Film4 celebrates 30 years with 30 iconic films at 30p

Danny Boyle's Slumdog Millionaire and Forest Whitaker's Oscar-winning performance in The Last King of Scotland are among the highlights on offer


Film4 is 30, and to celebrate this landmark it is offering audiences the chance to rent each of its 30 most iconic films for the bargain price of 30p each. Starting today, a different film from Film4’s back catalogue will be available to download from Film4oD – beginning with My Beautiful Laundrette, directed by Stephen Frears. 


Once downloaded, the rental period lasts for 30 days, with a 48-hour window beginning as soon as you hit the play button. 

Highlights of the available catalogue include three films from London 2012 Opening Ceremony director Danny Boyle – Slumdog Millionaire, Trainspotting and 127 Hours – as well as a trio of cinematic offerings from Mike Leigh: Career Girls, Happy-Go-Lucky and Secrets and Lies. 

Recent Oscar-winner The Last King of Scotland starring Forest Whittaker and James McAvoy also makes the shortlist, as does Sam Taylor-Wood’s feature length directorial debut Nowhere Boy and Steve McQueen’s Hunger, starring Michael Fassbender.

Here is the full list of films in order of availability, starting today:


My Beautiful Launderette (Stephen Frears)
Slumdog Millionaire (Danny Boyle)
Nowhere Boy (Sam Taylor-Wood)
Four Lions (Chris Morris)
Raining Stones (Ken Loach)
Genova (Michael Winterbottom)
The Last King of Scotland (Kevin Macdonald)
Me & You & Everyone We Know (Miranda July)
Hunger (Steve McQueen)
East is East (Damien O’Donnell)
Career Girls (Mike Leigh)
Looking for Eric (Ken Loach)
Garage (Lenny Abrahamson)
Local Hero (Bill Forsyth)
Happy-Go-Lucky (Mike Leigh)
127 Hours (Danny Boyle)
This is England (Shane Meadows)
The Motorcycle Diaries (Walter Salles)
Joe Strummer: The Future is Unwritten (Julien Temple)
Secrets and Lies (Mike Leigh)
Brick Lane (Sarah Gavron)
Kill List (Ben Wheatley)
Attack the Block (Joe Cornish)
Submarine (Richard Ayoade)
Sexy Beast (Jonathan Glazer)
Brassed Off (Mark Herman)
Rita, Sue and Bob Too (Alan Clarke)
Dead Man’s Shoes (Shane Meadows)
Tyrannosaur (Paddy Considine)
Trainspotting (Danny Boyle)