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Dylan Cave

Dylan is collections development manager at the BFI National Archive, where he leads in delivering procedures for acquiring moving image into the national collection. As a curator in the fiction team from 2006 to 2016, Dylan was responsible for the acquisition of contemporary British features, short films and music videos, and co-programmed the ‘Projecting the Archive’ strand at the BFI Southbank.

He has curated film programmes about the last days of the British Empire, written about hip-hop and movies, and co-devised a number of BFI Player collections exploring cultural diversity in the UK. He has written for Sight & Sound, the British Council and preservation journals The Moving Image and Journal of Film Preservation, as well as being a substantial contributor to BFI Screenonline. He recently contributed chapters to the books Films that Sell and Black Star.

He tweets @DylanCave1.

Articles by Dylan Cave

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  • Fleeting pleasures: BAFTA’s Shorts Tour 2017

    Offering a snapshot of British short-form filmmaking, BAFTA’s shorts showcase is touring the country’s cinemas with the highlights of new British documentary, drama and animation in a matter of minutes. Here are this year’s eight award nominees.

    Wednesday, February 8, 2017


  • 10 great films by really young directors

    Amazingly, these 10 classics were all made by directors aged 25 or under.

    Thursday, April 7, 2016


  • 10 great tower block films

    To celebrate the release of Ben Wheatley’s towering new adaptation of J.G. Ballard’s cult novel High-Rise, we champion 10 more tall tales set in skyscrapers and high-rise apartments.

    Thursday, March 10, 2016


  • London Short Film Festival 2016 – 10 to try

    Where to dive in to the nearly 400 films screening at this year’s London Short Film Festival? Here are 10 recommendations to get you going.

    Thursday, January 7, 2016


  • Strange crannies of the world: the best of British live action at Encounters 2015

    From Iceland to Bangladesh to west London, public and private spheres were played off one another in this year’s native highlights at the Bristol short film showcase, reports Dylan Cave.

    Wednesday, October 21, 2015


  • 10 great hip-hop dramas

    With Straight Outta Compton and Dope in cinemas, we flip the script on 10 hard-knock tales about beats, rhymes and life.

    Thursday, September 3, 2015


  • Soft

    Dylan Cave on Simon Ellis’s garlanded 2006 short, a moral brickbat from the wrong side of the leafy suburban street.

    Wednesday, January 14, 2015


  • 12 to try at the 12th London Short Film Festival

    Where to start with the smörgåsbord of shorts offered by the 2015 London Short Film Festival? Here are a dozen small plates to get you started.

    Friday, January 9, 2015


  • Why I love ... Attack the Block

    Mixing wit, social conscience and action thrills, Attack the Block is a bracingly original alien invasion film that keeps its feet firmly on the streets of ‘Broken Britain’ even as it warns us to watch the skies.

    Friday, December 19, 2014


  • Discover Chinese Britain on Film

    A new collection available to view online on the BFI Player tells the story of Chinese Britain on film, with a selection of rare feature films and shorts.

    Monday, October 20, 2014


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