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12 British Film Facts You Need To Know

Brits love a good movie - but how well do you know your stuff? Get up to speed on these little-known British movie facts, brought to you in partnership with American Express®.

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1. Britain made some of the FIRST-EVER movies

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Roundhay Garden Scene (1888) - as seen above - was filmed in Leeds and is certified as the oldest surviving movie. The plot's pretty simple though — people basically walk around a garden.

6. It's never said on screen, but in Shaun of the Dead (2004), Shaun's full name is Shaun Riley.


And he used to DJ under the name of Shaun "Smiley" Riley according to a poster in his living room. Hence the attachment to that first pressing of "Blue Monday."

8. Legend has it a few snakes used in filming Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) escaped, and their descendants still live on the grounds of a London film studio.

9. To shoot scenes for 28 Days Later (2002), the crew had police slow traffic on the M1 on a Sunday morning.

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With 10 cameras, they got one minute of usable footage in two hours. In two words: worth it.

Indulge your inner movie fan and see the best new cinema from Britain and around the world at this year’s BFI London Film Festival, in partnership with American Express from October 8th – 19th.

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