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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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45 Years
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45 Years 2014 15

One of the most acclaimed British features of recent years, starring Charlotte Rampling and Tom Courtenay as a couple rocked by news from the past.

95 mins United Kingdom Director. Andrew Haigh

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London Road
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London Road 2014 15

Daring, startling and wholly original: a musical based on the infamous Ipswich murders of 2006, adapted by National Theatre director Rufus Norris.

99 mins United Kingdom Director. Rufus Norris

View Catch Me Daddy
Catch Me Daddy
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Catch Me Daddy 2013 15

A young couple whose relationship has divided a community are forced on the run through the streets and moors of nocturnal Yorkshire.

112 mins United Kingdom Director. Matthew Wolfe, Daniel Wolfe

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My Nazi Legacy
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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

View Traveller
Traveller
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Traveller 1981

Reluctant newlywed travellers Angela and Michael try to smuggle goods across the border in this lyrical Irish road movie written by Neil Jordan.

80 mins Ireland Director. Joe Comerford

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'71
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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 Duke of Burgundy
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The Duke of Burgundy 2014 18

Peter Strickland’s visually and aurally intoxicating tale of sadomasochistic power-play is a daringly erotic sensory feast.

104 mins United Kingdom Director. Peter Strickland

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Bypass
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Bypass 2015 15

Duane Hopkins’s follow up to Better Things is a striking, poetic drama about a young man on the edge.

105 mins United Kingdom Director. Duane Hopkins

View Second Coming
Second Coming
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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

View Catch Me Daddy
Catch Me Daddy
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Catch Me Daddy 2013 15

A young couple whose relationship has divided a community are forced on the run through the streets and moors of nocturnal Yorkshire.

112 mins United Kingdom Director. Matthew Wolfe, Daniel Wolfe

View London Road
London Road
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London Road 2014 15

Daring, startling and wholly original: a musical based on the infamous Ipswich murders of 2006, adapted by National Theatre director Rufus Norris.

99 mins United Kingdom Director. Rufus Norris

View 45 Years
45 Years
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45 Years 2014 15

One of the most acclaimed British features of recent years, starring Charlotte Rampling and Tom Courtenay as a couple rocked by news from the past.

95 mins United Kingdom Director. Andrew Haigh

View What Can I Do with a Male Nude?
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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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

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A Family Portrait

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

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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Of Time and the City
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Of Time and the City 2008 12

Brilliantly mixing archive film and music, Liverpool-born director Terence Davies reflects with wit and wisdom on a times of change, for good or ill

77 mins United Kingdom Director. Terence Davies

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Hockney
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Hockney 2014 15

A portrait of the beloved British artist, drawing on his own home-movie footage and with revealing contributions from his friends and colleagues.

113 mins United Kingdom Director. Randall Wright

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Night Will Fall
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Night Will Fall 2014 15

An unforgettable, compelling account of the production and subsequent restoration of a withheld film recording the liberation of Nazi concentration camps in 1945.

76 mins United Kingdom Director. André Singer

View Dark Horse
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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Deep Water

Deep Water 2006 PG

Riveting account of the disastrous attempt by novice sailor Donald Crowhurst to compete in a round-the-world, solo yachting race.

92 mins United Kingdom Director. Jerry Rothwell, Louise Osmond

View My Nazi Legacy
My Nazi Legacy
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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

View What Is This Film Called Love?
What Is This Film Called Love?

What Is This Film Called Love? 2012 12

Mark Cousins’ cine-essay, inspired by Sergei Eisenstein’s 1930s Mexican odyssey, is a poetic meditation on memory, landscape and walking.

80 mins United Kingdom Director. Mark Cousins

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