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The Thirteenth Instant 1940

One fateful Friday 13th, a man rubs a gold ring and turns into a chimpanzee...so he has a look around Dublin and Chessington Zoos.

18 mins United Kingdom Director. Ronald Haines

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£20 per Ton 1955

In a London factory money's going up the chimney, out the roof and down the pipes: an early documentary by Lindsay Anderson.

5 mins United Kingdom Director. Lindsay Anderson

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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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92 in the Shade 1975

Peter Fonda and Warren Oates feature in a sweaty and suspenseful tale of warring Florida fishing gangs, in this long unavailable 1970s thriller.

87 mins USA Director. Thomas McGuane

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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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The Adventurer 1917 U

In his final film for Mutual, Chaplin plays a convict who escapes from prison only to become an unlikely member of high society.

24 mins USA Director. Charles Chaplin

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A Film about Poo 2009

This is a film about poo, and the things that you should and shouldn't do.

1 mins United Kingdom Director. Emily Howells, Anne Wilkins

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Afterlife 2015

After Martin Stevens is killed in a car accident he finds himself in a waiting room, pending judgement.

10 mins United Kingdom Director. Florence Hill

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A La Carte
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A La Carte 1965

Messy slapstick comedy featuring an ineptitude waiter, presented by Colchester Cine Club and starring an ensemble cast of club members.

8 mins United Kingdom

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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

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All Consuming Love 2011

Kevin Eldon voices this oddball, award-winning animated short about a tiny middle-aged man who lives inside a stray cat.

8 mins United Kingdom

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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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Amour Fou 2014 12

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

96 mins Director. Jessica Hausner

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And Very Nice Too 1914

Seen the one about the vicar and the chorus girl? A nod's as good as a wink in this (slightly) saucy silent comedy.

9 mins United Kingdom Director. Charles Weston

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The Angel's Share 2012 15

A young Glaswegian father-to-be discovers his nose for whisky and spots a chance to help his friends. Directed by Ken Loach.

101 mins United Kingdom Director. Ken Loach

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Anthony 2013

Tim Key stars stars as a surly and self-centred Santa in this pitch-black Christmas comedy.

15 mins United Kingdom Director. J. van Tulleken

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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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Around the Town 1915

The 'special relationship' is sorely tested when a cigar-chomping American visitor does little but complain about the food served up in his hotel.

United Kingdom

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The Automatic Motorist 1911

A leisurely drive turns into an out-of-this-world adventure for a newlywed couple and their robot chauffeur.

6 mins United Kingdom

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Children of Heaven 1997 PG

Iranian siblings Ali and Zahra lose the latter’s pair of shoes – but devise a plan to survive and obtain new ones in this family drama.

89 mins Iran Director. Majid Majidi

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Back to the Future 1985 PG

The beloved 1980s classic transports Marty McFly back to the 1950s, where he has to ensure his parents fall in love and get himself back to the future.

116 mins USA Director. Robert Zemeckis

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Back to the Future Part II 1989 PG

Marty McFly and Doc return for the fast-paced sequel that flits between 2015, 1955 and an alternate 1985 where the dastardly Biff has become rich and powerful.

108 mins USA Director. Robert Zemeckis

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Back to the Future Part III 1990 PG

In the series’ final entry, Marty travels back to 1885 to rescue Doc but becomes similarly stuck in the Western era when the DeLorean runs out of gas.

118 mins USA Director. Robert Zemeckis

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Bang! 1967

Surreal comedy for a post-apocalyptic landscape

8 mins United Kingdom Director. Bob Godfrey

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The Bathers' Revenge 1904

Walter, son of William Haggar (a travelling showman and film pioneer), plays the female half of a courting couple who are looking for a quiet spot to sit beside the river.

1 mins United Kingdom Director. William Haggar

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Beautiful Thing 1996 15

Hettie MacDonald’s 1996 comedy tells the story of two classmates and neighbours (Glen Berry, Scott Neal) who fall in love in over one summer in South East London.

90 mins United Kingdom Director. Hettie Macdonald

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Behind the Screen 1916 U

Chaplin sends up the movie business itself, playing a scene-stealing actor, David, in constant conflict with a tyrannical studio boss called Goliath.

30 mins USA Director. Charles Chaplin

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The Best Man 1986

The bar flies prepare for the big day with betting, boozing and banter. But will best man Billy break more than his ma’s heart before the wedding?

83 mins Northern Ireland

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The Best Man 1999 15

Malcolm D. Lee set the standard for middle-class black comedy with this smart, chic feature about a best man whose indiscreet novel scuppers the wedding plans.

115 mins USA Director. Malcolm D. Lee

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Bias on the Bowlers 1960

A jovial 1960s bowler targets the unique and charmingly individual bowling styles of his playing peers at a club in Colinton, a small town near Edinburgh, in this playful comedy.

3 mins Scotland

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The Big Lebowski 1998 18

Arguably one of the greatest comedies of modern times; the Coen brothers’ deconstructed film noir following slacker hero ‘The Dude’ (Jeff Bridges).

113 mins USA Director. Joel Coen

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Bill 2015 PG

The Horrible Histories team’s take on Shakespeare’s ‘lost years’, following the hopeless lute player as he leaves his home to follow his dream.

93 mins Great Britain Director. Richard Bracewell

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Billy Burden Local Yokel 1979

Local yokel comedian who delivered dialect and dialogue wherever he went.

11 mins United Kingdom

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Billy Liar 1963 PG

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

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Bless 'em All 1948 U

AWOL for more than half a century, but now back on parade, this cheery army comedy is a showcase for variety star Hal Monty and a young Max Bygraves.

79 mins United Kingdom Director. Robert Jordan Hill

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Blithe Spirit 1945 U

A séance results in a man’s first wife returning from the dead in Noël Coward’s wonderful comedy.

96 mins United Kingdom Director. David Lean

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The Boat 1975

Scots comedian Chic Murray stars in this gentle comedy short about a man who inherits his uncle’s boat

26 mins Scotland Director. Laurence Henson

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Bobbikins and the Bathing Belles 1916

A peeping Tom gets a well-deserved comeuppance in this mildly-spiced silent comedy

11 mins United Kingdom Director. Dave Aylott

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Bob Hope in Plymouth 1962

Bob Hope disembarks the Queen Elizabeth II in Plymouth.

1 mins United Kingdom

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Boygame 2013

Two teenage boys hit on a novel way to counteract their sexual inexperience.

14 mins Sweden Director. Anna Nolskog

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The Boy Who Turned Yellow

The Boy Who Turned Yellow 1972 U

A London schoolboy’s surprise transformation marks the final collaboration of great British director Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger.

52 mins United Kingdom Director. Michael Powell

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Brewster's Millions 1985 PG

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

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Bridget Jones's Diary 2001 15

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

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Britannia of Billingsgate 1933

A star is born in this effervescent musical comedy that moves between Billingsgate Fish Market and the glamour of the film world.

80 mins United Kingdom

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Broken Gardenias 2014 18

A quirky, dark comedy about a socially awkward, semi-savant, Jenni, who teams up with super-confident street hustler, Sam, to search for her long-lost father.

90 mins USA Director. Kai Alexander

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Bunny & the Bull 2009 15

Anarchic comedy from the director of Paddington and The Mighty Boosh, following an odd-couple’s wild European adventure.

101 mins United Kingdom Director. Paul King

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Bustin' Loose 1981 15

Richard Pryor sets out on the road to redemption, as an ex-con ferrying a busload of troubled kids on a wild cross-country adventure.

