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Hacksaw Ridge 2016 15

Andrew Garfield stars in Mel Gibson’s visceral war film, telling the extraordinary story of the soldier who saved 75 lives in one of WWII’s bloodiest battles.

139 mins Australia Director. Mel Gibson

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Manchester by the Sea
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Manchester by the Sea 2016 15

Casey Affleck and Michelle Williams shine in this devastating, Oscar-winning drama from Kenneth Lonergan about a man’s painful hometown return.

137 mins USA Director. Kenneth Lonergan

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La La Land
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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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The Levelling
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The Levelling 2016 15

Hope Dickson Leach's hugely impressive first feature about a middle class farming family’s crisis, set against the backdrop of the Somerset floods.

83 mins United Kingdom Director. Hope Dickson Leach

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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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Silence 2016 15

Scorsese’s epic meditation on spiritual strength, with Andrew Garfield and Adam Driver as missionaries on the search for their missing mentor.

161 mins USA Director. Martin Scorsese

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A Monster Calls
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A Monster Calls 2016 12

JA Bayona's visually inventive and deeply moving story about a boy who draws on his expansive imagination to come to terms with impending loss, adapted from Patrick Ness’ hugely popular book.

108 mins Great Britain Director. J.A. Bayona

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Taekwondo 2016 18

A gorgeously photographed, teasingly libidinous exercise in latent homoeroticism set over a long hot summer in Buenos Aires.

112 mins Argentina Director. Marco Berger

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Tower 2016

An emotionally gripping and visually stunning account of the first American mass school shooting, in Texas in 1966, blending archive, animation and contemporary interviews.

96 mins USA Director. Keith Maitland

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The Pass
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The Pass 2015 15

Russell Tovey stars as a Premier League footballer who shares a fumbled pass (of the sexual kind) with a teammate (Arinzé Kene), changing everything - both on and off the pitch.

88 mins United Kingdom Director. Ben A. Williams

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The Eagle Huntress
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The Eagle Huntress 2016 U

Daisy Ridley narrates this inspiring documentary about a girl who causes a stir in her tribe in Mongolia by embracing the traditionally male role of Eagle Hunter.

101 mins USA Director. Otto Bell

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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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Manila in the Claws of Light
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Manila in the Claws of Light 1975 15

Lino Brocka's classic, the most feted film in Filipino cinema, tells the story of a naive 21-year-old fisherman trying to survive in Manila’s corrupt, teeming and polluted urban jungle.

125 mins Philippines Director. Lino Brocka

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Chicken 2016 15

Scott Chambers’ superb performance as a boy with learning difficulties anchors this deftly drawn drama about two brothers’ fragile rural existence.

85 mins United Kingdom Director. Joe Stephenson

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Arrival 2016 12

Amy Adams and Jeremy Renner star as the humans who make first contact with extra-terrestrial visitors in this richly textured sci-fi from director Denis Villeneuve.

116 mins USA Director. Denis Villeneuve

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Remembering the Man
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Remembering the Man 2015 15

Telling the true story of Timothy Conigrave and John Caleo, whose AIDS-afflicted relationship became the basis of bestselling gay memoir, Holding the Man.

83 mins Australia Director. Eleanor Sharpe, Nickolas Bird

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The Edge of Seventeen
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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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Akron 2015 12

Two young men meet on the sports field and fall in love. But there’s a family secret which resurfaces and threatens to tear them apart.

88 mins USA Director. Sasha King, Brian O'Donnell


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Look Before You Leap
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Look Before You Leap 1974

The bitter-sweet world of 70s dating for a single guy in search of romance.

14 mins United Kingdom Director. Michael Gough

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Swingonometry 1943

Short revue film starring female performers Renara, Irene Cutter and Shirley Lenner, plus Harry Parry and his Band.

18 mins United Kingdom Director. Horace Shepherd

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Little Nell: A Melodrama in Rhythm
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Little Nell: A Melodrama in Rhythm 1960

Beyond bizarre, this madcap melodrama in rhyme recounts the fate of a fallen village queen.

4 mins United Kingdom Director. George Cummin

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Knees Up, Mother Brown
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Knees Up, Mother Brown 1964

70 is definitely the new 20 in this heart-warming 1960s documentary portrait of the Darby and Joan Club for elderly Cockneys

12 mins United Kingdom Director. Peter K. Smith, Luciana Della Mura

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Kiss or Give a Penny!
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Kiss or Give a Penny! 1927

Pucker up or pay a forfeit as the Berkshire town of Hungerford enjoys a traditional Hocktide celebration.

1 mins United Kingdom

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Mitcham Fair
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Mitcham Fair 1913

"The usual three days merriment on Mitcham Common"

1 mins United Kingdom

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Quiz Crimes No. 2
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Quiz Crimes No. 2 1944

You too can solve the case of the stolen boy, courtesy of this film from 1944.

19 mins United Kingdom Director. Ronald Haines

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Holiday Horizons
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Holiday Horizons 1939

See the sights, from the countryside to the capital, with the National Savings Holiday Club.

8 mins United Kingdom

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The Patton Brothers
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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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Terry-Thomas returns to the stage
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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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Fashion Gazette
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Fashion Gazette 1928

Damsel’s delight: dainty creations from Paris are here to inspire you in this amusing 1920s cinemagazine.

3 mins United Kingdom

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The Legend of the Good Beasts 1956

Fabergé animals in a Russian influenced Easter tale narrated by Peter Ustinov

24 mins United Kingdom Director. Teddy Obolensky

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Hackney Marshes
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Hackney Marshes 1978

Tower block life is explored and the documentary form re-imagined by artist John Smith.

35 mins United Kingdom Director. John Smith

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Camwell Personal Film No. 44: August Bank Holiday 1959
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Camwell Personal Film No. 44: August Bank Holiday 1959 1959

A whistle-stop trip along Great Eastern lines as we take in many closed and long-lamented stations.

4 mins United Kingdom Director. William Arthur Camwell

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Roy Hudd in Torquay
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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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War Over Somers Town
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War Over Somers Town 1937

Slums are demolished to make way for new homes in Somers Town, central London.

12 mins United Kingdom

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The Sullom Voe Project
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The Sullom Voe Project 1982

How things work at the vast Shetland oil terminal.

11 mins United Kingdom Director. Charles Leigh-bennett

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