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The Female Gaze

Great films incite, others vex, a few elate. From pre-war to the present day, these remarkable works by international women directors do all that and more.

The place of female filmmakers in cinema history demands correction, and the future looks bright. Keep up with this dedicated collection.

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RECOMMENDED

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Disorder 2015 15

Taut, stylish thriller with Matthias Schoenaerts as a suspended soldier who’s plagued with paranoia in his new role as a bodyguard.

France Director. Alice Winocour

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Adult Life Skills 2015 15

Anna (Jodie Whittaker) is an emotionally stunted 30-year-old living in her mum’s shed, learning to confront adult reality, in Rachel Tunnard’s quirky debut.

96 mins United Kingdom Director. Rachel Tunnard

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Blush 2015 18

An assured and authentic lesbian coming-of-age drama, boasting a mesmerising and heartfelt lead performance.

85 mins Israel Director. Michal Vinik

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Eve's Bayou 1997 15

Samuel L. Jackson stars in this seething slice of Southern Gothic, about the travails of a Louisiana family bedevilled by infidelity, incest and witchcraft.

109 mins USA Director. Kasi Lemmons

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Together 1956 PG

Two deaf-mute dock workers eke out a humble East End existence in Lorenza Mazzetti's striking and poetic example of Free Cinema.

52 mins United Kingdom Director. Lorenza Mazzetti

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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

BLACK VOICES

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Gone Too Far! 2013 12

Riotous urban comedy adapted from the hit play about a Peckham teen affronted by the arrival of his long-lost Nigerian sibling.

88 mins United Kingdom Director. Destiny Ekaragha

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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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B.D. Women 1994

Sassy, stylised documentary exploring the hidden histories of black lesbians.

20 mins United Kingdom Director. Inge Blackman

NGOZI ONWURAH

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Welcome II the Terrordome 1995 18

A ferocious dystopian nightmare, this was the first film directed by a black British woman to receive a UK theatrical release.

94 mins United Kingdom Director. Ngozi Onwurah

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Coffee Coloured Children 1988

Experimental monologue about the trauma of racial harassment and self-hate that accompanies growing up mixed-race in Britain.

15 mins United Kingdom Director. Ngozi Onwurah

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The Body Beautiful 1990

Autobiographical account of a mother-daughter relationship, exploring beauty standards and female sexuality.

23 mins United Kingdom Director. Ngozi Onwurah

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Flight of the Swan 1992

A young black ballerina rejects prejudice and finds her African spirit in Swan Lake.

United Kingdom Director. Ngozi Onwurah

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White Men Are Cracking Up 1994

The fatal fascination with the myth of the black feminine mystique is uncovered in Ngozi Onwurah's enigmatic short.

19 mins United Kingdom Director. Ngozi Onwurah

AMERICAN Directors

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The Diary of a Teenage Girl 2015 18

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

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The Wolfpack 2015 15

Meet the Angulos: seven siblings imprisoned for most of their childhoods who learnt much of life’s lessons from film and TV; the subjects of this captivating documentary.

80 mins USA Director. Crystal Moselle

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Appropriate Behaviour 2015 15

Desiree Akhavan directs and stars in this witty, razor-sharp and fearless comedy following the sexual misadventures of a bisexual Brooklynite.

90 mins United Kingdom Director. Desiree Akhavan

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A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night 2014 15

If you only see one Iranian vampire western this year, make sure it’s this one. A female vampire stalks a ghost town in Ana Lily Amirpour’s arresting debut.

101 mins USA Director. Ana Lily Amirpour

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Serena 2014 15

Two of the planet’s biggest stars – Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence – align in this extravagant period drama set in depression-era America.

109 mins USA Director. Susanne Bier

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Night Moves 2013 15

Jesse Eisenberg and Dakota Fanning star in a taut political thriller about radical environmentalists planning to commit an act of eco-terrorism.

112 mins USA Director. Kelly Reichardt

ASIAN STORIES

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Still the Water 2014 15

Naomi Kawase’s visually ravishing, beautifully composed film tells the story of two youths growing up and falling in love on a Japanese island.

120 mins Japan Director. Naomi Kawase

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We Went to Wonderland 2008

British-Chinese filmmaker Xiaolu Guo follows her ageing parents' journey to the West as they visit Europe. A rare chance to see one of Guo’s most personal films.

United Kingdom Director. Xiaolu Guo

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She, a Chinese 2009 18

British-Chinese director Xiaolu Guo’s story of a young woman's journey from a remote Chinese village to London, in an attempt to realise the Western consumer dream.

