With British Council (Sorted by Popularity Ascending)



1. They Shall Not Grow Old (II) (2018)

R | 99 min | Documentary, History, War

8.3
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A documentary about World War I with never-before-seen footage to commemorate the centennial of the end of the war.

Director: Peter Jackson | Stars: Thomas Adlam, William Argent, John Ashby, Attwood

Votes: 31,934 | Gross: $17.96M

2. West Riding (1946)

21 min | Documentary, Short

6.5
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Exploring the daily life of a large family in Yorkshire, at work in the textile mills and at play.

Director: Ken Annakin

Votes: 31

3. What A Circus (2020)

5 min | Short, Comedy

6.9
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Are we living a modern lie? In this extravagant satire, a mysterious carnival master walks us through the problems of our modern society, questioning the dangerous future we are building around us.

Director: Anita Pico | Stars: Alastair G. Cumming, David William Smith, Marcus Forde, Catherine Maitland

Votes: 11

4. Wyrdoes (2017)

16 min | Short, Comedy

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WYRDOES is a comedy inspired by 'Macbeth', written and directed by Nat Luurtsema and produced by Jennifer Eriksson and Iona Westlake. Three sisters - Elsab, Magrit and Merope - battle ... See full summary »

Director: Nat Luurtsema | Stars: Ruth Bratt, Lu Corfield, Anna Crilly, Sean Dromgoole

5. Learning Time with Timmy (2018– )

Animation, Family

6.6
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Discover new words and join in the activities with Timmy and his friends in this fun learning series developed by Aardman and the British Council, world expects in teaching English.

Stars: Saskia Portway, Kate Harbour

Votes: 15

6. Kosnice (2012)

72 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.4
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Thursday morning. Zagreb, Jerusalem, London, Cologne, Prague. Five people. Getting up. Going to work. In five cities-hives, like bees. Looking for the sweeter life then the one they are living now.

Directors: Boaz Debby, Simon Dolensky, Tomás Kratochvíl, Michael Lennox, Igor Seregi | Stars: Akbar Kurtha, Stefan Lampadius, Nili Tserruya, Lubos Veselý

Votes: 60

7. Miranda's Letter (2016 Video)

5 min | Short, Drama

8.3
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Miranda's Letter takes as a starting point the 'missing women' in Shakespeare, in this instance, The Tempest, and imagines what Miranda's mother would have wanted to say to her daughter. Commissioned as part of Shakespeare Lives 2016.

Director: Teresa Griffiths | Stars: Raffey Cassidy, Anne-Marie Duff, William Shimell, Frankie Fox

Votes: 21

8. Starched (2001)

6 min | Comedy, Short

6.5
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A stylish comedic tale of sex and revenge played out between a maid, a female executive and a bottle of starch...

Director: Cath Le Couteur | Stars: Kelly Reilly, Polly Fey

Votes: 36

9. Walter and Connie (1963)

Drama, Family

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Stars: Brian McDermott, Anne Lawson, William Kendall, Nora Nicholson

10. Dear Mr Shakespeare: Shakespeare Lives (2016)

5 min | Short, Drama

7.3
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An evocative and imaginative exploration of the racial tensions in Othello and how the themes in Shakespeare's play still resonate today.

Director: Shola Amoo | Stars: Ashley Thomas, Phoebe Boswell, Elisa Lasowski, Lanre Malaolu

Votes: 61

11. Lipstick (I) (2005)

11 min | Short, Drama

5.2
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Lipstick is the story of a man who discovers an unusual way to rebuild his identity after his wife has thrown him out. Left alone with his belongings in boxes, he finds an old photo and a ... See full summary »

Director: Harriet Perry | Stars: Daren Elliott Holmes, Sophie Garner, Jeremy Hancock, Leda Hodgson

Votes: 10

12. Ela (2007)

12 min | Short, Drama

6.8
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We meet 8-year old Ela at a very particular moment in her life, the moment she experiences loss for the first time.

Director: Silvana Aguirre | Stars: Edward Barrett, Ysabel Clare, Ruth Gemmell, Kai Akinde Hummel

Votes: 21

13. Dream Number 1 (2015)

Short, Fantasy

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Director: Amr Wishahy

14. British Council Learn English (2010– )

10 min | Family

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Television series aimed at helping to improve your reading and speaking skills step by step and getting you ready for your next English test.

Stars: Janis Ahern, George Beach, Rafael Ferenc, Emma Fletcher

16. Macbeth: Shakespeare Lives (2016)

2 min | Animation, Short, Drama

5.8
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A contemporary take on Lady Macbeth, summoning up her demons. A mix of live action and animation.

Director: David Wilson | Star: Vicky McClure

Votes: 12

17. Little Wolf (1992)

6 min | Animation, Short

7.3
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Four grown wolves and a little one chase a sheep through the night. Little Wolf stops, captivated by the moon. He catches hold of it, and then the moon rises, with Little Wolf hanging on. ... See full summary »

Director: An Vrombaut | Stars: Mark Bloomfield, Eoin Clarke, Charlie Lovett, Jason Stalman

Votes: 26

18. Steps of the Ballet (1948)

24 min | Documentary, Short, Music

6.2
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Robert Helpmann explains, and dancers from the Covent Garden and Sadler's Wells troupes demonstrate, basic steps and movements of the dance as a new ballet is rehearsed and performed.

Director: Muir Mathieson | Stars: Robert Helpmann, Jeanne Artois, Michael Bayston, Arthur Benjamin

Votes: 6

19. King Lear: Act II Scene IV (2016 Video)

5 min | Short

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Director: Billy Lumby | Stars: Phil Davis, Freddie Annobil-Dodoo, Montserrat Roig de Puig, Sophie Jugé

20. Willow Drive (2005)

17 min | Short, Drama

6.6
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In a quiet suburb, a boy listens to his father's old records, and a woman faints when she tries to leave her house. A bittersweet romance and a dream of another place.

