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Best of British at the Berlin Film Festival

The world premiere of Ken Loach's The Spirit of ’45 tops a strong showing for Team GB at the 63rd Berlin International Film Festival.

Lost British silent masterpiece rediscovered in Holland

The missing 1923 film Love, Life and Laughter, considered one of the finest British features at the time and part of the BFI Most Wanted search for 75 ‘missing’ British films, has been found at an archive in Amsterdam.

The 12 best picnics on film

‘Do you want a leg or a breast?’ As the UK celebrates National Picnic Week, we open up the hamper of film history to select 12 classic picnic scenes.

10 great British gay films

From Victim to Weekend, we remember some of the best British gay films.

10 great British musicals

While Hollywood may have dominated film musicals, a newly restored version of Powell & Pressburger's The Tales of Hoffmann proves that the UK has made plenty of bold and imaginative contributions to the genre. Here are 10 worth singing about.

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Sight & Sound magazine

Women with a movie camera

Behind every great female-directed film is a female director. It’s time to make them iconic, says Isabel Stevens.

Taboo: Tom Hardy prowls pre-Dickensian London’s heart of darkness

Hardy’s inked-up, Welsh-inflected, half Native American sailor strides through a richly gothic gallery of rogues in the BBC’s graphic novel-inspired drama series, says Nick James.

North by Northwest archive review: pure entertainment that never puts a foot wrong

In 1959, our critic applauded Alfred Hitchcock's “unmatched ingenuity” and Cary Grant's smooth lead performance in this gleefully mischievous chase thriller that’s back in cinemas to launch the BFI’s new season of thrillers, Who Can You Trust?

Girlhood and Captives: girls found and lost

Céline Sciamma hones her art with the “near-perfect” Girlhood – and Atom Egoyan returns to form with the grim fable Captives, finds Nick James.

The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected) review: bittersweet and brutal stories of family life

Noah Baumbach's latest is a thematic, mature sequel to his breakthrough The Squid and the Whale, with Dustin Hoffman at the head of a dysfunctional brood of New York intellectuals, writes Michael Leader.

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Supporting UK film

International touring programme – Sci-Fi: Days of Fear and Wonder

The story of British science-fiction film, from silent classics like A Message from Mars (1913) to Monsters (2010).

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    Silent Britain

    Journey through the first three decades of British cinema, telling the story of one of the most creative and extravagant yet unknown periods of film history.

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