United Kingdom Director. Xiaolu Guo

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Brick Lane 2007 15

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

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The World Unseen 2008 12

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

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I Can't Think Straight 2008 12

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

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A Girl at My Door 2014 18

Lee Chang-dong (Poetry) produces this offbeat drama about a policewoman who becomes protector of an abused teen in a town riven by corruption and alcoholism.

119 mins Korea, Republic of Director. July Jung

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A Simple Life 2011 PG

A wealthy film executive reconnects with the nanny who raised him, in a touching drama from the great humanist of the Hong Kong New Wave, Ann Hui.

Director. Ann Hui On-wah

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When I Saw You 2012 12A

Following the Six-Day War in 1967, a young Palestinian refugee boy yearns to be reunited with his father and joins a band of freedom fighters.

93 mins Jordan

GURINDER CHADHA

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Bend it Like Beckham 2002 12

Gurinder Chadha’s smash hit about an Asian girl with an undying love for football.

112 mins Germany Director. Gurinder Chadha

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I'm British But... 1989

Britain beats to the sound of Bhangra and Bangla in Gurinder Chadha's debut film.

30 mins United Kingdom Director. Gurinder Chadha

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Bride & Prejudice 2004 12

Gurinder Chadha’s Bollywood retelling of Austen’s classic romance is an all-round joy, adding colour and song to Austen’s evergreen wit.

122 mins United Kingdom Director. Gurinder Chadha

FRENCH Visions

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Bang Gang (A Modern Love Story) 2015 18

High-school students start a private orgy society in Eva Husson’s dazzlingly shot, no-holds-barred drama.

98 mins France Director. Eva Husson

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Evolution 2015 15

The long-awaited second feature from Lucile Hadžihalilović (Innocence) is a gorgeously surreal coming-of-age tale laced with bizarre body-horror.

81 mins France Director. Lucile Hadzihalilovic

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Eden 2014 15

Mia Hansen-Løve’s stylish and transcendent story of house music is one of the great films about dance culture.

130 mins France Director. Mia Hansen-Løve

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Girlhood 2014 15

In the tough suburbs of Paris, sixteen-year-old Marieme decides to reinvent herself when she joins a girl gang.

113 mins France Director. Céline Sciamma

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Tomboy 2011 15

A ten-year-old girl, settling into her new neighbourhood outside Paris, is mistaken for a boy and has to live up to this new identity since it's too late for the mistake to be clarified.

82 mins France Director. Céline Sciamma

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Bastards 2013 18

Claire Denis’ moody and atmospheric thriller about an absent brother returning to the fold to investigate his family’s murky secrets.

100 mins France Director. Claire Denis

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Fidelio, Alice's Journey 2014 15

When Alice takes a job as a ship’s engineer her fidelity towards her shore-bound fiancé is tested when she discovers a former lover is the ship’s captain.

95 mins France Director. Lucie Borleteau

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Home 2008 15

Ursula Meier's dark semi-comic fable concerns a family living next to an unused motorway. Isabelle Huppert and Olivier Gourmet excel as the parents

93 mins Switzerland Director. Ursula Meier

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Goodbye First Love 2011 15

The pangs and pains of young love are artfully and respectfully rendered in this subtle and sensitive drama from Mia Hansen-Løve (Eden).

110 mins France Director. Mia Hansen-Løve

DOCUMENTARIES

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Gascoigne 2015 15

Documentary portrait of the mercurial football genius who inspired the game’s modern renaissance while battling personal demons.

90 mins United Kingdom Director. Jane Preston

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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 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

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From the Sea to the Land Beyond 2012 U

This fascinating and moving film by award-winning director Penny Woolcock is a lyrical portrait of Britain's coastline which features a score by British Sea Power.

73 mins United Kingdom Director. Penny Woolcock

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Brand: A Second Coming 2015 15

Russell Brand ponders his political awakening and messianic tendencies in Ondi Timoner’s perceptive and very funny documentary.

104 mins USA Director. Ondi Timoner

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A Bit of Scarlet 1996

Mapping how British film and TV depicts the gay and lesbian lifestyle, Andrea Weiss raids the archives for her funny and persuasive documentary.

74 mins United Kingdom Director. Andrea Weiss

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Before Stonewall 1984 15

Documenting the testimonies from those who dared to challenge the world and helped create the modern gay community.