94 mins USA Director. Oz Scott

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Came the Dawn 1936

This whimsical story of boys running late for assembly at Bootham School, York, gives a fascinating glimpse into what it was like to attend a typical boarding school of the 1930s.

5 mins United Kingdom

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Canal Cameo 1976

What happens when you combine high food prices with female resourcefulness? Fishing!

10 mins United Kingdom

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Car-Chars 1967

Colchester Cine Club ensemble comedy featuring a pair of inept odd-jobbers and a mischievous lad.

8 mins United Kingdom Director. Bernard Polley

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Careless Love 1977

Black comedy starring Jane Asher in which a woman finds her lover unsympathetic to the idea of marriage and takes drastic action.

10 mins United Kingdom Director. Francine Winham

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Carry On Camping 1969 PG

Happy campers Sid Boggle (Sid James) and Bernie Lugg (Bernard Bresslaw) are troubled by hippies in one of the best-loved films of the famed series.

88 mins United Kingdom Director. Gerald Thomas

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Carry On... Up the Khyber 1968 PG

Sir Sidney Ruff-Diamond (Sidney James) holds up the British Empire in one of the most highly regarded comedies in the series.

88 mins United Kingdom Director. Gerald Thomas

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Car Wash 1976 PG

Richard Pryor, Bill Duke, Antonio Fargas are among the ensemble cast for the cult comedy set in a California car wash.

97 mins USA Director. Michael Schultz

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The Happiest Girl in the World 2009 15

Radu Jude's brilliantly paced account of a family's day in Bucharest is a darkly comic satire on the media, nascent capitalism and parental power

100 mins Romania Director. Radu Jude

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Charlie Drake tees off
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Charlie Drake tees off 1962

Drake muses on why he carries two pairs of trousers - just in case he has a hole in one.

1 mins United Kingdom

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Cheese Mites 1903

What’s in your cheese? The microscopic mites here are unpleasant today but caused a sensation in 1903, in one of the Britain’s earliest exhibited scientific films.

1 mins United Kingdom Director. F. Martin Duncan

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Chevalier 2015 15

Athina Rachel Tsangari's biting and hilarious dissection of the male ego was awarded Best Film at the 2015 BFI London Film Festival.

105 mins Greece Director. Athina Rachel Tsangari

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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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Chi-Raq 2015 15

Spike Lee’s bold and vivacious hip-hop musical restages an ancient Greek battle-of-the-sexes in 21st-century Chicago.

127 mins USA Director. Spike Lee

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City Gents 1965

There's some toilet humour at the end of this farcical film depicting a cycling commuter's nightmare ride to his place of work.

8 mins United Kingdom

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Club Spirit 1964

The dangers of drinking take on a surreal turn as one of the pink elephants seen by our inebriated hero materializes and thwarts all attempts to get rid of her, even a safari hunter.

9 mins United Kingdom

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Coals and Courtship 1919

Knockabout comedy that grabs attention through its setting of the Pwyllgwaun colliery near Pontypridd.

20 mins United Kingdom

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Comfort and Joy 1984 PG

Director Bill Forsyth followed the enormously successful Local Hero with this bittersweet comedy about a radio DJ who becomes embroiled in a turf war between rival ice cream vendors.

106 mins United Kingdom Director. Bill Forsyth

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Coming Shortly 1954

Silly silent film fun and thrills abound in this award-winning 1954 amateur short spoofing the world of Hollywood trailers.

5 mins United Kingdom

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Computer Chess 2013 15

Andrew Bujalski’s hilarious and surreal comedy about the birth of computer culture, set in an early 1980s conference where primitive programmers take on chess masters.

92 mins USA Director. Andrew Bujalski

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Conscription 1915

The nation's menfolk try anything to avoid being 'called up' in this raucous WWI comedy.

United Kingdom Director. Dave Aylott

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The Cottage 2008 18

Reece Shearsmith and Andy Serkis star in this startling mixture of tense crime thriller and gore-drenched horror comedy.

92 mins United Kingdom Director. Paul Andrew Williams

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Cottage Loaf 1951

There’s no motivating the sloth-like George on a cottage holiday in Weardale.

4 mins United Kingdom

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The Count 1916 U

In Charlie Chaplin’s classic short he plays a tailor who impersonates a nobleman at a society ball, only to discover his boss is practicing the same ruse.

24 mins USA Director. Charles Chaplin

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The Crane 1993

Jude Law makes his film debut in this unusual short as a man who loses his job, his home and his fiancée, all in the space of one day.

16 mins United Kingdom Director. Philip O'Shea

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Cuban Fury 2013 15

Nick Frost plays the one-time teen salsa champion, lured back to the dancefloor in an attempt to win the girl of his dreams.

98 mins United Kingdom Director. James Griffiths

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The Cure 1917 U

In one of his essential shorts for Mutual, Chaplin plays a drunkard who checks into a health spa – with a case full of booze.

24 mins USA Director. Charles Chaplin

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The Darkest Universe 2016 15

The new film from the makers of Black Pond is a wonderfully strange comedy about missing people, narrowboats and astrophysics.

90 mins United Kingdom Director. Will Sharpe, Tom Kingsley

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Darling, Do You Love Me?
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Darling, Do You Love Me? 1968

In a hugely entertaining parody of her media persona, Germaine Greer stars as a terrifyingly amorous woman.

3 mins United Kingdom Director. Martin Sharp, Bob Whitaker

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Dead Hungry 2009

A hungry zombie finds love while terrorising teenage campers in this gruesome but fun twist on the zombie movie.

9 mins United Kingdom

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Dear Margery Boobs 1977

Agony Aunt finds her romantic match in a man with increasingly complicated sex fantasies.

5 mins United Kingdom Director. Bob Godfrey

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Deliver Us from Eva 2003 12

LL Cool J plays the ultimate player, hired to seduce the sister-in-law from hell.

106 mins USA Director. Gary Hardwick

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Demobbed 1944 U

Nat Jackley and Norman Evans offer marvellous music hall mayhem in this offbeat feature from the heyday of variety.

94 mins United Kingdom Director. John E. Blakeley

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Design for Loving 1962

A grubby Soho beatnik becomes a fuzz-faced fashionista for a leading London fashion house in this 1960s rom com.

68 mins United Kingdom Director. Godfrey Grayson

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Didums Diddles the P'liceman 1912

A budding mini-suffragette is determined to turn a local policeman into the butt of her jokes.

6 mins United Kingdom

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Did You Ever See a Dream Talking?
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Did You Ever See a Dream Talking? 1943

Will Hay's 'silly ass' sidekick Claude Hulbert is excellent in this ingenious wartime savings propaganda comedy short.

7 mins United Kingdom

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Discoveries 1939

This morale-boosting variety extravaganza – filled with radio personality Carroll Levis' discoveries - is like a wartime Britain's Got Talent.

68 mins United Kingdom

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Dog Eat Dog 2000 15

David Oyelowo makes his first feature film role as one of posse of DJs who enrage a local drug baron after stealing his dog.

94 mins United Kingdom Director. Moody Shoaibi

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Dog's Life by Bonzo 1955

Pity poor Bonzo. Bought by a couple who quickly tire of his doggie antics, he's now the object of murderous intentions. But can Bonzo redeem himself in time to save his skin?

12 mins United Kingdom

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Dog Years 2004 Not Rated

Sweet and funny short about a potty-mouthed dog who loves his owner

3 mins United Kingdom Director. Richard Penfold, Sam Hearn

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Do the Right Thing 1989 15

Spike Lee’s awesome cinematic sucker-punch remains one of the great films about race relations.

