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Flipside - Cult British Cinema

Revisiting the many British films that have fallen through the cracks, this Flipside collection favours the overlooked, the sidelined and the undervalued.

With cult favourites from the BFI’s Flipside DVD label – and more besides - the collection offers rare films from directors who merit attention, plus little seen performances from accomplished British actors as Helen Mirren and John Hurt.

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Victim
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Victim 1961 PG

This thought-provoking classic stars Dirk Bogarde as a homosexual lawyer who risks his career to hunt down a blackmailer.

100 mins United Kingdom Director. Basil Dearden

View Assault
Assault

Assault 1970 15

Violent British crime film about a murderer on the loose near a girls’ school, starring Suzy Kendall and Lesley Anne-Down.

87 mins United Kingdom Director. Sidney Hayers

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Billy the Kid and the Green Baize Vampire

Billy the Kid and the Green Baize Vampire 1985 PG

Alan Clarke’s once derided feature is surely the only vampire snooker musical in cinema history and a genuine cult artefact ripe for rediscovery.

93 mins United Kingdom Director. Alan Clarke

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The Black Panther
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The Black Panther 1977 18

Gripping crime drama charts the killing spree which Donald Neilson, aka the Black Panther, perpetrated across England during the mid-70s.

98 mins United Kingdom Director. Ian Merrick

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Bread
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Bread 1971 15

A fun tale of hippies and rock and roll directed by the legendary Stanley Long and featuring cult British rock bands Juicy Lucy and Crazy Mabel.

79 mins United Kingdom

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Bronco Bullfrog
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Bronco Bullfrog 1969 15

A fascinating record of 1960s suedehead youth culture which is largely improvised by a non-professional cast of teenagers from east London

86 mins United Kingdom Director. Barney Platts-Mills

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Captured
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Captured 1959 15

Previously only shown to a restricted audience of top military brass from the Ministry of Defence, Captured is a stunning Prisoner of War drama.

64 mins United Kingdom Director. John Krish

View Deadlier than the Male
Deadlier than the Male
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Deadlier than the Male 1966 12

Richard Johnson is Bulldog Drummond, a freelance investigator who attracts the attention of a pair of deadly female assassins, played by Elke Sommer and Sylva Koscina.

97 mins United Kingdom Director. Ralph Thomas

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Death & The Compass

Death & The Compass 1996 15

Alex Cox’s visually stunning, deliciously dark adaptation of the short story by acclaimed Argentine writer Jorge Luis Borges.

82 mins USA Director. Alex Cox

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Deep End
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Deep End 1970 15

A darkly comic and compelling coming of age story set during a time of social change.

88 mins Federal Republic of Germany Director. Jerzy Skolimowski

View The Devil Rides Out
The Devil Rides Out
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The Devil Rides Out 1967 15

Dennis Wheatley's occult tale is given the Hammer treatment.

95 mins United Kingdom Director. Terence Fisher

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Duffer
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Duffer 1971 15

A bizarre study of obsession focusing on a teenage boy who is torn between the charms of a fleshly female prostitute and the sadism of an older man.

75 mins United Kingdom Director. Joseph Despins, William Dumaresq

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Little Malcolm
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Little Malcolm 1974 15

Delusional revolutionary Malcolm Scrawdyke (John Hurt) leads his Party of Dynamic Erection in a battle against an unseen nemesis in this dark comedy.

110 mins United Kingdom Director. Stuart Cooper

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Loving Memory

Loving Memory 1970 12

An unsettling portrait of love and loss by the director of Top Gun.

57 mins United Kingdom Director. Tony Scott

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The Moon over the Alley
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The Moon over the Alley 1975 15

The Moon Over the Alley is a bizarre and compelling musical exploring the problems of multicultural Notting Hill residents in the early 1970s.

102 mins United Kingdom Director. Joseph Despins

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Nightbirds
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Nightbirds 1970 15

Dark drama about the doomed relationship of two down-and-outers living in the squalid East End of London in the early 1970s.

86 mins United Kingdom Director. Andy Milligan

View The Party's Over
The Party's Over
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The Party's Over 1963 12

The partying of a wild group of beatniks lead by Oliver Reed has shocking consequences. Written by Marc Behm, directed by Guy Hamilton and with music by John Barry.

