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The Levelling 2016 15

Hope Dickson Leach's hugely impressive first feature about a middle class farming family’s crisis, set against the backdrop of the Somerset floods.

83 mins United Kingdom Director. Hope Dickson Leach

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Manchester by the Sea 2016 15

Casey Affleck and Michelle Williams shine in this devastating, Oscar-winning drama from Kenneth Lonergan about a man’s painful hometown return.

137 mins USA Director. Kenneth Lonergan

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Hacksaw Ridge 2016 15

Andrew Garfield stars in Mel Gibson’s visceral war film, telling the extraordinary story of the soldier who saved 75 lives in one of WWII’s bloodiest battles.

139 mins Australia Director. Mel Gibson

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Brick Lane 2007 15

Sarah Gavron’s subtle and intelligent adaptation of Monica Ali’s acclaimed novel charts the experiences of a Bangladeshi woman in London.

102 mins United Kingdom Director. Sarah Gavron

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Mark Kermode introduces Brick Lane 2017

Critic and broadcaster Mark Kermode looks back at Sarah Gavron's post-9/11 tale of cultural dislocation and female empowerment, based on Monica Ali's acclaimed novel.

2 mins United Kingdom Director. Nick Freand Jones

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Deep End 1970 15

A darkly comic and compelling coming of age story set during a time of social change.

88 mins Federal Republic of Germany Director. Jerzy Skolimowski

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La La Land
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La La Land 2016 12

Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone channel old-school Hollywood glamour in this bright and playful romantic musical from director Damien Chazelle (Whiplash).

128 mins USA Director. Damien Chazelle

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Silence 2016 15

Scorsese’s epic meditation on spiritual strength, with Andrew Garfield and Adam Driver as missionaries on the search for their missing mentor.

161 mins USA Director. Martin Scorsese

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Taekwondo 2016 18

A gorgeously photographed, teasingly libidinous exercise in latent homoeroticism set over a long hot summer in Buenos Aires.

112 mins Argentina Director. Marco Berger

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Spaceship 2016 15

British teen cinema gets an injection of hallucinogenic imagination, plus a few unicorns and aliens, in Alex Taylor’s unclassifiable debut feature.

87 mins United Kingdom Director. Alex Taylor

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The Pass 2015 15

Russell Tovey stars as a Premier League footballer who shares a fumbled pass (of the sexual kind) with a teammate (Arinzé Kene), changing everything - both on and off the pitch.

88 mins United Kingdom Director. Ben A. Williams

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Dancer
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Dancer 2016 12

The rise, fall and rise again of the bad boy of ballet, Ukrainian prodigy Sergei Polunin is captured in this swirling doc with a rocking soundtrack.

86 mins United Kingdom Director. David Lachapelle, Steven Cantor

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American Honey
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American Honey 2016 15

Andrea Arnold dazzles with a sun-soaked and tune-filled epic about door-to-door teenage magazine sellers (led by Shia LeBeouf) traversing the American highways.

163 mins United Kingdom Director. Andrea Arnold

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Captain Fantastic 2016 15

Viggo Mortensen plays the father-gone-primitive in this wonderful award-winning comedy about an off-grid family.

119 mins USA Director. Matt Ross

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Arrival 2016 12

Amy Adams and Jeremy Renner star as the humans who make first contact with extra-terrestrial visitors in this richly textured sci-fi from director Denis Villeneuve.

116 mins USA Director. Denis Villeneuve

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The Eagle Huntress 2016 U

Daisy Ridley narrates this inspiring documentary about a girl who causes a stir in her tribe in Mongolia by embracing the traditionally male role of Eagle Hunter.

101 mins USA Director. Otto Bell

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Paterson 2016 15

Adam Driver excels in this effortlessly charming tale of a bus driver poet in New Jersey, filmed with typically groovy elan by Jim Jarmusch.

118 mins USA Director. Jim Jarmusch

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Neruda 2016 15

Pablo Larraín's bold, inventive detective thriller offers an electrifying contemplation of the Chilean poet's life on the run in the late 1940s.

