2 September 2014
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About The Season

The Summer of British Film

BBC TWO's The Summer Of British Film was a season dedicated to home-grown cinema, encompassing all genres from comedy to kitchen sink drama.

Running for 7 weeks from July 2007, each week focused on a different genre and started with British Film Forever, examining British film by genre. Presented by Jessica Stevenson (Shaun Of The Dead) the series featured over 200 exclusive interviews with leading actors and directors including Sir Michael Caine, Sir Anthony Hopkins and Kate Winslet.

To complement British Film Forever, BBC TWO dedicated its schedule to the nation's finest films by screening around 70 British films, including favourites like Billy Elliot, Gregory's Girl and From Russia with Love, to classics such as The 39 Steps, This Sporting Life and Whistle Down the Wind.

Everybody had the chance to celebrate British cinema by creating their own versions of classic films. Watch the best Mini Movies online.

CBBC got involved with me and my movie, a children's film-making project with free online resources and summer events taking place across the UK. The films are available to view online in the CBBC me and my movie gallery.

The season also included special editions of Arena, The Culture Show and The Money Programme, while BBC Proms paid tribute to classic British Film with the themes from The Red Shoes, Laurence Of Arabia and Harry Potter among many others broadcast on BBC Radio 3.

The UK Film Council also took part by backing the release of seven of Britain's greatest films which played in 136 cinemas across the UK each week. The films included the Bond classic Goldfinger, John Schlesinger's Billy Liar and Bruce Robinson's Withnail and I.

The season culminated on September 9 with the BBC Film Festival in Glasgow. Thousands experienced action on the big screen as well a live film-themed stage show, exclusive screenings of short films, and hands-on film-making opportunities.

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