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BFI Member Picks

BFI Members share their go-to film, the one to watch on a desert island, along with reasons why you’d never tire of watching it.

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Member Picks screened so far

Born Yesterday
September 2016
“Judy Holliday’s exceptional performance as Billie says so much about the contradictory messages of what it was to be a woman in Cold War America.”
– Matthew Motyka, BFI Member

Rear Window
August 2016
“This film holds a mirror up to our own voyeurism and inadequacies. By turns witty and scary, but always gripping - it’s truly perfect.”
– Dion Blackler, BFI Member

Dog Day Afternoon
July 2016
“An amazing script, thrilling direction and great performances make a cracking story."
– Johnathan Storey, BFI Member

Odd Man Out
June 2016
“This is the greatest Irish political thriller on film, with a taut and tense plot and amazing performances."
– G Benson, BFI Member

Point Blank
May 2016
“Lee Marvin's performance is superb!”
– Alan Watson, BFI Member

Local Hero
April 2016
“Magical, funny, sad, wistful.”
– John Hackett, BFI Member

A Man For All Seasons
March 2016
“I never get tired of watching it!”
– David Ogle, BFI Member

The Women
January 2016
“I would so like to be able to bring my daughters to a screening of this film.”
– Tracey Phillipson, BFI Member

The Thing
December 2015
“This film scared, repulsed and thrilled me in equal measure when I first saw it. Great setting, actors, special effects and a fantastic ending. A classic early Carpenter.”
– Pam Creais, BFI Member

Groundhog Day
October 2015
“This very clever and funny film, with Bill Murray at his best, introduced me to the American phrase, ‘It's a Doozy!’”
– Tracy Richardson, BFI Member

Lost in Translation
September 2015
“I love how being in a strange city connects these two lost souls.”
– Amelia Hodgson, BFI Member

Top Hat
August 2015
“This is the quintessential Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers movie from the historic RKO studios. A masterclass in dance and song narrative.”
– Lauren Brady, BFI Member

Don’t Look Now
“It’s a film that continually reappraises relationships as you view it through the perspective of different ages!”
– Madelaine Cooper, BFI Member

Amadeus (Director’s Cut)
June 2015
“It’s pure cinema entertainment. Indulge in maybe the finest period recreation on film – 18th-century Vienna is pure opulence.”
– Valentine Montagnani, BFI Member

Double Indemnity
“It’s the perfect film noir: a complicated plot that’s never predictable, two marvellous leads with electric chemistry, outstanding atmospheric cinematography and music that adds to the tense screenplay.”
– Katharine Lloyd, BFI Member

Days of Heaven
April 2015
“A sublime masterpiece”
– Cristina Calatayud, BFI Member

March 2015
“The perfect blockbuster: smart and funny, with dynamite effects and rich characters. Flawless”
- Robert Mitchell, BFI Member

Pan’s Labyrinth
February 2015
“This film is beautiful yet horrifying. Each time I watch it I gain something new. Sometimes it brings a tear to my eye, sometimes it make me angry and sometimes I just enjoy the adventure.”
– Jonathan Love, BFI Member

Jules et Jim
January 2015
“The first French New Wave film I ever saw and I loved it – the cinematography, the music and all the characters – especially, of course Jeanne Moreau.”
– Hill Harris, BFI Member

No Country for Old Men
November 2014
“A brilliant rendering of a world of no compromise.”
– Leonardo Salvagnini, BFI Member

Lawrence of Arabia
August 2014
“It’s a dreamlike wonder, a visual fantasy of heroic wartime myth and conflicted loyalties.”
– Jacob Osborne, BFI Member

Les Enfants du Paradis
July 2014
“A masterpiece.”
– Terence Thorn, BFI Member

The Big Lebowski
June 2014
“I find myself laughing at something new every time I watch it. Amazing direction and performances with countless one-liners.”
– Sean Wilkinson, BFI Member

The Passenger
May 2014
“I love this film’s disturbing yet romantic examination of what life would be like if you could switch places with another person.”
– Lee Hill, BFI Member

The Philadelphia Story
April 2014
“Laugh out loud at this funny, feisty, feel-good film.”
– Chloe Lawson, BFI Member


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