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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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Air to Wear
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Air to Wear 1957

As full of holes as his Aertex shirt, Uncle Jeff’s tall tales are captured in crayon in this animated cinema ad

3 mins United Kingdom

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All Consuming Love
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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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An Exchange for Fire: Debt (Film London Jarman Award 2012)
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An Exchange for Fire: Debt (Film London Jarman Award 2012) 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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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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Animal Farm 1954 U

Sixty years young, this British cartoon of George Orwell’s political ‘fairy story’ is still the most abiding adaptation of this powerful, cautionary tale for all ages.

72 mins United Kingdom Director. Joy Batchelor, John Halas

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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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The Beard 1978

An animated antidote to the hipster beard trend, offering a stark warning not to let your face fur get out of control.

11 mins United Kingdom Director. Ian Emes

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Beneath the Skyline
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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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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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Bob in the Pound
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Bob in the Pound 1943

Fun-filled singalong savings ad with a dangerously catchy theme tune.

3 mins United Kingdom

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The Boy and the Cat
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The Boy and the Cat 1976

A boy and his cat make mischief in the snow at South Shields in this captivating hand-drawn children’s animation created by Sheila Graber.

10 mins United Kingdom

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Bully Boy
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Bully Boy 1914

Lightning sketch propaganda stirs outrage about Reims bombing, and features a British bulldog eating the German sausage

6 mins United Kingdom

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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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The Cabinet of Jan Švankmajer
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The Cabinet of Jan Švankmajer 1984 12

An intricate, multi-layered exploration of the aesthetic and philosophical aspects of Švankmajer's animated films.

14 mins United Kingdom

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Carlyle's Hands 3 (Film London Jarman Award 2011)
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Carlyle's Hands 3 (Film London Jarman Award 2011) 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 (Film London Jarman Award 2011) 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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Carnival in the Clothes Cupboard
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Carnival in the Clothes Cupboard 1941

A cartoon fantasy brings fabric patterns to life in a literal soap opera - yet even here the reality of Home Front life creeps in

6 mins United Kingdom Director. Joy Batchelor, John Halas

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Cartoons by Hiscocks
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Cartoons by Hiscocks 1926

Short animation of a comic duel between English batsman Patsy Hendren and Australian bowler Arthur Mailey at the Kennington Oval.

3 mins United Kingdom

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Charley's Black Magic 1949

Cartoon propaganda short sweetens the pill of post-war coal prices by promising jam tomorrow

9 mins United Kingdom Director. John Halas, Joy Batchelor

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Chicken Run 2000 U

Mel Gibson’s Rocky the rooster helps the chickens escape from fascistic farmers in Aardman Animations first foray into feature films.

84 mins USA Director. Peter Lord, Nick Park

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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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Christmas Is Coming
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Christmas Is Coming 1951

Santa's on strike! This charming animation for the GPO advises early posting to keep Father Christmas onside.

1 mins United Kingdom

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The Christmas Visitor
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The Christmas Visitor 1958

The Night Before Christmas meets Toy Story in this charming British cartoon from 1958.

8 mins United Kingdom

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Cinderella
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Cinderella 1955 U

A silent silhouette animation of the classic fairy tale.

10 mins United Kingdom Director. Lotte Reiniger

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The Clearing
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The Clearing 1993 12

An intriguing and poetic short film – a man (Derek Jarman) walking on Hampstead Heath is lured through the woods by the sound of a saxophone.

6 mins United Kingdom

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Club Spirit
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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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Cold Comfort
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Cold Comfort 1944

A dancing radio stops partying to transmit an announcement on fuel conservation in this WWII cartoon short

2 mins United Kingdom Director. John Halas, Joy Batchelor

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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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Cricket Notes 1924
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Cricket Notes 1924 1924

Rain may stop play, but never the British sense of humour.

1 mins United Kingdom

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Cubism
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Cubism 1981

The puzzle that kick-started the 1980s comes to life in this amateur animation.

2 mins United Kingdom Director. Laurie Calvert

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Cure 1977

Extra-terrestrial plantlife is discovered in the Welsh countryside causing mischief for scientist Dr Felix Ackerman, filmed in 1977.

23 mins United Kingdom

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Cycling Proficiency Scheme: Father and Son
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Cycling Proficiency Scheme: Father and Son 1959

"Dad... I want a bike!” Fun animated campaign aimed at 50s parents and their over-eager offspring.

