BFI offers public chance to unearth a 'lost' British film

The winning film will be available to view online after a full-grade restoration

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The British Film Institute (BFI) is offering the public the opportunity to restore a rare 'lost' British film.  

The public will be given three little-seen classics to choose from with the eventual winner receiving a full-grade transfer ahead of being available to view online.

The film's in contention include Bedelia, a 1946 melodrama starring Margaret Lockwood as the eponymous woman who marries a series of rich men - all who meet untimely ends, as well as Mr. Topaze, a 1961 comedy directed by and starring Peter Sellers as a mild-mannered school teacher turned cut-throat businessman.

The final option is The Assam Garden (1985), a drama starring Deborah Kerr in her final screen appearance; the film follows her nostalgic-filled widow who finds solace in a burgeoning friendship with her neighbour.

The restored version of the long-inaccessible film will be featured Forgotten Feature section of BFI Player; it'll be free to watch for 48 hours before being available to rent soon after.

For anyone who enjoys broadening their film-watching horizons, this is the perfect opportunity to do just that; head here to cast your vote - but be quick: you have one week left to do so.