Love & Friendship 2016
Whit Stillman crosses the Atlantic for this irresistible Jane Austen adaptation, following the delicious and devious exploits of Lady Susan (Kate Beckinsale).
92 mins Ireland Director. Whit Stillman
Literature has inspired some of the greatest films ever made.
Literary adaptations often get a bad press, with the books’ fans lamenting the necessary excision of events in the book or the loss of tone and character. Yet the best film adaptations capture the mood of the original or completely reimagine the stories in their transition to the big screen.
Works by Emile Bronte, Joseph Conrad, Mary Shelley, Bram Stoker, Thomas Hardy and more inspired these great films, with Francis Ford Coppola transporting Heart of Darkness to Vietnam in Apocalypse Now and Michael Winterbottom reimagining Tess of the d’Urbervilles in 21st century India in Trishna. Shelley and Stoker certainly couldn’t have predicted the influence their books would have in the future, with Frankenstein and Dracula having been adapted countless times for the big screen.
Whit Stillman crosses the Atlantic for this irresistible Jane Austen adaptation, following the delicious and devious exploits of Lady Susan (Kate Beckinsale).
92 mins Ireland Director. Whit Stillman
Brie Larson’s Oscar-winning performance is the beating heart of Lenny Abrahamson’s extraordinarily moving drama.
118 mins Ireland Director. Lenny Abrahamson
Ben Wheatley's savage and brilliant adaptation of JG Ballard's dystopian satire, starring Tom Hiddleston.
120 mins United Kingdom Director. Ben Wheatley
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
Peter Hall’s extraordinary, long-unseen work of sublime poetic realism traces three generations of one Suffolk family and their lives in the farming industry.
98 mins United Kingdom Director. Peter Hall
Agyness Deyn stars in Terence Davies’ moving drama about a strong young woman facing many adversities in the run up to WWI.
135 mins United Kingdom Director. Terence Davies
Omer Fast’s gripping puzzle-box thriller about an amnesiac reconstructing his elusive past.
102 mins United Kingdom Director. Omer Fast
A sweepingly romantic adaptation of Timothy Conigrave’s best-selling memoir, an impassioned love letter to his partner, John Caleo.
127 mins Australia Director. Neil Armfield
Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad, Argo) gives a cracking performance as Dalton Trumbo, the Oscar-winning screenwriter who became a Hollywood outcast.
124 mins USA Director. Jay Roach
A young Colin Firth and Kenneth Branagh star as two tormented WWI veterans who strike up a friendship when they meet in a rural Yorkshire village.
96 mins United Kingdom Director. Pat O'Connor
Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara illuminate Todd Haynes’ intoxicating adaptation of Patricia Highsmith’s beloved novel.
119 mins United Kingdom Director. Todd Haynes
The return of beautiful journalist Tamara Drewe (Gemma Arterton) awakens destructive passions in a Dorset village.
111 mins United Kingdom Director. Stephen Frears
The US indie hit tells the bold, bawdy and hilarious story of a teenager's sexual awakening after she sleeps with her mother’s boyfriend.
102 mins USA Director. Marielle Heller
Terence Stamp and Julie Christie star in the classic adaptation of Thomas Hardy’s tale of tragedy and passion.
168 mins USA Director. John Schlesinger
Keira Knightley plays an 18th-century duchess who challenges convention by responding to her husband’s infidelities with affairs of her own.
110 mins United Kingdom Director. Saul Dibb
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
Tom Hardy’s magnetic double-performance as infamous East End gangsters Reggie and Ronnie Kray commands Brian Helgeland stylish biopic.
131 mins France Director. Brian Helgeland
Ben Foster is Lance Armstrong in this kinetic account of the cyclist who fell from grace, from acclaimed director Stephen Frears.
103 mins France Director. Stephen Frears
A celebration of outrageous British playwright Joe Orton’s irreverent and charismatic talent, starring Gary Oldman and Alfred Molina.
109 mins United Kingdom Director. Stephen Frears
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.
108 mins United Kingdom Director. Jonathan Glazer
Fernando Meirelles (City of God) presents a haunting dystopian allegory about a sudden epidemic of blindness affecting humanity.
