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2 x 50 Years of French Cinema

2 x 50 Years of French Cinema 1995

Six regions, six films appraised for cultural and historical meaning. Produced by Jean-Luc Godard.

50 mins France

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8mm film-notes on 16mm 1971

A structuralist collage emphasizing the difference between 8mm and 16mm film gauges

40 mins United Kingdom Director. Peter Gidal

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L'Age D'Or

L'Age D'Or 1930 15

Luis Buñuel and Salvador Dali unite for this masterpiece of cinematic surrealism remains as brilliantly witty and shocking as ever, more than 80 years on.

63 mins France Director. Luis Buñuel

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Aldermaston Pottery 1965

Aldermaston Pottery inspires an expectant mother's awareness of matters of life and death in this avant-garde film.

20 mins United Kingdom Director. Anthony Searle, Michael Darlow

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The Angelic Conversation 1985 PG

The Angelic Conversation sees Derek Jarman conjure an evocative and radical visualisation of Shakespeare’s love poems. With narration by Judi Dench and music by Coil.

81 mins United Kingdom Director. Derek Jarman

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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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Angles of Incidence
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Angles of Incidence 1973

The view through the filmmaker’s window opens up the flat surface of the film screen.

12 mins United Kingdom Director. William Raban

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Anna 2009

In the first in a series of films about a Glaswegian Victorian tenement, artist Luke Fowler explores his former girlfriend’s flat.

3 mins United Kingdom Director. Luke Fowler

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Arcade 1970

A kaleidoscopic experimentation in colour, in which familiar Brighton locations are distorted and interspersed with imagery from adverts and film clips.

10 mins United Kingdom Director. Tony Sinden

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Arrows 1984

A first-person essay on the experience of anorexia and its cultural causes

15 mins United Kingdom Director. Sandra Lahire

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At the Academy 1974

A found-footage film made entirely from the countdown leader that is normally used to cue the start of films.

5 mins United Kingdom Director. Guy Sherwin

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Beneath the Skyline 1966

See Edinburgh through the eyes of award winning visionary Mark Littlewood as his alluringly artistic shots and stirring classical soundtrack guide you through the Capital.

10 mins Scotland

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Black Bird Descending: Tense Alignment 1977

A brilliantly constructed, melancholic ode to the passing of time by Malcolm Le Grice

105 mins United Kingdom Director. Malcolm Le Grice

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The Blackhill Campaign 1963

Miners, villagers and a Tory Lord fight the Blackhill Colliery closure in this moving documentary inspired by the Free Cinema movement of the 1950s.

50 mins United Kingdom

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The Body Beautiful 1990

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

23 mins United Kingdom Director. Ngozi Onwurah

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Breath 1974

Three people with cameras converge on a remote location near Hay Toor in Dartmoor.

15 mins United Kingdom Director. William Raban

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Blind White Duration 1968

Interaction between a blank white screen and filmed snow.

15 mins United Kingdom Director. Malcolm Le Grice

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By Our Selves 2015 15

The latest psycho-geographical excursion from Andrew Kötting and Iain Sinclair

83 mins United Kingdom Director. Andrew Kötting

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Carlyle's Hands 1 2011

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

3 mins United Kingdom Director. Emily Wardill

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Carlyle's Hands 2 2011

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

3 mins United Kingdom Director. Emily Wardhill

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Carlyle's Hands 3 2011

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

3 mins Great Britain Director. Emily Wardill

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Carlyle's Hands 4 2011

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

3 mins Great Britain Director. Emily Wardill

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Carlyle's Hands 4 2011

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

3 mins Great Britain Director. Emily Wardill

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The Castle of Otranto

The Castle of Otranto 1977

Czech animator Jan Švankmajer's adaptation of Horace Walpole's Gothic novel.

17 mins Czechoslovakia Director. Jan Svankmajer

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Un Chien Andalou

Un Chien Andalou 1928 15

A scabrous study of desire, the subconscious and anti-clericalism - Buñuel and Dalí’s provocative first film is a classic of Surrealist cinema.

17 mins France Director. Luis Buñuel

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Close Up 1983

A radical, anti-representational film set against the backdrop of the Nicaraguan revolution

70 mins United Kingdom Director. Peter Gidal

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A Colour Box
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A Colour Box 1935 U

Part experimental cinema, part advert for the parcel post service, always joyful.

3 mins United Kingdom Director. Len Lye

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Colours of This Time 1972

A time-lapse study of a London park during the course of a summer day

3 mins United Kingdom Director. William Raban

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Condition of Illusion 1975

A problematisation of the relation between spectator and photographic image.

