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21st Century British Cinema is in rude health. Internationally acclaimed, with success at festivals and the box office, the BFI is proud to support the breathtaking range of the UK’s filmmaking talent.

The BFI has supported some of the most original and distinguished British films in recent years. Powerful debuts by the likes of Clio Barnard, Tom Shkolnik and Scott Graham tell incisive stories about modern Britain, while established filmmakers like Fernando Mierelles and Michael Winterbottom have taken their ambitious visions to the global stage. Works from filmmakers with new perspectives, such as Andrea Arnold, Ayub Khan Din , Noel Clarke and Max & Dania illustrate the richly diverse range of British stories to be told.

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20,000 Days on Earth 2014 15

The myths and minutiae of musician Nick Cave are explored in the course of this fictional portrait, following 24 hours in the life of a cultural icon.

93 mins United Kingdom Director. Iain Forsyth, Jane Pollard

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Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa 2013 15

It’s Alan’s finest hour, as the veteran DJ for North Norfolk Digital (Steve Coogan) is called into action to mediate a hostage situation following a siege.

90 mins United Kingdom Director. Declan Lowney

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The Arbor 2010 15

Clio Barnard's film about Bradford playwright Andrea Dunbar mixes reconstruction, interviews (performed by actors) and scenes from the plays.

94 mins United Kingdom Director. Clio Barnard

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Wittgenstein 1993 18

Written for Channel 4 by radical literary theorist Terry Eagleton and directed by Derek Jarman, Wittgenstein is a bold, offbeat biography, exploring the politics and sexuality of the great, troubled philosopher.

72 mins United Kingdom Director. Derek Jarman

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Exhibition 2013 15

Joanna Hogg's sleek and minimalist comedy about a pair of artists and their emotional attachment to their ultra-modernist apartment.

104 mins United Kingdom

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Project Wild Thing 2013 PG

Crowning himself as Marketing Director for Nature, a father aims to entice his kids away from TV, toys and technology.

83 mins United Kingdom

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Young Soul Rebels 1991 18

The Queen's Silver Jubilee beats to the sounds of Funkadelic, Sylvester and the O'Jays in Isaac Julien’s feature debut.

105 mins United Kingdom Director. Isaac Julien

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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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We Need to Talk About Kevin 2010 15

Tilda Swinton gives a BAFTA-nominated performance as the mother of a teenager who commits a high school massacre. With Ezra Miller and John C. Reilly.

112 mins United Kingdom Director. Lynne Ramsay

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Red Road 2006 18

Andrea Arnold’s highly acclaimed film, winner of top prizes at Cannes and the BFI London Film Festival, is a haunting drama about a woman confronting past demons.

United Kingdom Director. Andrea Arnold

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Sightseers 2012 15

Young lovers Chris and Tina turn their first holiday together into a rural killing spree in Ben Wheatley's priceless black comedy.

88 mins United Kingdom Director. Ben Wheatley

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The Double 2013 15

Richard Ayoade’s stylish and sinister adaptation of Dostoevsky’s story stars Jesse Eisenberg in a dual-role as a timid office clerk confronted by his confident, scheming doppelganger.

United Kingdom Director. Richard Ayoade

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Under the Skin 2013 15

An alien Scarlett Johansson prowls the streets of Glasgow in Jonathan Glazer’s astonishing, mind-bending mixture of existential sci-fi and inner-city realism.

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Berberian Sound Studio 2011 15

In 1970s Italy, a timid British sound engineer joins the crew on a violent horror film. But the disturbing world of the film soon seeps into reality.

92 mins United Kingdom Director. Peter Strickland

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Broken 2012 15

A compelling drama of splintered families and warring neighbours, with a stunning debut from young Eloise Laurence. With Tim Roth and Cillian Murphy.

90 mins United Kingdom

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Dreams of a Life 2011 12A

Carol Morley's drama-documentary investigates the tragic death of a woman whose body lay undetected for almost three years.

94 mins United Kingdom

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Friendship's Death 1987 15

Tilda Swinton's extraterrestrial robot makes left-field political observations about the state of the world in this witty sci-fi film.

78 mins United Kingdom

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The Angelic Conversation 1985 PG

The Angelic Conversation sees Derek Jarman conjure an evocative and radical visualisation of Shakespeare’s love poems. With narration by Judi Dench and music by Coil.

