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Spotlight 2015 15

The Best Picture winner at the 2016 Oscars is a searing account of Boston Globe journalists' uncovering of the Catholic Church child abuse scandal.

129 mins USA Director. Thomas McCarthy

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The Assassin 2015 12

Hou Hsiao-Hsien’s mesmerising, visually stunning tale of love and honour was Sight and Sound magazine’s best film of 2015.

120 mins Taiwan Director. Hou Hsiao-Hsien

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The Propaganda Game
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The Propaganda Game 2015 15

Spanish documentary filmmaker Álvaro Longoria is our guide around the most secretive state on earth – North Korea.

98 mins Spain Director. Álvaro Longoria


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Woman Under the Influence

Woman Under the Influence 1974 15

John Cassavetes's powerful drama stars Gena Rowlands and Peter Falk as a blue-collar couple struggling to cope with the wife's slide into mental illness.

156 mins USA Director. John Cassavetes

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Black Narcissus

Black Narcissus 1947 U

Tensions grow when a group of nuns open a convent in the Himalayas in Michael Powell’s remarkable melodrama, starring Deborah Kerr.

100 mins United Kingdom Director. Emeric Pressburger, Michael Powell

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Mark Kermode introduces Black Narcissus 2016

Powell and Pressburger's glorious Himalayan melodrama is given an appreciation by critic Mark Kermode.

2 mins United Kingdom Director. Nick Freand Jones


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Like You Mean It
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Like You Mean It 2016 15

Writer-director Philipp Garner also stars in this refreshing gay drama, a portrait of a couple trying to make it work in the film world of Los Angeles.

90 mins USA Director. Philipp Karner

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Black Mountain Poets
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Black Mountain Poets 2015 15

Alice Lowe and Dolly Wells play criminal sisters who steal the identity of two poets, only to be charmed by the world of competition poetry.

85 mins United Kingdom Director. Jamie Adams

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A War
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A War 2015 15

A Danish soldier has to defend himself against accusations of war crimes, in the Oscar-nominated drama from the makers of A Hijacking.

115 mins Denmark Director. Tobias Lindholm

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Carol 2014 15

Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara illuminate Todd Haynes’ intoxicating adaptation of Patricia Highsmith’s beloved novel.

119 mins United Kingdom Director. Todd Haynes

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Court 2014 PG

Hailed as a modern classic channelling the spirit of Satyajit Ray, Chaitanya Tamhane's film is an absurdist portrait of injustice in contemporary India.

116 mins India Director. Chaitanya Tamhane

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The Wind That Shakes the Barley
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The Wind That Shakes the Barley 2006 15

Ken Loach won the Palme d’Or for this gripping, beautifully filmed account of two Cork brothers who join the struggle for Irish independence in the 1920s.

127 mins United Kingdom Director. Ken Loach

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The Lobster
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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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Nasty Baby
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Nasty Baby 2015 15

Kristen Wiig plays a woman trying to start family with a gay couple, in this biting black comedy set among a diverse Brooklyn community.

101 mins USA Director. Sebastián Silva

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I Am Belfast
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I Am Belfast 2015 15

Mark Cousins’ dreamlike evocation of his home city discovers a capital of rich history and startling beauty.

84 mins United Kingdom Director. Mark Cousins

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Sunset Song
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Sunset Song 2015 15

Agyness Deyn stars in Terence Davies’ moving drama about a strong young woman facing many adversities in the run up to WWI.

135 mins United Kingdom Director. Terence Davies

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Eisenstein in Guanajuato
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Eisenstein in Guanajuato 2015 18

One of Britain’s most inventive filmmakers, Peter Greenaway, tackles the story of arguably the most influential filmmaker in cinema history, Sergei Eisenstein.

106 mins Netherlands Director. Peter Greenaway

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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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Couple in a Hole 2015 12

One of the most original British features in recent years follows a Scottish couple’s bizarre underground existence in a French forest.

105 mins United Kingdom Director. Tom Geens

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Hitchcock/Truffaut 2015 12

Kent Jones’ excellent documentary about a historic encounter between two cinema greats.

80 mins France Director. Kent Jones

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Tangerine 2015 15

A big-hearted film shot on a small phone, this LA tale of two transgender working girls out for vengeance fizzes with wild energy.

88 mins USA Director. Sean Baker

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My River Tyne
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My River Tyne 1986

An unusual mix of pastel, photos, film and line drawings conjures a story of the River Tyne, from its source at the Scottish border to its mouth at South Shields.

7 mins United Kingdom

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Cheshire Territorials at Abergaveny
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Cheshire Territorials at Abergaveny 1913

A holiday of sorts for Stockport army reserves, fitting high-jinks between drills over two weeks of summer training in South Wales.

5 mins United Kingdom

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Britain On Film Trailer
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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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Streets Ahead
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Streets Ahead 1970

Miracle urban renewal and redevelopment in Victorian Newtown, Exeter.

20 mins United Kingdom Director. David Morphet

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Chipping Campden
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Chipping Campden 1935

A pastoral portrait of the Cotswolds town in the mid-1930s - a bucolic bubble amid the Great Depression.

10 mins United Kingdom

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Ran 1985 12

Akira Kurosawa’s visually spectacular epic transplants Shakespeare’s King Lear from Celtic Britain to feudal Japan.

155 mins France Director. Akira Kurosawa

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Iona 2015 15

Scott Graham's follow-up to Shell follows a woman whose return to a Scottish island arouses dormant passions.

110 mins United Kingdom Director. Scott Graham

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The Club
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The Club 2015 18

Pablo Larraín’s Berlin prize-winner is a typically stylish, darkly witty tale of corruption, concealment and conspiracy in Chile’s Catholic church.

98 mins Chile Director. Pablo Larraín

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Xenia 2014 15

Two brothers journey undertake a hyperreal 21st-century odyssey in this flamboyant gay entry from the Greek Weird Wave.

134 mins Greece Director. Panos H. Koutras

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The Pearl Button
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The Pearl Button 2015 12

Patricio Guzmán’s lyrical, illuminating follow-up to Nostalgia for the Light explores the fateful role played by water in Chile’s tragic history.

82 mins France Director. Patricio Guzmán

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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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