32 mins United Kingdom Director. Peter Gidal

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C/O/N/S/T/R/U/C/T 1974

Five layers of optical superimposition demonstrate film as a construct.

30 mins United Kingdom Director. Peter Gidal

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A Short Vision
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A Short Vision 1956

The animated short on the terrors of nuclear apocalypse that became a sensation when it played on the Ed Sullivan show, leaving middle America highly disturbed.

6 mins United Kingdom

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Cycles 1972

A circular form fluctuates in rhythms of light and sound in this hand-made film.

5 mins United Kingdom Director. Guy Sherwin

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David 2009

Luke Fowler reinterprets a tenement flat as part of his series of Jarman Award commissions.

3 mins United Kingdom Director. Luke Fowler

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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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Eerie
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Eerie 1992

A vertiginous lesbian kiss in a mountain cablecar inspired by German expressionism.

1 mins United Kingdom Director. Sandra Lahire

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Emily (Third Party Speculation) 1979

Filmed in a closed domestic environment, this film investigates the question of identification and point of view in cinema.

60 mins United Kingdom Director. Malcolm Le Grice

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An Exchange for Fire: Debt 2013

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

2 mins United Kingdom Director. Anja Kirschner, David Panos

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An Exchange for Fire: Help 2012

Anja Kirschner and David Panos continue their examination of the financial crisis.

3 mins United Kingdom Director. David Panos, Anja Kirschner

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An Exchange for Fire: Non-Citizens 2012

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

3 mins United Kingdom Director. David Panos, Anja Kirschner

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Serios/Seers 2010

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

3 mins United Kingdom Director. Lindsay Seers

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Silent Partner 1977

Domestic interiors are interrogated by a restless camera in this radical, anti-narrative film.

35 mins United Kingdom Director. Peter Gidal

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An Exchange for Fire: Personal Responsibility 2012

The third in Anja Kirschner and David Panos' series; an artistic exploration of Greece's financial disaster.

3 mins United Kingdom Director. David Panos, Anja Kirschner

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An Exchange for Fire: Sacrifice 2012

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

3 mins United Kingdom Director. David Panos, Anja Kirschner

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The Fall of the House of Usher

The Fall of the House of Usher 1982

The first of Švankmajer's 'tactile experiments', the subject chosen partly because the title was on an official list of 'approved' texts. In this version there are no humans, just a brief glimpse of a live raven as the camera roams around an eerie derelict house.

15 mins Czechoslovakia Director. Jan Svankmajer

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The Falls

The Falls 1980 PG

Peter Greenaway's epic first feature, constructed as an excerpt from an imagined, filmic directory listing everyone affected by VUE – the Violent Unknown Event

185 mins United Kingdom Director. Peter Greenaway

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This Filthy Earth

This Filthy Earth 2001 15

Andrew Kötting's tragic tale of passion and survival, following the existence of two sisters amidst a landscape of rural hardship and a community consumed with superstition

111 mins United Kingdom Director. Andrew Kötting

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Fata Morgana

Fata Morgana 1971 PG

Herzog’s intense, dreamlike mediation on desert life as if seen by an alien.

80 mins Federal Republic of Germany Director. Werner Herzog

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Smart Alek

Smart Alek 1993

Sean Lock is a criminal 'Smart Alek' in this apparently true story of a family holiday turned bloody nightmare.

18 mins United Kingdom Director. Andrew Kötting

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Film No. 1 1971

Film No. 1 emphasizes the material process of film printing through repetition, seriality and permutations of colour

9 mins United Kingdom Director. David Crosswaite

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Film socialisme

Film socialisme 2010 PG

Jean-Luc Godard’s acerbic and disorienting essay on the decline of Western civilisation, shot aboard the famously grounded cruise ship, the Costa Concordia.

102 mins Switzerland Director. Jean-Luc Godard

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Five Films 1967

Five expressionistic experimental short films by Don Levy: Punulse, Malaise, Catharsis, The Point of Noon and Black Ice.

9 mins United Kingdom Director. Don Levy

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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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Focii 1975

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

5 mins United Kingdom Director. Jeanette Iljon

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The Focus II
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The Focus II 1978

The Lake District as never seen before: five hours collapsed into minutes.

