BFI Screen Guide - British Documentariesby TheWanderingFish | created - 15 Jan 2012 | updated - 15 Jan 2012 | Public
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1. 24 Hours (2000)
86 min | Crime, Drama
Feliks, professional killer, has only 24 hours to get to the distant island, where his beloved woman and the money for the custom made is waiting for him. Lyova Shalamov and his brother Garik have also 24 hours to find and to kill Feliks.
7. Beauty, Bonny, Daisy, Violet, Grace and Geoffrey Morton (1974 TV Movie)
52 min | Documentary
11. The Miners' Campaign Video Tapes: The Coal Board's Butchery (1984 Video)
14 min | Documentary, Short
14. The Conquest of Everest (1953)
Not Rated | 78 min | Documentary, Adventure
Documentary that covers the famous and successful expedition of the Everest conquest by Tenzing Norgay and Edmund Hillary, the first climbers to reach its peak.
18. Desert Victory (1943)
62 min | Documentary, War
The Allied campaign to drive Germany and Italy from North Africa is analysed, with the major portion of the film examining the battles at El Alamein, including a re-enactment.
20. A Diary for Timothy (1945)
40 min | Short, Documentary
This brief documentary-style film presents the status of Great Britain near the end of the Second World War by means of a visual diary for a baby boy born in September, 1944. Narration ... See full summary »
26. The Family (1974– )
30 min | Reality-TV
"The Family" (1974) is one of the first "reality" shows in the history of television. Modelled after the US TV series "An American Family (1972), this 12-part series documents the daily life of a working-class family from Reading, UK.
28. Gallivant (1996)
100 min | Documentary
When British filmmaker Andrew Kotting decided to tour the perimeter of Great Britain with his grandmother Gladys and his daughter Eden, he brought a film crew along. The result is this often humorous and picturesque documentary.
10 min | Documentary, Short
Forty Minutes (1981–1994)
Heart of the Angel
This film documents one day in the life of Angel station on the Northern Line of the London Underground in the days before its refurbishment. We see the ticket collectors, station manager ... See full summary »
37. The Intimacy of Strangers (2005)
20 min | Documentary, Short
You use to have to make an effort to overhear other people's intimate conversations. Now you have to make an effort not to. The Intimacy of Strangers is a story of life, love, loss and hope... See full summary »
Director: Eva Weber
39. Young Children in Brief Separation: John, Aged Seventeen Months, for Nine Days in a Residential Nursery (1969)
43 min | Documentary, Short
40. Johnny Cash in San Quentin (1969 TV Movie)
60 min | Documentary, Music
A unique concert given to the long term inmates of the famous jail. Johnny and June sing 'Wanted Man' ( written especially for the concert by Bob Dylan) and 'San Quentin', (written by Cash ... See full summary »
43. Land of Promise (1946)
67 min | Documentary
Described as a 'film argument' about homes and houses, this film is in three parts showing houses as they were, houses as they are and houses as they might be.
44. Let It Be (1970)
G | 81 min | Documentary, Music
The filmed account of The Beatles' attempt to recapture their old group spirit by making a back to basics album, which instead drove them further apart.
45. Listen to Britain (1942)
Not Rated | 20 min | Documentary, Short
A depiction of life in wartime England during the Second World War. Director Humphrey Jennings visits many aspects of civilian life and of the turmoil and privation caused by the war, all without narration.
48. Sport at Heart (2005)
Featuring cameos from some of Britains best loved sports men and women, film, TV and radio personalities, the film captures the heart and soul of London and helped the capital city to win ... See full synopsis »