120 mins Canada Director. Fernando Meirelles
In an apocalyptic future Britain, a civil servant is unexpectedly entrusted with the fate of humanity in Alfonso Cuarón’s gripping and thoughtful sci-fi.
109 mins USA
Judi Dench and Steve Coogan star in the deeply moving yet warm-hearted drama about a woman’s search for her forcibly adopted son.
97 mins United Kingdom Director. Stephen Frears
Based on the best-selling 1929 novel by Ernest Hemingway, Gary Cooper stars in Frank Borzage's Oscar-winning adaptation of the tragic Great War romance.
87 mins USA Director. Frank Borzage
Jean-Pierre Melville’s film of Jean Cocteau's controversial novel about a teenage brother and sister and their intense, closeted relationship.
102 mins France Director. Jean-Pierre Melville
Roman Polanski presents a typically uncompromising take on Charles Dickens’ classic novel.
130 mins United Kingdom Director. Roman Polanski
Arguably the essential Dickens adaptation, David Lean’s evocative portrayal of Victorian London in sooty black and white features Alec Guinness as a memorably sinister Fagin.
115 mins United Kingdom Director. David Lean
The first of David Lean’s two Dickens adaptations is one of the finest British literary interpretations and one of the most acclaimed of all British films.
118 mins United Kingdom
Alastair Sim’s best known performance, as Dickens’ notorious curmudgeon Ebenezer Scrooge.
86 mins United Kingdom Director. Brian Desmond Hurst
A well-acted early version of Charles Dickens' much loved Christmas story, featuring some impressive ghost sequences.
20 mins United Kingdom
A brisk and rousing biopic of Robert Burns, punctuated by songs and poems based on his famous works.
56 mins United Kingdom Director. Walter C. Mycroft
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
An eerie British version of the classic Poe chiller, strong enough for a rare 'H' (for Horrific) certificate.
70 mins United Kingdom Director. Ivan Barnett
'Man of a thousand faces' Lon Chaney stars in the first version of Gaston Leroux's oft-filmed novel.
111 mins USA Director. Rupert Julian
David Cronenberg's multi award-winning psychological thriller exploring the bizarre lives of identical twins Elliot and Beverly, both played by Jeremy Irons.
115 mins Canada Director. David Cronenberg
Hammer's 1958 version of Stoker's Gothic novel was the most exciting to date, boasting lavish costumes and sets, a vibrant score and red, red blood.
82 mins United Kingdom Director. Terence Fisher
English language version of Herzog’s stimulating take on the Dracula story starring Klaus Kinski, with echoes of Murnau’s 1922 Nosferatu.
107 mins Federal Republic of Germany Director. Werner Herzog
The gothic horror that ushered in a wave of cinematic terror, starring Boris Karloff as the reconstructed monster with a human soul.
70 mins USA Director. James Whale
Meddling with nature has devastating consequences in Hammer's first Gothic horror, a visceral take on Mary Shelley's novel.
83 mins United Kingdom Director. Terence Fisher
Dennis Wheatley's occult tale is given the Hammer treatment.
95 mins United Kingdom Director. Terence Fisher
Orson Welles’ final Hollywood film and the last great Film Noir, a sweat-drenched Mexican border saga with one of cinema’s most celebrated openings.
95 mins USA Director. Orson Welles
Robert Siodmak’s first Hollywood noir about an innocent man sentenced to death when the woman who can verify his alibi mysteriously vanishes.
87 mins USA Director. Robert Siodmak
Burt Lancaster and Ava Gardner star in Robert Siodmak’s gritty and muscular film noir, adapted from Hemingway’s short story.
90 mins USA Director. Robert Siodmak
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
Barbara Stanwyck is the housewife who dupes an insurance salesman into a devious murder plot, in this giant of American cinema - the archetypal Film Noir.
107 mins USA Director. Billy Wilder
Billy Wilder’s still searing film about alcoholism remains one of only two films to have won the Best Picture Oscar and the top prize at Cannes Film Festival.
101 mins USA Director. Billy Wilder
A suspected Nazi collaborator and his Partisan abductors join forces to escape pursuing German forces, in this vibrantly shot war drama.
Germany Director. Sergei Loznitsa
Akira Kurosawa’s procedural crime masterpiece, from Ed McBain’s gritty novel, follows an industrialist who faces an agonising choice as a result of a botched kidnapping by ruthless criminals.
