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View Quest for Love
Quest for Love

Quest for Love 1971 PG

Joan Collins stars in this British sci-fi comedy, adapted from a John Wyndham story, about a man’s search for the perfect woman he briefly met in a parallel universe.

87 mins United Kingdom Director. Ralph Thomas

View The Battle of the River Plate
The Battle of the River Plate

The Battle of the River Plate 1956 U

Powell and Pressburger’s biggest commercial success was this rousing retelling of the pursuit of a German battleship by the British Navy during World War II.

119 mins United Kingdom Director. Emeric Pressburger, Michael Powell

View Billy Liar
Billy Liar

Billy Liar 1963 PG

Tom Courtenay is the clerk whose overactive fantasies compensate for a dull provincial life, in this classic film from the British New Wave.

98 mins United Kingdom Director. John Schlesinger

View The Shout
The Shout

The Shout 1978 15

Cannes’ Grand Jury Prize was awarded to this unnerving drama about a man who claims to be able to kill people with a ‘terror shout’ learned from an Aboriginal shaman.

82 mins United Kingdom Director. Jerzy Skolimowski

View Love and Death on Long Island
Love and Death on Long Island

Love and Death on Long Island 1996 15

John Hurt stars in Richard Kwietnioski’s comedy of fame and obsession about an older man (Hurt) who becomes infatuated with a young Hollywood actor (Jason Priestly), and proceeds to track him down.

93 mins United Kingdom Director. Richard Kwietniowski

View Face

Face 1997 18

Robert Carlyle and Ray Winstone are members of a gang of thieves that falls apart when a heist goes wrong, in Antonia Bird’s stylish and political crime thriller.

105 mins United Kingdom Director. Antonia Bird

View The Pawnshop
The Pawnshop

The Pawnshop 1916 U

One of the most popular shorts Charlie Chaplin made for Mutual, The Pawnshop features a famous sequence in which he dissects an alarm clock, prefiguring the mechanics-inspired humour of Modern Times.

24 mins USA Director. Charles Chaplin

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