Author: Rebecca Perry
Last updated: 13 July 2016

Rooftop Cinema Club has partnered with BAFTA NY to present a series of screenings, celebrating films that are set in the heart of New York and made by British filmmakers. Screenings will feature extras such as never-before-seen footage, all courtesy of BAFTA.

We’ve decided to take a look into some of the best examples of these films, and one or two may surprise you.


Directed and co-written by London-born Steve McQueen, Shame follows the story of Brandon, an NYC resident who is unable to manage his sex life due to his strong sexual addiction. Arguably Michael Fassbender’s breakout role, Shame went on to be nominated for numerous awards including two BAFTAs and a Golden Globe. This is a firm favourite with Team Rooftop, due to its unapologetic approach to the subject of sex. BAFTA NY Presents Shame - 8:30pm 27th July, Rooftop Film Club at YOTEL New York. Tickets Available:

North by Northwest 

Directed and produced by the Master of Suspense, Alfred Hitchcock’s North by Northwest is often called upon as being one of the greatest films of all time. A tale of mistaken identity that leads to an innocent man being pursued across America, North by Northwest features some of the most iconic scenes in cinema and was eventually nominated for three Academy Awards. Always a winner with Team Rooftop and its customers, a classic that can’t be beaten.


Released last year to critical acclaim, Brooklyn follows the story of a young Irish girl as she immigrates to Brooklyn in search of a better life. British-born Nick Hornby adapted the screenplay and the film went on to be nominated for a host of BAFTAs and Academy Awards including Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Actress. A favourite with Rooftop Cinema Club customers, this has the tone of an American classic mixed with a little bit of Irish charm.

Midnight Cowboy

Despite often appearing on numerous ‘Greatest American Film’ lists, did you know Midnight Cowboy was actually directed by a Brit? London-born John Schlesinger won an Academy Award for his direction of a naive hustler arriving in New York for the first time. It swept the boards at the 1970 BAFTAs, taking home six awards including Best Film, Director and Actor. An impressive first major role performance from Jon Voight, while the ever brilliant Dustin Hoffman excels as the lead.

Fatal Attraction

Did you know 1987’s highest-grossing film, Fatal Attraction, was actually adapted from a British TV show called Diversion? British-born James Dearden adapted his original short film into this award-winning psychological thriller, with Adrian Lyne, also a Brit, taking the reigns as director. Fatal Attraction went on to win a BAFTA Award for Best Editing and both Michael Douglas and Anne Archer were nominated for their roles. A film that will keep you on the edge of your seat from start to finish.

Written by: Team Rooftop Cinema Club