83 mins USA Director. Greta Schiller

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Around the Village Green 1937

Rural life in the Essex villages of Finchingfield and Great Bardfield - and the mixed reactions of older residents to changing times.

11 mins United Kingdom Director. Marion Grierson, Evelyn Spice

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So This Is London 1933

London at its best? This gorgeous lyrical portrait was made by pioneering female director Marion Grierson.

20 mins United Kingdom Director. Marion Grierson

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Versus: The Life and Films of Ken Loach 2016 12

Louise Osmond's funny, provocative and revealing account of the life and career of one of Britain’s most celebrated and controversial filmmakers.

90 mins United Kingdom Director. Louise Osmond

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My Name Is Salt 2013 U

Farida Pacha's transcendent observational documentary captures the gruelling work of salt harvesters in a Gujarati desert.

92 mins Switzerland Director. Farida Pacha

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Today We Live 1937

A key social issues film documentary from the British Documentary Movement, this two-part film follows the establishment of social enterprises in England and Wales.

23 mins United Kingdom Director. Ralph Bond, Ruby Grierson

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Black to Front 1978

World in Action interviews the residents of Haycroft Road, Brixton as a controversial by-election stokes concerns about race and immigration.

26 mins United Kingdom Director. Linda Mcdougall

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Tunde's Film 1973

Tired of being hassled by the police and with no job opportunities, a group of teenage East End lads plan to rob a bank.

42 mins United Kingdom Director. Maggie Pinhorn, Tunde Ikoli

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Cedar Wood & Silk 1995

Insightful exploration of the relationship between a Jamaican mother and her British-born daughter.

14 mins England

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Dover, Spring 1947 1947

Dover gets a makeover in this offbeat and pointed public information film.

11 mins United Kingdom Director. Mary Beales

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Hedging
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Hedging 1942

Is your hedge thin and straggly? Don't worry, help is at hand

9 mins United Kingdom Director. Margaret Thomson

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Fair Rent
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Fair Rent 1947

Power cuts, housing shortages and exorbitant rents – Aberdeen man Norrie Williamson goes head to head with his greedy landlady

11 mins United Kingdom Director. Mary Beales

EXPERIMENTA

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No Home Movie 2015 PG

Chantal Akerman’s rigorously observational portrait of her late mother takes on a whole new significance in the wake of the director’s own premature passing.

115 mins France Director. Chantal Akerman

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Frida Kahlo & Tina Modotti 1983

Immerse yourself in the work of Frida Kahlo and Tina Modotti - icons of the Mexican Renaissance.

29 mins United Kingdom Director. Peter Wollen, Laura Mulvey

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Riddles of the Sphinx 1977 U

Laura Mulvey and Peter Wollen’s visually accomplished and intellectually rigorous film is one of the most important avant-garde films of the 1970s.

92 mins United Kingdom Director. Peter Wollen, Laura Mulvey

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The Strange Colour of Your Body's Tears 2013 18

Another giallo-inspired exercise in operatic violence from Belgian duo Hélène Cattet and Bruno Forzani, directors of the acclaimed Amer.

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Self Made 2010 15

Artist Gillian Wearing’s documentary observes seven people creating (fantasy?) identities in collaboration with a drama teacher. Raw and revealing.

84 mins United Kingdom Director. Gillian Wearing

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Hell Unltd 1936

Norman McLaren and Helen Biggar’s urgent work of animated agit-prop uses rapid editing to create an incisive polemic against arms spending.

20 mins United Kingdom Director. Helen Biggar, Norman McLaren

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An Exchange for Fire: Sacrifice 2012

Anja Kirschner and David Panos investigate the financial crisis from its European epicentre - Greece.

3 mins United Kingdom Director. David Panos, Anja Kirschner

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An Exchange for Fire: Non-Citizens 2012

The global financial crisis viewed through the prism of modern Greece.

3 mins United Kingdom Director. David Panos, Anja Kirschner

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An Exchange for Fire: Debt 2013

The concluding episode in Anja Kirschner and David Panos' series of films on the Greek financial crisis.

2 mins United Kingdom Director. Anja Kirschner, David Panos

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The Necromancers 2010

Theatre director Steve Pearl talks about his chance meetings with a female ventriloquist.

3 mins United Kingdom Director. Lindsay Seers

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The Paramnesiac 2010

The instability of memory comes to the fore when artist Lindsay Seers' step-sister Christine is involved in a moped accident which severely damages her memory.