81 mins United Kingdom Director. Derek Jarman

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Lilting 2013 15

Ben Whishaw stars in an intimate portrait of two strangers brought together by the common language of grief.

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Attack the Block 2011 15

Aliens wage war on a tower block after one of their number is bludgeoned by a street gang in this witty, action-packed feature debut by Joe Cornish.

87 mins United Kingdom

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Caravaggio 1986 18

Derek Jarman’s unique biopic of the 17th century Italian artist Michelangelo da Caravaggio is a powerful meditation on sexuality, criminality and art.

92 mins United Kingdom Director. Derek Jarman

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The Comedian 2012 15

Touching drama about a thirtysomething comedian looking for happiness.

78 mins United Kingdom

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The Deep Blue Sea 2011 12

Buried passions boil over in a buttoned-up postwar Britain in Terence Davies acclaimed adaptation of Rattigan's play, starring Rachel Weisz.

98 mins United Kingdom Director. Terence Davies

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Fast Girls 2012 12A

The four young runners on the Team GB women's relay team battle to overcome rivalries and personal demons in time for the World Athletics Championship.

90 mins United Kingdom Director. Regan Hall

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Frank 2013 15

Michael Fassbender is the man inside the papier-mâché head, in this fictionalised reimagining of the story of northern entertainer Frank Sidebottom.

Ireland Director. Lenny Abrahamson

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The First Grader 2010 12

Inspiring true story of a Kenyan man who returned to school aged 84. With Oliver Litondo and Naomie Harris.

102 mins United Kingdom Director. Justin Chadwick

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8 Minutes Idle 2012 15

Quirky British call-centre comedy about whose life is disrupted when he has to start living in his office.

86 mins United Kingdom

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Ginger & Rosa 2012 PG

Teenage friendship is torn apart when Rosa finds love in the wrong place, in Sally Potter's acute, 60s-set drama.

89 mins United Kingdom Director. Sally Potter

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All in Good Time 2011 12

A pair of newlyweds endure a honeymoon staying with the groom's parents in a comedy from East Is East writer Ayub Khan-Din.

93 mins United Kingdom

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Herostratus 1967 15

A young poet (Michael Gothard) hires a marketing company to turn his suicide into a mass-media spectacle

142 mins United Kingdom Director. Don Levy

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360 2012 15

Jude Law, Rachel Weisz and Anthony Hopkins lead an ensemble cast in a sleek thriller exploring the way our lives interconnect across the world.

109 mins United Kingdom

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Madagascar Skin 1995 15

John Hannah stars as a painfully shy gay man who escapes the city in Chris Newby’s extraordinary second feature.

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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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Nighthawks 1978 15

A schoolteacher juggles everyday life with nights spent cruising for Mr Right in this fascinating landmark in British gay cinema.

United Kingdom Director. Ron Peck

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Nighthawks II: Strip Jack Naked 1991 18

Ron Peck’s experimental follow up to the groundbreaking Nighthawks is both a making-of documentary and a deeply personal film memoir.

91 mins United Kingdom Director. Ron Peck

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North of Vortex 1992 18

A gay poet, a bisexual sailor and a straight waitress embark on a trip through an American desert landscape in this languid, woozy road movie.

55 mins United Kingdom Director. Constantine Giannaris

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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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The Selfish Giant 2013 15

Two Yorkshire tearaways struggle with life and friendship in this challenging, compassionate growing-up tale by the director of The Arbor.

90 mins United Kingdom

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Trishna 2011 15

Tragedy befalls a young Indian woman when she falls in love with a rich British man in Michael Winterbottom's sharp Thomas Hardy update.

113 mins United Kingdom Director. Michael Winterbottom

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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

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Wuthering Heights 2010 15

Andrea Arnold's bold re-imagining of the Emily Brontë classic.

128 mins United Kingdom Director. Andrea Arnold

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Shell 2012 15

In a remote part of Scotland, teenager Shell develops an intense relationship with her reclusive father.

90 mins United Kingdom

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3 Steps to Heaven 1995 18

Edgy mixture of black comedy and urban drama about a woman uncovering the hidden truths about her dead lover.

87 mins United Kingdom Director. Constantine Giannaris

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