To mark the occasion, we polled the public on their favourite British movie moments of all time. Without further ado…
Let’s have a look at some of those in closer detail...
5. The famous cue card scene – Love Actually (2003)
Few film scenes have been parodied quite as much as Mark’s use of giant cue cards to profess his love for his best friend’s wife. Inspired by Bob Dylan's video for Subterranean Homesick Blues, the scene has been spoofed by bloggers and brands and, most recently, by comedian Kate McKinnon’s Hillary Clinton on SNL.
4. ‘He’s not the Messiah, he’s a very naughty boy” - Monty Python’s Life of Brian (1979)
To say that the UK was reverberating with people reciting ‘He’s not the messiah, he’s a very naughty boy’ on opening weekend of Monty Python’s Life of Brian would be a complete understatement. Eric Idle’s hag-like performance is as bonkers as it is perfect. Comedy doesn’t come much more quotable than this. This short moment sums up what Monty Python is all about. Brilliant!
3. The final battle – Zulu (1964)
More than fifty years on, epic British war drama Zulu still has the power to stir emotions – and according to the British public, the final battle scene remains its most powerful scene of all. The sound of thousands of Zulu warriors lifting their voices in collective chanting before being defeated by the British is not just a poignant reminder of British history; it’s a testament to the spirit of the human endeavour.
2. The ‘Hot Stuff’ dance scene – The Full Monty (1997)
No one could call The Full Monty subtle but this scene is surely one of the most understated moments in cinematic history. The beauty is in the unpredictability – who would have thought six lads in a dole queue would start throwing shapes at the sound of Donna Summer’s Hot Stuff? Fans may be surprised to learn that the producers planned on cutting this because they thought it was too unrealistic but test audiences convinced them otherwise.