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Play Me Something

Play Me Something 1989

Tilda Swinton stars in a playful and ingenious cine-essay on the art of storytelling, from art critic John Berger and filmmaker Timothy Neat.

72 mins United Kingdom Director. Timothy Neat

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Brief Encounter 1945 PG

Noël Coward’s tale of a love affair, thrillingly played out with tight British reserve.

86 mins United Kingdom Director. David Lean

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Mark Kermode introduces Brief Encounter 2016

One of the timeless classics of British cinema is reappraised by critic Mark Kermode, in his weekly pick from BFI Player+.

2 mins United Kingdom Director. Nick Freand Jones

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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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The Survivalist 2015 18

In a post-apocalyptic world, a forest-dwelling loner is forced to reckon with two women in order to survive.

104 mins United Kingdom Director. Stephen Fingleton

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Rams 2015 15

Cannes prize-winning Icelandic drama about two estranged sheep-farming brothers who come together following a deadly disease outbreak.

93 mins Iceland Director. Grímur Hákonarson

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Housing Makes History
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Housing Makes History 1953

Residents of Barnet and Stockton-on-Tees are the lucky beneficiaries of a government scheme to remedy Britain’s housing problem.

18 mins United Kingdom

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Ladywood Redevelopment 1965

The tattered wallpaper of part demolished housing contrasts with gleaming new tower blocks. Ladywood in Birmingham may be on the up but what about the forgotten people?

6 mins United Kingdom

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Rotherham up to Date 1961

An absorbing picture of council services at the beginning of the 1960s, with babies getting polio jabs and girls having braces fitted, while Roots is playing at the Civic Theatre.

39 mins United Kingdom

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City Reborn 1945

Coventry prepares to rise from the ashes of WWII in this docu-drama written by Dylan Thomas.

22 mins United Kingdom Director. John Eldridge

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New Towns for Old
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New Towns for Old 1942

Sheffield stands in as 'Smokedale', an industrial Everytown, in this stirring call for "new schools, new hospitals, new roads, new life", after WWII.

6 mins United Kingdom Director. John Eldridge

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Bull Ring Shopping Centre 1965

A bright and breezy promotional tour of Brum's original mega-mall.

30 mins United Kingdom

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Out of the Rubble 2015

Visionary filmmaker Penny Woolcock explores half a century of British urban life using films digitised for Britain on Film, the archive project from BFI and its partner archives.

17 mins United Kingdom Director. Penny Woolcock

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Bill 2015 PG

The Horrible Histories team’s take on Shakespeare’s ‘lost years’, following the hopeless lute player as he leaves his home to follow his dream.

93 mins Great Britain Director. Richard Bracewell

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Chemsex 2015 18

A hard-hitting and often graphic documentary about the 'chemsex' sub-scene in London’s gay community.

83 mins USA Director. Max Gogarty, William Fairman

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Legend 2015 18

Tom Hardy’s magnetic double-performance as infamous East End gangsters Reggie and Ronnie Kray commands Brian Helgeland stylish biopic.

131 mins France Director. Brian Helgeland

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The Diary of a Teenage Girl 2015 18

The US indie hit tells the bold, bawdy and hilarious story of a teenager's sexual awakening after she sleeps with her mother’s boyfriend.

102 mins USA Director. Marielle Heller

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Aferim! 2015 18

A policeman searches for a runaway gypsy in Radu Jude’s hilarious and magnificently shot Wallachian western.

105 mins Romania Director. Radu Jude

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Le Mépris

Le Mépris 1963 15

Jean-Luc Godard’s caustic look at compromised creativity in the filmmaking world has superb images, music and acting from Piccoli, Bardot and Palance

103 mins France Director. Jean-Luc Godard

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Macbeth 2015 15

Fassbender is ferocious as the Scottish king in Justin Kurzel’s red-blooded and viscerally atmospheric Shakespeare adaptation.

