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Browse a selection of features that are near-impossible to watch anywhere else (legally!) in the UK, including hard-to-see curios made by and starring future greats.

While the advent of DVD has made thousands of films easily accessible, these fascinating works remain very hard to see anywhere else. We hope this collection will introduce new audiences to these amazing films.

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View 100 Years of Japanese Cinema
100 Years of Japanese Cinema

100 Years of Japanese Cinema 1996

Archive propels argument in this fascinating exploration of the social and cultural importance of Japan's film heritage.

52 mins United Kingdom Director. Nagisa Oshima

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2 x 50 Years of French Cinema

2 x 50 Years of French Cinema 1995

Six regions, six films appraised for cultural and historical meaning. Produced by Jean-Luc Godard.

50 mins France

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92 in the Shade

92 in the Shade 1975

Peter Fonda and Warren Oates feature in a sweaty and suspenseful tale of warring Florida fishing gangs, in this long unavailable 1970s thriller.

87 mins USA Director. Thomas McGuane

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Above Us the Earth

Above Us the Earth 1977 15

Karl Francis’ docu-drama about the closure of the Ogilvie Colliery in the Rhymney Valley by the National Coal Board in 1975.

90 mins United Kingdom Director. Karl Francis

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Achilles' Heel

Achilles' Heel 1973

Alan Clarke’s film of a day in the life of a professional footballer as he deals with the newfound pressures of money, glamour and celebrity in the 1970s game.

70 mins United Kingdom Director. Alan Clarke

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Anchoress 1993 12

Chris Newby’s poetic debut feature addresses the gulf between patriarchal power and female ritual and rebellion against the backdrop of a remote Medieval village.

106 mins United Kingdom Director. Christopher Newby

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Ascendancy 1982

An English aristocrat is driven to despair over the effects of violence on her family, in this powerful meditation on the Troubles in Northern Ireland.

92 mins United Kingdom Director. Edward Bennett

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The Chalk Mark
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The Chalk Mark 1988 15

Set in and around the tenement blocks and rubbish tips of the Glasgow slums, this short film depicts a young boy’s perspective of his family, his friends and the local ‘bad man’.

24 mins United Kingdom Director. Bernard Rudden

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David 1951 U

This drama-documentary about the everyday life of a Welsh caretaker and ex-miner was the first film produced by the BFI, in 1951.

38 mins United Kingdom Director. Paul Dickson

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Elenya 1992 PG

During World War Two, a German airman crash-lands in a wood and is looked after by a naïve 12-year-old girl.

87 mins Germany Director. Steve Gough

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Flight to Berlin

Flight to Berlin 1983 15

Chris Petit’s sparse moody thriller begins with a mysterious death.

87 mins Federal Republic of Germany Director. Chris Petit

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Maeve 1981 Not Rated

Pat Murphy and John Davis’ experimental film about an Irish woman’s reflections on the Troubles from a female perspective.

90 mins United Kingdom Director. John Davies, Pat Murphy

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Melancholia 1989 15

Cerebral thriller about a German art critic who reconnects with his radical past when he agrees to be involved with an assassination attempt.

87 mins United Kingdom Director. Andi Engel

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Of Good Report

Of Good Report 2013

Disturbing but deeply stylish South African drama about a teacher who becomes obsessed with an under-age pupil in his class, with tragic consequences.

100 mins South Africa Director. Jahmil Xolani Thandikhaya Qubeka

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The Phantom Light

The Phantom Light 1935 PG

Michael Powell’s gothic mystery of a haunted lighthouse where insanity thrives.

72 mins United Kingdom Director. Michael Powell

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Play Me Something

Play Me Something 1989 15

Tilda Swinton stars in a playful and ingenious cine-essay on the art of storytelling, from art critic John Berger and filmmaker Timothy Neat.

72 mins United Kingdom Director. Timothy Neat

View Rapunzel Let Down Your Hair
Rapunzel Let Down Your Hair

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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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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Time Flies

Time Flies 1944 U

Fast-talking funnyman Tommy Handley visits Elizabethan England – and ends up teaching Good Queen Bess con tricks – in this snappy time-travel comedy.

88 mins United Kingdom Director. Walter Forde

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Uncle Silas

Uncle Silas 1947

Gothic chiller based on the novel by J. Sheridan Le Fanu. Jean Simmons stars as an heiress pursued by her unbalanced uncle and his perverted son.

103 mins United Kingdom Director. Charles Frank

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Welcome to Britain

Welcome to Britain 1976

Ben Lewin’s 1976 film captures a moment in Britain's evergreen immigration debate, focusing on new arrivals at Heathrow as they wrestle with immigration law.

70 mins United Kingdom Director. Ben Lewin

View The Wild and the Willing
The Wild and the Willing

The Wild and the Willing 1962

Ian McShane and John Hurt made their feature film debuts in this swinging 1960s drama centring on a group of students and their sexual exploits and escapades.

109 mins United Kingdom Director. Ralph Thomas

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