3 mins United Kingdom Director. Lindsay Seers

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Serios/Seers 2010

Writer M. Anthony Penwill, an occult photography expert, recalls how his meeting with Ted Serios led him to encounter the artist Lindsay Seers.

3 mins United Kingdom Director. Lindsay Seers

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Carlyle's Hands 1 2011

Eitienne, a neuroscientist who is working around ideas of self awareness, is haunted by his patient, who he calls 'Marathon Man' a man who cannot move his own body unless he sees it.

3 mins United Kingdom Director. Emily Wardill

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Carlyle's Hands 2 2011

In the second in the series of Emily Wardill films, Eitienne the neuroscientist meets Georgia, a woman with whom he is able to connect and they fall in love.

3 mins United Kingdom Director. Emily Wardhill

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Carlyle's Hands 3 2011

Eitienne's dates with different women explore proprioception through a contemporary situation.

3 mins Great Britain Director. Emily Wardill

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Footsteps 1974

Actor and cameraman engage in a game of ‘grandmother’s footsteps’ in a playfully delightful film.

6 mins United Kingdom Director. Marilyn Bailey

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Carlyle's Hands 4 2011

Eitienne the neuroscientist delivers a lecture to students that explores ideas of self-awareness.

3 mins Great Britain Director. Emily Wardill

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Carlyle's Hands 5 2011

An overworked neuroscientist is encouraged to begin online dating.

3 mins Great Britain Director. Emily Wardill

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Real Time 1971

As she recollects her childhood, the filmmaker reflects on time, family and ageing.

32 mins United Kingdom Director. Anne Rees-Mogg

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Muybridge Film 1975

Anne Rees-Mogg pays tribute to Muybridge’s studies of human motion with this portrait of filmmaker Renny Croft.

5 mins United Kingdom Director. Anne Rees-Mogg

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A Length of Time 1970

A documentary on life, filmic time and stock car racing.

23 mins United Kingdom Director. Anne Rees-Mogg

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Focii 1975

A female dancer performs in front of what appears to be a wall of mirrors until her reflection takes on a life of its own.

5 mins United Kingdom Director. Jeanette Iljon

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Guerillere Talks 1978

Six film portraits of women associated with the punk music scene in 1970s New York.

28 mins USA Director. Vivienne Dick

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Tea Leaf 1988

An intimate account of frustration and disarray in 1980s Britain from the point of view of a young woman.

20 mins United Kingdom Director. Ruth Novaczek

KIM LONGINOTTO

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Dreamcatcher 2014 15

Kim Longinotto’s inspirational documentary about Brenda, a Chicagoan charity worker who helps vulnerable prostitutes leave the industry.

98 mins United Kingdom Director. Kim Longinotto

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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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"Underage" 1982

Racism, glue-sniffing, petty theft and promiscuity - Coventry teenagers at play.

57 mins United Kingdom Director. Kim Longinotto, Lizzie Lemon

CAROL MORLEY

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The Falling 2014 15

Amid the seething hormones and turbulent emotions of an all-girl school, a mysterious fainting sickness takes hold.

102 mins United Kingdom Director. Carol Morley

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The Falling Q&A with Carol Morley and Greta Scacchi 2015

The director and actor discuss casting, researching and finding a ghostly location for their film at a preview screening at BFI Southbank.

19 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

JOANNA HOGG

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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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Exhibition (Q&A) 2013

Director Joanna Hogg and ex-Slits guitarist Viv Albertine discuss their experiences filming Exhibition

14 mins United Kingdom

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Unrelated 2007 15

On a Tuscan break a fortysomething woman finds herself drawn to the company of a group of partying teens, including a young Tom Hiddleston (in one of his earliest roles).

96 mins United Kingdom Director. Joanna Hogg

CLIO BARNARD

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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 Director. Clio Barnard

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Clio Barnard Interview 2013

Acclaimed director of The Selfish Giant discusses her approach to film, fiction and first-time actors…

11 mins United Kingdom

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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

LYNNE RAMSAY

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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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Kill the Day 1996 15

An ex-drug addict reflects on life in and out of prison in this short by BAFTA-winner Lynne Ramsay, based on real accounts.

18 mins United Kingdom Director. Lynne Ramsay

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Morvern Callar 2001 15

Samantha Morton plays the enigmatic title character in Lynne Ramsay’s dreamy and atmospheric road movie.

