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A rich archive giving an unparalleled insight into the creative process. Enjoy this diverse range of wisdom and perspective on the art and craft of cinema.

From recent interviews to archive documentaries and experimental films about the cinematic process, this illuminating collection highlights the myriad forms of filmmaking and the talents behind it.

"Photography is Truth. The Cinema is Truth Twenty-four Times Per Second."

Jean-Luc Godard

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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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The Lovers & the Despot 2016 PG

Discover one of cinema’s strangest stories: a film director and his star are kidnapped by Kim Jong-il to make movies in the world’s weirdest state.

98 mins United Kingdom Director. Rob Cannan, Ross Adam

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Ingrid Bergman: In Her Own Words 2015 PG

An illuminating portrait of the pioneering actress, crafted from her unique personal archive of home-movie footage, letters and diary extracts.

114 mins Sweden Director. Stig Björkman

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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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Magician: The Astonishing Life and Work of Orson Welles 2014 12

A wild journey through the astounding life of Orson Welles and his career in film, theatre, radio and television, from Oscar-winning filmmaker Chuck Workman.

87 mins USA Director. Chuck Workman

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Nightcrawler 2014 15

Jake Gyllenhaal stars as a crime journalist scouring the streets of after-dark LA in a stylish thriller that examines the morals of mass media.

117 mins USA Director. Dan Gilroy

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Film Director Ken Russell 1972

Writer and Director Ken Russell explains his brush with The Devils.

3 mins United Kingdom

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A Fuller Life 2013 15

James Franco leads the eulogies in this profile of the larger-than-life filmmaker Samuel Fuller, who also had eventful stints as a journalist and serviceman.

80 mins USA Director. Samantha Fuller

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Hitchcock/Truffaut 2015 12

Kent Jones’ excellent documentary about a historic encounter between two cinema greats.

80 mins France Director. Kent Jones

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Eisenstein in Guanajuato 2015 18

One of Britain’s most inventive filmmakers, Peter Greenaway, tackles the story of arguably the most influential filmmaker in cinema history, Sergei Eisenstein.

106 mins Netherlands Director. Peter Greenaway

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Pasolini 2014 18

Willem Dafoe plays the controversial filmmaker Pier Paolo Pasolini in this dark, daring drama about the director’s final days, from Abel Ferrara.

86 mins France Director. Abel Ferrara

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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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Thursday's Child 1943 PG

Sally Ann Howes plays the 12-year-old spotted by a casting director, setting her on the way to stardom.

82 mins United Kingdom Director. Rodney Ackland

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Electric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Story of Cannon Films 2014 18

A documentary love letter to the golden of exploitation cinema and the output of Cannon Films, the cut-price studio that challenged Hollywood.

USA Director. Mark Hartley

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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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Two in the Wave 2009 12

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.

93 mins France Director. Emmanuel Laurent

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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

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Room 237 2012 15

Rodney Ascher enigmatic essay film weaves together the contrasting theories of five different narrators who believe Stanley Kubrick deliberately buried hidden messages in his 1980 adaptation of Stephen King’s novel.

112 mins USA Director. Rodney Ascher

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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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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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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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Pedro Almodóvar in Conversation 2015

The director discusses the recurring themes in his films including Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown.

65 mins United Kingdom

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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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Claire Denis and Tindersticks in Conversation 2011

Claire Denis and Stuart Staples of alternative band Tindersticks discuss their fruitful and ongoing creative partnership.

14 mins United Kingdom

View Hirokazu Kore-Eda (Screen Talk)
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Hirokazu Kore-Eda (Screen Talk) 2013

One of the most vital and incisive contemporary filmmakers reflects on his award winning drama Like Father, Like Son and his wider career.

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British Cinema Breaking with Convention 2010

Jonathan Romney and a panel of directors defend the unorthodox and original in modern British cinema.

29 mins United Kingdom

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Miranda July (Masterclass) 2011

When asked for a job title, July claims she's "an artist, not a film maker." Talking about her work, she focuses on her second feature, The Future.

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Michael Winterbottom (Screen Talk) 2011

More than just Coogan's muse, Michael Winterbottom answers questions about a brilliant career, from Thomas Hardy to 24-Hour Party People.

50 mins United Kingdom

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Darren Aronofsky (Screen Talk) 2010

Black Swan director talks with colour and candour about his work, life and relationships with actors. Hosted by Mike Goodridge.

58 mins United Kingdom

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Lisa Cholodenko (Masterclass) 2010

Lisa Cholodenko talks with pride and passion about her brilliant feature, The Kids Are All Right, and her wider career as editor, writer and director.

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Viggo Mortensen (Screen Talk) 2012

Extended interview covering Tolkien, Cronenberg and much more, including Mortensen's formidable, intensive preparation for new roles.

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Feng Xiaogang in Conversation 2014

Feng Xiaogang, the director of some of the all-time biggest films at the Chinese box office, discusses his career with Clare Stewart, BFI Head of Festivals and Cinemas.

76 mins United Kingdom

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Marion Cotillard (Screen Talk) 2012

The star of La Vie en Rose and Inception discusses Rust & Bone, together with her life and her craft.

