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Mr. Turner 2014 12A

Mike Leigh’s Cannes-winning account of the later years of J. M. W. Turner, brilliantly played by Timothy Spall.

140 mins United Kingdom Director. Mike Leigh

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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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Serena 2014 15

Two of the planet’s biggest stars – Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence – align in this extravagant period drama set in depression-era America.

109 mins USA Director. Susanne Bier

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Tram Ride into Halifax
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Tram Ride into Halifax 1902

A breathtaking winter journey in the Pennines, from country to town and back again via electric tram.

3 mins United Kingdom

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In Ancient Sussex
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In Ancient Sussex 1915

Attractive travelogue exploring famous old Sussex landmarks, taking in views including Chichester, Lewes, Arundel and Bosham.

United Kingdom

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Pram-olympics 1976

From the decade that style forgot – it’s the 1976 Portsmouth and Southsea Pram-Olympics!

2 mins United Kingdom


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Ida 2013 12A

Winner of Best Foreign Language Film at this year’s Academy Awards, this stark human story of a life reappraised is a legitimate modern masterpiece.

81 mins Director. Pawel Pawlikowski

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Like Father, Like Son
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Like Father, Like Son 2013 PG

A touching and acutely observed story of two boys switched at birth having to readjust to their natural parents, from Japan’s modern maestro Hirokazu Kore-eda.

122 mins Japan Director. Hirokazu Kore-eda

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Eastern Boys
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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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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.

108 mins United Kingdom Director. Jonathan Glazer

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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 Director. Abdel Kechiche

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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

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The Riot Club
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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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BUG featuring Adam Buxton Ep1
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BUG featuring Adam Buxton Ep1 2015 12A

Watch free and exclusive on BFI Player the first episode of a specially-commissioned programme. Host Adam Buxton casts an irreverent eye over the best new music videos.

33 mins United Kingdom

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The Possibilities Are Endless
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The Possibilities Are Endless 2014 12A

A moving and haunting account of singer Edwyn Collins’ long and difficult recovery from a stroke.

83 mins United Kingdom Director. James Hall, Edward Lovelace

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Only Lovers Left Alive
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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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Kiss Me
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Kiss Me 2011 15

Mia is engaged to marry a man, but finds herself falling for Frida, who happens to be her new stepmother's daughter.

107 mins Sweden

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The Stuart Hall Project
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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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Lobsters 1936

Follow the life cycle of the king of crustaceans in this quirky documentary by Bauhaus artist László Moholy-Nagy.

17 mins United Kingdom

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Cheese Mites
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Cheese Mites 1903

What’s in your cheese? The microscopic mites here are unpleasant today but caused a sensation in 1903, in one of the Britain’s earliest exhibited scientific films.

1 mins United Kingdom Director. F. Martin Duncan

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So Clever Are German Spies
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So Clever Are German Spies 1915

A slightly baffling example of cinema playing its part in the anti-German propaganda machine during WWI.

1 mins United Kingdom

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Winchelsea and Its Surroundings
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Winchelsea and Its Surroundings 1914

Legendary Punch cartoonist Harry Furniss leads a pictorial tour of the beautiful East Sussex town.

11 mins United Kingdom Director. Harry Furniss

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Merrie Territorials 1915

Boisterous Territorial soldiers put on a show in Islington.

United Kingdom

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Lilting 2013 15

Ben Whishaw stars in an intimate portrait of two strangers brought together by the common language of grief.

United Kingdom Director. Hong Khaou

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20,000 Days on Earth
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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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The Lunchbox
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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 Director. Ritesh Batra

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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.

108 mins United Kingdom Director. Jonathan Glazer

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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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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.

95 mins Director. Luc Dardenne, Jean-Pierre Dardenne


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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 Andromeda Strain
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The Andromeda Strain 1971 PG

Veteran director Robert Wise’s adaptation of Michael Crichton’s sci-fi novel is an alien virus epic with superb special effects and a suspenseful climax.

131 mins USA Director. Robert Wise

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Friendship’s Death
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Friendship’s Death 1987 15

Tilda Swinton’s extraterrestrial robot makes left-field political observations about the state of the world in this witty sci-fi film.

78 mins United Kingdom

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It Came from Outer Space
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It Came from Outer Space 1953 PG

One of the key UFO films of the '50s with aliens taking over the local townsfolk after their ship crash lands in the desert.

81 mins USA Director. Jack Arnold

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Silent Running
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Silent Running 1971 PG

Douglas Trumbull’s ecological sci-fi, eulogised by Mark Kermode as the best science fiction film ever made.

89 mins USA Director. Douglas Trumbull

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The Watchers
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The Watchers 1969

A Yorkshire teenager begins to see and hear strange things in this unsettling slice of 60s sci-fi.

28 mins United Kingdom Director. Richard Foster


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