Heard of BFI Player? Well, there’s also BFI Player+, a subscription service that offers an all-you-can-eat selection of hand-picked classics.
Every Friday, Mark Kermode highlights one of the collection’s titles with a video introduction. This week, it’s Face. Antonia Bird’s stylish and political crime thriller from 1997 stars Robert Carlyle and Ray Winstone as members of a gang of thieves that falls apart when a heist goes wrong.
What else is new? Here are the latest titles on BFI Player+ this week:
After Mirror Mirror and Snow White and the Huntsman, you couldn’t be blamed for being sick of Snow White and her seven flipping dwarves. But Blancanieves is Snow White like you’ve never seen it: it’s Spanish. And silent. And black-and-white. And it features a chicken called Pepe. In short, it’s fantastic. Read our full review.
Love Me till Monday
Justin Hardy’s low-budget comedy-drama follows the attempts of 20-something Rebecca (Georgia Maguire) to find a bloke. Stuck in a dead-end office job, she hooks up with a string of men, but they only ever seem to last a weekend or two. Do they know where their relationship is going? Do Rebecca’s witching hour activities have any relevance to the plot? Love Me Till Monday drifts along with an aimless earnestness that both frustrates and suits its protagonist. Is she a witch? Goodness knows. But the cute honesty of her performance certainly casts a spell. Read our full review
She, a Chinese
British-Chinese director Xiaolu Guo’s 2009 story of a young woman’s journey from a remote Chinese village to London, in an attempt to realise the Western consumer dream.
It Always Rains on Sunday
Austerity noir? Robert Hamer’s Ealing flick from 1947 is a downbeat but compelling East End thriller.
Sarah Gavron’s subtle adaptation of Monica Ali’s acclaimed novel charts the experiences of a Bangladeshi woman in London.
All in Good Time
A pair of newlyweds endure a honeymoon staying with the groom’s parents in a comedy from East Is East writer Ayub Khan-Din.
A BFI Player+ subscription costs £4.99 a month with a 30-day free trial. For more information, visit http://player.bfi.org.uk.