114 mins USA Director. Spike Lee

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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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Doublecross 1955

Exciting British B-movie about a Cornish poacher who clashes with dangerous international spies.

71 mins United Kingdom Director. Anthony Squire

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Down by Law 1986 15

Jim Jarmusch’s classic American indie is a bewitching blend of prison movie, poetic fable and comedy.

107 mins USA Director. Jim Jarmusch

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Dream Doll 1979 Not Rated

A relationship liable to blow up at any moment is at the heart of this animated short about a man and an inflatable sex doll

13 mins United Kingdom Director. Zlatko Grgic, Bob Godfrey

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Drunken Writer 1960

A deranged writer resorts to the gin bottle in John P Mitchell's beserk comedy film from 1960

2 mins United Kingdom

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The Dummy 1916

Lupino Lane comedy filmed in London before he became a Hollywood legend

33 mins United Kingdom Director. W.P. Kellino

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Easy Street 1917 U

The Little Tramp decides to start anew and train as a police officer; what could possibly go wrong when he’s posted on the beat in ‘Easy Street’.

24 mins USA Director. Charles Chaplin

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Easy Virtue 2008 PG

Jessica Biel plays the brash American fiancée who disrupts an upper-class family in this delightful Downton Abbey-esque tale of high-society hijinks.

97 mins United Kingdom Director. Stephan Elliott

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The Edge of Seventeen 2016 15

Kelly Fremon Craig’s coming-of-age comedy eschews quirkiness for genuine warmth, while boasting a hilarious supporting turn from Woody Harrelson.

104 mins USA Director. Kelly Fremon

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Entertaining Mr Sloane 1970 15

Joe Orton’s delicious slice of suburban perversity, in which Beryl Reid’s lascivious landlady and her gay brother attempt to seduce their psychopathic tenant.

90 mins United Kingdom Director. Douglas Hickox

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Expresso Bongo 1959 12

Val Guest's 1959 London-shot Brit Beat classic charts the fortunes of aspiring musician Bert Rudge (Cliff Richard)

United Kingdom Director. Val Guest

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Face to Face: Bob Haslam with The Smoker 1960

A rare film of “The Smoker” satirists of ICI Billingham poking fun at director Bob Haslam in a spoof of the celebrated Face to Face TV interviews – razor sharp silliness!

8 mins England

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Fanciful Wheels 1965

Classic car fans will love this amusing comedy featuring garages, showrooms, crazy sunglasses, serving hatches and a bizarre dream sequence

5 mins United Kingdom

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Farmer Jenkins' Visit to the White City 1910

A fascinating visual record of London's White City fairground, in which an elderly couple experience some bizarre rides.

11 mins United Kingdom

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Father's Picnic on the Sands 1905

Edwardian comedy in which a father turns to beer when his large family holiday goes wrong.

2 mins United Kingdom

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Fat Man on a Bicycle 1914

A clumsy oversized cyclist causes chaos in this knockabout silent comedy.

2 mins United Kingdom

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Feeding Time at the Zoo 1957

Here's a good way to work up an appetite - a boy goes out and about at the zoo.

11 mins United Kingdom

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Finding His Counterpart 1914

A comedy clot takes up phrenology and tries to find his ideal partner by feeling the bumps on women's heads, only to end up as a cannibal's dinner.

9 mins United Kingdom

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The Fireman 1916 U

In this classic Chaplin short, he comedy great plays a bumbling fireman who gets caught up in an insurance scam.

24 mins USA Director. Charles Chaplin

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First a Girl 1935 U

Sparkling musical comedy about a shop girl who pretends to be a boy in order to perform on stage as a female impersonator.

93 mins United Kingdom Director. Victor Saville

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Floating 1991

Deliciously dark psychodrama about a Docklands bus driver who turns his family home into a second Noah's ark.

41 mins United Kingdom Director. Richard Heslop

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The Floorwalker 1916 U

Chaplin’s first comedy for Mutual Films features the first film use of an elevator as a source for slapstick.

29 mins USA Director. Charles Chaplin

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Forgetting Sarah Marshall 2008 15

Dumped and devastated Peter (Jason Segel) holidays to Hawaii only to discover his ex is shacked up there with a debauched rock star (Russell Brand).

111 mins USA Director. Nicholas Stoller

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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.

95 mins Ireland Director. Lenny Abrahamson

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The Fugitive 1966

There is a baby and a bandit loose in the streets of Derry, but which one is the fugitive, the robber or the runaway pram?

5 mins Northern Ireland Director. Terence McDonald

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Fun at St. Fanny's 1955 U

Ronnie Corbett features in this quick-fire vintage classroom caper, featuring enough old jokes to fill a Christmas cracker factory.

77 mins United Kingdom Director. Maurice Elvey

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G.B.F. 2013 15

Three high-school girls wage war to win the latest must-have social accessory - a Gay Best Friend.

92 mins USA Director. Darren Stein

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Genevieve 1953 U

Classic British comedy about two vintage automobile enthusiasts racing from Brighton to London.

110 mins United Kingdom Director. Henry Cornelius

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George on a cycling tour through Sussex 1961

A surrealistic animation featuring cut-out characters on a beserk bicycle ride through Sussex towards a final destination in the Brighton Dome.

14 mins United Kingdom

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The Ghost Train 1931

Surviving footage of the first sound version of Arnold Ridley's famous railway station comedy thriller

72 mins United Kingdom Director. Walter Forde

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The Gigolos 2006 12

A highly original comedy following a pair of professional male escorts and their interactions with their lonely, over-50s 'regulars'.

95 mins United Kingdom Director. Richard Bracewell

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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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The Goose Steps Out 1942 U

Will Hay's third film for Ealing Studios finds the legendary comic parachuted into Nazi Germany when British intelligence discover that he's the spitting image of an enemy master spy

75 mins United Kingdom Director. Basil Dearden, Will Hay

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Gorno's Italian Marionettes 1928

Early sound film of a popular stage puppet show that reveals the unpleasant stereotypes of its age.

7 mins United Kingdom Director. Jack Harrison

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G.P. As Basil the Brainless 1915

The comic capers of upper-class wastrel Basil the Brainless - thrown out by his father and sent to the country, where he tries to get a job on a poultry farm...

United Kingdom Director. G.P. Huntley

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The Greasy Strangler 2016 18

A father-son love triangle unleashes the unstoppable urges of the Greasy Strangler, in this gloriously deranged hybrid of gross-out comedy and gonzo horror.

93 mins United Kingdom Director. Jim Hosking

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The Great Game 1952

Goals and glamour go together in this high-scoring drama of football league corruption with Thora Hird, Diana Dors and John Laurie.

77 mins United Kingdom Director. Maurice Elvey

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Gregory's Girl 1980 12

The ultimate depiction of coming-of-age awkwardness, Bill Forsyth’s comedy about a teen who falls for the new female footballer on the school team.

88 mins Scotland Director. Bill Forsyth

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Grow Your Own 2007 PG

A group of Merseyside gardeners take umbrage to the arrival of some refugees, but they find common cause to resist a devious corporate takeover.

100 mins United Kingdom Director. Richard Laxton

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The Guard 2011 15

Brendan Gleeson plays the Garda sergeant reluctantly pitted on the trail of a major drug-smuggling ring, in John Michael McDonagh’s wild comedy.

