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Experimenta

Bringing together films and videos by artists that have transformed our experience of the moving image. Our collection includes films from outside the sphere of experimental filmmaking, including the celebrated surrealists and challenging works of narrative fiction.

But these are works united by their dedication to testing the boundaries and disrupting the distinction between form and content.

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View The Arbor
The Arbor
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The Arbor 2010 15

Clio Barnard's film about Bradford playwright Andrea Dunbar mixes reconstruction, interviews (performed by actors) and scenes from the plays.

94 mins United Kingdom Director. Clio Barnard

View By Our Selves
By Our Selves
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By Our Selves 2015 15

The latest psycho-geographical excursion from Andrew Kötting and Iain Sinclair

83 mins United Kingdom Director. Andrew Kötting

View The Castle of Otranto
The Castle of Otranto

The Castle of Otranto 1977

Czech animator Jan Švankmajer's adaptation of Horace Walpole's Gothic novel.

17 mins Czechoslovakia Director. Jan Svankmajer

View Central Bazaar
Central Bazaar

Central Bazaar 1976 18

Five strangers explore their fantasies over a period of five days in Stephen Dwoskin's remarkable experimental film.

156 mins United Kingdom Director. Stephen Dwoskin

View Un Chien Andalou
Un Chien Andalou

Un Chien Andalou 1928 15

A scabrous study of desire, the subconscious and anti-clericalism - Buñuel and Dalí’s provocative first film is a classic of Surrealist cinema.

17 mins France Director. Luis Buñuel

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Decasia
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Decasia 2002 U

Decasia is an artful collage of found archival footage, shot pre-1950 on a cellulose nitrate base and most of it in advanced stages of decay.

67 mins USA Director. Bill Morrison

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Helen

Helen 2008 PG

An inventive and acclaimed British feature following the transformation of a teenager who agrees to portray her missing college friend in a highly detailed crime reconstruction.

75 mins United Kingdom Director. Christine Molloy, Joe Lawlor

View The Fall of the House of Usher
The Fall of the House of Usher

The Fall of the House of Usher 1982

The first of Švankmajer's 'tactile experiments', the subject chosen partly because the title was on an official list of 'approved' texts. In this version there are no humans, just a brief glimpse of a live raven as the camera roams around an eerie derelict house.

15 mins Czechoslovakia Director. Jan Svankmajer

View The Falls
The Falls

The Falls 1980 PG

Peter Greenaway's epic first feature, constructed as an excerpt from an imagined, filmic directory listing everyone affected by VUE – the Violent Unknown Event

185 mins United Kingdom Director. Peter Greenaway

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Herostratus
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Herostratus 1967 15

A young poet (Michael Gothard) hires a marketing company to turn his suicide into a mass-media spectacle

142 mins United Kingdom Director. Don Levy

View Laboured Party
Laboured Party

Laboured Party 1975

An unsuspecting Labour Party canvasser stumbles onto an experimental film set and is drawn into a strange atmosphere of uninhibited abandon.

20 mins United Kingdom Director. Stephen Dwoskin

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London

London 1994 U

The first in Patrick Keiller’s highly imaginative trilogy of films is a photographic trip through London, recounted by our unseen narrator.

90 mins United Kingdom Director. Patrick Keiller

View The Nine Muses
The Nine Muses
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The Nine Muses 2010 PG

John Akomfrah mixes archive material, literary and musical quotations and newly shot silent footage in a wry, rapt meditation on memory and migration.

92 mins United Kingdom Director. John Akomfrah

View Pink Narcissus
Pink Narcissus

Pink Narcissus 1971 18

With its highly charged hallucinogenic quality, its atmosphere of lush decadence, and its explicit erotic power, Pink Narcissus is a landmark of gay cinema.

64 mins USA Director. James Bidgood

View The Pendulum, The Pit and Hope
The Pendulum, The Pit and Hope

The Pendulum, The Pit and Hope 1983

Švankmajer's second adaptation of the work of Edgar Allan Poe, in which a prisoner is forced to undergo trials of torture.

14 mins Czechoslovakia Director. Jan Svankmajer

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Riddles of the Sphinx

Riddles of the Sphinx 1977 U

Laura Mulvey and Peter Wollen’s visually accomplished and intellectually rigorous film is one of the most important avant-garde films of the 1970s.

92 mins United Kingdom Director. Peter Wollen, Laura Mulvey

View Rapunzel Let Down Your Hair
Rapunzel Let Down Your Hair
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Rapunzel Let Down Your Hair 1978

An imaginative, experimental and playful look at myth, storytelling and female identity.

78 mins United Kingdom Director. Susan Shapiro, Esther Ronay, Francine Winham

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sleep furiously

sleep furiously 2007 U

Gideon Koppel’s charming documentary about a small farming community in mid-Wales, observing the unalterable rhythms of country life and the monthly visits of a mobile library.

90 mins United Kingdom Director. Gideon Koppel

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This Filthy Earth

This Filthy Earth 2001 15

Andrew Kötting's tragic tale of passion and survival, following the existence of two sisters amidst a landscape of rural hardship and a community consumed with superstition

111 mins United Kingdom Director. Andrew Kötting

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Skinflicker

Skinflicker 1972

Tony Bicât’s radical, found-footage record of a revolutionary act, in which three dissidents kidnap a cabinet and torture a cabinet minister.

44 mins United Kingdom Director. Tony Bicât

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Smart Alek

Smart Alek 1993

Sean Lock is a criminal 'Smart Alek' in this apparently true story of a family holiday turned bloody nightmare.

18 mins United Kingdom Director. Andrew Kötting

View This Our Still Life
This Our Still Life

This Our Still Life 2011 U

23-year-old Eden is shown drawing and painting still lifes in her Pyrenean family home.

58 mins United Kingdom Director. Andrew Kötting

View Visions of Ecstasy
Visions of Ecstasy

Visions of Ecstasy 1989 18

Nigel Wingrove's experimental depiction of the erotic imaginings of the 16th Century Carmelite nun remains the only film ever to banned under Britain's blasphemy laws.

18 mins United Kingdom Director. Nigel Wingrove

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