94 mins United Kingdom Director. Guy Hamilton

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Maroc 7

Maroc 7 1966 PG

Gene Barry stars as a spy on an Arabian adventure, sent to Morocco to infiltrate Cyd Charisse’s highly glamorous jewel-smuggling outfit.

United Kingdom Director. Gerry O'Hara

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Peeping Tom
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Peeping Tom 1960 15

Michael Powell’s dark, disturbing, once controversial tale of a shy camera technician who films women as he kills them is now rightly deemed a classic

101 mins United Kingdom Director. Michael Powell

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Pressure
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Pressure 1975 15

Hailed as Britain's first black feature film, Pressure is a hard-hitting, honest document of the plight of disenchanted black youths in 1970s London.

120 mins United Kingdom Director. Horace Ové

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Private Road
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Private Road 1971 15

A compelling tale about the struggle for personal freedom, starring Bruce Robinson (Withnail and I).

89 mins United Kingdom Director. Barney Platts-Mills

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Prostitute

Prostitute 1980 18

Explicit and controversial drama. An ambitious working girl moves to London hoping to securing wealthier patrons, while her social worker friend fights to change antiquated prostitution laws.

United Kingdom Director. Tony Garnett

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Quatermass and the Pit

Quatermass and the Pit 1967 12

One of Britain’s finest sci-fi films, based on Nigel Kneale’s masterful script, about the discovery of ancient alien craft beneath central London.

97 mins United Kingdom Director. Roy Ward Baker

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Radio On

Radio On 1979 18

Chris Petit's cult classic is one of the most striking feature debuts in British cinema – a haunting blend of edgy mystery story and existential road movie.

100 mins United Kingdom Director. Chris Petit

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Repeater
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Repeater 1979 12

Comic thriller which, with its unorthodox narrative about a woman's confession of a murder, deconstructs the conventions of the genre.

74 mins United Kingdom Director. Chris Monger

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Requiem for a Village
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Requiem for a Village 1975 18

The idyllic, pastoral past of a Suffolk village is reborn through memory in this extraordinary, little-known film from director David Gladwell.

68 mins United Kingdom

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Silent Scream

Silent Scream 1989 15

Brutal, mind-bending journey into the damaged mind of a violent killer, with exceptional performances from Iain Glen and Robert Carlyle.

85 mins United Kingdom Director. David Hayman

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Starting Out: The Making of Deep End

Starting Out: The Making of Deep End 2011

Immersive and informative look at the production of this surreal, seductive film, with contributions from cast and crew.

Germany Director. Robert Fischer

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That Sinking Feeling
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That Sinking Feeling 1979 15

Before Gregory's Girl, Bill Forsyth mate this equally hilarious caper about a group of unemployed teenagers who hatch a plan to steal a job lot of stainless steel sinks.

90 mins Director. Bill Forsyth

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Three Businessmen

Three Businessmen 1999 12

Alex Cox’s surreal and subversive comic fantasy about three men’s search for a meal that becomes a globe-trotting odyssey.

80 mins USA Director. Alex Cox

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Tomorrow Never Comes

Tomorrow Never Comes 1977 15

This tense, violent hostage drama stars Oliver Reed as a negotiator trying to barter the release of Susan George from her deranged partner.

102 mins Canada Director. Peter Collinson

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Twinky

Twinky 1969 12

Richard Donner directs this unlikely romance between a 38-year-old writer of erotic novels (Charles Bronson) and a 16-year-old schoolgirl played by Susan George. After marrying and absconding to Scotland, the pair finds it hard to adjust to life together.

94 mins United Kingdom Director. Richard Donner

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Voice Over
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Voice Over 1981 15

This disturbing and controversial psychological drama from award-winning director Christopher Monger features a compelling central performance from Ian McNeice.

105 mins United Kingdom Director. Chris Monger

View Winstanley
Winstanley
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Winstanley 1975 PG

An authentic historical drama about the visionary Gerrard Winstanley who led a group of impoverished 'Diggers' to assert their common rights.

96 mins United Kingdom Director. Andrew Mollo, Kevin Brownlow

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