113 mins France Director. Justin Kurzel

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Dogtooth 2009 18

Yorgos Lanthimos' scary, witty tale of a dysfunctional Greek family is original, ingenious and sadly relevant as a study of parent-child relationships

96 mins Greece Director. Yorgos Lanthimos

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45 Years 2014 15

One of the most acclaimed British features of recent years, starring Charlotte Rampling and Tom Courtenay as a couple rocked by news from the past.

95 mins United Kingdom Director. Andrew Haigh

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The Second Mother 2015 15

A maid for a rich São Paulo family is allowed to take her provincial teenage daughter into the household, but tensions quickly surface between her old and new lives.

112 mins Brazil Director. Anna Muylaert

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Innocence of Memories 2015 12

A multi-layered melding of fiction and fact, about Nobel prize-winner Orhan Pamuk and his Istanbul Museum of Innocence.


90 mins United Kingdom Director. Grant Gee

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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 Argentina Director. Damian Szifron

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Knitwear Workers Protest March 1981

This 'Buy British' clothing campaign is more than patriotism, it's the last line of defence for an industry facing extinction.

2 mins United Kingdom

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Views Past and Present at Spring Grove Mills 1933

A fascinating journey around the entire process of a typical 1930s textile mill, with young women workers, all sporting the same hairstyles, labouring at hypnotic machines.

26 mins United Kingdom

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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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Valentines' Day
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Valentines' Day 1973

The office romance 1973-style: "My darling one, you could not be more wonderful or dear to me. My life would always be sublime, if you would be my Valentine."

4 mins United Kingdom

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Bognor Gazette. London Ladies MCC at Bognor 1927

London's leather-clad biker girls arrive at Bognor's seafront after a burn-up from the big city. After a quick re-fuel they're roaring off on the next leg of the journey.

1 mins United Kingdom

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Mayor opens Mart Fair 1978

The Lord Mayor and Lady Mayoress keep the Mart-opening tradition alive with a circuit on the dodg'ems at Tuesday Market Place in King's Lynn.

3 mins United Kingdom

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View So It All Comes out Super in the Wash
So It All Comes out Super in the Wash
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So It All Comes out Super in the Wash 1972

Are you being served? A bewildered shop girl gets a boutique introduction to an innovative fabric.

17 mins United Kingdom Director. Jeff Inman

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V.E. Celebrations at Newport May 1945
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V.E. Celebrations at Newport May 1945 1945

Beautifully presented production from The Newport and District Amateur Film Society which gives a real flavour of city celebrations on Victory in Europe Day (8th May 1945).

10 mins Wales

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The Cornish Riviera 1916

Sail away to a bygone Cornwall in this wistful coastal travelogue

3 mins United Kingdom

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Daybrook is the Name
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Daybrook is the Name 1962

Daybrook Laundry in Nottingham has turned a dull job into an art-form of washing, pressing, folding and sorting. Who needs one of those new fangled home washing machines anyway?

13 mins United Kingdom

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Fabrics of the Future
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Fabrics of the Future 1946

The challenges posed by the emergence of synthetic fibres for Britain's traditional textile industry.

20 mins United Kingdom

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Girlhood 2014 15

In the tough suburbs of Paris, sixteen-year-old Marieme decides to reinvent herself when she joins a girl gang.

113 mins France Director. Céline Sciamma

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Une Femme est une femme 1961 PG

Godard’s colourful and exuberant tribute to the Hollywood musical, with Anna Karina, Jean-Paul Belmondo, and Jean-Claude Brialy.

81 mins France Director. Jean-Luc Godard

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Bolshoi Babylon 2015 PG

A backstage glimpse behind the famous Russian ballet company as it contends with the fallout from a shocking attack on its artistic director.

86 mins United Kingdom Director. Mark Franchetti, Nick Read

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Zarafa 2011 PG

A gorgeously composed French animation following a boy and a giraffe's epic journey from Africa to 19th-century Paris.

78 mins France Director. Jean-Christophe Lie

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A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night 2014 15

If you only see one Iranian vampire western this year, make sure it’s this one. A female vampire stalks a ghost town in Ana Lily Amirpour’s arresting debut.

101 mins USA Director. Ana Lily Amirpour

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Pierrot le Fou

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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