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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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A United Kingdom 2016 12

Amma Assante (Belle) directs this impassioned drama starring David Oyelowo and Rosamund Pike depicting an interracial romance that changed the world.

101 mins United Kingdom Director. Amma Asante

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The Fits
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The Fits 2015 12

Toni, an eleven year-old tomboy, finds a new purpose when an epidemic of seizures strikes her dance class, in this riveting and psychological character portrait from filmmaker Anna Rose Holmer.

72 mins USA Director. Anna Rose Holmer

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The Light Between Oceans 2016 12

Michael Fassbender and Alicia Vikander star in Derek Cianfrance’s sweeping romance about a lighthouse keeper, his wife, and the baby they rescue from a drifting boat.

133 mins USA Director. Derek Cianfrance

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Dancer 2016 12

The rise, fall and rise again of the bad boy of ballet, Ukranian prodigy Sergei Polunin is captured in this swirling doc with a rocking soundtrack.

86 mins United Kingdom Director. David Lachapelle, Steven Cantor

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La Noche
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La Noche 2016 18

A gritty journey through the sexual underbelly of Buenos Aires, with graphic depictions of the highs and lows in one man’s quest for intimacy.

135 mins Great Britain Director. Edgardo Castro

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I, Daniel Blake
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I, Daniel Blake 2016 15

Ken Loach’s powerful, Palme d’Or-winning invective against welfare injustice captured the mood of modern Britain and became his biggest box office success.

100 mins United Kingdom Director. Ken Loach

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Hell or High Water
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Hell or High Water 2016 15

Jeff Bridges and Chris Pine star in David Mackenzie’s acclaimed crime drama about two brothers who rob the banks that seized their ranch, and the sheriff on their heels.

102 mins USA Director. David Mackenzie

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American Honey
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American Honey 2016 15

Andrea Arnold dazzles with a sun-soaked and tune-filled epic about door-to-door teenage magazine sellers (led by Shia LeBeouf) traversing the American highways.

163 mins United Kingdom Director. Andrea Arnold

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I Am Not a Serial Killer
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I Am Not a Serial Killer 2016 15

A teenage sociopath comes face to face with an evil force in this chilling and darkly humorous adaptation of Dan Wells’ acclaimed cult novel.

104 mins Ireland Director. Billy O'Brien

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Captain Fantastic
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Captain Fantastic 2016 15

Viggo Mortensen plays the father-gone-primitive in this wonderful award-winning comedy about an off-grid family.

119 mins USA Director. Matt Ross

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The Girl on the Train
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The Girl on the Train 2016 15

Emily Blunt stars in the adaptation of the best-seller about a divorcee who entangles herself in the investigation of a missing young woman.

112 mins USA Director. Tate Taylor

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The Childhood of a Leader
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The Childhood of a Leader 2015 12

Brady Corbet’s brilliantly ominous study of evolving evil follows a small boy as he grows into a fascist despot.

115 mins United Kingdom Director. Brady Corbet

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The Sky Trembles and the Earth Is Afraid and the Two Eyes Are Not Brothers 2015 12

Britain’s brilliant experimental filmmaker Ben Rivers (Two Years at Sea) presents this haunting desert parable which follows a filmmaker’s abduction and ritual humiliation.

95 mins United Kingdom Director. Ben Rivers

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Julieta 2016 15

A ravishing study of love and loss from Pedro Almodóvar, one of contemporary cinema’s great auteurs.

95 mins Spain Director. Pedro Almodóvar

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Grizzly Man
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Grizzly Man 2005 15

Werner Herzog’s bold documentary follows Timothy Treadwell, a fervent grizzly bear advocate who lives a perilous life amongst these magnificent creatures.

USA Director. Werner Herzog

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Coriolanus 2010 15

Ralph Fiennes stars and directs in the brutal Shakespeare adaptation about a fallen hero who hungers for bloody revenge against his city.

123 mins United Kingdom Director. Ralph Fiennes

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Trees Lounge
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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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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

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