Ireland Director. John Michael McDonagh

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A Gun for George 2011 15

Pulp author Terry Finch is determined to wreak vengeance on those who killed his brother. And to complain to Kent library services.

17 mins United Kingdom

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The Happiness of Three Women 1954 U

The Wishing Well Inn in rural Wales is the bustling centre of love and intrigue in this charming romance starring Petula Clarke.

78 mins United Kingdom Director. Maurice Elvey

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The Happy Family 1952

A defiant London family fights valiantly to retain their South Bank home in this cheerful comedy set around 1951's Festival of Britain.

86 mins United Kingdom Director. Muriel Box

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Happy-Go-Lucky 2007 15

Sally Hawkins shines in her breakout role as the perpetually sunny Poppy, in Mike Leigh’s charming drama about the power of optimism.

118 mins United Kingdom Director. Mike Leigh

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Helping Jessie in the garden 1968

Two Teddy Bears look on happily, as before their glassy eyes a normal suburban family falls victim to some very abnormal goings on in their back garden.

5 mins United Kingdom

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Hidden Treasure! 1954

X marks the spot! Or so Leonard thinks when his daughter discovers a pirate treasure map buried on a beach.

4 mins United Kingdom Director. Leonard Winter

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Hiker's Haunt 1950

Disrespectful townie hikers get what's coming to them when the woodland spirits of Knole Park take their revenge.

16 mins United Kingdom

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Hobson's Choice 1920

The first film adaptation of Harold Brighouse's Salford-set play, humorously depicting the travails of a dipsomaniac cobbler.

74 mins United Kingdom Director. Percy Nash

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The Home-made Car 1963

In this charming short film directed by James Hill, a man restores his dilapidated Bullnose Morris under the watchful eye of a curious young neighbour.

27 mins United Kingdom

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Hot Water and Vegetabuel 1928

"Don't be cruel to a vegetabuel": delightful pair of music hall numbers from the eccentric writer of Jollity Farm.

8 mins United Kingdom

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How Things Do Develop 1914

Two budding photographers enjoy a day's happy snapping in this quaint comedy caper.

8 mins United Kingdom Director. Hay Plumb

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Hue and Cry 1947 U

An army of schoolchildren fight crime on the bomb-torn streets of postwar London in this ripping Ealing classic.

82 mins United Kingdom Director. Charles Crichton

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Hull Street Scenes - Fiction Film 1957

The age old story of two youths attempting to woo the same attractive young woman, then having a sword fight, but here given a comic twist at the end.

4 mins United Kingdom

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Hunt for the Wilderpeople 2016 12

Juvenile delinquent Ricky Baker (Julian Dennison) forms an unlikely partnership with Sam Neill’s grizzled bushman in this hilarious wild adventure from Taika Waititi (What We Do in the Shadows).

101 mins New Zealand Director. Taika Waititi

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Husbands 1971

From the decade that style forgot comes this bonkers comedy which shows the qualities ladies must look for in any prospective husband

5 mins United Kingdom

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I Love You Phillip Morris 2009 15

Jim Carrey’s irrepressible performance drives the incredible true story of a con man who repeatedly escapes from prison to be with his lover.

98 mins France Director. Glenn Ficarra

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The Immigrant 1917 U

One of Chaplin’s most famous early shorts finds the Little Tramp aboard a ship bound for America, mistakenly accused of being a pickpocket.

30 mins USA Director. Charles Chaplin

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The Importance of Being Earnest 1952 U

The evergreen wit and verbal dexterity of Oscar Wilde’s classic play is artfully captured in Anthony Asquith’s colourful adaptation.

92 mins United Kingdom Director. Anthony Asquith

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I'm So Excited! 2013 15

Pedro Almodóvar’s highly enjoyable over-the-top comic satire is set on an aeroplane experiencing in-flight difficulties.

90 mins Spain Director. Pedro Almodóvar

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Intolerable Cruelty 2003 12

The Coen brothers update the acerbic, fast-talking style of the screwball comedy, with George Clooney and Catherine Zeta Jones as scheming, warring lovers.

100 mins USA Director. Joel Coen

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Is This a Record? 1973

Pythons join Frank Muir, Connie Booth and Willie Rushton celebrating the Guinness Book of Records.

22 mins United Kingdom Director. Digby Turpin

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Is This Your Life? 1957

An unusual and visually sophisticated commentary on the routine drabness and drudgery of everyday suburban existence.

8 mins United Kingdom Director. Myles Ascoli, Leslie Fry

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It all Goes to Show 1970

Arthur Lowe is hilarious as a hen-pecked husband in this cheeky seaside-set comedy, shot in Margate.

28 mins Director. Francis Searle

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Jack Spratt's Parrot Gets His Own Back 1916

Parrot takes umbrage at ticking off and exacts revenge by being super annoying

12 mins United Kingdom Director. Toby Cooper

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Jocelyn in Wonderland 1961

Tired little Jocelyn, in her National Health specs, falls asleep in the garden and wakes up in Wonderland in this amateur re-telling of Lewis Carroll's classic.

13 mins United Kingdom

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Just Jim 2015 15

Craig Roberts (Submarine) directs and stars in a quirky comedy about a loner whose lowly life is transformed when an American rebel moves next door.

84 mins United Kingdom Director. Craig Roberts

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Kate Plus Ten 1938

Laughs and thrills come thick and fast in this Edgar Wallace comedy-thriller with a hair-raising car versus train chase.

80 mins United Kingdom Director. Reginald Denham

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Keep off the Grass 1965

There's nothing but mischief, misunderstandings, and mayhem in this Amateur Cine Club comedy set in Colchester's Westwood Park.

8 mins United Kingdom Director. Geoffrey Pettit

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King of Escape 2009 18

A film about tractors, aphrodisiacs and forbidden love from Alain Guiraudie, the Cannes award-winning director of Stranger by the Lake.

93 mins France Director. Alain Guiraudie

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The Kiss in the Tunnel 1899

The earliest film kiss held by the BFI National Archive is this stolen smooch aboard a steam train, an important example of Victorian film.

3 mins United Kingdom Director. G.A. Smith

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Ladies Hoo Doo 1965

Knitting comes in handy when making a film – a comical take on amateur filmmaking by the ladies of a local Pinner film club

18 mins United Kingdom

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The Lady Eve 1941 U

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

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La La Land 2016 12

Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone channel old-school Hollywood glamour in this bright and playful romantic musical from director Damien Chazelle (Whiplash).

128 mins USA Director. Damien Chazelle

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Let's Go Crazy 1951 U

Peter Sellers and Spike Milligan shine in a series of sketches and multiple roles, in this madcap mixture of music-hall and anarchic comedy.

33 mins United Kingdom Director. Alan J. Cullimore

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Letter to Brezhnev 1985 15

A defining Merseyside film, in which two Liverpool lasses hook up with a pair of Russian sailors only to wonder if they might be better off behind the Iron Curtain.

95 mins United Kingdom Director. Chris Bernard

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Lieutenant Lilly and the Splodge of Opium 1913

The intrepid Lt Lilly is called upon to quell a Chinese Boxer rebellion in a spoof adventure serial.

10 mins United Kingdom Director. Hay Plumb

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Lt Pimple and the Stolen Submarine 1914

The intrepid Lieutenant Pimple thwarts foreign enemies in an action-packed wartime spy spoof.

14 mins United Kingdom

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David Brent: Life on the Road 2016 15

The long-awaited big-screen outing for Slough’s premier paper salesman finds Ricky Gervais’ genius comic creation cashing in his pension for one last shot at rock ‘n’ roll success.

