The BFI, the UK’s lead organisation for film, offers a Video on Demand subscription service like no other: BFI Player+ [BFI Player Plus] – Costing just £4.99 a month, with a 30-day free trial for all users, BFI Player+ offers audiences a wide selection of hand-picked classic and critically-acclaimed films.

Continuing its unique approach to curated cinema, every Friday BFI Player+ features an exclusive weekly video recommendation from one of the UK’s most respected film critics, Mark Kermode. Each week Mark selects a key title from the BFI Player+ collections and shows why it’s a film not to be missed. On the 29th January, he introduces quintessential British road movie, Christopher Petit’s Radio On.

Set in a typically dreary British midwinter, this austere story chronicles a journey from London to Bristol, through the eyes of Rob (David Beames), a DJ who is looking into the mysterious death of his brother. On his travels, he crosses paths with a host of bizarre, often surreal characters, while surrounded by music from David Bowie, Kraftwerk and Sting, among others. Despite his apparent intention of looking into his brother’s death, he finds himself in a constant battle with his own apathy and struggles to acknowledge even the most obvious of clues.

“A genuine British classic”, is how Kermode describes this feature, noting it is “a stark monochrome journey through end-of-the-decade Britain, evocatively photographed by Wim Wenders’ assistant cameraman Martin Schäfer.”

In addition to Mark Kermode’s weekly selections, subscribers can dive into collections of hand-selected films curated by the BFI’s world-leading experts, enjoying must-see British films alongside the best of world cinema. In short: BFI Player+ is a subscription service like no other. Now, it’s easy for audiences to discover and enjoy the essential classics, all without the need for a contract.


BFI Player+ is available now here:


Around 300 titles are available right now, including:

Sergei M. Eisenstein – Battleship Potemkin (1925)

Alfred Hitchcock – The Lodger (1927)

Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger  – The Red Shoes (1948)

Akira Kurosawa – Seven Samurai (1954)

Ishirô Honda – Godzilla (1954)

Sidney J. Furie – The Ipcress File (1965)

David Cronenberg – Dead Ringers (1988)

Joanna Hogg – Unrelated (2007)

Abbas Kiarostami – Shirin (2008)

Alexei Popogrebsky – How I Ended this Summer (2010)

Sergei Loznitsa – In the Fog (2012)


Collections available include:

  • British Classics
  • Japanese classics
  • Silent classics
  • French Classics
  • Unavailable on DVD
  • Horror
  • Indie
  • Documentaries +
  • Family +
  • Shorts +
  • Award-winning
  • Experimenta
  • Love +
  • LFF +
  • Flare – LGBT+
  • Flipside – Cult British Cinema
  • Sci-Fi+
  • Akira Kurosawa
  • Werner Herzog
  • John Cassavetes
  • David Lean
  • Early Hitchcock
  • Powell and Pressburger

By Michael Dickinson

Michael is the VultureHound Film Editor.