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Ian Neil (Masterclass) 2012

Neil selected soundtracks for 127 Hours, Shame, Kick Ass, Control and many more. He discusses the job and its complexities, referencing his own work.

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Woody Harrelson Interview 2011

Relaxed and in raconteur mode, Woody Harrelson talks to Francine Stock about Rampart, Cheers and his wider career.

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Alexandre Desplat (Masterclass) 2011

Over 30 years and 150 projects, the composer shares, with humour and passion, the intricacies of making film music.

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Mark Romanek (Screen Talk) 2010

Insight, humility and Johnny Cash: Mark Romanek discusses music videos, movies and motivations.

50 mins United Kingdom

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Scottish actor-director on the roots of his drama, Neds, set in 1970s Glasgow.

61 mins United Kingdom

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Olivier Assayas (Masterclass) 2010

Irma Vep writer/director Assayas moved from film journalism to filmmaking – a fascinating journey told with disarming honesty to Jonathan Romney.

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View Alejandro González Iñárritu (Masterclass)
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Alejandro González Iñárritu (Masterclass) 2010

Director of Amores Perros, 21 Grams and Biutiful offers insight into his work, his approach and his technical excellence.

66 mins United Kingdom

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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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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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BAFTA & BFI Screenwriters' Lectures: Moira Buffini 2011

Tamara Drewe and Jane Eyre screenwriter reflects on the ownership, inconsistency and rules of words on a page, with reference to her own career.

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BAFTA & BFI Screenwriters' Lectures: Paul Laverty 2011

With The Angels' Share, My Name is Joe and others, Paul Laverty established himself as a dedicated, versatile writer. He recalls his career to date.

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BAFTA & BFI Screenwriters' Lecture with Scott Frank 2012

Minority Report and Out of Sight writer shows the importance of opening scenes, the challenges, and how, ultimately, "it’s all about the words".

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View BAFTA & BFI Screenwriters' Lecture with Peter Straughan
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Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy's adapter reveals his quest for "the poem of the book" and the importance of simplicity: 'Drain the pond to find the fish'.

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View Gabriel Yared on composing for film
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Gabriel Yared on composing for film 2013

Composer of The Lives of Others, The English Patient and Betty Blue on intimacy and experimentation.

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View Lois Burwell on movie makeup
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Lois Burwell on movie makeup 2013

Lincoln, Braveheart and Magnolia make-up artist Lois Burwell explains how she created some of her most iconic looks, as part of a BAFTA Masterclass.

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Ralph Fiennes (Screen Talk) 2013

From Amon Goeth to Charles Dickens, actor-director Ralph Fiennes talks about the roles that have shaped his career.

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Music and Sound Design of Les Miserables 2013

Creative team dissects the techniques behind the BAFTA and Oscar-winning sound mix for Les Misérables.

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Alexander Payne (Screen Talk)
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Alexander Payne (Screen Talk) 2011

In a revealing and occasionally barbed interview, Payne reviews his career, its unifying themes and his unique approach to crafting a story.

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Interview with Jim Anderson

Working with Terence Davies on Of Time And The City, Anderson addresses the importance of archive footage and his wider role as an archive producer.

United Kingdom

View Creating sound for Les Misérables
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Creating sound for Les Misérables 2013

A mixing and recording masterclass breaking down the soundtrack of Tom Hooper's acclaimed musical drama.

5 mins United Kingdom

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Clint Mansell Masterclass 2013

One of cinema's risk-takers, film composer Mansell talks about a vivid and varied career, including his collaboration with Darren Aronofsky.

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Barry Ackroyd (Masterclass) 2013

British cinematographer of The Hurt Locker, Captain Phillips, Hillsborough and Riff Raff reviews the art of the moving image.

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View Catherine Breillat (Screen Talk)
Catherine Breillat (Screen Talk)
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Catherine Breillat (Screen Talk) 2013

Honest and fascinating analysis of the method and motivation behind an unignorable talent.

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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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Ann Hui discusses A Simple Life (Q&A)
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Ann Hui discusses A Simple Life (Q&A) 2014

Director Ann Hui discusses her film - A Simple Life - with Tony Rayns, and looks back on her career.

17 mins United Kingdom

View Derek Jarman in Conversation with Simon Field
Derek Jarman in Conversation with Simon Field
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Derek Jarman in Conversation with Simon Field 1989

A far reaching interview with multifaceted artist Derek Jarman, conducted in 1987 by producer and critic Simon Field as part of the ICA Guardian Conversations series.

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Derek Jarman: Life As Art 2004

Documentary on the life and work of experimental filmmaker, who died in 1994. Contributors including Tilda Swinton recall Jarman's peculiar genius.

70 mins United Kingdom Director. Andy Kimpton-nye

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Delphinium, a Childhood Portrait of Derek Jarman 2010 PG

Delphinium is a stylized and lyrical coming-of-age portrait of Derek Jarman’s artistic, sexual, and political awakening in post-War England.

12 mins USA Director. Matthew Mishory

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BAFTA and BFI Screenwriter Lecture: Susannah Grant 2013

Screenwriter Susannah Grant talks about her Oscar-nominated script for Erin Brockovich, writing her first script as nine-year-old and her influences.

