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High-Rise 2015 15

Ben Wheatley's savage and brilliant adaptation of JG Ballard's dystopian satire, starring Tom Hiddleston.

120 mins United Kingdom Director. Ben Wheatley

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Disorder 2015 15

Taut, stylish thriller with Matthias Schoenaerts as a suspended soldier who’s plagued with paranoia in his new role as a bodyguard.

France Director. Alice Winocour

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The Girl King 2015 15

Lush retelling of the story of lesbian monarch Queen Christina of Sweden, combining period drama with a deeply personal love story.

106 mins Finland Director. Mika Kaurismäki

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Tulpan 2008 12

Sergei Dvortsevoy's multi-award winning feature debut is a deliciously tale of a Kazakh sailor out to win a wife and set himself up as a shepherd on the steppes.

103 mins Germany Director. Sergey Dvortsevoy

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Mark Kermode introduces The Ipcress File 2016

Mark Kermode takes a fresh look at Sydney J. Furie’s 1965 spy thriller, recounting its reputation as tougher, grittier alternative to the flashier thrills of James Bond.

2 mins United Kingdom Director. Nick Freand Jones

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The Ipcress File 1965 PG

The coolest spy of all – Michael Caine’s Harry Palmer – makes his brilliant big screen debut in this landmark British spy thriller.

109 mins United Kingdom Director. Sidney J. Furie

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Embrace of the Serpent 2015 12

The spirit of Werner Herzog and Apocalypse Now imbue this majestic Oscar-nominated odyssey through the heart of the Amazon.

125 mins Colombia Director. Ciro Guerra

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Remainder 2015 15

Omer Fast’s gripping puzzle-box thriller about an amnesiac reconstructing his elusive past.

102 mins United Kingdom Director. Omer Fast

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The Here After 2015 15

A teenager attempts to integrate back into society following a spell in prison, but the community is unwilling to forgive him.

114 mins Poland Director. Magnus von Horn

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Bang Gang (A Modern Love Story) 2015 18

High-school students start a private orgy society in Eva Husson’s dazzlingly shot, no-holds-barred drama.

98 mins France Director. Eva Husson

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Akenfield 1974 12

Peter Hall’s extraordinary, long-unseen work of sublime poetic realism traces three generations of one Suffolk family and their lives in the farming industry.

98 mins United Kingdom Director. Peter Hall

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Pierrot le Fou 1965 15

Godard’s stunning, colour widescreen account of the wild journey of ‘the last romantic couple’, Pierrot (Jean-Paul Belmondo) and his lover Marianne (Karina).

110 mins France Director. Jean-Luc Godard

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Notes on Blindness 2015 U

James Spinney and Peter Middleton's highly original documentary uses cinematic interpretations and textured sound design to express a ‘world beyond sight.’

90 mins United Kingdom Director. James Spinney, Peter Middleton

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The Lobster 2014 15

Colin Farrell, Ben Whishaw and Rachel Weisz star in this bleakly hilarious dystopian drama from Yorgos Lanthimos (Dogtooth).

112 mins Ireland Director. Yorgos Lanthimos

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Extremes 1971 Not Rated

In-your-face 70s documentary exploring the lives of Hell's Angels, hippies, skinheads, rudeboys, mods and drug addicts.

82 mins United Kingdom Director. Michael Lytton, Anthony Klinger

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The Chambermaid Lynn 2014 18

An obsessive-compulsive hotel cleaner who harbours a fetishistic fascination with her hotel's guests meets an enigmatic dominatrix who changes her world.

105 mins Germany Director. Ingo Haeb

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Triple 9 2015 15

Chiwetel Ejiofor, Casey Affleck, Kate Winslet and Woody Harrelson make up the heavyweight cast for John Hillcoat’s (The Proposition) stunning heist thriller.

115 mins USA Director. John Hillcoat

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Trumbo 2015 15

Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad, Argo) gives a cracking performance as Dalton Trumbo, the Oscar-winning screenwriter who became a Hollywood outcast.