97 mins United Kingdom Director. Lynne Ramsay

ANDREA ARNOLD

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Fish Tank 2009 15

Mia loves to dance and longs to escape her Essex council estate but her uncontrollable rage is her worst enemy.

123 mins United Kingdom Director. Andrea Arnold

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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.

109 mins United Kingdom Director. Andrea Arnold

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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

SALLY POTTER

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Orlando 1992 PG

Tilda Swinton stars in Sally Potter's dazzling interpretation of Virginia Woolf's novel.

93 mins United Kingdom Director. Sally Potter

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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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Ginger & Rosa 2012 12

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

LOTTE REINIGER

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Lotte Reiniger's Art 1970

The short documentary gives us a wonderful insight into the enchanting animated film world of Lotte Reiniger.

12 mins United Kingdom

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Sleeping Beauty 1954 U

The Brothers Grimm's story springs to life in intricate silhouette animation.

10 mins United Kingdom Director. Lotte Reiniger

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Snow White and Rose Red 1953

A kindly bear, an evil dwarf and two sisters populate a magical animated fairy story.

14 mins United Kingdom Director. Lotte Reiniger

KAY MANDER

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Near Home 1945

A charming vision of small school education in Bishop Auckland, County Durham.

23 mins United Kingdom Director. Kay Mander

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Plan to Work On 1948

Kay Mander's film about the planning for Dunfermline’s post-war reconstruction is a fascinating record of the idealism of mid-20th-century town planning.

34 mins United Kingdom Director. Kay Mander

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A Quiet Morning 1955

A typical day in the life of a typical family in a typical North London suburb - as seen by folk learning English in the 1950s.

10 mins United Kingdom Director. Kay Mander

JOY BATCHELOR

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Animal Farm 1954 U

Sixty years young, this British cartoon of George Orwell’s political ‘fairy story’ is still the most abiding adaptation of this powerful, cautionary tale for all ages.

72 mins United Kingdom Director. Joy Batchelor, John Halas

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Cycling Proficiency Scheme: Father and Son 1959

"Dad... I want a bike!” Fun animated campaign aimed at 50s parents and their over-eager offspring.

1 mins United Kingdom Director. Allan Smith

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Carnival in the Clothes Cupboard 1941

A cartoon fantasy brings fabric patterns to life in a literal soap opera - yet even here the reality of Home Front life creeps in

6 mins United Kingdom Director. Joy Batchelor, John Halas

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Charley's Black Magic 1949

Cartoon propaganda short sweetens the pill of post-war coal prices by promising jam tomorrow

9 mins United Kingdom Director. John Halas, Joy Batchelor

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Cold Comfort
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Cold Comfort 1944

A dancing radio stops partying to transmit an announcement on fuel conservation in this WWII cartoon short

2 mins United Kingdom Director. John Halas, Joy Batchelor

MARY FIELD

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Once We Were Four 1942

Innocent bunnies face an onslaught of badgers, bombs and birds of prey in this black comedy masquerading as a nature film.

9 mins United Kingdom Director. Mary Field

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4 and 20 Fit Girls
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4 and 20 Fit Girls 1940

Flock to your local keep fit class - there's a war on and Britain needs its citizens in tip-top shape.

11 mins United Kingdom Director. Mary Field

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Nursery Island 1936

The birdlife of Northumberland's Farne Islands comes under the spotlight in this pioneering documentary from the Secrets of Life nature series.

17 mins United Kingdom Director. Mary Field

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Wisdom of the Wild
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Wisdom of the Wild 1940

Fun mixture of natural history and wartime public information.

10 mins United Kingdom Director. Mary Field

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The London Pigeon 1940

Urban nature explored in this wonderful short film looking at the lives, habits and habitats of London’s pigeon population.

8 mins United Kingdom Director. Mary Field

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Market Town
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Market Town 1942

Rise and shine! Newark market calls with a seductive array of produce.

11 mins United Kingdom Director. Mary Field

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Mrs. T. And Her Cabbage Patch
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Mrs. T. And Her Cabbage Patch 1941

Poetic tribute to Mrs Turner's vegetable growing prowess, plus the delights of "wartime steaks"

15 mins United Kingdom Director. Mary Field

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Civilian Front
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Civilian Front 1940

It's all action on the home front with civilians on high alert to support the war effort.

10 mins United Kingdom Director. Mary Field

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Double Thread 1943

The Secret Life of 4 Year Olds (1940s-style) at a nursery in Guildford.

