Take a cinematic break during these social distancing times with our top movie picks with postal scenes.

With cinemas and theatres closed and major blockbusters postponed, it’s a lot for film fans to take in. Luckily, there’s plenty to watch on-demand and if you prefer the thrill of love, communication and connection (and a bit of action too!) here are our top picks to help you escape the everyday worry.

1. Night Mail (1936)

Produced by the General Post Office’s own film unit, Night Mail holds an iconic place in British culture. It is far more than a film about a train or a poem about moving mail from A to B. It illustrates how Britain is socially, economically and technologically bound together and gives an insight into the people that spent their working lives making it all possible. Watch it in full here.

Artwork for a poster by Pat Keely, 1939 (POST 109/377)

2. Hudson Hawk (1991)

Love it or loathe it, this action-adventure comedy is close to our heart as it was filmed in Mail Rail, starring Bruce Willis. One of the platforms was transformed into the Vatican’s own private Underground Postal Railway. The profits from filming were used to throw a party for disadvantaged local children. Post Office staff also held Christmas parties for friends and family underground, including light shows and a Santa train.

Mail Rail as a movie location, Mount Pleasant Depot, 1989-1990

Mail Rail as a movie location, Mount Pleasant platform, 1989-1990

3. Looking for Eric (2009)

Looking For Eric is a heartwarming and hilarious tale of troubled Eric, a postman from Manchester whose life is slipping through his fingers. That is until, with a little help from his family, his mates and his hero – football legend Eric Cantona, he gets his life back on track.

4. Amélie (2001)

Despite being caught in her imaginative world, Amélie (Audrey Tautou), a young shy waitress, decides to help people find happiness. Her quest to spread joy leads her on a journey where she finds true love. In this scene, Amélie intricately constructs a letter.

5. 1917 (2019)

During World War I, two British soldiers, Lance Cpl. Schofield and Lance Cpl. Blake, receive seemingly impossible orders. In a race against time, they must cross over into enemy territory to deliver a message that could potentially save 1,600 of their fellow comrades, including Blake’s own brother.

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– The Postal Museum Team

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