Director Michael Winterbottom
Cast Jamal Udin Torabi, Enayatullah
The first of three films by the prolific Michael Winterbottom on this list, ‘In This World’ is the best example of the director’s urge to explore contemporary issues on screen and to employ cinema as a sideways view on current affairs. This, ‘Welcome to Sarajevo’, ‘Road to Guantanamo’ and 'A Mighty Heart' were all films discussed on news pages as well as in arts reviews. ‘In This World’ is admirable as a feat: Winterbottom cast two Afghan refugees in Pakistan and with a small crew shooting on digital cameras took them on a journey west over land, through Iran, Turkey and Europe, eventually arriving in London. At a time of headlines about immigration and political trouble in Afghanistan, the effect was to offer an alternative spin on the news and to do it in a manner that made clear the often terrible realities of being a refugee. DC
From David Lean epics to Joanna Hogg micro-dramas, British movies boast every kind of cinematic experience you could possibly yearn for. Sure, the British film industry tends to eschew the bigger CG end of the blockbuster scale – budgets don’t stretch quite into the ‘Avengers’ strata – but it still has some mighty fine VFX-enhanced flicks of its own to boast about. As ‘Paddington’s billion or so devotees will tell you.
From science-fiction and horror, to romance and comedy, there is something for everyone on a list that parses down the tens of thousands of movies made in Blighty into a hundred all-time greats. To put together this list we polled over 150 actors, directors, writers, producers, critics and industry bigwigs from the likes of Wes Anderson, Mike Leigh, Ken Loach, Sam Mendes and Terence Davies, David Morrissey, Sally Hawkins and Thandie Newton. It’s safe to say they all know their onions.
Written by Dave Calhoun, Tom Huddleston, David Jenkins, Derek Adams, Geoff Andrew, Adam Lee Davies, Paul Fairclough, Wally Hammond, Alim Kheraj & Phil de Semlyen