33 mins United Kingdom Director. Mary Field

JESSICA HAUSNER

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Amour Fou 2014 12A

Jessica Hausner’s long-awaited follow-up to Lourdes is a devilish anti-Rom-Com in which German poet seeks mates for a suicide pact.

96 mins Director. Jessica Hausner

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Jessica Hausner on Amour fou (Q&A)
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Jessica Hausner on Amour fou (Q&A) 2014

The director discusses her darkly poetic romantic drama, how art inspired her work and the influence of Maya Derren, Akira Kurosawa and Jacques Tati.

15 mins United Kingdom

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Lourdes 2009 U

Jessica Hausner’s cool, compassionate exploration of religious faith follows various believers and non-believers hoping for miracle cures in Lourdes

96 mins Director. Jessica Hausner

JILL CRAIGIE

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Blue Scar
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Blue Scar 1949

A stirring tale of love, music, and coalmining in Abergwynfi, South Wales.

102 mins United Kingdom Director. Jill Craigie

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The Way We Live 1946

This stylish film shows the cramped life of one family in post-war Plymouth, and expands on the contentious plans for the city's rebuilding.

64 mins United Kingdom Director. Jill Craigie

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Out of Chaos 1944

"Why in the height of a world war, should there be this terrific interest in painting?"

28 mins United Kingdom Director. Jill Craigie

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Junkhearts 2011 15

Tinge Krishnan's feature debut charts the fortunes of a trio of troubled Londoners. London Film Festival award for Best British Newcomer: Candese Reid.

99 mins United Kingdom

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Of Girls and Horses 2014 15

A troubled teen finds love during a summer spent at a horse ranch, in this captivating lesbian drama from cult director Monika Treut.

82 mins Germany Director. Monika Treut

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The Iron Lady 2011 12

Meryl Streep delivers an extraordinary performance as Margaret Thatcher in a provocative portrait.

104 mins United Kingdom Director. Phyllida Lloyd

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Child's Play
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Child's Play 1954

Splitting the atom is as easy as ABC in this family-friendly adventure.

68 mins United Kingdom Director. Margaret Thomson

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On the Twelfth Day... 1955

Playful, charming, Oscar-nominated take on the Christmas song directed by queen of the dance Wendy Toye and designed by the great Ronald Searle.

23 mins United Kingdom

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The Fish Child 2009 15

A gripping South American tale of forbidden love, crime and long-buried secrets from the acclaimed director of XXY.

91 mins Director. Lucía Puenzo

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Scrubbers 1982 15

The borstal drama – billed as the female Scum – features Amanda York and Kathy Burke as inmates of a ruthless women’s prison.

93 mins United Kingdom Director. Mai Zetterling

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Never Go with Strangers
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Never Go with Strangers 1971

Is this the scariest public information film ever? This hard-hitting warning against 'stranger danger' was considered too distressing to be broadcast on television.

19 mins United Kingdom Director. Sarah Erulkar

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Festival 2005 18

Stephen Mangan and Chris O’Dowd star in this sharp comedy following the trials of a trio of ambitious comedians aiming to take the Fringe by storm.

107 mins United Kingdom Director. Annie Griffin

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I Am Nasrine 2013 15

The Bafta-nominated drama follows the journey of a teenager from Iran to the UK whose newfound freedoms are imperilled by the fallout from 9/11.

93 mins United Kingdom Director. Tina Gharavi

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The Second Mother 2015 15

A maid for a rich São Paulo family is allowed to take her provincial teenage daughter into the household, but tensions quickly surface between her old and new lives.

112 mins Brazil Director. Anna Muylaert

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The German Doctor (Wakolda) 2013 12A

An Argentinian family befriends a travelling doctor, unaware that he’s a Nazi war criminal, in this haunting drama inspired by true events.

93 mins Director. Lucía Puenzo

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The Wonders 2014 15

An enchanting, otherworldly coming-of-age drama about a teenage girl who enters her unwilling family into a TV talent show.

110 mins Italy Director. Alice Rohrwacher

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52 Tuesdays
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52 Tuesdays 2013 15

A mother undergoing a gender transition meets his estranged daughter every Tuesday, changing gradually each time they meet. An intelligent indie hit about modern identity.

114 mins Australia Director. Sophie Hyde

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Death Defying Acts
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Death Defying Acts 2007 PG

The great illusionist Harry Houdini (Guy Pearce) meets his match when the charming and manipulative Mary McGarvie (Catherine Zeta-Jones) magically appears in his life.

97 mins Australia Director. Gillian Armstrong

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