In this unprecedented time of self isolation, we’ve been forced to change our daily habits and drop some of our favourite hobbies entirely. Thankfully, there are a few work-arounds that can help keep some of your passions alive, especially when it comes to cinema and supporting new independent film releases. Here’s three ways you can keep the indie cinema scene going strong without leaving your sofa…

BFI Player

Through BFI Player you can rent brand new releases on an ad-hoc basis, sign up for a cancel-any-time subscription to access a wide range of titles or explore an expansive array of free movies contained within the BFI archives. This option is particularly useful for those keen on catching movies that were due to appear throughout 2020’s festival season, with many features from the postponed Flare Festival appearing within their rental options. To explore their new releases, back catalogue and pricing options, visit their website.


Right now, customers can enjoy three-months of MUBI’s expertly curated film picks for the absolute bargain price of just £1. On this streaming platform, 30 films are hand-picked by their team of industry experts, with one title coming off each day and one exciting new title added. From forgotten gems that are more than worth revisiting, to festival-fresh picks from the most innovative new filmmaking talent working today – MUBI is a great way to stay up to date with cinema’s most eclectic offerings during your newfound downtime. Get exploring here.

Curzon Home Cinema

Curzon Home Cinema allows you to stream new releases direct from the picture house and enjoy a wide backlog of must-see favourites direct from the comfort of your home. Like previous entires in this list, Curzon prides itself on supporting the work of international filmmakers and those embarking on the beginnings of their cinematic career. No subscription is needed with this option as films are available on a ‘pay-per-watch’ basis, with new releases available on the same date that they appear in cinemas.

Simon Bland
Published on:
Fri 20 Mar 2020