4 mins United Kingdom Director. Jenny Okun

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Footsteps 1974

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

6 mins United Kingdom Director. Marilyn Bailey

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The Forbidden Room 2015 12

Gleeful and hypnotic, Guy Maddin and Evan Johnson’s phantasmagoric opus reworks improvised rushes into a demented homage to B-movies.

119 mins Canada Director. Evan Johnson, Guy Maddin

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Frida Kahlo & Tina Modotti 1983

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

29 mins United Kingdom Director. Peter Wollen, Laura Mulvey

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G.G. Passion 1966

In this ultra-rare short directed by David Bailey, an ageing pop singer is hounded by mysterious assassins.

24 mins United Kingdom Director. David Bailey

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Gloucester Road Groove 1969

An exuberant night out in buzzing 1960s Gloucester Road.

3 mins United Kingdom Director. Jonathan Langran

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The Gold Diggers

The Gold Diggers 1983 U

The ground-breaking first feature from Sally Potter (Orlando, Ginger and Rosa) is a key film in early 1980s feminist cinema.

89 mins United Kingdom Director. Sally Potter

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Goodbye to Language 2014 15

Jean-Luc Godard’s typically innovative and playful meditation on technology, love and language was acclaimed one of the best films of 2014.

70 mins France Director. Jean-Luc Godard

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Grandfather's Footsteps 1983

The filmmaker re-evokes the presence of her great-grandfather, Henry Stiles Savory, a Victorian clergyman, photographer and scientist.

33 mins United Kingdom Director. Anne Rees-Mogg

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The Great Ecstasy of Woodcarver Steiner

The Great Ecstasy of Woodcarver Steiner 1975 U

Werner Herzog’s moving portrait of a record-breaking ski jumper.

45 mins Federal Republic of Germany Director. Werner Herzog

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Guerillere Talks 1978

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

28 mins USA Director. Vivienne Dick

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Hall 1968

A static shot of a hallway, demystified and disrupted by quick cuts and an alarm ringing.

10 mins United Kingdom Director. Peter Gidal

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Hell Unltd
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Hell Unltd 1936

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

20 mins United Kingdom Director. Helen Biggar, Norman McLaren

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Herostratus
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Herostratus 1967 15

A young poet (Michael Gothard) hires a marketing company to turn his suicide into a mass-media spectacle

142 mins United Kingdom Director. Don Levy

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The Houseless Shadow
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The Houseless Shadow 2011

William Raban’s powerful and involving portrait of contemporary, nocturnal London.

19 mins United Kingdom Director. William Raban

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Incident

Incident 1959 PG

The debut short film of British exploitation director Norman J. Warren is an enigmatic story about a girl who meets a boy at a fairground.

3 mins United Kingdom Director. Norman J. Warren

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Innocence of Memories 2015 12

A multi-layered melding of fiction and fact, about Nobel prize-winner Orhan Pamuk and his Istanbul Museum of Innocence.


90 mins United Kingdom Director. Grant Gee

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Key
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Key 1968

A photograph of Nico is abstracted beyond recognition through a zoom.

10 mins United Kingdom Director. Peter Gidal

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The Ossuary
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The Ossuary 1970

A surreal vision of an ornate ossuary built from the bones of Black Death victims.

10 mins Director. Jan Svankmajer

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Lady Lazarus 1991

A cinematographic response to Sylvia Plath’s Lady Lazarus with Plath’s own readings of her poetry

25 mins United Kingdom Director. Sandra Lahire

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The Lacey Rituals 1972

Performance artist Bruce Lacey’s singular take on the home movie, documenting the minutiae of family life from bath-time to toast-making.

60 mins United Kingdom Director. Bruce Lacey, Jill Lacey, Tiffany Lacey, Saffron Lacey, Kevin Lacey

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Lester 2009

The last in Luke Fowler's series features a warm, ornate score for solo cello and sine-wave, performed and composed by Charles Curtis.

3 mins United Kingdom Director. Luke Fowler

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London

London 1994 U

The first in Patrick Keiller’s highly imaginative trilogy of films is a photographic trip through London, recounted by our unseen narrator.

90 mins United Kingdom Director. Patrick Keiller

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Love on the Wing
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Love on the Wing 1938 U

A line-drawing love story in a surreal land, made to advertise Empire Air Mail but withheld due to "Freudian" symbolism.

4 mins United Kingdom Director. Norman Mclaren

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Malevich Suprematism 1971

Lutz Becker’s innovative homage to the work of Kazimir Malevich uses one of his unrealised film scripts as the basis for a portrait of the artist and his theory of abstract art, Suprematism.

