Most Popular Free 2023
The most popular free films that caught your imagination in 2023.
We are told that the past is a foreign country: they do things differently there. Yet British life has a comforting and quirky evenness, as this selection of free-to-stream favourites surely proves.
Comedy196829 mins Location: Newcastle upon Tyne
A Tyne Tees Television comedy romance is a forgotten gem from a 1960s decade of radical urban change in Newcastle.
Home movie19558 minsSilent Location: Llanddwyn Island/Ynys Llanddwyn
Sea pinks and samphire, lighthouses and church ruins – Llanddwyn’s charms are many and varied.
Animation & Artists Moving Image199024 mins
Autobiographical account of a mother-daughter relationship, exploring beauty standards and female sexuality.
Instructional film/TV programme197721 mins
In this surrealist short, John Krish and Michael Gilmour tell a perilous tale at the railway station. Mind the gap - this is going to get scary.
Amateur film193815 minsSilent Location: Hastings
Hastings looks marvellous in this sumptuous colour film from the late 1930s - complete with sunbathing, swimming and being slapped with a fish
Amateur film19767 minsSilent Location: Watford
Filmed by local man, Geoff Spencer, this is a valuable record of a bustling british High Street where people are out enjoying the cafe lifestyle.
Documentary196952 mins Location: Vauxhall
Scintillating look at the 1960s drag renaissance, with a visit to London's Royal Vauxhall Tavern.
Amateur film19601 minsSilent Location: Woolston
Fans of floating bridges will enjoy this nostalgic film about a long gone piece of Southampton history - the Woolston Ferry across the River Itchen
Promotional196417 minsSilent Location: Sheffield
A wonderful leisurely tour of the impressive public parks and copious green spaces spread out across Sheffield as they were in the 1960s, with a languid narration to match.
Non-Governmental Organisations sponsored film196622 mins Location: Bushey
Neal Arden – actor and host of “Housewives’ Choice” – narrates this informative, thoughtful look at the Masonic boys’ school in Bushey.
Amateur film19529 minsSilent
Spring comes to Scotland in the 1950s: feed playful lambs, pick a host of glorious daffodils, and harness your faithful horse to the plough in this lovely amateur colour film.
Short documentary20233 mins
NHS England CEO Amanda Pritchard reflects on the impact and legacy of the National Health Service in this short video produced to celebrate 75 years of the NHS.
News19744 mins Location: Portaferry
Northern Ireland takes great pride in its boat building heritage, watch masters at work in Portaferry with news rushes from Ulster Television
A newlywed Indian couple navigate 40 years of marriage through the food they make and the meals they share, as their family grows and their love struggles to survive.
Non-Fiction194233 minsSilent Location: Hornchurch
Two fighter squadrons fly Supermarine Spitfire aircraft from RAF Hornchurch during the Second World War.