An Epic Tale

Thursday, January 30 2014
An Epic Tale

“Immersion is not enough, you think you know everything, then discover you’re miles off. I discovered things about it bit by bit. There’s things I’ve discovered about it here today by reading the DVD notes.” So says composer Simon Fisher Turner, the composer behind the brand new score for The Epic Of Everest, the latest […]

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A Giant Among Players

Monday, October 7 2013
A Giant Among Players

It’s a Wednesday morning in the heart of London’s West End and away from the bustle of Shaftesbury Avenue, a few floors up in the Century Club, BFI chair Greg Dyke is holding court, unveiling the new BFI Player, the organisation’s new digital video on demand service. Of course, Dyke has form in this sector […]

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The Public’s Top 10 Favourite BFI Releases

Wednesday, August 21 2013
The Public’s Top 10 Favourite BFI Releases

The public has spoken and the public loves nuns getting up to all kinds of Sapphic stuff, self-flagellation, Catholicism, burnings at the stake and a whole lot more controversy. For in a poll of regular BFI fans, visitors to the organisation’s website were given the chance to vote on their favourite BFI releases. More than […]

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The BFI Statistical Yearbook In Numbers

Thursday, August 15 2013
The BFI Statistical Yearbook In Numbers

The BFI Statistical Yearbook for 2013 makes for some fascinating reading, compiling everything you need to know about the video and film industries and providing as true a snapshot as you can find of our industry. We’ve been through the whole thing from beginning and end, all 250-plus pages of it, and here we’ve pulled […]

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A Guide To Recognizing Your Saints

Thursday, July 11 2013
A Guide To Recognizing Your Saints

The BFI and its DVD arm have long looked after anyone with an interest in London and its history, particularly the modern, 20th century history of our capital. Its catalogue bulges with everything from transport (London On The Move) to its growth during the 1920s (Wonderful London), from tales for children (the recent CFF release […]

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Boy’s (To) Own

Friday, June 21 2013
Boy’s (To) Own

The BFI is continuing with its impressive trip down memory lane for people of a certain age, plundering the vast archives of the Children’s Film Foundation. Just released is the The Children’s Film Foundation Collection: Weird Adventures, which features a trio of titles. Chief among these is The Boy Who Turned Yellow, which marks the […]

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Book Review: Behind The Scenes At The BBFC

Friday, December 14 2012
Book Review: Behind The Scenes At The BBFC

In a week when the BBFC once again found itself in the headlines, with its updated research on sexual violence in films published, to a huge press and, particularly, online hubbub, it’s been fascinating dipping in to Behind The Scenes At The BBFC (BFI), a weighty, near-coffee table-sized tome just published to mark the 100th […]

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A Unique Experience

Monday, July 16 2012
A Unique Experience

His comments and thoughts range from the inspirational to the completely barking, moving from the forthcoming Olympics to telepathy, by way of primitive synthesisers and the contemporary art world. He’s well into his 80s, and dressed in a manner that can only be described as “outlandish”; it’s impossible not to like Bruce Lacey, artist, sometime […]

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Give It Some Wallop…

Monday, June 11 2012
Give It Some Wallop…

This, noted celebrated writer and bon viveur Robin Turner (one of the driving forces behind the excellent Caught By The River website and its assorted offshoots), is a vision of what pubs used to be like… Speaking at the launch of Roll Out The Barrel, the latest archive collection of odds and sods from the […]

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None More Black

Wednesday, May 16 2012
None More Black

Regular readers of this website or The Raygun newsletter  will know of our admiration for the BFI’s marvellous Flipside imprint, the label dedicated to unearthing lost and forgotten classics, often with a particularly sleazy bent, and predominantly from the 1960s and 1970s.  It’s done it again with its next batch. As well as Nightbirds, a […]

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Celebrating Ken…

Friday, March 9 2012
Celebrating Ken…

We’ve already had plenty on Ken Russell’s wonderful The Devils, a film that, some 40 years after it was initially released, is finally being done justice thanks to the BFI’s March 19 DVD bow for the classic. But it’s interesting to note that the launch of the film, as well as the accompanying marketing (as […]

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Private On Parade

Wednesday, January 18 2012
Private On Parade

More from the ever-wonderful Flipside imprint from the BFI, which has once again been scouring the darker recesses of the British film industry to unearth another lost treasure. And once again it has come up with a belter from the seedier side of the UK’s illustrious movie history. Her Private Hell  is another gem, a […]

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Flipping The Script

Friday, October 21 2011
Flipping The Script

We’ve long been praising the BFI’s Flipside label, and, as we noted here recently, don’t just take our word for it – the likes of Ben Wheatley, director of Kill List, Nicolas Winding Refn, the man behind drive, and such luminaries as Kim Newman, have all been praising its output.  To mark the release of […]

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Course You Can Malcolm

Wednesday, October 5 2011
Course You Can Malcolm

We’ve oft stated our affection for the BFI’s wonderful Flipside label, the imprint dedicated to unearthing lost treasures from British cinema history; forgotten classics presented in sumptuous dual format editions, complete with comprehensive extras and booklets.  There’s a flurry of activity involving the Flipside in the coming weeks, as it presents a batch of new […]

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An Open Letter To The BFI…

Friday, August 26 2011
An Open Letter To The BFI…

We found this on MovieMail’s website, in the section selling the forthcoming BFI release The Complete Humphrey Jennings Volume One The First Days (due on September 19) and loved it. Yes, it’s a little over the top, but it illustrates so many things – the devotion that a film-maker like Jennings inspires, as well as […]

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