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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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Jimi All Is by My Side 2013 15

OutKast’s André Benjamin stars as Jimi Hendrix on the cusp of greatness, honing his act in Swinging London, in this revealing and alternative take on the rock biopic.

118 mins USA Director. John Ridley

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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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Audrey Hepburn Test
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Audrey Hepburn Test 1952

The future Holly Golightly exudes a certain grace even for a modest screen test, in the earliest known colour footage of the timeless star.

5 mins United Kingdom Director. Henry Cass

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See-saw Cycling
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See-saw Cycling 1928

Thrills and spills on two wheels at a charity motorcycling gymkhana in Mitcham, Surrey.

10 mins United Kingdom

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Once We Were Four
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Once We Were Four 1942

Innocent bunnies face an onslaught of badgers, bombs and birds of prey in this black comedy masquerading as a nature film.

9 mins United Kingdom

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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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Night Will Fall
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Night Will Fall 2014 15

An unforgettable, compelling account of the production and subsequent restoration of a withheld film recording the liberation of Nazi concentration camps in 1945.

76 mins United Kingdom Director. André Singer

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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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Night Moves 2013 15

Jesse Eisenberg and Dakota Fanning star in a taut political thriller about radical environmentalists planning to commit an act of eco-terrorism.

112 mins USA Director. Kelly Reichardt

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Le Mépris
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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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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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The Beast 1975 18

An outrageous classic of erotic cinema, Walerian Borowczyk’s playful and subversive fantasy finds a horny heiress courting the ravenous desires of a wild beast.

93 mins France Director. Walerian Borowczyk

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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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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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Nymphomaniac Vol. II 2013 18

Volume 2 of Lars von Trier’s explicit, controversial film about a woman recounting the history of her sexuality in episodic style.

123 mins Denmark Director. Lars von Trier

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Immoral Tales 1974 18

Walerian Borowczyk presents four stories of sexual taboos throughout the ages, in his highly controversial classic of 1970s erotic cinema.

103 mins France Director. Walerian Borowczyk

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Testament of Youth introduction and featurette
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Testament of Youth introduction and featurette 2015

Edith Bowman and BFI Chief Executive Amanda Nevill introduce a special screening of James Kent’s adaptation of Vera Brittain’s First World War memoir.

13 mins United Kingdom

ARCHIVE HIGHLIGHTS

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Everything but Everything in Bri-nylon
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Everything but Everything in Bri-nylon 1959

50s fashion meets carpet kitsch in a futuristic fantasy of domestic bliss – courtesy of versatile, magical Bri-Nylon.

22 mins United Kingdom Director. Sam Napier-bell

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4 and 20 Fit Girls
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4 and 20 Fit Girls 1940

Flock to your local keep-fit class – there’s a war on and Britain needs its citizens in tip-top shape.

11 mins United Kingdom

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Hints and Hobbies No. 10
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Hints and Hobbies No. 10 1926

Fashion tips for skinflint flappers and other invaluable stratagems, brought to you by 1920s cinemagazine Hints and Hobbies.

14 mins United Kingdom

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Mrs Newlywed’s first dinner
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Mrs Newlywed’s first dinner 1949

There are culinary catastrophes galore when Mrs Newlywed attempts to cook the couple’s first meal in their austerity kitchen.

7 mins United Kingdom Director. John Hanson Richardson

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The Beard
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The Beard 1978

An animated antidote to the hipster beard trend, offering a stark warning not to let your face fur get out of control.

11 mins United Kingdom Director. Ian Emes

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Lobsters
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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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Behemoth the Sea Monster 1958 PG

A radiation-spouting prehistoric creature emerges off the Cornish coast and begins making its way towards London, in Britain’s answer to Godzilla.

80 mins United Kingdom Director. Eugène Lourié

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Red Moon
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Red Moon 1957

A propaganda film from 1957 detailing USSR’s experiments with satellites as it stood on the cusp of space exploration.

4 mins United Kingdom

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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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Slaughterhouse-Five 1972 15

This adaptation of Kurt Vonnegut’s novel follows Billy Pilgrim’s journeys in time as he flits between WWII Dresden and a future on planet Tralfamadore.

104 mins USA Director. George Roy Hill

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A Trip to the Moon
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A Trip to the Moon 1902 U

A classic of early sci-fi providing an awe-inspiring and delightful account of man’s first mission to the Moon.

13 mins France Director. Georges Méliès

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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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