96 mins United Kingdom Director. Ricky Gervais

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Little Fragrance Clings to the Hand that Gives You Roses 1984

Agnes Mendelstien is heading for a nervous breakdown as more and more unwanted Christmas presents from her over-generous suitor, start piling up.

7 mins United Kingdom Director. Pierre Jester

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Lizars, Edinburgh 1904

Can you identify this Edwardian comic, playing a gossiping Rajah?

United Kingdom

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Local Hero 1983 PG

An American oil-man goes native while on a mission to buy up a Scottish fishing village, in Bill Forsyth’s tribute to Scotland’s irresistible charm.

106 mins United Kingdom Director. Bill Forsyth

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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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Long Shot 1978

Deadpan satire about a Scottish film producer trying to make his debut feature.

85 mins United Kingdom Director. Maurice Hatton

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Loot 1970 15

Silvio Narizzano adapts Joe Orton’s extraordinarily funny satire on police corruption and the conventions of detective fiction.

101 mins United Kingdom Director. Silvio Narizzano

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Love and Death on Long Island 1996 15

John Hurt stars in Richard Kwietnioski’s comedy of fame and obsession about an older man (Hurt) who becomes infatuated with a young Hollywood actor (Jason Priestley), and proceeds to track him down.

93 mins United Kingdom Director. Richard Kwietniowski

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Love & Friendship 2016 U

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

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Love Is Strange 2014 15

Ira Sachs’s refined Manhattan-set drama sees Alfred Molina’s Ben and John Lithgow’s George in the latter days of a tender, loving 39-year relationship.

94 mins USA Director. Ira Sachs

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Love Me till Monday 2013 15

A graduate in a dead-end office job searches for happiness in this fresh and funny British comedy.

90 mins United Kingdom Director. Justin Hardy

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Love Me Tonight 1932

Rouben Mamoulian’s highly inventive romantic comedy set new standards for the use of music in film. And it’s still an utterly charming romantic delight.

104 mins USA Director. Rouben Mamoulian

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The Low Down 2000 18

Aidan Gillen plays an aimless twenty-something who refuses to grow up, even after he starts dating a responsible estate agent, in Jamie Thraves’ slacker romance.

96 mins United Kingdom Director. Jamie Thraves

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The Machine that Kills Bad People 1952 PG

Roberto Rossellini's film about a photographer who is given the power to rid the Earth of 'evil-doers'.

85 mins Italy Director. Luciano Emmer, Roberto Rossellini

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The Maggie 1954 U

A wily old tugboat skipper outfoxes a wealthy American businessman in Alexander Mackendrick's underrated Ealing comedy

91 mins United Kingdom Director. Alexander Mackendrick

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The Magic Glass 1914

An inventor develops a magnifying glass that can see though solid objects, but when he uses it on his family it proves more curse than boon...

10 mins United Kingdom Director. Hay Plumb

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Magician's Wife Makes the Christmas Cake 1949

There's magical mayhem in the kitchen when the magician's wife makes use of a most unusual cooking utensil - her husband's magic wand.

7 mins United Kingdom

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Man Up 2014 15

Simon Pegg’s date is hijacked by Lake Bell in this effervescent urban comedy, a fresh twist on the British rom-com.

88 mins France Director. Ben Palmer

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The Man Who Never Made Good 1914

A bungling bumpkin fails at a number of jobs in this slapstick comedy - before he finds his true calling.

7 mins United Kingdom

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Men Are Not Gods 1936 U

A theatre critic's secretary is caught up in a love triangle involving the stars of a production of Othello.

90 mins United Kingdom Director. Walter Reisch

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Mercutio's Dreaming 2011

The travails of a British-Chinese, would-be Shakespearean actor, in an industry that sees him only as an 'Oriental'.

United Kingdom Director. Jennifer Lim, Daniel York

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Mike Murphy As Picture Actor 1914

Cut! An aspiring thespian runs amok on a film set in this slapstick silent comedy.

8 mins United Kingdom Director. Dave Aylott

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Milling the Militants; A Comical Absurdity 1913

Left with the kids while his wife campaigns for women's votes, an aggrieved husband dreams of punishing all suffragettes.

7 mins United Kingdom

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Mini Holiday 1968

A city gent holidaying in Bexhill is perplexed by the retired folk who live there

24 mins United Kingdom Director. Lawrence Moore

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Miranda 1948

A man goes fishing and comes home with a most unusual catch in this comedy feature.

80 mins United Kingdom Director. Ken Annakin

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The Missing Link 1917

British comic Lupino Lane stars in this surviving fragment from one of his earliest films, a slapstick school romp

2 mins United Kingdom Director. W.P. Kellino

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The Missionary 1983 15

In his first substantial feature-film role away from the involvement of his Monty Python cohorts, Michael Palin stars as a 19th-century missionary tasked with setting up a mission for fallen prostitutes.

86 mins United Kingdom Director. Richard Loncraine

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The Monster of Highgate Ponds 1961 U

A boy receives a mysterious egg, but when it hatches a baby monster mayhem ensues.

57 mins United Kingdom Director. Alberto Cavalcanti

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Morning Wash 1900

An old joke but a merry one.

United Kingdom

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Mr. Drake's Duck 1951

The Drakes' dream of making an old Sussex farm successful comes to a halt after one of their ducks lays a radioactive egg

85 mins USA Director. Val Guest

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Mr Moon Outtakes 1901

Rare production footage of an early 'trick' film with a famous music hall performer.

United Kingdom

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Mrs Newlywed's First Dinner 1949

There are culinary catastrophes galore when Mrs Newlywed attempts to cook the couple's first meal in their austerity kitchen.

7 mins United Kingdom Director. John Hanson Richardson

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Mr. Topaze 1961

Charming character comedy, unseen for decades, starring Peter Sellers as a school teacher corrupted by big business.

84 mins USA Director. Peter Sellers

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The Mystic Glove 1914

Bizarre comedy in which an overfed diner has a peculiar dream involving a spectre and magical gloves.

5 mins United Kingdom

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Nanny McPhee 2005 U

Emma Thompson leads an all-star cast as the governess who uses magic to tame a widower’s seven unruly children.

97 mins United Kingdom Director. Kirk Jones

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Neptune's Eye 1954

A spot of wishful thinking goes awry after the discovery of a magic eyeball washed up on a Teesside beach.

4 mins United Kingdom Director. Leonard Winter

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The Nine Lives of Tomas Katz 1999 15

An unusual comedy about a stranger who arrives on the eve of the millennium to erase London, mankind and existence.

88 mins Germany Director. Ben Hopkins

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Notting Hill 1999 15

Richard Curtis and Hugh Grant followed Four Weddings with this featherlight, frequently funny romance between an ordinary bloke and a visiting Hollywood starlet.

120 mins USA Director. Roger Michell

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Old Maid's Valentine 1900

Early comedy in which a cruel joke is played on an old maid

1 mins United Kingdom Director. G.A. Smith

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On Approval 1944

Splendid lead performances and a well-crafted, witty script make this adaptation of the Frederick Lonsdale play a delight.

80 mins United Kingdom Director. Clive Brook

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One A.M. 1916 U

One of Chaplin’s most ingenious shorts, this stunning showcase for his solo comic talents sees him playing a drunken man returning home to navigate his apartment.

24 mins USA Director. Charles Chaplin

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On the Set of HandMade Film's Water 1984

Welcome to Cascara in Devon and the race to exploit mineral water which has free-running qualities.