United Kingdom Director. Lutz Becker

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The Man with a Movie Camera
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The Man with a Movie Camera 1973

A carefully controlled reflection on the process of filmmaking, playfully demonstrating the camera as a tool for constructing a filmed image.

8 mins United Kingdom Director. David Crosswaite

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The Meeting 1965

A brief encounter between a woman and a man on a train.

10 mins United Kingdom Director. Mamoun Hassan

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Miss Thompson Goes Shopping

Miss Thompson Goes Shopping 1958

From the visionary British director David Gladwell, this 1958 short contrasting rural and urban life is based on the poem by Martin Armstrong.

16 mins United Kingdom Director. David Gladwell

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Moment
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Moment 1969 Not Rated

An intimate, unusual encounter with the progressive narrative of orgasm.

13 mins United Kingdom Director. Stephen Dwoskin

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Muybridge Revisited
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Muybridge Revisited 1986

Iconic images by photo-pioneer Eadweard Muybridge come to life in this striking video collage.

5 mins United Kingdom Director. George Snow

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The Necromancers 2010

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

3 mins United Kingdom Director. Lindsay Seers

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North of Vortex

North of Vortex 1992 18

A gay poet, a bisexual sailor and a straight waitress embark on a trip through an American desert landscape in this languid, woozy road movie.

55 mins United Kingdom Director. Constantine Giannaris

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Now 1969

A film by an early British pioneer of computer generated filmmaking.

7 mins United Kingdom Director. Denys Irving

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Mona Lisa 1983

Playful experimental film about one of the most famous, widely reproduced paintings in the world.

2 mins United Kingdom Director. Roger Hewins

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Movements Recollected 1999

A young artist's journey of self-discovery; an odyssey through rural Northern Ireland to the cities on London and Milan

21 mins Northern Ireland

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Muybridge Film 1975

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

5 mins United Kingdom Director. Anne Rees-Mogg

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Occupy! 1976

Pete Postlethwaite, Bill Nighy and Julie Walters appear in this film about a four-year struggle to set up a worker’s cooperative.

55 mins United Kingdom Director. Gael Dohany

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One Million Unemployed in Winter 1971
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One Million Unemployed in Winter 1971 1971

A film on unemployment, which was made to be shown at Claimants Union meetings.

3 mins United Kingdom Director. Mike Dunford

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Paradigm 1969 PG

This short explores one of BS Johnson's recurring obsessions - that the older you get, the less you have to say and the more difficulty you have in saying it.

United Kingdom Director. B.S. Johnson

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The Paramnesiac 2010

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

3 mins United Kingdom Director. Lindsay Seers

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The Party

The Party 1962 PG

The Party is a time-capsule short film about an art school get-together where a boy blows his chances with his date.

16 mins United Kingdom

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Peaches 1964

Meet a very beautiful, very clever girl who adores peaches in Michael Gill's BFI-funded fantasy short.

15 mins United Kingdom

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The Pendulum, The Pit and Hope

The Pendulum, The Pit and Hope 1983

Švankmajer's second adaptation of the work of Edgar Allan Poe, in which a prisoner is forced to undergo trials of torture.

14 mins Czechoslovakia Director. Jan Svankmajer

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Poem 1971 PG

A poignant short film set to the fourth part of Samuel Beckett's Quatre Poèmes, as narrated by frequent BS Johnson collaborator William Hoyland.

United Kingdom Director. B.S. Johnson

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Portrait of David Hockney 1972

Filmed at the time Hockney was painting Mr and Mrs Clark and Percy, this compelling study concentrates on the textures and light which surround the artist in his home and studio.

United Kingdom Director. David Pearce

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The Projectionist 2010

In a rare interview, Lindsay Seers talks about her journey towards becoming a performance artist.

3 mins United Kingdom Director. Lindsay Seers

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Rapunzel Let Down Your Hair 1978

An imaginative, experimental and playful look at myth, storytelling and female identity.

78 mins United Kingdom Director. Susan Shapiro, Esther Ronay, Francine Winham

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Real Time 1971

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

32 mins United Kingdom Director. Anne Rees-Mogg

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Requiem for a Village 1975 18

The idyllic, pastoral past of a Suffolk village is reborn through memory in this extraordinary, little-known film from director David Gladwell.

68 mins United Kingdom

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Resurrection 1966

Impressionistic homage to the sound and fury of the steam engine, creating an illusion – a dream – of a locomotive rising again from the Barry scrapyard.

