Several OKS have had distinguished careers in the cinema.

Michael Powell (KSC 1916-19) began as a director on ‘quota quickies’ in the 1930s. In collaboration with Emeric Pressburger he then made a series of distinctive works. His best-known films include: The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp (1943), Black Narcissus (1947), The Red Shoes (1948) and Peeping Tom (1960). A Canterbury Tale (1944) ends with scenes in war-damaged Canterbury.

Carol Reed (KSC 1917-21) was the son of Herbert Beerbohm Tree. He was at the peak of his reputation in the post-war years with Odd Man Out (1947), The Fallen Idol (1948) and The Third Man (1949). He won an Oscar as Best Director for Oliver! (1968).

Charles Frend (KSC 1922-28) began his film career as an editor and worked on several early Hitchcock films. He then became a director at Ealing Studios. He is best know for The Foreman Went to France (1942), Scott of the Antarctic (1948) and The Cruel Sea (1953).

Leslie Mitchell (KSC 1914-20) was the voice of British Movietone News from 1938. Douglas Wilmer (KSC 1933-38) appeared in many films, including Richard III (1956), El Cid (1961) and Cleopatra (1962), and was Sherlock Holmes in the BBC series of 1964-5. Oliver Ford Davies (KSC 1952-57) has had a distinguished stage career and his films include three Star Wars episodes. Stefan Schwartz (KSC 1976-81) is best known as the director of Shooting Fish (1997) and has worked extensively in television.

Anna Pinnock (KSC 1978-80) is a set decorator, whose work has included three James Bond films. She has received several Oscar nominations and won in 2015 for The Grand Budapest Hotel.