4 mins United Kingdom

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The Over-amorous Artist 1974

Sample smutty suburban hijinks of an ultra-low budget kind in this shamelessly seedy 1970s sex comedy

46 mins United Kingdom Director. Maurice Hamblin

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Passing Time 1965

Whiling away the time has disastrous consequences for two distracted women in this amusing comedy from Distaff Films

4 mins United Kingdom

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Paterson 2016 15

Adam Driver excels in this effortlessly charming tale of a bus driver poet in New Jersey, filmed with typically groovy elan by Jim Jarmusch.

118 mins USA Director. Jim Jarmusch

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The Patton Brothers 1979

The Patton Brothers make audiences chuckle at the Babbacombe Theatre.

6 mins United Kingdom

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The Pawnshop 1916 U

One of the most popular shorts Charlie Chaplin made for Mutual, The Pawnshop features a famous sequence in which he dissects an alarm clock, prefiguring the mechanics-inspired humour of Modern Times.

24 mins USA Director. Charles Chaplin

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Penny Points to Paradise 1951 U

The first screen outing for Goons Show stars Peter Sellers, Spike Milligan and Harry Secombe is a cheerful comic escapade set in Brighton.

72 mins United Kingdom Director. Tony Young

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Percy Honri Trailer 1917

Fragment of a trailer for Percy Honri's one-man show which toured the London and suburban music halls

1 mins United Kingdom Director. Cecil M. Hepworth

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The Perfect Woman 1949

In a bid to improve on nature, a scientist creates a robot female. But the experiment doesn't quite turn out as planned...

86 mins United Kingdom Director. Bernard Knowles

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The Phantom Light 1935 PG

Michael Powell’s gothic mystery of a haunted lighthouse where insanity thrives.

72 mins United Kingdom Director. Michael Powell

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Pimple Has One 1915

The mischievous Pimple takes to the bottle in this entertaining comedy

United Kingdom Director. Joe Evans, Fred Evans

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Pimple in the Whip 1917

Hilariously shambolic parody of an equestrian stage smash, by the prolific entertainer Pimple

25 mins United Kingdom Director. Joe Evans, Fred Evans

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Pimple's Part 1916

The clownish Pimple turns thespian with inevitably chaotic results in this riotous comic fragment.

3 mins United Kingdom Director. Joe Evans, Fred Evans

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Pimple's Uncle 1915

This daft comedy stars funny-duo Fred and Joe Evans in a battle to secure an inheritance from an insane uncle.

United Kingdom Director. Fred Evans, Joe Evans

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Ping Pong 1986

A young lawyer has to execute the will of a Chinese man found dead in a phone box in a witty comic thriller - the first British-Chinese feature film.

100 mins United Kingdom Director. Leong Po-chih

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Ping Pong Summer 2014 15

In Maryland, 1985, teenager Rad is forced to face down the bullies in a table tennis tournament, with only his best friend and the expertise of his mysterious Mr Miyagi-esque neighbour for guidance.

92 mins Great Britain Director. Michael Tully

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Pitlochry Welcomes You 1958

Visit Pitlochry, a “busy, bustling town” in the heart of the Scottish Highlands in a quirky and fun 1950s film featuring boozing stags, ladies lunching, tweed and whisky galore!

8 mins Scotland

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Pram-olympics 1976

From the decade that style forgot - it's the 1976 Portsmouth and Southsea Pram-Olympics!

3 mins United Kingdom

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The President 2014 15

Mohsen Makhmalbaf, the great Iranian filmmaker, directs this provocative and disquieting parable about a deposed president.

118 mins United Kingdom Director. Mohsen Makhmalbaf

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Prevenge 2016 15

Alice Lowe directs and stars in this riotous tale of a pregnant serial killer, hellbent on revenge.

88 mins United Kingdom Director. Alice Lowe

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Pride 2014 15

The smash culture-clash comedy tells the incredible true story of how miners and a Gay Pride support group come together to fight a common cause.

119 mins United Kingdom Director. Matthew Warchus

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The Private Life of Don Juan 1934 U

Husbands lock up their wives when the renowned Romeo returns to Seville; but the man wooing the city’s ladies is not what he seems.

89 mins United Kingdom Director. Alexander Korda

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Privates on Parade 1982 15

Musical comedy with John Cleese. In Singapore, 1948, the Song and Dance Unit tour their 'Jungle Jamboree' review.

113 mins United Kingdom Director. Michael Blakemore

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The Puncture 1965

Gender relations take a turn for the worse on a country road in the North East.

4 mins United Kingdom

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Putting on the Dish 2015 18

Two strangers strike up a conversation on a park bench.

7 mins United Kingdom Director. Brian Fairbairn, Karl Eccleston

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Q Planes 1939 U

Ralph Richardson and Laurence Olivier star in a spy drama about the disappearence of prototype military aircraft.

78 mins United Kingdom Director. Tim Whelan

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Queen and Country 2014 15

John Boorman’s follow up to Hope and Glory finds 18-year-old Bill called up for National Service against the backdrop of the Korean War.

114 mins United Kingdom Director. John Boorman

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Remember the Night 1939

Barbara Stanwyck and Fred MacMurray are the shoplifter and attorney who fall for other in this charming, Christmas comedy scripted by Preston Sturges.

94 mins USA Director. Mitchell Leisen

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Repeater 1979 12

Comic thriller which, with its unorthodox narrative about a woman's confession of a murder, deconstructs the conventions of the genre.

74 mins United Kingdom Director. Chris Monger

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Rescue 1968

After a short but flammable existence, Victor, a matchbox from Sweden, reflects on life's vicissitudes as he awaits his fate in the gutter.

6 mins United Kingdom Director. Leslie Rodgers, Gordon Brown

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Riding High 1939 U

The sedate peace of Victorian England is disrupted by bumbling comedian Claude Dampier and that miracle of modern transport - the penny farthing...

69 mins United Kingdom Director. David Macdonald

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The Rink 1916 U

Formidable physical comedy is the order of the day in this dynamic Chaplin short, in which he plays a waiter running rings around an angry customer.

30 mins USA Director. Charles Chaplin

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Round the Bend 1968

Baby shows don't come stranger than this one from 1968. There are some pretty hideous babies on show and the vicar gets more than he bargained for.

6 mins United Kingdom Director. Bert Phelps

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Roy Hudd in Torquay 1966

Roy Hudd plays to a sell-out Princess Theatre.

4 mins United Kingdom

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Runaway Railway 1965

A pre-Porridge Ronnie Barker plays a dim-witted train robber up to no good in this steam-era comedy adventure for kids

55 mins United Kingdom Director. Jan Darnley-Smith

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Safety Not Guaranteed 2012 15

Mark Duplass stars in the indie time-travel comedy that won a major prize at Sundance and set director Colin Trevorrow on the road to Jurassic World.

86 mins USA Director. Colin Trevorrow

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Salmon Fishing in the Yemen 2011 12

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

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The Salvage Gang 1958 U

John Krish directs this beautifully photographed Children’s Film Foundation caper about four children scavenging bomb-damaged London for scrap metal.

50 mins United Kingdom Director. John Krish

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Sauna the Dead: A Fairy Tale 2016 18

A night in a gay sauna turns into a fight for survival. Two men must over-come prejudice and join forces in taking down a horde of towel-wearing zombies.

