Ahead of this year's BAFTAs, taking place online on Sunday 11 April 2021, Film London Chief Executive Adrian Wootton OBE has picked out a few favourites, with both personal and Film London connections, from the shortlist.
"The pool of films BAFTA shortlist has had to draw on has been somewhat different this year - firstly because cinemas haven't been open, and we've been consuming so much online, but also because BAFTA has, quite rightly, amended its voting rules and selection procedure to ensure the list is more diverse and inclusive.
This has really changed the composition of this year's shortlist - in my mind, this is no bad thing. It's given us a more diverse range of films, those which, in previous years, might not have got the attention they so richly deserve. The list is certainly more reflective of independent cinema, of a more interesting and wide-ranging subject matter - and I think it's going to be an exciting year for the BAFTAs.
I hope you enjoy my list, and it'll inspire you to seek out these films on platforms, or even go to see them in the cinema - and I really hope you go back to the cinema following the 17th of May - and discover them."
Adrian has picked a few favourites, films he has particularly engaged with, and which audiences will enjoy discovering. Some are already available, and some will be released into cinemas when they reopen their doors in May. The video above contains all of Adrian's recommendations, whilst the list below has details of where and when you can see them. Happy discovering!
The Father (2020) Florian Zeller - In cinemas 11 June
Nomandland (2020) Chloé Zhao - Available to watch on Disney+ from 30 April, and in cinemas 21 May
The Mauritanian (2021) Kevin Macdonald - Available to watch on Amazon Prime from 1 April
Sound of Metal (2020) Darius Marder - Available to watch on Amazon Prime from 12 April, and in cinemas 17 May
Another Round (2020) Thomas Vinterberg - In cinemas 25 June
The Dissident (2020) Bryan Fogel - Available to watch on Amazon Prime from 1 April
Collective (2019) Alexander Nanau - On DVD, Blu-Ray and On Demand now
County Lines (2019) Henry Blake -On BFI Player now
The White Tiger (2021) Ramin Bahrani -On Netflix now