The BFI announced today its latest project, BFI Player+, which aims to bring a bundle of film collections to subscribers for “£4.99 per month, no contract, and with a 30-day free trial for all.” The library of films will encompass British classics, horror films, indies, documentaries, family films, experimental movies and award winners, some unavailable on DVD.
Film critic and British television presenter, Mark Kermode, will personally pick his BFI Player+ “film of the week,” with exclusive filmed introductions for subscribers. The series will start this weekend, October 30, with Kermode’s personal introduction to Alfred Hitchcock’s classic “The Lodger,” explaining why it can’t be missed. BFI Player+ will also highlight features shown from BFI festivals such as the UK’s largest film festival, the BFI London Film Festival, and also BFI Flare LGBT Film Festival.
“We are passionate about bringing great cinema to audiences – it’s at the core of everything the BFI does – and BFI Player+ does exactly that,” said Edward Humphrey, Digital Director at the BFI. “We bring a unique approach to subscription services: expertly curated cinema that takes audiences on a journey through the very best of film, from its early masterpieces through to contemporary greats. It’s brilliant that leading critic, Mark Kermode is as passionate about BFI Player+ as we are, and will be introducing a key film each week to help our subscribers discover outstanding cinematic gems.”
Around 300 titles are available right now, examples of which include:
Sergei M. Eisenstein – “Battleship Potemkin” (1925)
Alfred Hitchcock – “The Lodger” (1927)
Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger – “The Red Shoes” (1948)
Akira Kurosawa – “Seven Samurai” (1954)
Ishirô Honda – “Godzilla” (1954)
Sidney J. Furie – “The Ipcress File” (1965)
David Cronenberg – “Dead Ringers” (1988)
Joanna Hogg – “Unrelated” (2007)
Abbas Kiarostami – “Shirin” (2008)
Alexei Popogrebsky – “How I Ended This Summer” (2010)
Sergei Loznitsa – “In the Fog” (2012)