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From the Free Cinema movement to today’s Lottery Film Fund, this collection is a selection of titles made by outstanding talent, and supported by UK public money.

British filmmakers have been supported by the BFI for over 60 years. The results have been distinct, engaging, diverse and original. This channel highlights some of them, from the early works of modern masters to the first films of an emerging generation. What unites them is an instinct to astonish.

"If it can be written, or thought, it can be filmed."

Stanley Kubrick

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Second Coming 2014 15

What if an immaculate conception took place in a South London household? Idris Elba stars in a subtle, thought-provoking and original family drama.

105 mins United Kingdom Director. Debbie Tucker Green

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Suffragette 2015 12

The time is now for factory worker Maud (Carey Mulligan) as she joins the campaign movement for women’s votes, in Sarah Gavron’s stirring social history.

106 mins United Kingdom Director. Sarah Gavron

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Bill 2015 PG

The Horrible Histories team’s take on Shakespeare’s ‘lost years’, following the hopeless lute player as he leaves his home to follow his dream.

93 mins Great Britain Director. Richard Bracewell

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The Violators 2015 15

In this spiky and stylish debut from novelist Helen Walsh, two girls from different backgrounds form an unlikely bond, setting off on a dangerous course.

97 mins United Kingdom Director. Helen Walsh

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Notes on Blindness
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Notes on Blindness 2015 U

James Spinney and Peter Middleton's highly original documentary uses cinematic interpretations and textured sound design to express a ‘world beyond sight.’

90 mins United Kingdom Director. James Spinney, Peter Middleton

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Welcome to Britain
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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

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'71 2014 15

A young British squaddie is caught behind enemy lines in bomb-torn Belfast, in Yann Demange’s riveting suspense thriller.

99 mins United Kingdom Director. Yann Demange

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The Lobster
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The Lobster 2014 15

Colin Farrell, Ben Whishaw and Rachel Weisz star in this bleakly hilarious dystopian drama from Yorgos Lanthimos (Dogtooth).

112 mins Ireland Director. Yorgos Lanthimos

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The Survivalist 2015 18

In a post-apocalyptic world, a forest-dwelling loner is forced to reckon with two women in order to survive.

104 mins United Kingdom Director. Stephen Fingleton

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Iona 2015 15

Scott Graham's follow-up to Shell follows a woman whose return to a Scottish island arouses dormant passions.

110 mins United Kingdom Director. Scott Graham

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Couple in a Hole 2015 12

One of the most original British features in recent years follows a Scottish couple’s bizarre underground existence in a French forest.

105 mins United Kingdom Director. Tom Geens

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The Violators
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The Violators 2015 15

In this spiky and stylish debut from novelist Helen Walsh, two girls from different backgrounds form an unlikely bond, setting off on a dangerous course.

97 mins United Kingdom Director. Helen Walsh

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Remainder
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Remainder 2015 15

Omer Fast’s gripping puzzle-box thriller about an amnesiac reconstructing his elusive past.

102 mins United Kingdom Director. Omer Fast

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What Can I Do with a Male Nude?

What Can I Do with a Male Nude? 1985 15

Ron Peck tests the thin line between pornography and art with his amusing rumination on the difficulties of showing the naked male form.

United Kingdom Director. Ron Peck

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A Gun for George

A Gun for George 2011 15

Pulp author Terry Finch is determined to wreak vengeance on those who killed his brother. And to complain to Kent library services.

17 mins United Kingdom

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A Family Portrait
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A Family Portrait 2009

A family struggle to mask underlying resentments in this darkly funny animation from Joseph Pierce.

5 mins United Kingdom Director. Joseph Pierce

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Baby 2000 15

A teenager (Ben Whishaw) pays a sexually charged visit to the swimming pool.

11 mins United Kingdom Director. Wiz

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The London Story
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The London Story 1986 U

Sally Potter's lively dance film about spies and government intrigue.

15 mins United Kingdom Director. Sally Potter

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The Watchers
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The Watchers 1969

A Yorkshire teenager begins to see and hear strange things in this unsettling slice of 60s sci-fi.

28 mins United Kingdom Director. Richard Foster

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SLR
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SLR 2012

A twisted short film from Stephen Fingleton, director of The Survivalist. A man obsessed with ‘voyeur pornography’ meets his match in the form of a photographer known only by his online username ANORAK.

22 mins United Kingdom Director. Stephen Fingleton

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Dark Horse
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Dark Horse 2014 PG

The inspirational, larger-than-life true story of how a group of friends in a poor mining village took on the elite 'sport of kings' and breed themselves a racehorse.

85 mins United Kingdom Director. Louise Osmond

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Love Is All 2014 12

A hundred years of love and courtship on the silver screen, with music created by celebrated Sheffield singer-songwriter-producer Richard Hawley

70 mins United Kingdom Director. Kim Longinotto

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My Nazi Legacy 2015 PG

What if your father was a Nazi? This is the harrowing question raised in David Evans’ thought-provoking documentary.

96 mins United Kingdom Director. David Evans

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Innocence of Memories 2015 12

A multi-layered melding of fiction and fact, about Nobel prize-winner Orhan Pamuk and his Istanbul Museum of Innocence.


90 mins United Kingdom Director. Grant Gee

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Out of the Rubble
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Out of the Rubble 2015

Visionary filmmaker Penny Woolcock explores half a century of British urban life using films digitised for Britain on Film, the archive project from BFI and its partner archives.

17 mins United Kingdom Director. Penny Woolcock

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I Am Belfast
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I Am Belfast 2015 15

Mark Cousins’ dreamlike evocation of his home city discovers a capital of rich history and startling beauty.

84 mins United Kingdom Director. Mark Cousins

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Notes on Blindness
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Notes on Blindness 2015 U

James Spinney and Peter Middleton's highly original documentary uses cinematic interpretations and textured sound design to express a ‘world beyond sight.’

90 mins United Kingdom Director. James Spinney, Peter Middleton

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