26 Netflix movies and TV episodes are being saved by the British Film Institute (BFI) in its national repository. This is the first occasion when a streamer’s content will be present in the BFI archive. The selected titles represent the UK’s “diverse communities” and include Bridgerton, Top Boy, Heartstopper and Simon Stone’s The Dig.
“The BFI National Archive began collecting television in the 1950s and currently works in partnership with public service broadcasters to preserve programmes in its role as the National Television Archive,” said Arike Oke, director of BFI knowledge and collections.
We are ecstatic to add a few of Netflix’s excellent UK films to the national collection because they demonstrate the company’s commitment to telling UK stories, showcasing UK talent to a global audience, and portraying the times we live in. This represents a significant accomplishment for the BFI National Archive and provides a historical record for future audiences.
The BFI intends to continue preserving hundreds of Netflix films made in the UK over the course of the following five years that it considers to be “culturally significant.”
“We’re really proud that some of our best known British productions like Top Boy, Heartstopper and Bridgerton will be added to the BFI National Archive,” said Anna Mallett, Netflix vice president, production EMEA, UK and APAC.
“This is a historic moment for us as Netflix becomes the first streamer to have its productions included in a national collection. Our mission has always been to bring joy to our members, and I’m delighted that our productions are representative of British culture and will live alongside iconic British productions dating from the silent era to the present day.”
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