Royal Mail to issue British film classics on stamps

Movie classics such as Lawrence Of Arabia and Chariots Of Fire are to feature in a new series of Royal Mail stamps celebrating the rich history of British film.

Also included are scenes from 2001: A Space Odyssey and Mike Leigh's film Secrets & Lies.

A minisheet showing four stamps that focus on the GPO Film Unit. Credit: Royal Mail

Lawrence Of Arabia star Peter O'Toole agreed to appear on the stamp shortly before his death last year. His daughter Kate O'Toole said:

Lawrence Of Arabia has stood the test of time and still remains a firm favourite in the hearts of film lovers everywhere.

The stamp is a wonderful tribute to my father - and, of course, the film.

– Kate O'Toole
Great British Film Special Stamp showing a scene from Lawrence of Arabia Credit: Royal Mail

The set also includes more recent releases such as Bend It Like Beckham which starred Keira Knightley.

Great British Film Special Stamp showing a scene from Bend It Like Beckham. Credit: Royal Mail

Royal Mail spokesman Andrew Hammond said:

This stamp issue takes in landmark films, epics and influential movies that evoke the distinctiveness and quality of British film and story-telling across key genres.

We hope they are enjoyed by anyone who has a love of great British film-making at its very best.

– Royal Mail
Director Mike Leigh with the Secrets & Lies stamp Credit: Royal Mail

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Movie experts, film historians and the public helped to choose the titles to be included in the set issued today - such as 2001: A Space Odyssey.

Great British Film Special Stamp showing a scene from 2001: A Space Odyssey. Credit: Royal Mail

There are also an additional four films included on a miniature sheet focusing on the work of the GPO film unit which created documentaries, animations and information films in the 1930s and 1940s.

Great British Film Special Stamp showing a scene from Secrets & Lies. Credit: Royal Mail

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