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View Stations of the Cross
Stations of the Cross
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Stations of the Cross 2014 15

A teenage girl defies her Catholic parents and embarks on her own campaign of religious fervour, in this award-winning drama composed of just 14 scenes to mirror Biblical tableaux.

107 mins Germany Director. Dietrich Brüggemann

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A Spell to Ward Off the Darkness
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A Spell to Ward Off the Darkness 2013 15

Visual artists Ben Rivers and Ben Russell’s mesmerising film follows an unnamed character through three phases of alternative existence, from rural commune to a black metal rock concert.

98 mins France Director. Ben Russell

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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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First Man into Space
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First Man into Space 1958 PG

A young pilot becomes the first person to fly into outer space, but returns mutilated and thirsty for blood...

76 mins USA Director. Robert Day

View Hangzhou and a Trip to the Baochu Pagoda
Hangzhou and a Trip to the Baochu Pagoda
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Hangzhou and a Trip to the Baochu Pagoda 1930

The remarkable Baochu pagoda dominates this film about a visit to the West Lake at Hangzhou.

4 mins United Kingdom

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A Message from Mars
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A Message from Mars 1913

Britain's first full-length sci-fi feature, a reworking of A Christmas Carol, has been newly restored and re-scored by Matthew Herbert and New Radiophonic Workshop.

59 mins United Kingdom Director. J. Wallett Waller

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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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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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Scanners
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Scanners 1980 18

From singularly talented Canadian director David Cronenberg comes this sci-fi/horror classic about people with powerfully violent telepathic powers.

103 mins Canada Director. David Cronenberg

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Fiend without a Face
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Fiend without a Face 1957 PG

What horror lies behind a series of grisly murders? A psychopath? Alien invaders? The truth is weirder still in this cult low-budget sci-fi horror.

73 mins United Kingdom

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Night of the Big Heat
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Night of the Big Heat 1967 15

Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing take on invaders from another world in Terence Fisher's scorching sci-fi yarn.

94 mins United Kingdom Director. Terence Fisher

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Fantastic Planet
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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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Quatermass and the Pit
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Quatermass and the Pit 1967 12A

One of Britain’s finest sci-fi films, based on Nigel Kneale’s masterful script, about the discovery of ancient alien craft beneath central London.

97 mins United Kingdom Director. Roy Ward Baker

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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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Things to Come
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Things to Come 1936 PG

H.G. Wells' chilling vision of the future, which imagines the 20th Century as a near-endless war and struggle against tyranny, remains a key milestone in British science fiction.

108 mins United Kingdom Director. William Cameron Menzies

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Videodrome
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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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Scanners
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Scanners 1980 18

From singularly talented Canadian director David Cronenberg comes this sci-fi/horror classic about people with powerfully violent telepathic powers.

103 mins Canada Director. David Cronenberg

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Fahrenheit 451
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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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E.T.  The Extra-Terrestrial
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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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Ida
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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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Lilting
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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

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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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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 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

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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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Frances Ha
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Frances Ha 2012 15

Greta Gerwig 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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Nymphomaniac Vol. I
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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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We Are the Best!
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We Are the Best! 2013 15

A raucous coming-of-age comedy about three schoolgirls who form a punk band in 1982 Stockholm, from director Lukas Moodysson (Show Me Love).

Sweden Director. Lukas Moodysson

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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

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Bastards 2013 18

Claire Denis’ moody and atmospheric thriller about an absent brother returning to the fold to investigate his family’s murky secrets.

100 mins France Director. Claire Denis

ARCHIVE HIGHLIGHTS

View Peter and the Moon Man
Peter and the Moon Man
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Peter and the Moon Man 1929

The man in the moon learns about hygiene in this 1929 public information short promoting the benefits of all-electric mod cons.

20 mins United Kingdom

View Palace Pandemonium
Palace Pandemonium
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Palace Pandemonium 1914

The campaign for women's suffrage steps up as Emmeline Pankhurst is arrested at the gates of Buckingham Palace.

1 mins United Kingdom

View Tom's Ride
Tom's Ride
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Tom's Ride 1944

Temptation on two wheels: should young Tom use the money he's found to buy himself a bike? Or should he do the right thing?

11 mins United Kingdom Director. Darrel Catling

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Fun On A Weekend
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Fun On A Weekend 1963

Pedal power wins, whatever the weather, as cycle-mad teenagers put the miles in for a pre-Christmas weekend of festive fun by the sea.

8 mins England

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Lt Pimple and the Stolen Submarine
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Lt Pimple and the Stolen Submarine 1914

The intrepid Lieutenant Pimple thwarts foreign enemies in an action-packed wartime spy spoof.

14 mins United Kingdom

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