143 mins Japan Director. Akira Kurosawa
Akira Kurosawa’s adaptation of Maxim Gorky’s novel, in which inhabitants of a slum revel in illusions to avoid bitter reality.
120 mins Japan Director. Akira Kurosawa
The epic, passionate and strikingly naturalistic Palme d'Or-winning romance.
179 mins France Director. Abdel Kechiche
The film that inspired a wave of British migration to Provence, Claude Berri’s magical evocation of a bygone rustic France, with Gerard Depardieu.
120 mins France Director. Claude Berri
The sequel to Jean de Florette concludes the Provencal period saga about two farming clans, headed by Emmanuelle Béart and Daniel Auteuil.
113 mins France Director. Claude Berri
This adaptation of Kurt Vonnegut’s novel follows Billy Pilgrim’s journeys in time as he flits between WWII Dresden and a future on planet Tralfamadore.
104 mins USA Director. George Roy Hill
H.G. Wells' chilling vision of the future, which imagines the 20th Century as a near-endless war and struggle against tyranny, remains a key milestone in British science fiction.
108 mins United Kingdom Director. William Cameron Menzies
Flight crash investigator Bill Smith (Kris Kristofferson) discovers that time travellers from the future are visiting the present day and stealing passengers from doomed aircraft to repopulate a future, infertile human race.
101 mins USA Director. Michael Anderson
The life story of Ian Curtis, the tortured singer of Joy Division who suffered epilepsy and crippling self-doubt, filmed in stunning monochrome.
122 mins United Kingdom Director. Anton Corbijn
Sarah Gavron’s subtle and intelligent adaptation of Monica Ali’s acclaimed novel charts the experiences of a Bangladeshi woman in London.
102 mins United Kingdom Director. Sarah Gavron
Samantha Morton plays the enigmatic title character in Lynne Ramsay’s dreamy and atmospheric road movie.
97 mins United Kingdom Director. Lynne Ramsay
Richard Attenborough’s unforgettably sinister turn as ‘Pinkie’ pervades this classic adaptation of the Graham Greene novel.
92 mins United Kingdom Director. John Boulting
A gunman, badly wounded during a robbery, attempts to escape from the authorities in Belfast, in Carol Reed's moody Belfast set-thriller with James Mason.
116 mins United Kingdom Director. Carol Reed
Billie Whitelaw stars in this tough Tyneside-set crime drama about a gang of criminals who turn against each other following a payroll heist.
105 mins United Kingdom
Tom Courtenay is the clerk whose overactive fantasies compensate for a dull provincial life, in this classic film from the British New Wave.
98 mins United Kingdom Director. John Schlesinger
Austerity noir? Ealing's downbeat but compelling East End thriller.
92 mins United Kingdom Director. Robert Hamer
Stanley Baker stars as a DI trailing an escaped convict through the streets of Manchester in this punchy crime thriller with a strong realist streak.
93 mins United Kingdom Director. Val Guest
Richard Ayoade’s sweet and quirky directorial debut about a Swansea teen’s travails with his distant girlfriend and warring parents.
97 mins United Kingdom Director. Richard Ayoade
A striking 21st-century love story about the passionate relationship between a transgendered teen and a straight man.
85 mins Sweden Director. Ester Martin Bergsmark
Transplanting Joseph Conrad’s colonial-era novel Heart of Darkness to Vietnam, Coppola created a mesmerising fantasia on the spectacle of war.
141 mins USA Director. Francis Ford Coppola
Ealing's thirstiest comedy: "the longest unsponsored advertisement ever to reach cinema screens"?
82 mins United Kingdom Director. Alexander Mackendrick
Andrea Arnold's bold re-imagining of the Emily Brontë classic.
128 mins United Kingdom Director. Andrea Arnold
Two contrasting and occasionally conflicted brothers find solace while fly fishing the rivers of their Montana home.
123 mins USA Director. Robert Redford
Michael Radford (Il Postino) directs this war-time drama set in Scotland. The passions of a young housewife are aroused by the arrival of an Italian POW.
102 mins United Kingdom Director. Michael Radford
Ben Whishaw first lead role in a movie was as the serial killer obsessed with smell in Tom Tykwer’s adaptation of the celebrated novel.
