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Peter Greenaway became a director of international status with this witty, stylised, erotic country house murder mystery.
118 mins United Kingdom Director. Peter Greenaway
Mark Kermode extols the poignancy of Terence Davies’ love letter to his home city of Liverpool.
2 mins United Kingdom Director. Nick Freand Jones
Brilliantly mixing archive film and music, Liverpool-born director Terence Davies reflects with wit and wisdom on a times of change, for good or ill
77 mins United Kingdom Director. Terence Davies
What if your father was a Nazi? This is the harrowing question raised in David Evans’ thought-provoking documentary.
96 mins United Kingdom Director. David Evans
Tomm Moore’s Oscar-nominated animation follows the magical journey of Ben and his sister Saoirse, the last Seal-child.
93 mins Ireland
Powerful adaptation of TS Eliot's classic verse drama recounting the clash between King Henry II and Archbishop of Canterbury, Thomas Becket.
114 mins United Kingdom Director. George Hoellering
Deliriously kitsch recruitment ad for the implausibly glamorous world of coalmining.
Forging, casting, rolling, pressing, welding - men work around the clock to keep the furnaces ablaze: "steel is wanted everywhere!"
10 mins United Kingdom Director. Michael Orrom
Very rare footage of the doomed liner in a newsreel released in the aftermath of the disaster.
Film director Enrique (Fele Martínez) is visited by a man claiming to be Ignacio (Gael García Bernal), his first love.
106 mins Spain Director. Pedro Almodóvar
Derek Jacobi and Daniel Craig star as artist Francis Bacon and his muse George Dyer in John Maybury’s darkly exquisite biopic.
86 mins United Kingdom Director. John Maybury
The glare of molten metal, flames, and furnaces – all the visual drama of steel-making is captured in a promotional for Dorman Long on Teesside.
47 mins United Kingdom
Brendan Gleeson and writer-director John Michael McDonagh combine again for a powerful story of a rural priest threatened with death in seven days.
102 mins United Kingdom Director. John Michael McDonagh
150 years after the publication of Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, a chance to see the BFI's restoration of the first-ever film adaptation.
9 mins United Kingdom Director. Cecil M. Hepworth, Percy Stow
Peter Lorre is unforgettable as the compulsive child murderer on the run from both police and criminals alike, in Fritz Lang’s seminal crime film.
99 mins Germany Director. Fritz Lang
The epic, passionate and strikingly naturalistic Palme d'Or-winning romance.
179 mins France Director. Abdel Kechiche
In one of his final roles, Philip Seymour Hoffman excels as a German spy attempting to recruit Islamic informants, in Anton Corbijn’s sophisticated John le Carré adaptation.
122 mins United Kingdom Director. Anton Corbijn
A thrilling and disturbing exploration of the perils of illicit sexual encounters, beginning when a teacher initiates a tryst with one of his pupils.
69 mins Spain Director. Marçal Forés
Noël Coward’s tale of a love affair, thrillingly played out with tight British reserve.
86 mins United Kingdom Director. David Lean
Ian McKellen plays the august detective, now a 93-year-old whose principle case is trying to unravel the mysteries of his own past.
100 mins USA Director. Bill Condon
Amid the seething hormones and turbulent emotions of an all-girl school, a mysterious fainting sickness takes hold.
102 mins United Kingdom Director. Carol Morley
Simon Pegg’s date is hijacked by Lake Bell in this effervescent urban comedy, a fresh twist on the British rom-com.
88 mins France Director. Ben Palmer
22-year-old David has a shameful secret: he’s been sleeping with his sister’s husband. Leon Lopez’s indie gay drama details the fallout.
87 mins United Kingdom Director. Leon Lopez
Ruth Rendell provides the source novel for this delicious tale of deception and identity, from the master of mischievous melodrama, François Ozon.
108 mins France Director. François Ozon
This Oscar-nominated, Almodóvar-produced anthology of six tales of ordinary madness is the most riotously enjoyable portmanteau film since Pulp Fiction.
122 mins Director. Damian Szifron
This deeply intimate portrait of an Argentine football club is a forensic, fetishistic expose of soccer’s clandestine dressing-room culture.
82 mins United Kingdom Director. Martin Farina
ATV documentary from 1972 looking at the issue of youth unemployment in Liverpool, in which teenagers dramatise their future.
45 mins United Kingdom Director. John Goldschmidt
In 1916, a British soldier and two Bedouin boys embark on a treacherous journey across the desert, in this stunningly shot Arabian western.
100 mins Jordan Director. Naji Abu Nowar
Welcoming crowds greet the arrival of a steamer to the Isle of Man, seen from a stunning perspective on deck.
2 mins United Kingdom
Onlookers and officials watch as a variety of yachts race through the waters of Strangford Lough, on the banks of Kircubbin.
3 mins Northern Ireland
1,000s of beautifully preserved films, capturing 120 years of Britain on Film
A jovial 1960s bowler targets the unique and charmingly individual bowling styles of his playing peers at a club in Colinton, a small town near Edinburgh, in this playful comedy.
3 mins Scotland
A stencil-coloured journey through gorgeous gorges, picturesque villages and spa town pomp in this West Country travelogue made circa 1930.
8 mins United Kingdom
Fishermen indulge their passion for deep sea and river bank angling.
12 mins Northern Ireland
This compendium of colliery tales includes miners enjoying a Butlins holiday, a round of golf at Gleneagles and a visit to a film set.
10 mins United Kingdom Director. Basil Somner, J.D. Chambers, John Shaw-jones
Young Socialists take the lead in the struggle against the "Tory dictatorship" led by Margaret Thatcher.
30 mins United Kingdom
Ardent film fans could win a thousand pounds in this Daily Mail competition by naming screen actors in current releases.
A teenager (Ben Whishaw) pays a sexually charged visit to the swimming pool.
11 mins United Kingdom Director. Wiz
An epic amateur travelogue of eastern China on the cusp of Japanese invasion, filmed by British writer Lady Dorothea Hosie.
44 mins United Kingdom
An abandoned baby girl is found in an apple barrel and adopted by a humble grocer in this sentimental wartime fiction.
United Kingdom Director. G.P. Huntley
Twelve men at an Antarctic research station battle a shape-shifting alien that hides in human form, in John Carpenter’s ground-breaking sci-fi horror.
109 mins USA
James Mason, Margaret Lockwood and Stewart Granger star in the first of the fantastically successful Gainsborough melodramas.
116 mins United Kingdom Director. Leslie Arliss
Winner of the Un Certain Regard prize at Cannes, a bold and visceral tale of canine uprising.
120 mins Hungary Director. Kornél Mundruczó
The borstal drama – billed as the female Scum – features Amanda York and Kathy Burke as inmates of a ruthless women’s prison.
93 mins United Kingdom Director. Mai Zetterling
Sensitive and ground-breaking romance between a wheelchair-bound couple played by Malcolm McDowell and Nanette Newman.
111 mins United Kingdom Director. Bryan Forbes
Jean-Jacques Beineix’s story of a volatile, highly sexual relationship was one of the most successful French films of the 1980s.
177 mins France Director. Jean-Jacques Beineix