghibli in this four-part documentary.
Into Film is an education charity that puts film at the heart of children and young people’s educational, cultural and personal development. They’ve made some of their fantastic FREE resources available to use at home, either to support home-schooling or just for fun.
Our New British Cinema season began back in May 2020 with a mini-season of films directed by Ben Wheatley. Just after the season launched, we caught up with Ben to see how he was coping with life in lockdown.