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Spring
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Spring 2015 15

An American tourist in Italy falls for a stunning local woman with a dangerous secret, in this startling horror-romance.

109 mins USA Director. Justin Benson, Aaron Moorhead

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Something Must Break
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Something Must Break 2014 18

A striking 21st-century love story about the passionate relationship between a transgendered teen and a straight man.

85 mins Sweden Director. Ester Martin Bergsmark

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Sixteen 2013 15

A former child soldier in Congo, now living in London, witnesses a crime and is drawn into a violent world he hoped to leave behind.

80 mins United Kingdom Director. Rob Brown

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Whitsuntide Fair at Preston
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Whitsuntide Fair at Preston 1906

All the fun of the Whitsuntide Fair in Edwardian Preston.

1 mins United Kingdom

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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. Bob Whitaker, Martin Sharp

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Peddlers' Progress
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Peddlers' Progress 1949

Join four clean-cut intrepid youngsters on an awfully big 1940s adventure as they sing and cycle their way around the youth hostels of scenic Scotland in glorious colour. Tally ho!

9 mins

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Maps to the Stars
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Maps to the Stars 2014 18

Julianne Moore and John Cusack star in David Cronenberg’s caustic take on modern Hollywood, depicted as a nightmare world of ego and obsession.

111 mins Canada Director. David Cronenberg

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Broken Gardenias
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Broken Gardenias 2014 15

A quirky, dark comedy about a socially awkward, semi-savant, Jenni, who teams up with super-confident street hustler, Sam, to search for her long-lost father.

90 mins USA Director. Kai Alexander

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Pride
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Pride 2014 15

The smash culture-clash comedy tells the incredible true story of how miners and a Gay Pride support group come together to fight a common cause.

119 mins United Kingdom Director. Matthew Warchus

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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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Antiviral
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Antiviral 2012 15

Body horror and celebrity satire are served ice cold in this extreme offering from Brandon Cronenberg (son of David).

108 mins Canada Director. Brandon Cronenberg

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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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Swimming Pool
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Swimming Pool 2002 15

A crime novelist seeks peace but gets a dangerous muse in this twisted bilingual thriller from François Ozon.

102 mins France Director. François Ozon

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Dreamcatcher
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Dreamcatcher 2014 15

Kim Longinotto’s inspirational documentary about Brenda, a Chicagoan charity worker who helps vulnerable prostitutes leave the industry.

98 mins United Kingdom Director. Kim Longinotto

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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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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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Jimmy's Hall
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Jimmy's Hall 2014 12A

Ken Loach’s final fiction film is a spirited account of a 1930s Irish social club that becomes a bastion of jazz and free-thinking, angering the Church.

109 mins United Kingdom Director. Ken Loach

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1963 15

Fellini triumphantly conjured himself out of a bad case of creative block with this magnum opus about a film director experiencing creative block.

138 mins Italy Director. Federico Fellini

ARCHIVE HIGHLIGHTS

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Tulip Time in South Lincolnshire
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Tulip Time in South Lincolnshire 1953

With a Tulip Queen and acres of brilliant bright flowers to see tourists clog the roads of Spalding in search of a perfect field of blooms.

10 mins United Kingdom

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Chinese in Wartime Britain
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Chinese in Wartime Britain 1944

A documentary about the benefits and influences of Chinese immigration on Britain’s home front.

10 mins United Kingdom Director. Carl Heck

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Lady Godiva Procession in Coventry
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Lady Godiva Procession in Coventry 1902

Crowds pay homage to the legendary naked rider during Coventry’s Edwardian coronation celebrations.

6 mins United Kingdom

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Jocelyn in Wonderland
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Jocelyn in Wonderland 1961

Tired little Jocelyn, in her National Health specs, falls asleep in the garden and wakes up in Wonderland in this amateur retelling of Lewis Carroll’s classic.

13 mins United Kingdom

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What We Want Is Watney's
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What We Want Is Watney's 1959

Could it be..? Yes, it really is a pre-fame Michael Caine, in a fun ad for Watney's ales.

2 mins United Kingdom

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Cyclists Special
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Cyclists Special 1956

A wonderful short film, produced by British Transport Films, about travelling around Britain by bicycle - with the help of the odd train.

United Kingdom

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The Great Beauty 2013 15

Paolo Sorrentino's dazzling, Oscar-winning portrayal of an ageing writer who becomes bored of his life of decadence.

141 mins Italy Director. Paolo Sorrentino

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Inside Llewyn Davis
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Inside Llewyn Davis 2012 15

The Coen brothers’ funny, wistful elegy to early 1960s folk music follows a struggling songwriter through a winter’s worth of misdeeds, mishaps and lost cats.

USA Director. Ethan Coen, Joel Coen

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In the Fog
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In the Fog 2012 12

A suspected Nazi collaborator and his Partisan abductors join forces to escape pursuing German forces, in this vibrantly shot war drama.

Germany Director. Sergei Loznitsa

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Once Upon a Time in Anatolia
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Once Upon a Time in Anatolia 2011 15

A modern masterpiece from major filmmaker Nuri Bilge Ceylan, following police and prosecutors as they escort a murderer through the bleak Anatolian steppes in search of a buried body.

Director. Nuri Bilge Ceylan

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The Golden Dream
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The Golden Dream 2013 12

Diego Quemada-Diez’s astounding debut feature follows four Guatemalan teenagers as they attempt to escape from the slums of Guatemala City to the bright lights of Los Angeles

107 mins Director. Diego Quemada-Diez

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Amour Fou
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Amour Fou 2014 12A

Jessica Hausner’s long-awaited follow-up to Lourdes is a devilish anti-Rom-Com in which German poet seeks mates for a suicide pact.

96 mins Director. Jessica Hausner

BFI FLARE Collection

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Behind the Candelabra 2013 15

Michael Douglas dazzles as the flamboyant virtuoso pianist Liberace in this fascinating biopic by Steven Soderbergh.

118 mins USA Director. Steven Soderbergh

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Reaching for the Moon
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Reaching for the Moon 2013 12

Beautifully told true story of the love affair between American poet Elizabeth Bishop and Brazilian architect Lola de Macedo Soares.

118 mins Director. Bruno Barreto

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Test
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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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A Bit of Scarlet
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A Bit of Scarlet 1996 12

Mapping how British film and TV depicts the gay and lesbian lifestyle, Andrea Weiss raids the archives for her funny and persuasive documentary.

74 mins United Kingdom Director. Andrea Weiss

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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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Breakfast on Pluto
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Breakfast on Pluto 2005 15

Cillian Murphy is extraordinary as a transgender foundling searching for her lost mother, in Neil Jordan’s runaway romp.

128 mins United Kingdom Director. Neil Jordan

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