147 mins Germany Director. Tom Tykwer
Jean-Jacques Beineix’s story of a volatile, highly sexual relationship was one of the most successful French films of the 1980s.
177 mins France Director. Jean-Jacques Beineix
Ruth Rendell provides the source novel for this delicious tale of deception and identity, from the master of mischievous melodrama, François Ozon.
108 mins France Director. François Ozon
Pedro Almodóvar’s sexy and suspenseful thriller follows the intertwining destinies of a cop (Javier Bardem) and the criminal who paralyses him.
103 mins Spain Director. Pedro Almodóvar
The coolest spy of all – Michael Caine’s Harry Palmer – makes his brilliant big screen debut in this landmark British spy thriller.
109 mins United Kingdom Director. Sidney J. Furie
Ivor Novello plays a strange lodger who may be behind a number of Jack the Ripper-style killings in Alfred Hitchcock’s silent thriller.
90 mins United Kingdom Director. Alfred Hitchcock
Sublime and suspenseful version of the popular John Buchan spy thriller from the master of suspense himself, Alfred Hitchcock.
86 mins United Kingdom Director. Alfred Hitchcock
A cinema owner works with a ring of terrorists, with drastic effects on his wife and her brother, in Hitchcock’s London-set thriller.
76 mins United Kingdom Director. Alfred Hitchcock
Sean Connery stars as the man who marries a kleptomaniac who has some strange psychological problems, played by Tippi Hedren.
130 mins USA Director. Alfred Hitchcock
An old woman disappears mysteriously on a busy train in Hitchcock’s delightful classic.
97 mins United Kingdom Director. Alfred Hitchcock
Hitchcock’s timeless thriller about a former detective with a fear of heights who is hired to follow a woman who seems possessed by the past.
128 mins USA Director. Alfred Hitchcock
Alfred Hitchcock’s masterly thriller stars James Stewart as an invalided photographer who spots something fishy outside his rear window.
112 mins USA Director. Alfred Hitchcock
Hitchcock’s black comedy about four village residents trying to work out what to do with a dead body.
99 mins USA Director. Alfred Hitchcock
Charm is the byword in the screwball thriller that pits Cary Grant on the trail of Audrey Hepburn and her late husband’s missing millions.
109 mins USA Director. Stanley Donen
Two public school teachers clash over teaching methods and the love of a good woman in this absorbing Hugh Walpole adaptation.
92 mins United Kingdom Director. Lawrence Huntington
A tale of treachery, madness and thwarted love in this vivid rural melodrama set around Heptonstall in Yorkshire.
77 mins United Kingdom Director. Cecil M. Hepworth
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
James Mason, Margaret Lockwood and Stewart Granger star in the first of the fantastically successful Gainsborough melodramas.
116 mins United Kingdom Director. Leslie Arliss
James Mason stars in this gothic tale of dangerous desire set on the Yorkshire Moors.
79 mins United Kingdom Director. Leslie Arliss
Sensitive and ground-breaking romance between a wheelchair-bound couple played by Malcolm McDowell and Nanette Newman.
111 mins United Kingdom Director. Bryan Forbes
Sweeping romantic drama about two Indian women who fall for each other in the hostile environment of apartheid South Africa.
94 mins United Kingdom Director. Shamim Sarif
The story of an affair between a Palestinian woman and her British Indian friend, from the same team behind The World Unseen.
80 mins United Kingdom Director. Shamim Sarif
Ian McKellen plays the august detective, now a 93-year-old whose principle case is trying to unravel the mysteries of his own past.
100 mins USA Director. Bill Condon
A masterful thriller with true flair, The Spy In Black has a much larger importance: it threw Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger together for the first time.
77 mins United Kingdom Director. Michael Powell
Widely regarded as the finest film account of the sinking of the Titanic, this moving seafaring disaster tale will grip you from start to finish.
123 mins United Kingdom Director. Roy Ward Baker
A female con artist falls in love with her target in Preston Sturges’s comedy, starring Barbara Stanwyck and Henry Fonda.
90 mins USA Director. Preston Sturges
One of the most unjustly overlooked fables from Hollywood’s golden age, a stunning romantic fantasy about two divided lovers united in a dream world.
