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The Riot Club 2014 15

Two Oxford University students attempt to join a notoriously hedonistic drinking club, in this biting social satire based on the hit play.

107 mins United Kingdom Director. Lone Scherfig

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Jimi All Is by My Side 2013 15

OutKast’s André Benjamin stars as Jimi Hendrix on the cusp of greatness, honing his act in Swinging London, in this revealing and alternative take on the rock biopic.

118 mins USA Director. John Ridley

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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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Hints and Hobbies No. 2 1926

Tips for the lady motorist and how to repair galoshes with a piece of old tyre – the Hints and Hobbies team are back!

14 mins United Kingdom

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The Crane
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The Crane 1993

Jude Law makes his film debut in this unusual short as a man who loses his job, his home and his fiancée, all in the space of one day.

16 mins United Kingdom Director. Philip O'Shea

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Dual Control
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Dual Control 1932

Take to the skies in this eccentric short starring the newlywed darlings of British aviation, Amy Johnson and Jim Mollison.

20 mins United Kingdom

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Two Days, One Night 2014 15

Academy Award-winner Marion Cotillard’s collaboration with Cannes Festival-favourites Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne is a stunning, tense drama about a woman’s race against time to save her job.

Director. Luc Dardenne, Jean-Pierre Dardenne

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Ida 2013 12A

The Best Film winner at the 2013 BFI London Film Festival is an exquisitely shot, moving drama about a Polish nun exploring her family's past, from UK-based director Pawel Pawlikowski.

81 mins Director. Pawel Pawlikowski

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Testament of Youth introduction and featurette
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Testament of Youth introduction and featurette 2015

Edith Bowman and BFI Chief Executive Amanda Nevill introduce a special screening of James Kent’s adaptation of Vera Brittain’s First World War memoir.

13 mins United Kingdom

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The Beast 1975 18

An outrageous classic of erotic cinema, Walerian Borowczyk’s playful and subversive fantasy finds a horny heiress courting the ravenous desires of a wild beast.

93 mins France Director. Walerian Borowczyk

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Under the Skin 2013 15

An alien Scarlett Johansson prowls the streets of Glasgow in Jonathan Glazer’s astonishing, mind-bending mixture of existential sci-fi and inner-city realism.

United Kingdom Director. Jonathan Glazer

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Only Lovers Left Alive 2013 15

Tom Hiddleston and Tilda Swinton star as ageless, blood-drinking lovers in Jim Jarmusch’s clever, funny and sexy vampire tale.

123 mins United Kingdom Director. Jim Jarmusch

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Frank 2013 15

Michael Fassbender is the man inside the papier-mâché head, in this fictionalised reimagining of the story of northern entertainer Frank Sidebottom.

Ireland Director. Lenny Abrahamson

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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

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The Stuart Hall Project 2013 12A

Composed of film, music and photographs from the archives, a fascinating portrait of the life and times of the founder of cultural studies and the New Left Experience.

98 mins United Kingdom Director. John Akomfrah

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Nymphomaniac Vol. II 2013 18

Volume 2 of Lars von Trier’s explicit, controversial film about a woman recounting the history of her sexuality in episodic style.

123 mins Denmark Director. Lars von Trier

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Immoral Tales 1974 18

Walerian Borowczyk presents four stories of sexual taboos throughout the ages, in his highly controversial classic of 1970s erotic cinema.

103 mins France Director. Walerian Borowczyk

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My Brother the Devil 2012 15

Sally El Hosaini's feature debut tells of the love and disenchantment of two British-Egyptian brothers. Gangs, drugs and sexuality come between them

107 mins United Kingdom Director. Sally El Hosaini

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Unknown 1972

Mind-bending psychedelic sci-fi from the early 70s, made by students at Sheffield University.

24 mins Great Britain

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Dance Festival 1969

Join a 60s protest ‘be-in’ at Camden’s Roundhouse – alongside portraits of Lenin and a giant inflatable phallus.

22 mins United Kingdom

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The Unclean World 1903

What’s that crawling around in the cheese? Surprises abound in this spoof nature film.

2 mins United Kingdom

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Sam Goes Shopping
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Sam Goes Shopping 1939

Stanley Holloway recounts the exploits of Sam Small, whose wife sends him shopping for... what was it again?

6 mins United Kingdom

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Round the Bend
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Round the Bend 1968

Baby shows don’t come stranger than this one from 1968. There are some pretty hideous babies on show and the vicar gets more than he bargained for.

6 mins United Kingdom Director. Bert Phelps

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Hints and Hobbies No. 3
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Hints and Hobbies No. 3 1926

Electrocution beckons courtesy of the Hints and Hobbies team, here to advise how to construct an efficient wireless set for just 1/10d.

3 mins United Kingdom

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Metropolis 1927

Fritz Lang’s expressionist dystopia is one of the first science fiction feature films, and is arguably the most influential.

153 mins Germany

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Red Moon
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Red Moon 1957

A propaganda film from 1957 detailing USSR’s experiments with satellites as it stood on the cusp of space exploration.

4 mins United Kingdom

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Videodrome 1983 18

James Woods and Debbie Harry star in David Cronenberg’s mind-melting sci-fi about media domination.

87 mins Canada Director. David Cronenberg

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Slaughterhouse-Five 1972 15

This adaptation of Kurt Vonnegut’s novel follows Billy Pilgrim’s journeys in time as he flits between WWII Dresden and a future on planet Tralfamadore.

104 mins USA Director. George Roy Hill

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A Trip to the Moon
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A Trip to the Moon 1902 U

A classic of early sci-fi providing an awe-inspiring and delightful account of man’s first mission to the Moon.

13 mins France Director. Georges Méliès

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Upstream Colour
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Upstream Colour 2013 12A

Shane Carruth’s startlingly original and beautifully conceived drama follows two lovers as they recover from infection by a mind-altering parasite.

96 mins USA Director. Shane Carruth

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