We asked everyone what their favourite British film was as part of a pitch we're pulling together...
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This is England
It contains the best chat up line ever heard by a 12 year old... “I just wondered if you’d like to be my girlfriend. I think you’re lovely”
Withnail And I
Simply one of the funniest films ever made. Fact. “Look at that. “Accident Blackspot”? These aren’t accidents. They’re throwing themselves into the road gladly. Throwing themselves into the road to escape all this hideousness.”
The Wicker Man
A brilliant combination of sinister pagan murder and almost over the top jaunty folk music. A great combination in anyones book. Lord Summerisle: “Do sit down, Sergeant. Shocks are so much better absorbed with the knees bent.”
For me this is British film making at its very best. I love the storyline, the characters and the setting of sweaty Malaga which is portrayed so brilliantly. I think Don Logan one of the best British villains of all time! A good British film is always tongue in cheek and a bit quirky, a bit weird - Sexy Beast certainly fits the bill and it gets better every time I watch it.
The Italian Job
For the minis buzzing around the streets of Turin and for Michael Caine’s legendary quotes.
I saw it at a particularly formative time in my life. I was about 13-14. The film is essentially a story about a riot in a public school. It totally fitted my attitude and emerging politics at the time. The style is definitely weird and idiosyncratic – Lindsay Anderson does things his way – uncompromisingly so. I still watch it from time to time when I feel that age might be mellowing me.
Pride and Prejudice
I love romance in books or film and this is my favourite of all time.
A matter of life and death
A film completely ahead of its time. Modernist and dramatic with one of the best openings to any film. The sense that David Niven is about to die any moment and the conversation he has with KIm Hunter packs an enormous punch still to this day. There's something new every time you see it and the sense of other worldliness is palpable.
One of the most controversial films of its time and will always be one of the greatest made in my opinion.
A timeless classic. Brilliantly written, brilliantly made. The opening line is awesome... "Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again"
I love Dickens and I love this film. With dama and comedy it has everything that a film can offer, simply wonderful.
Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels
An innovative film of its time with a great cast and soundtrack and its one of those films that you can watch again and again and always find something new you didn’t really notice before.
Lawrence of Arabia
This film is crammed full of amazing scenes which I will never forget. David Lean's cinematography is absolutely ravishing and a feast for the eyes. If you haven’t seen it you really should!