Free Cinema (1986)

TV Movie  |   |  Documentary  |  19 March 1986 (UK)
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
(awaiting 5 votes)
Reviews: write review

Survey of the British 'Free Cinema' movement, remarkable for the narrator's wit and clarity of vision.

0Check in
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

O Lucky Man! (1973)
Comedy | Drama | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

This sprawling, surrealist musical serves as an allegory for the pitfalls of capitalism, as it follows the adventures of a young coffee salesman in Europe. Many actors play multiple roles, giving the film a stagy tone.

Director: Lindsay Anderson
Stars: Malcolm McDowell, Ralph Richardson, Rachel Roberts
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

An impassive young girl is taken from her suicidal London life, back to her home in North England on a bizarre bus trip. Seen through the poetic eye of the camera, this is a commentary of doomed British morbidity. In HD.

Director: Lindsay Anderson
Stars: Patricia Healey, Arthur Lowe, John Sharp
Drama | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

Despite success on the field, a rising rugby star senses the emerging emptiness of his life as his inner angst beings to materialize as aggression and brutality, and he attempts to woo his landlady in hopes of finding reason to live.

Director: Lindsay Anderson
Stars: Richard Harris, Rachel Roberts, Alan Badel
If.... (1968)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

In this allegorical story, a revolution led by pupil Mick Travis takes place at an old established private school in England.

Director: Lindsay Anderson
Stars: Malcolm McDowell, David Wood, Richard Warwick
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Mick Travis is a reporter who is about to shoot a documentary on Britannia Hospital, an institution which mirrors the downsides of British Society. It's the day when Her Royal Highness is ... See full summary »

Director: Lindsay Anderson
Stars: Leonard Rossiter, Malcolm McDowell, Brian Pettifer
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

In a Yorkshire mining town, three educated brothers return to their blue-collar home to celebrate the 40th wedding anniversary of their parents, but dark secrets come to the fore.

Director: Lindsay Anderson
Stars: Alan Bates, Brian Cox, Gabrielle Daye
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Award winning director Lindsay Anderson (If..., O Lucky Man!) subverts the mockumentary genre and presents to the audience a detailed and humored account of what truly means to be Lindsay ... See full summary »

Director: Lindsay Anderson
Stars: Lindsay Anderson, Alexander Anderson, Murray Anderson
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  
Director: Lindsay Anderson
Stars: George Michael


Credited cast:


As part of British Film Year Thames Television asked three British film directors (Lindsay Anderson, Alan Parker and Richard Attenborough) to each make a documentary on British Cinema. Lindsay Anderson's programme looked at the history of 'Free Cinema' which, he argued, started with the work of Humphrey Jennings and ended with Britannia Hospital . Anderson used the programme as an opportunity to criticise British Film Year (which he disagreed with) but the documentary is also a passionate retrospective of the films of Anderson and his 'Free Cinema' colleagues. Written by Anonymous

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

free cinema | film history | See All (2) »







Release Date:

19 March 1986 (UK)  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Sound Mix:


Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


Features This Sporting Life (1963) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Message Boards

Discuss Free Cinema (1986) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page