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If you’re a subscriber who’s pressed for time or simply a lover of the short-form format, you’ll find something to enjoy in these perfectly formed brevities.

Encompassing early gems from future filmmaking greats to cult items from the stranger corners of British cinema, these shorts will excite and inspire – in small doses.

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View Because That Road Is Trodden
Because That Road Is Trodden

Because That Road Is Trodden 1969 PG

A dreamlike fantasy examining the day-to-day life of a sixteen-year-old schoolboy which was shot at Bryanston School, an independent school.

22 mins United Kingdom

View The Burning
The Burning

The Burning 1967 PG

A white woman and her young grandson come face to face with a black uprising in Apartheid South Africa, in a tough short film by Stephen Frears.

30 mins United Kingdom

View Carousella
Carousella

Carousella 1965 15

A controversial, well-made documentary that follows the lives of three young striptease artistes working in Soho.

28 mins United Kingdom Director. John Irvin

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 Chelsea Bridge Boys
Chelsea Bridge Boys

Chelsea Bridge Boys 1965 12

Made for Swedish television, a look at a gang of "Rockers" who meet at a tea-kiosk on Chelsea Bridge.

25 mins United Kingdom Director. Peter Davis, Staffan Lamm

View The Contraption
The Contraption

The Contraption 1977 PG

Darkly humorous short in which a man builds a sinister contraption, the dreadful purpose of which is only revealed in the final shot.

8 mins United Kingdom

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 Fight Against Cancer
The Fight Against Cancer

The Fight Against Cancer 1947

Carl Theodor Dreyer’s film for the Cancer Society exhorts Danish citizens to listen to their doctors.

11 mins Denmark Director. Carl Th. Dreyer

View Flames of Passion
Flames of Passion

Flames of Passion 1989 PG

An ingenious gay homage to Brief Encounter.

17 mins United Kingdom Director. Richard Kwietniowski

View The Forgotten Faces
The Forgotten Faces
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The Forgotten Faces 1961 15

A gripping newsreel style account of the 1956 peoples' uprising in Hungary directed by celebrated innovator of the docudrama form, Peter Watkins.

17 mins United Kingdom

View Good Mothers
Good Mothers

Good Mothers 1942

Carl Theodor Dreyer’s first short film honours the work of the Mother’s Aid Institution, a state-funded organisation offering services for new mothers.

12 mins Denmark Director. Carl Th. Dreyer

View The Great Steam Fair
The Great Steam Fair

The Great Steam Fair 1964

The Great Steam fair is a documentary filmed at Shottesbrooke Park, Berkshire in 1964, at an event which brought together many traditional fairground rides and steam engines.

17 mins United Kingdom

View Hands of Destiny
Hands of Destiny
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Hands of Destiny 1954 U

The strange prophesies of Dr Josef Ranald, palm reader of choice to Nazi war leaders.

61 mins United Kingdom

View The Home-made Car
The Home-made Car

The Home-made Car 1963

In this charming short film directed by James Hill, a man restores his dilapidated Bullnose Morris under the watchful eye of a curious young neighbour.

27 mins United Kingdom

View Incident
Incident

Incident 1959 PG

The debut short film of British exploitation director Norman J. Warren is an enigmatic story about a girl who meets a boy at a fairground.

3 mins United Kingdom Director. Norman J. Warren

View Kill the Day
Kill the Day

Kill the Day 1996 15

An ex-drug addict reflects on life in and out of prison in this short by BAFTA-winner Lynne Ramsay, based on real accounts.

18 mins United Kingdom Director. Lynne Ramsay

View The Last Chapter
The Last Chapter

The Last Chapter 1974 15

Dark tale in which a best-selling author (Denholm Elliot) is unbalanced by an assured young fan (Susan Penhaligon) who questions the move into easy commercialism displayed in his recent work.

29 mins United Kingdom

View Man in Fear
Man in Fear

Man in Fear 2011 15

Luke Treadaway stars as a paranoid man convinced he is destined to be the victim of a conceptual art 'accident'.

10 mins United Kingdom Director. Will Jewell

View Miss Thompson Goes Shopping
Miss Thompson Goes Shopping

Miss Thompson Goes Shopping 1958

From the visionary British director David Gladwell, this 1958 short contrasting rural and urban life is based on the poem by Martin Armstrong.

16 mins United Kingdom Director. David Gladwell

View Ostia
Ostia

Ostia 1987 18

Ostia is a fascinating short film directed by Julian Cole and starring Derek Jarman, which reconstructs the events leading up to the murder of Pier Paolo Pasolini.

United Kingdom Director. Julian Cole

View The Party
The Party

The Party 1962 PG

The Party is a time-capsule short film about an art school get-together where a boy blows his chances with his date.

16 mins United Kingdom

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

View Pub
Pub

Pub 1962 U

Short documentary originally made for Swedish television which opens the doors a typical working-class pub in East London.

15 mins United Kingdom Director. Peter Davis

View Recluse
Recluse

Recluse 1979 12

Based on the true story of a tragic murder and suicide that took place on the Luxton farm in Devon in the 1970s.

29 mins United Kingdom Director. Bob Bentley

View Road to Saint Tropez
Road to Saint Tropez

Road to Saint Tropez 1966 PG

Director Mike Sarne's debut film is an 'anti-travelogue', starring Udo Kier.

31 mins United Kingdom Director. Mike Sarne

View Rosebud
Rosebud

Rosebud 1991 15

A lesbian couple arouse the interest of their new neighbour in this erotic tale of voyeurism, power dressing and fantasy.

13 mins United Kingdom Director. Cheryl Farthing

View Rose Red
Rose Red

Rose Red 1994

Simon Pummell's (Bodysong) visually ravishing sci-fi thriller exploring the future of virtual reality and the desire to transcend human limits.

18 mins United Kingdom Director. Simon Pummell

View Summer Discord
Summer Discord

Summer Discord 1955

A Summer Discord is silent, amateur short film directed by David Gladwell which is set in the countryside and tells the story of a little girl who is reprimanded by her mother.

15 mins United Kingdom Director. David Gladwell

View The Fight Against Cancer
The Fight Against Cancer

The Fight Against Cancer 1947

Carl Theodor Dreyer’s film for the Cancer Society exhorts Danish citizens to listen to their doctors.

11 mins Denmark Director. Carl Th. Dreyer

View To Have and to Hold
To Have and to Hold

To Have and to Hold 2000

A woman finds that death will not part her from her deceased lover.

13 mins United Kingdom Director. John Hardwick

View The Village Church
The Village Church

The Village Church 1947

Carl Theodor Dreyer recounts the history of churches in Denmark, in this hypnotic and powerfully realised short.

14 mins Denmark Director. Carl Th. Dreyer

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

View You're Human Like the Rest of Them
You're Human Like the Rest of Them

You're Human Like the Rest of Them 1967 PG

William Hoyland stars in this legendary, multi award-winning short film directed by the modernist writer and film-maker BS Johnson.

18 mins United Kingdom Director. B.S. Johnson

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