88 mins USA Director. Henry Hathaway
Oliver Reed and Glenda Jackson star in the rarely seen drama about an AWOL soldier who disguises as a woman to avoid capture.
94 mins United Kingdom Director. Michael Apted
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
Powerful adaptation of TS Eliot's classic verse drama recounting the clash between King Henry II and Archbishop of Canterbury, Thomas Becket.
114 mins United Kingdom Director. George Hoellering
Douglas Sirk’s broiling melodrama classic; a love quadrangle involving the two brattish heirs of a Texan oil fortune.
99 mins USA Director. Douglas Sirk
Keira Knightley stars in Jane Austen’s timeless romance, reinvigorated for the modern age by the masters of British rom-com, Working Title.
135 mins USA Director. Joe Wright
Reindeer jumpers and big knickers: the smash adaptation of Helen Fielding’s hit novel still has all the best gags in the rom-com circuit.
93 mins USA Director. Paul Knight
Douglas Sirk’s final Hollywood film is a masterpiece of melodrama, for which Juanita Moore became the fifth African-American Oscar-nominee.
125 mins USA Director. Douglas Sirk
Ralph Fiennes directs and stars in this adaptation of Claire Tomalin’s book about the long-standing affair between Charles Dickens and Nelly Ternan.
111 mins United Kingdom Director. Ralph Fiennes
Saoirse Ronan shines as a woman who journeys from post-war small-town Ireland to New York, in Nick Hornby’s adaptation of Colm Tóibín’s best-selling novel.
112 mins United Kingdom Director. John Crowley
Emilia Fox delves into Tuppence Middleton’s repressed childhood memories, in Iain Softley’s erotic and elaborate psycho-thriller.
100 mins United Kingdom Director. Iain Softley
Two London office workers find love on a Yemeni Sheikh's ambitious fishing scheme. Ewan McGregor and Emily Blunt star.
111 mins United Kingdom Director. Lasse Hallström
Alicia Vikander brings to life the extraordinary life of Vera Brittain, whose affair with a dashing friend (Kit Harington) is cruelly cut short by the onset of war.
129 mins United Kingdom Director. James Kent
A nurse who doubles as a spy in German-occupied Belgium attracts the attentions of a German commandant.
91 mins United Kingdom Director. Victor Saville
Ridley Scott’s heavyweight crime drama follows the rise and fall of drug-runner Frank Lucas, commandingly portrayed by Denzel Washington.
169 mins USA Director. Ridley Scott
Richard Pryor plays the everyman who inherits a vast estate with a massive catch: he’ll have to spend $30million in 30 days in order to inherit it all.
97 mins USA Director. Walter Hill
NYC becomes Oz in the cult, urban reimagining of the family favourite, featuring an all-African American cast including Diana Ross and Michael Jackson.
127 mins USA Director. Sidney Lumet
In one of Liam Neeson’s earliest starring roles, he plays an errant priest who kidnaps a vulnerable boy from an abusive Catholic school
110 mins United Kingdom Director. Colin Gregg
Peter Sellers is superb in a warm, wistful family drama, in which two Battersea kids forge an unlikely alliance with a faded music hall star.
110 mins United Kingdom Director. Anthony Simmons
A rare serious performance by Peter Sellers drives this tale of eight men buried in a bunker for three years at the end of WWII.
92 mins USA Director. Clive Rees
Klaus Kinski and Werner Herzog’s final collaboration is a typically wild and adventurous story of a bandit who trains an army of female savages to overthrow a slave-trading tribal king.
100 mins Federal Republic of Germany Director. Werner Herzog
Czech animator Jan Švankmajer's adaptation of Horace Walpole's Gothic novel.
17 mins Czechoslovakia Director. Jan Svankmajer
Alex Cox’s visually stunning, deliciously dark adaptation of the short story by acclaimed Argentine writer Jorge Luis Borges.
82 mins USA Director. Alex Cox
Entertaining family ghost movie directed by Lionel Jeffries, based on the novel The Ghosts by Antonia Barber.
99 mins United Kingdom Director. Lionel Jeffries
The path to true love never runs smooth, but poor Margaret Lockwood gets more of a bumpy ride than anyone deserves in this post-war melodrama.
90 mins United Kingdom Director. Charles Bennett