107 mins Chile Director. Pablo Larraín

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A Monster Calls 2016 12

JA Bayona's visually inventive and deeply moving story about a boy who draws on his expansive imagination to come to terms with impending loss, adapted from Patrick Ness’ hugely popular book.

108 mins Great Britain Director. J.A. Bayona

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I, Daniel Blake 2016 15

Ken Loach’s powerful, Palme d’Or-winning invective against welfare injustice captured the mood of modern Britain and became his biggest box office success.

100 mins United Kingdom Director. Ken Loach

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Akron 2015 12

Two young men meet on the sports field and fall in love. But there’s a family secret which resurfaces and threatens to tear them apart.

88 mins USA Director. Sasha King, Brian O'Donnell

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General Election Vox Pops
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General Election Vox Pops 1974

Who won the October 1974 election? Was it Labour or was it the trade unions?

4 mins United Kingdom

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Cup Final 1923
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Cup Final 1923 1923

The first FA Cup final at Wembley Stadium between West Ham and Bolton attracted a gargantuan crowd of 250,000, twice what the ground could hold.

5 mins United Kingdom

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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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Whitsun Events
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Whitsun Events 1973

Kirkby-in-Ashfield children, in their Sunday school best, take to the streets for the town's annual Whit walks.

13 mins United Kingdom

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Springtime in an English Village
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Springtime in an English Village 1944

An extraordinary and unexpected snapshot of rural life in wartime in which a young black girl is crowned Queen of the May.

7 mins United Kingdom

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Braunton Bulb Farm
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Braunton Bulb Farm 1960

Horticulturalists rear fine blooms

11 mins United Kingdom

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Your Very Good Health
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Your Very Good Health 1948

Long before the ‘Charley Says’ campaign of the 1970s and ‘80s, another cartoon Charley was used to demystify the newly created NHS.

9 mins United Kingdom Director. John Halas, Joy Batchelor

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Animated Politics 1910

Woolwich candidates face the voters in the first of 1910's two general elections.

1 mins United Kingdom

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8mm film-notes on 16mm 1971

A structuralist collage emphasizing the difference between 8mm and 16mm film gauges

19 mins United Kingdom Director. Peter Gidal

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Darling, Do You Love Me?
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Darling, Do You Love Me? 1968

In a hugely entertaining parody of her media persona, Germaine Greer stars as a terrifyingly amorous woman.

3 mins United Kingdom Director. Martin Sharp, Bob Whitaker

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Colour Separation
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Colour Separation 1976

The film colour separation process is deconstructed in highly impressionistic fashion.

2 mins United Kingdom Director. Chris Welsby

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Contact
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Contact 1965

Tense, graphic experimental short film portraying police brutality inside a jail cell.

7 mins United Kingdom Director. Philip Mottram

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Tower 2016

An emotionally gripping and visually stunning account of the first American mass school shooting, in Texas in 1966, blending archive, animation and contemporary interviews.

96 mins USA Director. Keith Maitland

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Manila in the Claws of Light 1975 15

Lino Brocka's classic, the most feted film in Filipino cinema, tells the story of a naive 21-year-old fisherman trying to survive in Manila’s corrupt, teeming and polluted urban jungle.

125 mins Philippines Director. Lino Brocka

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Floating Skyscrapers 2013 18

Hailed as ‘Poland’s first LGBT film’, Tomasz Wasilewski’s striking drama follows a champion swimmer whose gay relationship causes ripples.

93 mins Poland Director. Tomasz Wasilewski

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A United Kingdom 2016 12

Amma Assante (Belle) directs this impassioned drama starring David Oyelowo and Rosamund Pike depicting an interracial romance that changed the world.

101 mins United Kingdom Director. Amma Asante

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The Edge of Seventeen 2016 15

Kelly Fremon Craig’s coming-of-age comedy eschews quirkiness for genuine warmth, while boasting a hilarious supporting turn from Woody Harrelson.

104 mins USA Director. Kelly Fremon

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La Noche
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La Noche 2016 18

A gritty journey through the sexual underbelly of Buenos Aires, with graphic depictions of the highs and lows in one man’s quest for intimacy.

135 mins Great Britain Director. Edgardo Castro

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