1 mins United Kingdom Director. Allan Smith

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Dear Margery Boobs
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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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Dicky Dee's Cartoons No.3
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Dicky Dee's Cartoons No.3 1915

An edible bomb is cooked by the Kaiser in this fun WWI cartoon, which mixes propaganda with fantasy as a boy's dreams turn into nightmares.

6 mins United Kingdom Director. Anson Dyer

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Dodo in Christmas Adventure
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Dodo in Christmas Adventure 1965

Meet the animated sci-fi fixer from a strange atomic race who knows the value of Christmas.

5 mins United Kingdom

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Dusty No. 12: Dusty Says Keep Britain Tidy
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Dusty No. 12: Dusty Says Keep Britain Tidy 1978

Dusty the kangaroo patrols a train in this campaigning cartoon - until she comes upon a litter strewn carriage...

15 mins United Kingdom

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Dusty No. 6: Dusty Says Keep Britain Tidy
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Dusty No. 6: Dusty Says Keep Britain Tidy 1978

Dusty the kangaroo catches a shadowy figure in the act of dumping an old mattress in this campaigning cartoon

15 mins United Kingdom

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E13 Avenged
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E13 Avenged 1915

Pioneering visual graphics – with added cotton wool – recreate an incendiary WWI incident involving a stricken British submarine.

1 mins United Kingdom

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Serios/Seers (Film London Jarman Award 2010)
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Serios/Seers (Film London Jarman Award 2010) 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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The Necromancers (Film London Jarman Award 2010)
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The Necromancers (Film London Jarman Award 2010) 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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The Paramnesiac (Film London Jarman Award 2010)
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The Paramnesiac (Film London Jarman Award 2010) 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 Projectionist (Film London Jarman Award 2010)
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The Projectionist (Film London Jarman Award 2010) 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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Eve and Everybody's Film Review 362
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Eve and Everybody's Film Review 362 1928

From fashion and slimming tips to a jazz age night out in London - just some of the diverting items in this cinemagazine

12 mins United Kingdom

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Ever Been Had 1917

Blackly comic cartoon portrait of an apocalyptic England, destroyed 50 years after signing a premature peace in WWI.

United Kingdom

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Falling in the Water
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Falling in the Water 1973

Kids don't always listen to their parents. But in the 70s they certainly listened to a giant ginger tabby cat...

1 mins United Kingdom Director. Richard Taylor

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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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A Family Portrait
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A Family Portrait 2009

A family struggle to mask underlying resentments in this darkly funny animation from Joseph Pierce.

5 mins United Kingdom Director. Joseph Pierce

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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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Fifth Minute
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Fifth Minute 1976

Nightmarish visions become a reality in this imaginative production that mixes live action, animation, and special effects.

5 mins United Kingdom

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Fight for the Dardanelles
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Fight for the Dardanelles 1915

Witness the birth of motion graphics in news reporting amid the ongoing Gallipoli campaign during WWI.

6 mins United Kingdom Director. F. Percy Smith

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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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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 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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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.E.C. 1 1969

An animated call to arms against factory closures on Merseyside, mixing Terry Gilliam-style stomping feet with agitprop angst.

6 mins United Kingdom

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General French's Contemptible Little Army
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General French's Contemptible Little Army 1914

Mixing lightning sketches with animation, this propaganda cartoon comes to life in defence of the British fighting force of 1914.

6 mins United Kingdom

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George on a cycling tour through Sussex
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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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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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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
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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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Help Scotland's Harvest
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Help Scotland's Harvest 1944

Johnny Barleycorn issues a rousing call for help with the Scottish harvest in this woodcut-style animation

1 mins United Kingdom

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Hand in Glove
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Hand in Glove 1976

To carry on his important work the ego-maniacal scientist Dr Kelly must obtain another hand … a hand which begins to take on a life of its own.

9 mins United Kingdom

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Hansel and Gretel
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Hansel and Gretel 1955 U

One of the scariest Brothers Grimm tales is interpreted in delicate silhouette animation.

10 mins United Kingdom Director. Lotte Reiniger

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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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Hercules: Lion Cubs
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Hercules: Lion Cubs 1956

A pair of cheeky lion cubs star in this animated advertisement for the 'Finest Bicycle Built Today'.