8 mins Wales

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Robinson in Ruins 2010 U

The head of a research organisation arranges Robinson’s abandoned research on the English landscape to uncover the origins of capitalist catastrophe.

101 mins United Kingdom Director. Patrick Keiller

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Rose Red 1994

Simon Pummell's (Bodysong) visually ravishing sci-fi thriller exploring the future of virtual reality and the desire to transcend human limits.

18 mins United Kingdom Director. Simon Pummell

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Sebastiane 1976 18

A distinctly bold and sensual reclaiming of gay history, Jarman here tells the sexually intense story of the 4th-century martyr.

85 mins United Kingdom Director. Derek Jarman

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Self Made 2010 15

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

84 mins United Kingdom Director. Gillian Wearing

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Serios/Seers 2010

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

3 mins United Kingdom Director. Lindsay Seers

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Small Fry 1975

The working lives of Lowestoft fishermen are far from easy, as this sympathetically observed documentary shows.

14 mins United Kingdom

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Solarflares Burn for You
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Solarflares Burn for You 1973

Come on a psychedelic journey to Cornwall in this stunning, sensual film.

9 mins United Kingdom Director. Arthur Johns

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The Song of the Shirt 1979

The plight of women in the 1840s London rag trade is explored and deconstructed in this multifaceted documentary

135 mins United Kingdom Director. Jonathan Curling, Sue Clayton

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A Spell to Ward Off the Darkness 2013 15

Visual artists Ben Rivers and Ben Russell’s mesmerising film follows an unnamed character through three phases of alternative existence, from rural commune to a black metal rock concert.

98 mins France Director. Ben Russell

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Spirit of Albion 1987

On the road with New Age travellers: political disquiet in the apocalyptic years of the mid-80s.

58 mins United Kingdom Director. Richard Philpott

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Spot the Microdot 1969

An unprintable film, handmade by punching holes into an opaque 16mm strip.

10 mins United Kingdom Director. Malcolm Le Grice

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Stigmata 1970

A man loses everything he has day-dreaming his way through life

21 mins United Kingdom Director. Adam Darius

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Swandown 2012 12

Filmmaker Andrew Kötting and writer Iain Sinclair embark on a quest from Hastings to East London by pedalo.

98 mins United Kingdom Director. Andrew Kötting

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Terminals 1985

A filmic exploration of the working conditions of female nuclear workers.

20 mins United Kingdom Director. Sandra Lahire

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This Our Still Life

This Our Still Life 2011 U

23-year-old Eden is shown drawing and painting still lifes in her Pyrenean family home.

58 mins United Kingdom Director. Andrew Kötting

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Time Is

Time Is 1964

Time Is, directed by Don Levy (Herostratus), is an experimental collage film looking at the scientific problems connected with the nature of time.

29 mins United Kingdom Director. Don Levy

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Together 1956 PG

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

52 mins United Kingdom Director. Lorenza Mazzetti

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Transmogrification 1980

Two girls become 18th century ladies in this short film about the assumption of roles.

7 mins United Kingdom Director. Anne Rees-Mogg

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Untitled Film 1964

Slow motion black and white experimental short film in which a series of concurrent actions and movements are drawn together.

9 mins United Kingdom

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Up Yours Too Guillaume Apollinaire! 1968

Invited to imagine how Apollinaire would have worked with modern technology, writer/director B.S. Johnson turned John Furse's drawings into an animation that is equally elegant, explicit, surreal and hilarious.

United Kingdom Director. B.S. Johnson

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Woman of the Dunes

Woman of the Dunes 1964 15

Hiroshi Teshigahara's mystifying, serene and provocative fable about an entomologist who becomes trapped in a young widow’s desert shack.

141 mins Japan Director. Hiroshi Teshigahara

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Yes No Maybe Not
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Yes No Maybe Not 1967

Black and white images of lapping water are juxtaposed with and superimposed upon Battersea Power Station in this double-screen film.

8 mins United Kingdom Director. Malcolm Le Grice

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You're Human Like the Rest of Them

You're Human Like the Rest of Them 1967 PG

William Hoyland stars in this legendary, multi award-winning short film directed by the modernist writer and film-maker BS Johnson.

18 mins United Kingdom Director. B.S. Johnson

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A Zed & Two Noughts

A Zed & Two Noughts 1985 15

Following a fatal car crash involving a swan outside a zoo, twin-brother zoologists Oliver and Oswald become fascinated by the processes of decay.

115 mins United Kingdom Director. Peter Greenaway

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