25 mins United Kingdom

View BAFTA and BFI Screenwriter Lecture: Richard Curtis
BAFTA and BFI Screenwriter Lecture: Richard Curtis
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BAFTA and BFI Screenwriter Lecture: Richard Curtis 2013

The writer-director discusses how he made Four Weddings and a Funeral (1993), Notting Hill (1999) and Bridget Jones’s Diary (2001).

35 mins United Kingdom

View How we adapted Wolf Hall (Q&A)
How we adapted Wolf Hall (Q&A)
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How we adapted Wolf Hall (Q&A) 2015

Peter Kosminsky, Claire Foy and Debbie Wiseman join Hilary Mantel to talk about the BBC adaptation of her Booker Prize-winning novel, Wolf Hall.

11 mins United Kingdom

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Anna Karina on Vivre sa vie 2016

The actor discusses Jean-Luc Godard’s film about a young woman who drifts into prostitution, and her relationship with the director.

34 mins United Kingdom

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Straw Dogs at St Buryan
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Straw Dogs at St Buryan 1971

Actors talk of Straw Dogs while on location in Cornwall.

7 mins United Kingdom

View The Set of Far from the Madding Crowd
The Set of Far from the Madding Crowd
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The Set of Far from the Madding Crowd 1967

Julie Christie and Alan Bates entertain us as Hardy’s book is brought to life.

9 mins United Kingdom

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David Soul in Yelverton
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David Soul in Yelverton 1977

American British actor David Soul appears in Mud.

4 mins United Kingdom

View Charlton Heston in Cornwall
Charlton Heston in Cornwall
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Charlton Heston in Cornwall 1968

Hollywood Actor Charlton Heston thinks about playing Saxon King Harold.

1 mins United Kingdom

View Interview with Deborah Kerr
Interview with Deborah Kerr
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Interview with Deborah Kerr 1985

Deborah Kerr explains the masoschism associated with theatrical performance.

3 mins United Kingdom

View A Red Deer called Fern
A Red Deer called Fern
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A Red Deer called Fern 1977

Fern the red deer appears once again for the cameras

3 mins United Kingdom

View Sir Ian McKellen introduces Henry V (1944)
Sir Ian McKellen introduces Henry V (1944)
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Sir Ian McKellen introduces Henry V (1944) 2016

Sir Ian McKellen introduces Laurence Olivier's classic adaptation of Henry V, a rousing wartime classic which McKellen contrasts with Kenneth Branagh's more circumspect 1989 version.

1 mins United Kingdom Director. Jon Spira

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Sir Ian McKellen introduces Throne of Blood
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Sir Ian McKellen introduces Throne of Blood 2016

The champion of BFI's Shakespeare on Film season introduces Akira Kurosawa's great Macbeth adaptation.

1 mins United Kingdom Director. Jon Spira

View Sir Ian McKellen introduces Richard III (1995)
Sir Ian McKellen introduces Richard III (1995)
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Sir Ian McKellen introduces Richard III (1995) 2016

Sir Ian McKellen reflects on his most renowned on-screen Shakespearean role, reprised from Richard Eyre's acclaimed National Theatre production.

1 mins United Kingdom Director. Jon Spira

View Adoor Gopalakrishnan discusses his work
Adoor Gopalakrishnan discusses his work
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Adoor Gopalakrishnan discusses his work 2013

South Indian filmmaker Adoor Gopalakrishnan talks to Derek Malcolm as part of the 2013 London Indian Film Festival.

15 mins United Kingdom

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Farhan Akhtar at the London Indian Film Festival
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Farhan Akhtar at the London Indian Film Festival 2015

The actor-director-producer discusses his big break, his screenwriter parents and the course of his career, at the London Indian Film Festival.

42 mins United Kingdom

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Andrew Haigh on 45 Years 2015

The writer-director joins actors Charlotte Rampling and Tom Courtenay in a conversation about the development of Haigh’s haunting second feature about modern love.

United Kingdom

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The Lobster Q&A with Rachel Weisz and Colin Farrell
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The Lobster Q&A with Rachel Weisz and Colin Farrell 2015

The stars are joined by writer-director Yorgos Lanthimos to talk about animals, romance and their roles in this dystopian love story.

7 mins United Kingdom

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Rams Q&A with director Grímur Hákonarson
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Rams Q&A with director Grímur Hákonarson 2016

Icelandic filmmaker Grímur Hákonarson discusses the inspiration behind his debut fiction feature, Rams (2015).

29 mins United Kingdom

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Movies March On
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Movies March On 1939

Charlie Chaplin relaxes on the tennis court in this potted history of Hollywood, which looks back fondly to the early days of film, in a world on the brink of war.

20 mins USA

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The British Film Industry
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The British Film Industry 1936

A laudatory item on the mid-1930s British film industry makes this issue of the cinemagazine fascinating for film fans.

20 mins USA

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Hollywood U.S.A!
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Hollywood U.S.A! 1937

Hollywood has more than just celebrated stars: its industry is respectable and prosperous, says Leslie Howard.

20 mins USA

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