1 mins United Kingdom

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His Birthday Present
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His Birthday Present 1915

Was the root of Kaiser Wilhelm II’s power his 'Imperial Moustache'?

1 mins United Kingdom

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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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House That John Built
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House That John Built 1928

Empire buying begins at home: John Bull gets a makeover in this cartoon promoting British farmed goods

6 mins United Kingdom

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Howway the Lasses
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Howway the Lasses 1977

This jaunty hand-drawn animation charts the history of women’s revolutionary road to freedom in the North East - from Stone Age sister to suffragette of the twentieth century.

1 mins United Kingdom

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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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In the Kitchen
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In the Kitchen 1973

If you can't stand the heat, Charley, get out of the kitchen and spread your message

1 mins United Kingdom Director. Richard Taylor

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John Bull's Animated Sketch Book
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John Bull's Animated Sketch Book 1916

The hand of the artist tweaks the nose of “Kaiser Bill” and friends in this episode from an early animated propaganda series

7 mins United Kingdom Director. Anson Dyer

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John Bull's Animated Sketchbook No. 4 1915

An animated recreation of the sinking of the Lusitania is the centrepiece of this pioneering mix of comedy, satire and outrage in cartoon propaganda.

6 mins United Kingdom

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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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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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Larn Yersel' Geordie 1980

Learn how to speak Geordie with a riotous animation of Scott Dobson’s popular vernacular lessons.

11 mins United Kingdom

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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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Make-do-and-mend
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Make-do-and-mend 1945

A wartime family look on in amazement as their old clothes offer useful advice on how to make their clothing coupons go further.

1 mins United Kingdom

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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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Matches
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Matches 1973

Home safety is child's play if you have the feline guardian angel of the 70s on hand

1 mins United Kingdom Director. Richard Taylor

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The Meeting
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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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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
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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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A Mug's Game, Or, How to Squash a Lemon Head 1967

Yo-yo, Pogo and Splat (guess which one's the lemon head?) feature in this innovative stop-motion railway safety film

4 mins United Kingdom Director. Desmond Macnamara, Robin Carruthers

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Mummy Should Know
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Mummy Should Know 1973

Killjoy, or conscience of a generation? Charley cat scuppers a playdate, but earns a fishy picnic through doing the right thing

1 mins United Kingdom

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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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My River Tyne
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My River Tyne 1986

An unusual mix of pastel, photos, film and line drawings conjures a story of the River Tyne, from its source at the Scottish border to its mouth at South Shields.

7 mins United Kingdom

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Next 1989

Two virtuoso performances in one – Shakespeare's complete works presented in puppet form by a master of animation

5 mins United Kingdom Director. Barry Purves

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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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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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Oh'phelia A Cartoon Burlesque 1919

To bob, or not to bob? That is the question for Ophelia in this early animated Hamlet, starring a far from gloomy Dane

10 mins United Kingdom Director. Anson Dyer

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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 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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Pattern for Progress 1948

The drama and spectacle of steelmaking at Ebbw Vale.

47 mins United Kingdom Director. Ray Elton, John Krish

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Peace and War: Pencillings by Harry Furniss 1914

A series of comic propaganda cartoon sketches celebrate the Australian army and other themes in this WWI short featuring caricaturist Harry Furniss.

4 mins United Kingdom

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A Pencil and Alick P.F. Ritchie 1915

More chalk-talker than pencil-pusher, this popular artist recreates his cartoons for the screen with flashes of added animation.

7 mins United Kingdom

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The Pigeon Cree 1986

An exuberant animated short celebrates writer Sid Chaplin’s short story about the defiant spirit of an old miner who finds his beloved pigeon loft is under threat.

9 mins England

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Fantastic Planet 1973 PG

René Laloux and Roland Topor’s surreal, psychedelic sci-fi animation imagines a world in which humanoid creatures are kept as pets by a race of giants.

72 mins France Director. René Laloux

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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 Princess and the Wonderful Weaver 1968

It’s the 60s – what better way to sell wool than animating a spurious fable about a mile-high naked princess?

12 mins United Kingdom Director. Richard Taylor

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Problems End 1964

Petty party politics gets animated - literally - in this amateur cartoon with a message.

3 mins United Kingdom

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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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Rate Rebates 1969
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Rate Rebates 1969 1969

Zippy public information animation on how to keep up with the Joneses - by getting a rebate on rates.

