New U.S. Streaming Service, BFI PLAYER CLASSICS, Brings British Films to America

The British Film Institute’s BFI Player Classics streaming service is launching next FRIDAY, MAY 14, 2021 in the U.S. The service featuresa curated and prestigious Subscription Video On Demand collection of classic British cinema specifically for the American market. The platform will debut with a collection of over 200 British or British co-production films picked by BFI experts.

The BFI Player Classics catalogue features films and filmmakers that demonstrate some of the greatest innovation in British filmmaking including auteurs and mavericks such as Alfred Hitchcock, Michael Powell, Ken Russell and Ken Loach. It also includes a number of ground-breaking British filmmakers who pushed the boundaries of cinema, pioneering the exploration and representation of issues such as race, gender, sexuality and disability that couldn’t be more pertinent in 2021, including Horace Ové (Pressure, 1975), Laura Mulvey (Riddles of the Sphinx, 1977), Ron Peck (Nighthawks, 1978 and Strip Jack Naked, 1991); Menelik Shabazz (Burning an Illusion, 1981), Sally Potter (The Gold Diggers, 1983), Gurinder Chadha (I’m British But… 1989), Waris Hussein (Sixth Happiness, 1997), and John Akomfrah (Speak Like a Child, 1998).   

The streaming platform will also host a number of titles not currently available across any other USA SVOD service, including:  The Lion in Winter (Anthony Harvey, 1968), I’m All Right Jack (John Boulting, 1959), Dunkirk (Leslie Norman, 1958), Went the Day Well? (Alberto Cavalcanti, 1942), Ice Cold in Alex (J. Lee Thompson, 1958), Whisky Galore! (Alexander Mackendrick, 1949), and more. 

For ease in browsing, the catalogue is presented in both genre-based collections (e.g. British Classics, Comedy, Romance, Action & Adventure, Sci-Fi & Horror, Thriller & Mystery, Period & History, Cult Classics, Documentary and Family) and thematic collections including Britons in Battle, Great British Icons, Sex, Based on the Book, Crime & Punishment and Woman with a Movie Camera.

The standard offer for BFI Player Classics in the U.S. will be a 7-day free trial followed by $5.99 per month.