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Altman 2014 15

An illuminating documentary about American cinema’s maverick genius Robert Altman, featuring unseen home movies and extensive interviews.

96 mins Canada Director. Ron Mann

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What We Do in the Shadows 2014 15

An achingly funny mockumentary about New Zealand’s hitherto unknown vampire (and werewolf) communities, from the creators of Flight of the Conchords.

86 mins Director. Jemaine Clement, Taika Waititi

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Lost River
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Lost River 2013 15

Ryan Gosling’s directorial debut is a disturbing, visually experimental fairytale about a single mother drawn into a nightmarish netherworld.

95 mins USA Director. Ryan Gosling

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'All the Winners' - And the Losers!
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'All the Winners' - And the Losers! 1923

No fewer than five once or future prime ministers on show at the momentous 1923 election.

10 mins United Kingdom

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Vote for Froglet
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Vote for Froglet 1974

Election fever grips the Clangers on a small blue planet far away.

7 mins United Kingdom Director. Oliver Postgate

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Socialist Car of State
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Socialist Car of State 1930

Party-political hyperbole meets Wacky Races in this spirited cartoon produced for the Conservative Party.

7 mins United Kingdom


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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 Director. Damian Szifron

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The Duke of Burgundy
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The Duke of Burgundy 2014 18

Peter Strickland’s visually and aurally intoxicating tale of sadomasochistic power-play is a daringly erotic sensory feast.

104 mins United Kingdom Director. Peter Strickland

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Dior and I
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Dior and I 2014 12A

An astonishing behind-the-scenes documentary following the famed fashion house’s new artistic director as he prepares his first collection.

90 mins France Director. Frederic Tcheng

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Paddington 2014 PG

The marmalade-loving bear from Peru returns to the screens in a new incarnation that will enrapture children and adults alike.

95 mins France Director. Paul King

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Suspiria 1977 18

Dario Argento’s phantasmagoric gothic nightmare blends operatic violence, disorienting dream logic and hyper-real visual to create a horror classic.

98 mins Italy Director. Dario Argento

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The Grandmaster
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The Grandmaster 2013 15

Wong Kar-Wai’s lavish martial arts biopic tells the story of Ip Man, the legendary trainer who became Bruce Lee’s mentor.

130 mins People's Republic of China Director. Wong Kar-wai

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Plan 9 from Outer Space
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Plan 9 from Outer Space 1958 PG

Notoriously dubbed one of the worst films ever made, this deranged 50s sci-fi remains a hilarious and extraordinary example of outsider cinema.

79 mins USA Director. Edward D. Wood Jr

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I Vitelloni
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I Vitelloni 1953 PG

Federico Fellini’s influential drama follows five young Italian men and their different attempts to disrupt the drudgery of provincial life.

108 mins Italy Director. Federico Fellini

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Umberto D.
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Umberto D. 1952 PG

Vittorio De Sica’s heartbreaking classic about a destitute old man in Rome, trying to survive with only his faithful dog Flike for company.

91 mins Italy Director. Vittorio De Sica

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The Imitation Game
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The Imitation Game 2014 12

Benedict Cumberbatch’s roundly acclaimed performance anchors the incredible, Oscar-winning story of code-breaker Alan Turing.

114 mins USA Director. Morten Tyldum

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'71 2014 15

A young British squaddie is caught behind enemy lines in bomb-torn Belfast, in Yann Demange’s riveting suspense thriller.

99 mins United Kingdom Director. Yann Demange

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Mr. Turner
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Mr. Turner 2014 12A

Mike Leigh’s Cannes-winning account of the later years of J. M. W. Turner, brilliantly played by Timothy Spall.

140 mins United Kingdom Director. Mike Leigh


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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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"Topical" Triumphs Again
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"Topical" Triumphs Again 1922

Lights, camera, democracy! Eager voters swarm to Trafalgar Square to witness the election results, live on screen.

2 mins United Kingdom

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Coloured Voting - Hidden Issue
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Coloured Voting - Hidden Issue 1964

Current affairs programme from Birmingham investigating the possible impact that immigration and racial prejudice may have on the upcoming election.

14 mins United Kingdom

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Thinking about People
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Thinking about People 1965

A Liberal dose of electioneering in this unmissable party political broadcast, featuring a youthful David Steel MP.

10 mins United Kingdom

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Britain Belongs to You No. 1
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Britain Belongs to You No. 1 1959

The first in a series of 12 campaign reports from Labour's Radio and TV Operations Room, presented by Tony Benn and featuring Hugh Gaitskell.

20 mins United Kingdom

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Scottish Elections: Statement for Scotland
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Scottish Elections: Statement for Scotland 2003

“If you care, show it” - is the message to encourage voting in the Scottish elections, long before the galvanising independence referendum of 2014.

10 mins Great Britain

BFI FLARE Collection

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Test 2013 15

A wonderfully evocative period drama exploring the telling details of gay life in San Francisco in 1985 with a fantastically upbeat 80s soundtrack.

89 mins USA Director. Chris Mason Johnson

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You and the Night
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You and the Night 2013 18

Eric Cantona and Beatrice Dalle star in an outrageous erotic fever dream about a couple who invite four diverse guests to their midnight orgy.

98 mins France Director. Yann Gonzalez

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Uncle David
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Uncle David 2009 18

Celebrated cabaret artist David Hoyle’s debut film is a typically acerbic drama about the disturbing relationship between an uncle and his nephew.

98 mins United Kingdom Director. David Hoyle, Mike Nicholls, Gary Reich

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The Way He Looks
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The Way He Looks 2014 12A

A blind student’s relationship with his best friend is tested when he falls for the new boy in school, in Daniel Ribeiro’s beautifully realised romance.

96 mins Director. Daniel Ribeiro

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Eastern Boys
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Eastern Boys 2012 15

A gay pick-up turns into a dangerous game of betrayal and violence in this slyly subversive and compelling thriller.

128 mins France Director. Robin Campillo

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Blue is the Warmest Colour
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Blue is the Warmest Colour 2013 18

The epic, passionate and strikingly naturalistic Palme d'Or-winning romance.

179 mins France Director. Abdel Kechiche

Hitchcock Collection

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Psycho 1960 15

Blood! Blood! Hitchcock’s masterpiece was his most successful film; a sensation in its time that continues to terrify.

109 mins USA Director. Alfred Hitchcock

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Rear Window
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Rear Window 1954 PG

Alfred Hitchcock’s masterly thriller stars James Stewart as an invalided photographer who spots something fishy outside his rear window.

112 mins USA Director. Alfred Hitchcock

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The Birds
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The Birds 1963 15

Birds inexplicably turn again man and begin attacking the small community of Bodega Bay, in Alfred Hitchcock’s suspense classic.

119 mins USA Director. Alfred Hitchcock

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Martin Scorsese discusses Vertigo
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Martin Scorsese discusses Vertigo 2012

Director Martin Scorsese talks about seeing Alfred Hitchcock’s Vertigo when he was 15, and the profound affect the film had on him.

United Kingdom

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Frenzy 1972 18

Hitchcock returned to London for was his penultimate film, a brutal serial killer drama that proved the veteran still had the edge.

116 mins United Kingdom Director. Alfred Hitchcock

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Downhill 1927 U

Alfred Hitchcock’s fifth film features an early variation on his fabled ‘wrong man’plot, as Ivor Novello stands accused of getting a girl pregnant.

105 mins United Kingdom Director. Alfred Hitchcock


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