1 mins United Kingdom

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Red Tape Farm 1927

Mr Nosey Parker visits farmer John Barleycorn to tell him how to do his job in this witty Conservative Party campaigning cartoon.

8 mins United Kingdom

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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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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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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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The Right Spirit 1931

Don’t judge a book by its cover but do judge a political party by its garage in this Conservative cartoon from the height of the depression.

8 mins United Kingdom

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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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Sea Dreams 1914

Skilled artist Lancelot Speed brings his cartoons to life to mock the German navy at the start of WWI.

4 mins United Kingdom

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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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Shadowman 1994

A female protagonist falls prey to the ‘Shadowman’, who stalks his victim before attack. Uses stop-motion animation as well as live action.

7 mins United Kingdom

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Shaun the Sheep Movie 2014 U

Aardman returns with another delightful animation for young and old, telling the story of Shaun’s adventures in the big city after Farmer is led astray.

85 mins United Kingdom Director. Richard Starzak, Mark Burton

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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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Sleeping Beauty 1954 U

The Brothers Grimm's story springs to life in intricate silhouette animation.

10 mins United Kingdom Director. Lotte Reiniger

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Snow White and Rose Red
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Snow White and Rose Red 1953

A kindly bear, an evil dwarf and two sisters populate a magical animated fairy story.

14 mins United Kingdom Director. Lotte Reiniger

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Socialist Car of State 1930

Party-political hyperbole meets Wacky Races in this spirited cartoon produced for the Conservative Party.

7 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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Solid Fuel 1965

A chorus of coal fires sing for their cut-price supper in this short animated ad for the National Coal Board.

1 mins United Kingdom

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Song of the Sea 2014 PG

Tomm Moore’s Oscar-nominated animation follows the magical journey of Ben and his sister Saoirse, the last Seal-child.

93 mins Ireland Director. Tomm Moore

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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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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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Strangers 1973

Who needs to talk to strangers when you're the only one who can understand the garbled mewling of your best buddy cat, Charley?

1 mins United Kingdom Director. Richard Taylor

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Streets Ahead 1970

Miracle urban renewal and redevelopment in Victorian Newtown, Exeter.

20 mins United Kingdom Director. David Morphet

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Summer Travelling 1945

Delayed trains, crowded carriages, and standing room only: Blitz spirit makes a parent's nightmare commute a walk in the park

2 mins United Kingdom Director. W.M. Larkins

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Teapot 1973

Charley's cat-astrophic teatime hijinks leave him with a burning message to share

1 mins United Kingdom Director. Richard Taylor

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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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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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Thud and Blunder in Knock off Time
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Thud and Blunder in Knock off Time 1964

Miners' safety training - marked by stylish animation and gallows humour.

2 mins United Kingdom

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Thumbelina 1955 U

An enchanting silhouette animation of Hans Christian Andersen's fairy tale.

10 mins United Kingdom Director. Lotte Reiniger

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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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Tim Marches Back 1944

A Peter Strausfeld animation, encouraging the public to use the telephone more sparingly in wartime.

1 mins United Kingdom Director. George Hoellering

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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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Trouble in Toytown 1946

An immensely charming toy story in which a distracted pupil becomes an attentive teacher and explains road safety to dolls

16 mins United Kingdom Director. Dudley Shaw Ashton

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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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Whaddon Chase Point-to-Point Horseracing 1930

Place your bets, ladies and gents! Whaddon Chase horseriders tear through the Bucks countryside competing point-to-point, in 1930.

3 mins United Kingdom

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Widdicombe Fair 1947

Uncle Tom Cobley and all are brought to life, and death, in this beautiful pencil rendered animation of the popular Devon folk song

21 mins United Kingdom

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Willie Does His Stuff 1948

White elephant Willie becomes a volunteer collector for the National Savings scheme in this Technicolor animation

2 mins United Kingdom

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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 an old lady’s desert shack.

141 mins Japan Director. Hiroshi Teshigahara

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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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Your Very Good Health 1948

Long before the ‘Charley Says’ campaign of the 1970s and ‘80s, another cartoon Charley was used to demystify the newly created NHS.

9 mins United Kingdom Director. John Halas, Joy Batchelor

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Zarafa 2011 PG

A gorgeously composed French animation following a boy and a giraffe's epic journey from Africa to 19th-century Paris.

78 mins France Director. Jean-Christophe Lie

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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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