Newly Formed British Film Registry To Honor Five Films Every Year
Though the 2012 London Olympics are over, our thoughts are still with our British brethren today as the people at WhatCulture! have created the British Film Registry, an analogue to America's own National Film Registry. While we induct 25 films every year this side of the pond that are "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant," the Brits will honor five of their own films each December. The BFR is different from the British Film Institute, an organization that actually works on physical film preservation in the UK. These movies will instead be collected in a soon-to-be-active virtual vault online for all to see. Read on!
A cool aspect of this project is that you can vote to make sure all of your favorite British films make the list, so let's have some fun with this and start making a few suggestions, shall we? Classics like Lawrence of Arabia, Brazil, A Clockwork Orange, and the terrific The Third Man should practically be automatic entries, so I'll nominate one of the creepiest British films I've ever seen, the 1973 original Wicker Man, along with something a bit more zany like Monty Python and the Holy Grail to toss a comedy in. Danny Boyle's Trainspotting is another that should probably be guaranteed entry, but it'll be interesting to see which films make the cut in the first few years of this registry since they will only let five in per year.
In the U.S., films must be at least ten years old to be voted into the National Film Registry, and it's unclear if the British Film Registry will use the same criteria. But if they do end up allowing films that are less than ten years old for consideration, do you think Edgar Wright's Shaun of the Dead or Ben Wheatley's Kill List belong in such good company? There are thousands of great British movies out there, so which ones would you like to see take their rightful place among the pantheon of greats in the British Film Registry? Let us know in the comments, and be sure to visit WhatCulture! to cast your vote. Which films are you voting for?