discover.film has announced a content deal with the BFI, the UK’s lead organisation for film, television and moving image. The global platform will host a dedicated strand of curated content, selected from the BFI’s archives, one of the largest collections of film and television in the world.
Highlights include Ridley Scott’s debut film, Boy and Bicycle, French propaganda film, Bon Voyage, by Alfred Hitchcock, Gurinder Chadha and her 1990’s documentary I’m British But… and Amelia and the Angel by maverick British film director Ken Russell.
Viewers can also enjoy some of the earliest performances from a host of Hollywood greats, including Isla Fisher (Random Acts of Intimacy), Ben Whishaw (77 Beds) Andy Serkis (Insomnia) and Martin Freeman and Lena Headey (Round about Five).
Head of Content and Acquisition for discover.film Jaine Green commented: “It’s been a fascinating to dive head-first into the BFI archives and we’ve unearthed some real gems. Britain has an outstanding legacy for producing ground-breaking short films, particularly non-fiction content. The BFI’s archive collection dating back over 100 years of British filmmaking is a national treasure in the true sense and a credit to the experts who care for the library. We are delighted to be able introduce these classic short films to a new global market, hungry for such evocative filmmaking.”
discover.film is currently in discussion with a number of other national collections and will announcing its latest acquisitions in the coming weeks.