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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
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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
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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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Arcade
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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
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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

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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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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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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

View Carlyle's Hands 3 (Film London Jarman Award 2011)
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)
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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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Chicken Run
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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
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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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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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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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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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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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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

View Serios/Seers (Film London Jarman Award 2010)
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

View The Necromancers (Film London Jarman Award 2010)
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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Ever Been Had
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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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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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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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Five Films
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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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G.E.C. 1
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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
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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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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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Green on the Horizon
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Green on the Horizon 1988

The haunting qualities of the English countryside are evoked in this enigmatic film: part fake public information film, part occult jaunt.

18 mins United Kingdom Director. Steven Ball, Philip Sanderson

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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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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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Houseless Shadow
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Houseless Shadow 2011

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

3 mins United Kingdom Director. William Raban

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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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John Bull's Animated Sketchbook No. 4
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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
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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
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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
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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

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 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
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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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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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North of Vortex
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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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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
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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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Peace and War: Pencillings by Harry Furniss
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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
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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
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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
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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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Rapunzel Let Down Your Hair
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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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Red Tape Farm
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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
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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
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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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The Right Spirit
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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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Shaun the Sheep Movie
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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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Shirin
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Shirin 2008 PG

Abbas Kiarostami’s digital experiment features – most engrossingly – facial close-ups of Iranian women watching a film we can only hear and imagine .

91 mins Director. Abbas Kiarostami

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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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Sleeping Beauty
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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
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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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A Spell to Ward Off the Darkness
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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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Streets Ahead
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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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Thumbelina
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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
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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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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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Untitled Film
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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!
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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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You're Human Like the Rest of Them
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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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