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The Handmaiden 2016 18

Park Chan-wook (Oldboy, Stoker) channels Sarah Waters’ novel Fingersmith, to create a sumptuous twisty psychological thriller full of erotic intrigue.

144 mins Korea, Republic of Director. Park Chan-wook

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Tom of Finland 2017 18

The story of a gay icon is brought to life in Dome Karukoski’s handsome biopic of Touko Laaksonen, the artist whose homoerotic drawings gave visual expression to a growing gay culture.

115 mins Finland Director. Dome Karukoski

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Viceroy's House 2016 12

Gurinder Chadha channels David Lean for this sweeping romance set during the last days of the Raj, with Hugh Bonneville and Gillian Anderson as Lord and Lady Mountbatten.

106 mins France Director. Gurinder Chadha


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The Reflecting Skin

The Reflecting Skin 1990 15

Stunningly photographed drama about a young American boy caught up in the nightmare of a sinister rural community.

95 mins United Kingdom Director. Philip Ridley

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Mark Kermode introduces The Reflecting Skin 2017

Mark revisits the long-unavailable Gothic drama from Philip Ridley, which he describes as "a beautiful and disturbing masterpiece."

2 mins United Kingdom Director. Nick Freand Jones

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Prick Up Your Ears

Prick Up Your Ears 1987 15

A celebration of outrageous British playwright Joe Orton’s irreverent and charismatic talent, starring Gary Oldman and Alfred Molina.

109 mins United Kingdom Director. Stephen Frears


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Free Fire
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Free Fire 2016 15

Ben Wheatley’s (High-Rise, Sightseers) all-guns-blazing bullet opera, starring Brie Larson, Cillian Murphy and Armie Hammer.

90 mins United Kingdom Director. Ben Wheatley

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The Transfiguration 2016 15

Milo isn't your usual introverted, strange teenager; he also believes he's a vampire. Michael O'Shea's dark drama presents a transgressive twist on the teen vampire tale.

97 mins USA Director. Michael O’Shea

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Clash 2016 15

Mohamed Diab’s Clash is an unforgettable portrait of Egypt on the brink as rival protesters find themselves locked up in a police van.

97 mins Egypt Director. Mohamed Diab

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Girls on Film 2: Before Dawn 2017 18

An electric collection of 11 award-winning, lesbian and feminist short films exploring fantasies, dreams, desires, love and transgression.

109 mins USA

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Entertaining Mr Sloane
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Entertaining Mr Sloane 1970 15

Joe Orton’s delicious slice of suburban perversity, in which Beryl Reid’s lascivious landlady and her gay brother attempt to seduce their psychopathic tenant.

90 mins United Kingdom Director. Douglas Hickox

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Elle 2015 18

Isabelle Huppert gives an unforgettable performance in Paul Verhoeven’s provocative thriller about one woman’s response to a violent attack.

130 mins France Director. Paul Verhoeven

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Boys on Film 16: Possession 2017 18

Golden boys, teenage lust, self-conscious dolls, chance encounters and a vengeful creature - in the latest gay shorts compilation from Peccadillo Pictures.

126 mins Germany

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A Date For Mad Mary
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A Date For Mad Mary 2016 15

Dry, sarcastic, maddening Mary must find a date for her best friend’s wedding in this Irish feel-good hit for misfits everywhere.

82 mins Great Britain Director. Darren Thornton

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Real Boy
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Real Boy 2016 12

A 19-year-old trans man navigates family, friendships, and the challenges of young adulthood.

72 mins Director. Shaleece Haas

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Get Out
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Get Out 2017 15

Satirical horror and astute social commentary combine in Jordan Peele’s seat-gripping suspense thriller, starring Daniel Kaaluuya.

104 mins USA Director. Jordan Peele

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The Ghoul
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The Ghoul 2016 15

A British indie crime film of great style and ingenuity, executive produced by Ben Wheatley and starring Tom Meeten and Alice Lowe.