20 mins United Kingdom Director. Tom Frederic

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The Scandalous Parson 1967

Author of Gulliver's Travels faces trial by television

27 mins Northern Ireland

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The Scarecrow 1916

A tramp steals the clothes from a scarecrow, but when he realises two couples are using its pockets to pass messages, he sees an opportunity.

11 mins United Kingdom Director. Cecil Birch

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The Scarlet Woman 1924

Catholic fantasy starring Elsa Lanchester and Evelyn Waugh in an Andy Warhol fright wig.

43 mins United Kingdom Director. Terence Greenidge

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Scottie and the Frogs 1915

A mischievous youth causes havoc with his amphibian-assisted antics.

United Kingdom Director. Cecil Birch

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Screen Tests 1930

There's a hint of the Radclyffe Halls in this peculiar film of actors emoting like crazy, before it's off to Boscombe for some beserk beach antics and a gathering in the country.

11 mins United Kingdom

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A Seaside Girl 1907

At the seaside, a young Edwardian lady is pursued by three suitors, but which one will win her hand?

3 mins United Kingdom Director. Lewin Fitzhamon

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A Seaside Introduction 1911

A beach flirtation gets complicated when a thief makes off with a woman's shoes in this fun comedy

2 mins United Kingdom Director. Lewin Fitzhamon

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Servants Superceded 1911

Two gifted servants perform magical feats for their employer with the aid of some impressive cinematic trick effects.

6 mins United Kingdom Director. Percy Stow

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Set the Thames on Fire 2015 15

Two soul-mates steer a course through a decaying, semi-submerged London in this bizarre and blackly comic sci-fi with Noel Fielding and Sally Phillips.

83 mins United Kingdom Director. Ben Charles Edwards

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Seven Psychopaths 2012 15

Screenwriter Marty (Colin Farrell) finds unlikely inspiration when he finds himself tangled in the LA underworld.

110 mins United Kingdom Director. Martin McDonagh

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Shakespeare in Love 1998 15

A creatively stymied bard finds love and inspiration in the form of one of his players, a cross-dressing actress, in the impeccably crafted, Oscar-winning period romance.

123 mins USA Director. John Madden

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Sharps and Flats 1915

The Bamforth Company translate their saucy seaside postcard humour into film comedy.

United Kingdom Director. Cecil Birch

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Shaun of the Dead 2004 15

The original ‘rom-zom-com’: Simon Pegg and Nick Frost are the slacker mates tasked with battling a zombie apocalypse in Crouch End.

99 mins United Kingdom Director. Edgar Wright

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Shear Nonsense: A Comedy 1935

A mischievous husband goes on the rampage through Middlesbrough with a pair of garden shears in this delightfully daft comic short – cut to the chase.

6 mins England

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Shooting of Dan McGrew - Day Trips for Hikers 1937

The wackier side of Eltham appears in this beserk double-bill complete with guns, gods, car chases, soggy picnics, loads of booze and snogging

12 mins United Kingdom Director. J Bryden

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Shooting Stars 1937

Black music hall stars Scott and Whaley perform stereotypical minstrel routines in blackface in this 1937 touring revue.

69 mins United Kingdom

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Short Circuit 1986 PG

Johnny Five is alive! The sci-fi comedy about a military robot that gets struck by lightning and gains a personality.

98 mins USA Director. John Badham

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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 Slappiest Days of Our Lives 1953 PG

A young Peter Sellers voices this compilation film of silent slapstick footage, featuring Buster Keaton, Harold Lloyd and Laurel & Hardy.

76 mins United Kingdom

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Slaughterhouse-Five 1972 15

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

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Snowballs 1901

Young scamps launch a snowball attack on a hapless bobby.

1 mins United Kingdom

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Sodom and Begorrah 1967

Amusing fantasy of the adventures of a priest who finds his new parish in the grip of the most blatant depravity

13 mins Northern Ireland

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Spaceship 2016 15

British teen cinema gets an injection of hallucinogenic imagination, plus a few unicorns and aliens, in Alex Taylor’s unclassifiable debut feature.

87 mins United Kingdom Director. Alex Taylor

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Splinters 1930

Great songs and great legs in this all-male revue make for an evocative early talkie.

84 mins United Kingdom Director. Jack Raymond

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Sponge Mix 1956

Pincurls, pools and a paralytic priest – a housewife’s win on the pools leads to a mix-up with the gin and amusing results

10 mins United Kingdom

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Sporting Colliers and the Bobby 1901

A policeman breaks up a gambling den, but is caught pocketing the proceeds.

2 mins United Kingdom

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Spring Meeting 1941 PG

A penniless woman’s attempts at matchmaking her way to riches go awry when her son falls for the wrong daughter of a nobleman.

93 mins United Kingdom Director. Norman Lee, Walter C. Mycroft

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Star Impersonations 1930

Five British film stars show a talent for mimickry in this quirky film magazine promotion.

8 mins United Kingdom Director. Harry Hughes

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Straight to Hell 1987 15

Alex Cox’s anarchic homage to the spaghetti western, with arguably cinema’s wildest cast: Dennis Hopper, Joe Strummer, Courtney Love, Grace Jones and Shane MacGowan.

86 mins United Kingdom Director. Alex Cox

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Strip! Strip! Hooray!!! Or (Fun with the Sunbathers) 1932 Not Rated

Stuffed-shirt party pooper Sir Hector infiltrates a sunbathing camp full of scantily clad jazz-swingers in this 1930s comedy

36 mins United Kingdom Director. Norman Lee

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Submarine 2010 15

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

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A Summer's Day 1963

A skinny dip on the north east coast leads to romance and footsie on the beach.

5 mins United Kingdom

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Tamara Drewe 2010 15

The return of beautiful journalist Tamara Drewe (Gemma Arterton) awakens destructive passions in a Dorset village.

111 mins United Kingdom Director. Stephen Frears

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Taming of the Shrew 1923

The Shrew gets a taste of her own medicine from a rumbustious Petruchio

10 mins United Kingdom Director. Edwin J. Collins

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Terry-Thomas returns to the stage 1972

Terry-Thomas talks effusively in this interview about his return to the stage. 

3 mins United Kingdom

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That Sinking Feeling 1979 15

Before Gregory's Girl, Bill Forsyth mate this equally hilarious caper about a group of unemployed teenagers who hatch a plan to steal a job lot of stainless steel sinks.

90 mins Director. Bill Forsyth

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La Bête (The Beast) 1975 18

An outrageous classic of erotic cinema, Walerian Borowczyk’s playful and subversive fantasy finds a horny heiress courting the ravenous desires of a wild beast.

93 mins France Director. Walerian Borowczyk

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The Lads of the Village 1919

Humour and adventure as the returning heroes of an English village recount their exploits in the Mesopotamian war.

44 mins United Kingdom Director. Harry Lorraine

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A Thing About Hair 1965

A clueless and rather clumsy apprentice barber features in this amateur cine club comedy set in a Colchester Gentlemen's Saloon.

7 mins United Kingdom Director. Geoffrey Pettit

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This Week of Grace 1933

This merry jape set in an olde worlde castle is an exuberant star vehicle for Gracie Fields, with a mix of songs and comedy.

92 mins United Kingdom Director. Maurice Elvey

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Three Businessmen 1999 12

Alex Cox’s surreal and subversive comic fantasy about three men’s search for a meal that becomes a globe-trotting odyssey.

80 mins USA Director. Alex Cox

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Tilly and the Fire Engines 1911

Mischievous sisters Tilly and Sally borrow a fire engine and take it for a joy ride in this spirited film comedy.

