Get Deeper into Film

Dive into our specially-selected resources and online content exploring a range of film-related subjects, including interviews, articles, and archive film.
a close-up of Janina Ramirez, presenter of the BBC programme Women in Film

Female Filmmakers Too: BBC Introducing Arts

Cultural historian Janina Ramirez returns with a new collection of intriguing and exciting short films by emerging female directors and artists – each one offering a uniquely female perspective on a range of contemporary subjects, from freedom and belonging to friendship and identity.

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Britain on Film

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.

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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.

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Inside Cinema

From bumbling detectives and Burton’s Gotham to childhood nightmares and film flirtations, these entertaining short films on a host of themes take you to the heart of the movies.

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Daniel Kaluuya: The Story So Far

Daniel Kaluuya joins BBC Radio 1’s movie expert Ali Plumb to talk about his career, from Skins and Black Mirror to Get Out and 2021’s Judas and the Black Messiah – for which he won his first Oscar.

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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.

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Sight & Sound

The BFI’s international film magazine has a host of free online content, including feature articles, news, curated film lists, obituaries, videos, festivals and reviews.

Free content via the BFI website
La La Land

Phoenix Explores: Musical Film

From The Jazz Singer to La La Land, we invite you to explore the musical film genre, with a host of resources to help you on your journey through 90 years of movies.

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Life Cinematic

Mixing in-depth interviews with classic clips, renowned filmmakers explore the art of filmmaking and the films that have influenced them. Five episodes, including Amma Asante and Edgar Wright.

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The Film Programme

BBC Radio 4’s regular look at the latest releases, the hottest stars and the leading directors, plus news and insights from the film world. Presented by Francine Stock and Antonia Quirke.

Available FREE on BBC Sounds

Little White Lies

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.

FREE via the Little White Lies website

Screen Time

BBC Radio 1’s resident film critic Ali Plumb’s show features reviews, interviews with some of the world’s biggest stars, and movie industry news. Available free online or via a weekly podcast.

FREE via the BBC website

Black Hollywood: "They've Gotta Have Us"

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.

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Phoenix Explores: Ealing Studios

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Mark Kermode's Secrets of Cinema

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.

Available now FREE on BBC iPlayer

BBC Talking Pictures

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.

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I've Never Seen...

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.

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10 Years with Hayao Miyazaki

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.

Available to watch FREE now

Into Film

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.

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Phoenix Explores: 30 Greatest Foreign-Language Films

In October 2018 the BBC polled over 200 international film critics to find out their favourite movies made in a language other than English. We explore the top 30… will your favourite be amongst them?

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Phoenix Meets Ben Wheatley

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.

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