Director: Jakob Rørvik | Stars: Geoffrey Beevers, Simon McLinden, Will Nixon, Anna Livia Ryan

Votes: 16

21. British Made (1939)

9 min | Documentary, Short

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Director: George Pearson | Star: Frank Oliver

22. Famous Scenes from Shakespeare No. 2: Macbeth - Act II. Scene 2; Act V. Scene 1 (1945)

16 min | Short, Drama

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Macbeth, the Thane of Glamis, receives a prophecy from a trio of witches that one day he will become King of Scotland. Consumed by ambition and spurred to action by his wife, Macbeth murders his king and takes the throne for himself.

Director: Henry Cass | Stars: Wilfrid Lawson, Cathleen Nesbitt, Felix Aylmer, Catherine Lacey

23. English Criminal Justice (1946)

23 min | Documentary, Short

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Director: Ken Annakin | Stars: Harold Warrender, John Adams, Frank Atkinson, Wilfrid Caithness

24. A Midsummer Night's Dream (II) (2016)

3 min | Short, Music

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Bionic pop artist Viktoria Modesta and Director Sing J Lee create a futuristic response to Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream. Part of the Shakespeare Lives programme celebrating the ... See full summary »

Director: Sing J. Lee | Stars: Viktoria Modesta, Imma Asher, Simon Wan

25. Education for the Future (1967)

10 min | Documentary, Short

6.9
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Director: Derrick Knight

Votes: 10

26. Bad Dads' Army: The Hatton Garden Heist (2016 TV Movie)

50 min | Documentary, Crime

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Director: Lucy Rogers | Stars: Danny Dyer, Bobby Cummines, Jamie Day, Dick Hobbs

27. These Children Are Safe (1939)

18 min | Documentary, Short

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Director: Alexander Shaw | Star: John Hilton

28. Island People (1940)

10 min | Documentary, Short

5.6
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Directors: Philip Leacock, Paul Rotha

Votes: 18

29. Sailors Without Uniform (1940)

10 min | Documentary, Short

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Director: Ivan Scott | Star: Ivan Scott

30. The Royal Mile: Edinburgh (1943)

13 min | Documentary, Short

5.0
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Director: Terry Bishop

Votes: 5

31. General Election (1946)

19 min | Documentary, Short

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Director: Ronald H. Riley | Stars: Geoffrey Sumner, John Dempsey, Gilbert Mitchison, John Profumo

32. Architects of England (1941)

13 min | Documentary, Short

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Director: John Eldridge | Star: Alvar Liddell

33. Teeth of Steel (1942)

11 min | Documentary, Short

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Director: Ronald H. Riley | Star: John Laurie

34. Bollywood High-the Making of Dream Girl (2008)

Short, Drama

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Director: Sara Penryn Jones | Stars: Patrick Roberts, Mayur Verma, Scott Wilson

35. Cricket (1950)

17 min | Documentary, Short

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Director: Grahame Tharp | Stars: Ralph Richardson, John Arlott

36. Romeo: Shakespeare Lives (2016 TV Short)

11 min | Short

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Director: Chris Hunt

37. Power to Order (1941)

10 min | Documentary, Short

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Director: Robin Carruthers

38. Merseyside (1941)

9 min | Documentary, Short

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In Merseyside Vicky Harrison, Emma Sharkey, Glenys Jameson and Terry Robertson open up their houses.

Star: Lionel Gamlin

39. Steel (1945)

32 min | Documentary, Short

7.4
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Director: Ronald H. Riley | Star: John Laurie

Votes: 7

40. Baby Boom (2004)

3 min | Comedy, Short

5.4
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A businessman finds a baby with a ticking clock around her neck at an airport. He has only seconds to decide what to do.

Director: Jake Barnes | Stars: Vania Cardoso, Enzo Cilenti, Daniel Qureshi

Votes: 7

41. Media & Diversity (2008– )

3 min | Animation

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British Council's public campaign, consisting of 5 TV clips with brief and vivid messages on inclusion issues related to race, physical disability, sexual orientation, social and economic ... See full summary »

42. Triumph Over Deafness (1946)

20 min | Documentary, Short

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Director: Jack Ellitt | Star: David Lloyd James

43. The Pair (2011)

7 min | Documentary, Short, Action

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Two women in their 60's take on the challenge of going out in a small, unstable boat together for the first time. Shot against the backdrop of London's River Lea, it documents the women's relationship and trust of one another.

Director: Sasha Andrews

44. Westminster Abbey (1945)

19 min | Documentary, Short

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Director: Horace Shepherd | Star: Alvar Liddell

45. But Then Again, Too Few to Mention (2014)

Short

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To celebrate the online release of the British Council's Film Collection - an archive of 120 short documentaries made throughout the 1940s to showcase Britain to the rest of the world - we ... See full summary »

Director: Mark Cousins

46. London River (1940)

10 min | Documentary, Short

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Director: Andrew Buchanan

47. Man of Me Dreams! (1999)

6 min | Short, Comedy

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Director: Lotus Hannon | Star: Christine Ashe

48. The Man on the Beat (1944)

11 min | Documentary, Short

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Training and duties of a British policeman.

Director: Roger MacDougall

49. Student Nurse (1945)

34 min | Short

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Director: Francis Searle | Star: Joseph Macleod

50. Coventry Cathedral (1958)

Documentary, Short

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Director: Dudley Shaw Ashton | Star: Basil Spence


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