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Things to Come 1936 PG

H.G. Wells' chilling vision of the future, which imagines the 20th Century as a near-endless war and struggle against tyranny, remains a key milestone in British science fiction.

108 mins United Kingdom Director. William Cameron Menzies

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Mark Kermode introduces Highway Patrolman 2016

Mark Kermode introduces Alex Cox's undervalued Mexican feature, Highway Patrolman..

2 mins United Kingdom Director. Nick Freand Jones

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Highway Patrolman

Highway Patrolman 1991 15

Alex Cox’s Mexican film follows the journey of a highway patrolman whose idealism eventually gives way to inevitable corruption.

105 mins USA Director. Alex Cox

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Macbeth 2015 15

Fassbender is ferocious as the Scottish king in Justin Kurzel’s red-blooded and viscerally atmospheric Shakespeare adaptation.

113 mins France Director. Justin Kurzel

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Rams
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Rams 2015 15

Cannes prize-winning Icelandic drama about two estranged sheep-farming brothers who come together following a deadly disease outbreak.

93 mins Iceland Director. Grímur Hákonarson

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Legend
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Legend 2015 18

Tom Hardy’s magnetic double-performance as infamous East End gangsters Reggie and Ronnie Kray commands Brian Helgeland stylish biopic.

131 mins France Director. Brian Helgeland

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Shower Baths in the Trenches
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Shower Baths in the Trenches 1916

A humble scrub is all it takes to get these French troops in a lather.

1 mins United Kingdom

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Industrial Sidelights
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Industrial Sidelights 1916

Goat farming, salmon farming and copper mining all feature in this enlightening oddity.

7 mins United Kingdom

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The Scarecrow
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The Scarecrow 1916

A tramp steals the clothes from a scarecrow, but when he realises two couples are using its pockets to pass messages, he sees an opportunity.

11 mins United Kingdom Director. Cecil Birch

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Airship No. 9
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Airship No. 9 1916

The maiden flight of Britain's first successful rigid airship – just don’t call it a zeppelin…

United Kingdom

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The Man with the Glass Eye
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The Man with the Glass Eye 1916

There's shades of Moriarty to the mastervillain in this wartime potboiler.

58 mins United Kingdom

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Tubby's Typewriter
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Tubby's Typewriter 1916

Newlywed Tubby fancies another man's typewriter and ends up in hot water with his new wife

8 mins United Kingdom Director. Frank Wilson

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45 Years
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45 Years 2014 15

One of the most acclaimed British features of recent years, starring Charlotte Rampling and Tom Courtenay as a couple rocked by news from the past.

95 mins United Kingdom Director. Andrew Haigh

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Chemsex
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Chemsex 2015 18

A hard-hitting and often graphic documentary about the 'chemsex' sub-scene in London’s gay community.

83 mins USA Director. Max Gogarty, William Fairman

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Le Mépris

Le Mépris 1963 15

Jean-Luc Godard’s caustic look at compromised creativity in the filmmaking world has superb images, music and acting from Piccoli, Bardot and Palance

103 mins France Director. Jean-Luc Godard

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Innocence of Memories 2015 12

A multi-layered melding of fiction and fact, about Nobel prize-winner Orhan Pamuk and his Istanbul Museum of Innocence.


90 mins United Kingdom Director. Grant Gee

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Lost in Karastan 2014 15

In this smart filmmaking satire, Matthew Macfadyen plays as a hard-up British director who accepts a commission to make a film for a Central Asian dictator.

100 mins United Kingdom Director. Ben Hopkins

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The Second Mother
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The Second Mother 2015 15

A maid for a rich São Paulo family is allowed to take her provincial teenage daughter into the household, but tensions quickly surface between her old and new lives.

112 mins Brazil Director. Anna Muylaert

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The Diary of a Teenage Girl 2015 18

The US indie hit tells the bold, bawdy and hilarious story of a teenager's sexual awakening after she sleeps with her mother’s boyfriend.

102 mins USA Director. Marielle Heller

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Zarafa
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Zarafa 2011 PG

A gorgeously composed French animation following a boy and a giraffe's epic journey from Africa to 19th-century Paris.

78 mins France Director. Jean-Christophe Lie

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A Most Wanted Man
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A Most Wanted Man 2014 15

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

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Appropriate Behaviour 2015 15

Desiree Akhavan directs and stars in this witty, razor-sharp and fearless comedy following the sexual misadventures of a bisexual Brooklynite.