3 mins United Kingdom Director. Lewin Fitzhamon

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Tilly's Party 1911

Irrepressible sister act Tilly and Sally throw a party - of sorts - in this chaotic comedy caper.

7 mins United Kingdom Director. Lewin Fitzhamon

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Tilly the Tomboy Visits the Poor 1910

Tilly and her sister Sally cause chaos when they visit an elderly, bedridden neighbour.

6 mins United Kingdom

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Time Flies 1944 U

Fast-talking funnyman Tommy Handley visits Elizabethan England – and ends up teaching Good Queen Bess con tricks – in this snappy time-travel comedy.

88 mins United Kingdom Director. Walter Forde

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Toni Erdmann 2016 15

The riotous comedy about a lonely prankster who tries to upend the precision life of his high-powered consultant daughter; winner of a Cannes prize and Oscar-nominated.

162 mins Germany Director. Maren Ade

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Topical Budget Ham Spray September 1929 1929

Bloomsbury Group antics at the Wiltshire home of Dora Carrington and Lytton Strachey.

3 mins United Kingdom

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To the Rescue 1952

An eccentric dog-loving grocer leads the chase to reclaim a stolen pedigree poodle in this madcap canine comedy

21 mins United Kingdom Director. Jacques Brunius

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Trapped by the London Sharks 1916

Nefarious nightclub hosts blackmail a drunkard into fleecing their customers

66 mins United Kingdom Director. L.C. MacBean

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Trees Lounge 1996 15

Venerable character actor Steve Buscemi steps behind the camera in this profound character study on a lonely, alcoholic, and unemployed mechanic.

95 mins USA Director. Steve Buscemi

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The Trouble with Harry 1954 PG

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

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Tubby's Rest Cure 1916

WWI conscription has whisked away all the young men, leaving the girls so man-hungry that even Tubby looks attractive!

15 mins United Kingdom Director. Frank Wilson

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Tubby's Typewriter 1916

Newlywed Tubby fancies another man's typewriter and ends up in hot water with his new wife

8 mins United Kingdom Director. Frank Wilson

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Tulpan 2008 12

Sergei Dvortsevoy's multi-award winning feature debut is a deliciously tale of a Kazakh sailor out to win a wife and set himself up as a shepherd on the steppes.

103 mins Germany Director. Sergey Dvortsevoy

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Turn-Up for Tony 1968

A Tyne Tees Television comedy romance is a forgotten gem from a 1960s decade of radical urban change in Newcastle.

29 mins England

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TV Tealeaf 1963

Even a burglar can’t drag this family away from the telly - as he helps himself to their knick-knacks, their snacks and a quick smooch on the sofa

3 mins United Kingdom

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Twelfth Night 1910

Vitagraph’s charming 1910 interpretation features some notably lively performances.

11 mins USA Director. Charles Kent

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Twinky 1969 12

Richard Donner directs this unlikely romance between a 38-year-old writer of erotic novels (Charles Bronson) and a 16-year-old schoolgirl played by Susan George. After marrying and absconding to Scotland, the pair finds it hard to adjust to life together.

94 mins United Kingdom Director. Richard Donner

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Two on the Tiles 1951 PG

Herbert Lom (The Pink Panther series) stars in John Guillermin’s wicked satire about a married couple, their possible indiscretions, and the butler who’s out to blackmail them.

72 mins United Kingdom Director. John Guillermin

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The Unclean World 1903

What's that crawling around in the cheese? Surprises abound in this spoof nature film.

2 mins United Kingdom

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Uncle David 2009 18

Celebrated cabaret artist David Hoyle’s debut film is a typically acerbic drama about the disturbing relationship between an uncle and his nephew.

98 mins United Kingdom Director. Gary Reich, Mike Nicholls, David Hoyle

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The Vagabond 1916 U

One of Chaplin’s most accomplished films for Mutual, in which the Tramp rescues a girl from a band of gypsies only for her to fall for a rival.

34 mins USA Director. Charles Chaplin

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Venus 2006 15

Peter O’Toole in one of his last, finest performances in this story about an aging actor who thought he’d seen it all – until he met her.

95 mins United Kingdom Director. Roger Michell

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Vis à Vis 2013

When a government official comes to inspect Richard and Martin’s relationship for visa approval, it is clear that all is not as it seems.

16 mins Australia Director. Dan Connolly

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Visit our Marina 1979

All the thrills of Brighton's exciting new marina are on show in Pierre Tester's amusing documentary - a feast in concrete for the yachting set

11 mins United Kingdom Director. Pierre Tester

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Walberswick Detectives 1996

Short drama about two ageing bikers who make some surprising discoveries

8 mins United Kingdom

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The Weekend 2016 15

Street-smart Hackney comedy about three friends whose unexpected cash windfall funds the mother of all parties; from the talents behind YouTube hit Mandem on the Wall.

90 mins United Kingdom Director. Sheridan De Myers

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Whisky Galore! 1949 U

Ealing's thirstiest comedy: "the longest unsponsored advertisement ever to reach cinema screens"?

82 mins United Kingdom Director. Alexander Mackendrick

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Who’s Afraid of Vagina Wolf? 2013 15

In order to impress a girl, a struggling filmmaker agrees to write an all-female retelling of Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

83 mins France Director. Anna Margarita Albelo

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Widecombe Fair 1928

Heart-warming tale about Devon farming folk and the efforts of good neighbours to save a squire's farm from the bailiffs

56 mins United Kingdom

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Wife the Weaker Vessel 1915

A henpecked husband plots revenge on his boastful bachelor friend by marrying him to a seemingly meek girl who turns out to be anything but.

United Kingdom Director. Frank Wilson

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Wild Tales 2014 15

This Oscar-nominated, Almodóvar-produced anthology of six tales of ordinary madness is the most riotously enjoyable portmanteau film since Pulp Fiction.

122 mins Argentina Director. Damian Szifron

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Wild West 1992 15

Defying opposition from his conservative Pakistani family, Zaf Ayub dreams of becoming Southall's greatest gift to country & western.

85 mins United Kingdom Director. David Attwood

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Winky's Ruse 1914

Gregarious tramp Winky tries to get one over on the local innkeeper in this daft silent comic short.

6 mins United Kingdom Director. Cecil Birch

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Women's Rights 1899

A cruel joke at the expense of the women's movement is at the heart of this early film comedy

1 mins United Kingdom

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The Wondrous World of Work 2014

When Callum undertakes work experience with his embarrassing Nan, Madge, he soon discovers that the world of jacket potatoes can be complicated.

United Kingdom Director. Riad Ahmed

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Xenia 2014 15

Two brothers journey undertake a hyperreal 21st-century odyssey in this flamboyant gay entry from the Greek Weird Wave.

134 mins Greece Director. Panos H. Koutras

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Yellow Fever 1998

A gay British-Chinese man refuses to date Chinese men. But then Jai Ming moves in next door.

25 mins United Kingdom Director. Raymond Yeung

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Yojimbo 1961 PG

Kurosawa’s classic about a drifting samurai who plays two gangs off against each other, famously remade as A Fistful of Dollars.

106 mins Japan Director. Akira Kurosawa

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You Made Me Love You 1933 U

A loose adaption of The Taming of the Shrew, with Thelma Todd as a spoilt heiress who can’t stand her suitor.

70 mins United Kingdom Director. Monty Banks

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Youth 2015 15

Michael Caine scintillates as a curmudgeonly composer in Paolo Sorrentino’s deliciously bittersweet drama.

119 mins Italy Director. Paolo Sorrentino

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