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My favourite films & series of 2021

Updated: Dec 23, 2021

Lists are silly but I nevertheless love thinking about some great films and TV series I loved this year.

These were my top five films

The Power of the Dog (Jane Campion)

Licorice Pizza (Paul Thomas Anderson)

Titane (dir Julia Ducournau)

The Innocents (dir Eskil Vogt)

Spencer (dir Pablo Larrain)

And then, err... 23 more films (in alphabetical order)

Ali & Ava (Clio Barnard)

Belfast (Kenneth Branagh)

Boiling Point (Philip Barantini)

Compartment No. 6 (Juho Kuosmanen)

Censor (Prano Bailey-Bond)

Children of the Enemy (Gorki Glaser-Müller)

C’mon, C’mon (Mike Mills)

Flee (Jonas Poher Rasmussen)

Great Freedom (Sebastian Meise)

The Hand of God (Paolo Sorrentino)

Lamb (Valdimar Johansson)

Last Night in Soho (Edgar Wright)

The Lost Daughter (Maggie Gyllenhaal)

Ninjababy (Yngvild Sve Flikke)

Petit Maman (Celine Sciamma)

Pig (Michael Sarnoski)

Playground (Laura Wandel)

Pleasure (Ninja Thyberg)

Quo Vadis, Aida? (Jasmila Zbanic)

The Rescue (E. Chai Vasarhelyi and Jimmy Chin)

West Side Story (Steven Spielberg)

The Worst Person in the World (Joachim Trier)

The Velvet Underground (Todd Haynes)

(fyi films like The Nest and Zola were on last year's list.)

And goodness, I watched a lot of great TV, here are some favourites:

Mare of Easttown



The White Lotus

We Are Lady Parts

Pretend It’s A City

It’s a Sin

Ted Lasso

The Investigation


This Way Up

Curb Your Enthusiasm

The North Water

Line of Duty

The Serpent

Exterminate All the Brutes




Flight Attendant


Not exactly prestige TV but I also loved: Oprah with Harry & Meghan, The Dog House, Gogglebox, Masterchef, Bake-Off and all my other comfort TV faves.

And you know my top music is over here in two playlists.

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