124 mins USA Director. Jay Roach

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Carol 2014 15

Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara illuminate Todd Haynes’ intoxicating adaptation of Patricia Highsmith’s beloved novel.

119 mins United Kingdom Director. Todd Haynes

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The Violators 2015 15

In this spiky and stylish debut from novelist Helen Walsh, two girls from different backgrounds form an unlikely bond, setting off on a dangerous course.

97 mins United Kingdom Director. Helen Walsh

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Spotlight 2015 15

The Best Picture winner at the 2016 Oscars is a searing account of Boston Globe journalists' uncovering of the Catholic Church child abuse scandal.

129 mins USA Director. Thomas McCarthy

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The Wheelchair Olympians 1983

With the Paralympics even more marginalised than today, these athletes show great determination, dedication, camaraderie and humility.

26 mins United Kingdom

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Eisteddfod Gadeiriol Môn - Amlwch
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Eisteddfod Gadeiriol Môn - Amlwch 1961

People come on foot, by bus and by train to the regional eisteddfod held, this year, in Amlwch and presided over by Anglesey’s Arch-druid Llew Llwydiarth (W Charles Owen).

6 mins Wales

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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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Wenlock Olympics 1980

Much Wenlock has a special place in the history of the modern Olympic games - and perhaps it could help to resolve a potential crisis in Moscow.

4 mins United Kingdom

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The Royal National Eisteddfod of Wales 1958
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The Royal National Eisteddfod of Wales 1958 1958

RTB, the Ebbw Vale steel company, records a town highlight, preparations for which have been in train a year, involving organisers, competitors, quarrymen and steel workers.

17 mins United Kingdom

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Women's Olympiad 1924

British "girl athletes" prove themselves in competition with women from around the world at Stamford Bridge.

2 mins United Kingdom

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Diving and Swimming 1926

Special effects galore in this demonstration of fancy swimming and diving, featuring Olympic medallist Belle White.

10 mins United Kingdom Director. John Betts

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Australia v East Anglia Women's Cricket
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Australia v East Anglia Women's Cricket 1976

Women cricketers are just as tough as the men, and no, despite rumours, they don’t wear coconut shells to protect themselves during matchplay!

4 mins United Kingdom

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The Olympic Flame 1932

Is it a food or drink? Ovaltine takes the Gold at the 1932 Los Angeles Olympics.

7 mins United Kingdom

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Six Days in Romandie 1983

Six days of punishing wheel-to-wheel action as the TI Raleigh racing team competes against the best European squads.

30 mins United Kingdom Director. Lindsey Clennell

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I Am Not He... She
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I Am Not He... She 2015

Lingadevaru’s unforgettable drama, based on an empowering true story a young boy who travels to Bangalore to follow his dream of becoming a woman.

115 mins India Director. B.S. Lingadevaru

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Donkey Punch 2007 18

Nichola Burley and Jamie Winstone star in the yacht-set shocker, in which a teen sex party turns into a deadly fight for survival.

99 mins United Kingdom Director. Olly Blackburn

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Couple in a Hole 2015 12

One of the most original British features in recent years follows a Scottish couple’s bizarre underground existence in a French forest.

105 mins United Kingdom Director. Tom Geens

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Holding the Man 2015 15

A sweepingly romantic adaptation of Timothy Conigrave’s best-selling memoir, an impassioned love letter to his partner, John Caleo.

127 mins Australia Director. Neil Armfield

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Kill List 2011 18

Ben Wheatley’s ultra-violent second feature, invoking both The Wicker Man and Apocalypse Now.

95 mins United Kingdom Director. Ben Wheatley

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I Am Belfast 2015 15

Mark Cousins’ dreamlike evocation of his home city discovers a capital of rich history and startling beauty.

84 mins United Kingdom Director. Mark Cousins

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