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The camera flips inward to film the creative process. Watch rarities, exclusives, documentaries and special features from the artists and obsessives who make the films.

The lines you quote, scenes you love, films you prize: they start with an idea and, through toil and teamwork, become something real. Inside Film is where actors, directors and others explain their work.

"A film director has to have the sensitivity of a poet and the stamina of a construction worker. The trouble is that rather too many of us get it the wrong way around."

Alan Parker

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Altman 2014 15

An illuminating documentary about American cinema’s maverick genius Robert Altman, featuring unseen home movies and extensive interviews.

96 mins Canada Director. Ron Mann

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Life Itself
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Life Itself 2014 15

An aptly affectionate tribute to the late film critic Roger Ebert, whose warmth and empathetic style won him a devoted global following.

120 mins USA Director. Steve James

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Two in the Wave
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Two in the Wave 2009 12A

Jean Luc-Godard and Francois Truffaut: the story of a friendship, a break-up and the birth of a new cinematic movement that would sweep the world.

France Director. Emmanuel Laurent

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A Story of Children and Film
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A Story of Children and Film 2013 PG

Mark Cousins' personal and poetic exploration of the cinema of childhood, as told through 53 great films from 25 countries.

101 mins United Kingdom

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Peeping Tom
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Peeping Tom 1960 15

Michael Powell’s dark, disturbing, once controversial tale of a shy camera technician who films women as he kills them is now rightly deemed a classic

101 mins United Kingdom Director. Michael Powell

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Elstree Story
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Elstree Story 1952 12

A charming 1952 history of Elstree Studios, its films and the people who made them, from Hitchcock to Olivier.

61 mins United Kingdom Director. Gilbert Gunn

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A Bit of Scarlet
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A Bit of Scarlet 1996 12

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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Night of the Filmmakers
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Night of the Filmmakers 1995

From the director of Heimat, a mini-epic about the history of German cinema.

90 mins Germany

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1963 15

Fellini triumphantly conjured himself out of a bad case of creative block with this magnum opus about a film director experiencing creative block.

138 mins Italy Director. Federico Fellini

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Anger Me
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Anger Me 2006 15

Like all good magicians, the life and work of Kenneth Anger, the Magus of underground film, is crowded with mystery and myth.

72 mins Canada Director. Elio Gelmini

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Shirin 2008 PG

Abbas Kiarostami’s digital experiment features – most engrossingly – facial close-ups of Iranian women watching a film we can only hear and imagine .

91 mins Director. Abbas Kiarostami

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Five Broken Cameras
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Five Broken Cameras 2011 15

The personal meets the political as a Palestinian farmer with a home video camera shoots a local protest against the building of an Israeli 'security fence' in his village, and finds himself the official documentarian of five years worth of footage of the struggle.

94 mins France

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Part 11: Innovation in Popular Culture Around the World
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Part 11: Innovation in Popular Culture Around the World 2011

The blockbuster arrives, driving a new revolution with Jaws and Jedis. Meanwhile, Bollywoood and Hong Kong are adapting too.

70 mins United Kingdom Director. Mark Cousins

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The Cabinet of Jan Švankmajer
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The Cabinet of Jan Švankmajer 1984 12

An intricate, multi-layered exploration of the aesthetic and philosophical aspects of Švankmajer's animated films.

14 mins United Kingdom

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Memories of John
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Memories of John 2012

A short documentary featuring some of John Cassavetes' key collaborators, actor Peter Falk and producer Al Ruban.

USA Director. Doug Headline

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Ken Loach Keynote
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Ken Loach Keynote 2010

With typical vigour, Ken Loach asserts his love for and support of the British Film Industry, and explains how you can help defend it.

65 mins United Kingdom

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Jeremy Thomas in conversation
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Jeremy Thomas in conversation 2014

Oscar-winning producer Jeremy Thomas discusses 40 years of filmmaking with Geoff Andrew.

53 mins United Kingdom

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Director. Mohammad-Ali Talebi

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Yellow Balloon
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Yellow Balloon

United Kingdom Director. J. Lee Thompson

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Director. Mohammad-Ali Talebi

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Director. Dorota Kedzierzawska

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