May 5, 2021
The British Film Institute’s BFI Player Classics streaming service is launching in the United States on May 14.
The $5.99 monthly service (with a free seven-day trial) features a curated collection of classic British movies specifically for the American market. The platform will debut with a collection of more than 200 British or co-produced British films picked by BFI experts.
The BFI Player Classics catalog 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, according to the service. It also includes a number of notable filmmakers who reportedly pushed the boundaries of cinema, pioneering the exploration and representation of issues such as race, gender, sexuality and disability. Content includes 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 on any other SVOD service in the United States, 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) and Whisky Galore! (Alexander Mackendrick, 1949), among others.
BFI Player Classics joins British-themed streaming services in the United States that include Acorn TV and BritBox.