90 mins United Kingdom Director. Desiree Akhavan

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Bolshoi Babylon 2015 PG

A backstage glimpse behind the famous Russian ballet company as it contends with the fallout from a shocking attack on its artistic director.

86 mins United Kingdom Director. Mark Franchetti, Nick Read

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Wild Tales
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Wild Tales 2014 15

This Oscar-nominated, Almodóvar-produced anthology of six tales of ordinary madness is the most riotously enjoyable portmanteau film since Pulp Fiction.

122 mins Argentina Director. Damian Szifron

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Ashbourne Shrovetide Football
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Ashbourne Shrovetide Football 1974

Join the rough and tumble of the annual Shrovetide football match in Ashbourne - that's if you can see the ball amongst the brawling mass of limbs.

10 mins United Kingdom

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A Tale of Two Seasons
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A Tale of Two Seasons 1967

Forget spring and autumn – in Rhyl it’s only ever summer with visitors, or winter without. Either way and whatever the weather, the pubs that Rhyl is “well blessed with” are open.

14 mins Wales

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Britain On Film Trailer
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Britain On Film Trailer 2015

1,000s of beautifully preserved films, capturing 120 years of Britain on Film

2 mins

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Tossing the Pancake
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Tossing the Pancake 1921

A schoolboy scoffs his prize pancake after winning Westminster School’s annual Shrove Tuesday competition, watched by staff, pupils and proud cook.

United Kingdom

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Chinese New Year
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Chinese New Year 1981

The reigning Miss Chinatown joins the traditional celebrations to mark the year of the Cockerel on a chilly February day in Birmingham.

1 mins United Kingdom

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No Parlour Pastime! 1927

It's Upstreeters v Downstreeters in a messy - and very wet - game of street football in 1920s Chester-le-Street.

United Kingdom

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Story of the Hare Who Lost His Spectacles
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Story of the Hare Who Lost His Spectacles 1973

Prepare to be freaked out big time by a thoroughly theatrical 1970s psych-prog-folk-rock fairy tale from English eccentrics Jethro Tull.

7 mins United Kingdom

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The Adventures of the Son of Exploding Sausage
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The Adventures of the Son of Exploding Sausage 1969

The Bonzo Dog Band freak out at the farm and strange sounds abound in this cheery, charmingly childlike stream-of-consciousness music short.

13 mins United Kingdom Director. David Korr

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Old Norse Vikings Festival
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Old Norse Vikings Festival 1927

Viking chieftains, flaming torches and outlandish costumes liven up a dark January day in Lerwick, Shetland, as the townsfolk celebrate 'Up Helly Aa'.

3 mins United Kingdom

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Discomania
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Discomania

Nerdy teenage mummy's boy David dreams of wowing the girls with his disco dance moves - but alas he was born with two left feet.

Great Britain

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Shipbuilders
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Shipbuilders 1940

Shipwrights, plate-fitters and riveters support the war effort as their ships take majestic shape in this tour of British shipyards.

10 mins United Kingdom Director. Leon Schauder

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Right to Work March
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Right to Work March 1972

They're young, unemployed and on the march - from Glasgow, Liverpool and Swansea to London.

42 mins United Kingdom

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View What Is This Film Called Love?
What Is This Film Called Love?

What Is This Film Called Love? 2012 12

Mark Cousins’ cine-essay, inspired by Sergei Eisenstein’s 1930s Mexican odyssey, is a poetic meditation on memory, landscape and walking.

80 mins United Kingdom Director. Mark Cousins

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Girlhood
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Girlhood 2014 15

In the tough suburbs of Paris, sixteen-year-old Marieme decides to reinvent herself when she joins a girl gang.

113 mins France Director. Céline Sciamma

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By Our Selves
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By Our Selves 2015 15

The latest psycho-geographical excursion from Andrew Kötting and Iain Sinclair

83 mins United Kingdom Director. Andrew Kötting

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Everlasting Love
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Everlasting Love 2014 18

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

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Dressed as a Girl
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Dressed as a Girl 2015 18

An in-depth, behind-the-scenes look at London’s finest drag performers. Warning: extreme use of make-up and glitter.

100 mins United Kingdom Director. Colin Rothbart

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Song of the Sea
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Song of the Sea 2014 PG

Tomm Moore’s Oscar-nominated animation follows the magical journey of Ben and his sister Saoirse, the last Seal-child.

93 mins Ireland Director. Tomm Moore

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