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Frances Ha 2012 15

Greta Garwig shines as the scatty late-twentysomething trying to get her life and career in order, in Noah Baumbach’s acclaimed comedy.

86 mins USA Director. Noah Baumbach

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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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20,000 Days on Earth 2014 15

The myths and minutiae of musician Nick Cave are explored in the course of this fictional portrait, following 24 hours in the life of a cultural icon.

93 mins United Kingdom Director. Iain Forsyth, Jane Pollard

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Blue Funnel 1997

An astute, complex tale of identity and family memory. Daniel returns to Liverpool to find a final home for his father's ashes.

14 mins United Kingdom Director. Paul Mayeda Berges

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Egypt and Her Defenders
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Egypt and Her Defenders 1914

Cairo street scenes, the pyramids, the majestic Nile and a visiting Lord Kitchener in a gorgeous tinted travelogue.

10 mins United Kingdom


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The Fugitive Futurist
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The Fugitive Futurist 1924

An on-the-run inventor claims to have invented a camera which looks into the future, showing a grim destiny for London landmarks like Tower Bridge and Trafalgar Square.

12 mins United Kingdom Director. Gaston Quiribet

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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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The Tunnel 1935 U

The construction of a transatlantic tunnel linking Britain and America hits trouble in an entertaining slice of speculative fiction.

94 mins United Kingdom Director. Maurice Elvey

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High Treason (silent version)
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High Treason (silent version) 1929

A terrorist plot plays out on a backdrop of towering skyscrapers, bullet-railways and silver lamé in this vintage vision of London's future.

85 mins United Kingdom Director. Maurice Elvey

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Pumzi 2010

Kenya’s first science-fiction film takes a dazzling trip into a post-apocalyptic world in which water has almost run out.

21 mins Director. Wanuri Kahiu

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Fantastic Planet 1973 PG

René Laloux and Roland Topor’s surreal, psychedelic sci-fi animation imagines a world in which humanoid creatures are kept as pets by a race of giants.

72 mins France Director. René Laloux

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E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial 1982 U

Devotion meets imagination in Spielberg's ultimate crowd-pleaser, part of our new Sci-Fi Collection.

115 mins USA Director. Steven Spielberg

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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

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Children of Men 2006 15

In an apocalyptic future Britain, a civil servant is unexpectedly entrusted with the fate of humanity in Alfonso Cuarón’s gripping and thoughtful sci-fi.

109 mins USA

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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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The Man Who Fell to Earth
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The Man Who Fell to Earth 1976 18

Nicolas Roeg’s cult sci-fi stars David Bowie as an alien attempting to amass a fortune to save his home planet, but unable to escape his decadent earthly lifestyle.

133 mins United Kingdom

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Fahrenheit 451 1966 12

In the near future books are banned and reading is outlawed, forcing rebels to commit literary classics to memory.

112 mins United Kingdom Director. François Truffaut

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Serenity 2005 15

Whedon needs no education: one of the great natural storytellers shifts Firefly to film…

119 mins USA Director. Joss Whedon


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Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa 2013 15

It’s Alan’s finest hour, as the veteran DJ for North Norfolk Digital (Steve Coogan) is called into action to mediate a hostage situation following a siege.

90 mins United Kingdom Director. Declan Lowney

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Ping Pong Summer 2014 15

In Maryland, 1985, teenager Rad is forced to face down the bullies in a table tennis tournament, with only his best friend and the expertise of his mysterious Mr Miyagi-esque neighbour for guidance.

92 mins Great Britain Director. Michael Tully

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The Double 2013 15

Richard Ayoade’s stylish and sinister adaptation of Dostoevsky’s story stars Jesse Eisenberg in a dual-role as a timid office clerk confronted by his confident, scheming doppelganger.

United Kingdom

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Under the Skin
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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

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The Battles of Coronel and Falkland Islands 1927 PG

This dramatic reconstruction of two decisive naval battles from the First World War is one of the finest films of the British silent era.

105 mins United Kingdom Director. Walter Summers

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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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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

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The Lunchbox 2013 PG

Mismatched lunchboxes lead to an unlikely romance in this exquisite Indian drama, brimful of tantalising food and elegantly delivered wisdom.

104 mins

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Nymphomaniac Vol. I 2013 18

Volume 1 of Lars von Trier’s explicit, controversial film about a woman recounting the history of her sexuality in episodic style.

117 mins Denmark

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Two Days, One Night
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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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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

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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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Lizars, Edinburgh 1904

Can you identify this Edwardian comic, playing a gossiping Rajah?

United Kingdom

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Trick Cyclist Alf Tabb
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Trick Cyclist Alf Tabb 1972

Could you ride one of Alf Tabb's tiny home made bicycles? £5 says you can't.

6 mins United Kingdom

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Plenty of Time for Play
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Plenty of Time for Play 1935

Step into the heady, high-tech future of... 1955 - a world of plastic clothes, video phones, and vacuum tube emails.

15 mins United Kingdom

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Balloon Accident at St Cloud
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Balloon Accident at St Cloud 1914

An aeronautical accident is caught on camera at a Parisian 'Aéro-Parc'.

1 mins United Kingdom

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Cocaine 1922

A decadent, controversial tale of London's seedy underbelly, where an elegant Chinese club host enslaves the weak with white powder.

80 mins United Kingdom Director. Graham Cutts

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Arrest of Goudie
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Arrest of Goudie 1901

Crimewatch Mitchell and Kenyon style, in the first ever film to recreate a true crime.

4 mins United Kingdom


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