81 mins United Kingdom Director. Gareth Tunley

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A Quiet Passion
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A Quiet Passion 2016 12

Terence Davies' elegant and deeply moving biopic of poet Emily Dickinson, played with sensitivity and rebellious spirit by Cynthia Nixon.

125 mins United Kingdom Director. Terence Davies

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Moonlight 2016 15

Winner of the 2017 Oscar for Best Picture, Barry Jenkins’ intoxicating drama follows the furtive life of a young boy through 80s Miami.

111 mins USA Director. Barry Jenkins

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Toni Erdmann
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Toni Erdmann 2016 15

The riotous comedy about a lonely prankster who tries to upend the precision life of his high-powered consultant daughter; winner of a Cannes prize and Oscar-nominated.

162 mins Germany Director. Maren Ade

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Land of Mine
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Land of Mine 2015 15

The brutal and morally complex story of young German POWs faced with the deadly task of landmine clearance in postwar Denmark.

101 mins Denmark Director. Martin Zandvliet

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Oriental Atmosphere 1928

Britain's oldest mosque welcomes a vast crowd of worshippers, visitors, curious onlookers and the odd newsreel camera!

1 mins United Kingdom

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Sean Connery's Edinburgh 1982

The screen legend conducts a personal tour of the great city that shaped him.

28 mins Scotland Director. Murray Grigor

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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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Sport in Northern Ireland 1971

Celebrate sports of all seasons from the Ulster Grand Prix to homespun horseshoe throwing. There is plenty for all tastes and a few surprises to stretch any definition of ‘sport’.

26 mins Northern Ireland

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David is Homosexual
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David is Homosexual 1976

A lonely gay man discovers friends, love and activism in this educational film made by the Campaign for Homosexual Equality

38 mins United Kingdom Director. Wilf Avery

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Swansea Reconstruction 1950

Photos from a pre-blitzed Swansea are shown along with modern images that show how times have changed since the city has been rebuilt.

22 mins United Kingdom


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Delhi, Great Capital of India
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Delhi, Great Capital of India 1909

Rare stencil-coloured images of early 20th century Delhi during a Muslim festival

4 mins France

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New Ways
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New Ways 1978

South Asian? Just moved to England? This pithy documentary will give you the basics on how to get by in the UK

12 mins United Kingdom

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Off the Map 1958

Cruise on the steamer 'Meteor' for a magical 1950s journey to the wild and remote islands of Fair Isle, Shetland, Papa Stour, Foula, North Rona, St Kilda, Mingulay, Barra and Iona.

26 mins Scotland

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Villenour 1914

Gorgeously dreamlike colour images of (then) French India – present-day Puducherry

5 mins France

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A Holiday in the Lake District 1951
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A Holiday in the Lake District 1951 1951

Picture-perfect 1950s holiday home movie, brimful of idyllic scenes of the magnificent Lake District.

20 mins United Kingdom Director. William James Tigg

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Trev's 21st 1963
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Trev's 21st 1963 1963

It's twistin' time! Wander in and celebrate Trev's 21st birthday in this fly-on-the-wall film.

2 mins United Kingdom

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20th Century Women
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20th Century Women 2016 15

Annette Bening shines as the hipster mum who enlists two young friends (Greta Gerwig and Ellie Fanning) to help her son navigate adolescence in this Oscar nominated comedy-drama.

119 mins USA Director. Mike Mills

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A Man Called Ove
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A Man Called Ove 2015 15

A curmudgeon turns over a new leaf in this heart-warming comedy that became one of Swedish cinema’s biggest hits.

116 mins Sweden Director. Hannes Holm

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David Lynch: The Art Life
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David Lynch: The Art Life 2016 15

An exquisitely textured and reflective documentary about Lynch as a visual artist.

90 mins USA Director. Jon Nguyen, Olivia Neergaard-Holm, Rick Barnes

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Manchester by the Sea
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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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The Age of Shadows
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The Age of Shadows 2016 15

Kim Jee-woon’s stunning, seductive and serpentine action thriller set during Japan’s occupation of Korea.

140 mins Korea, Republic of Director. Kim Jee-woon

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The Levelling
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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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