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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. David Panos, Anja Kirschner

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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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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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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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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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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

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

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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

View The Paramnesiac (Film London Jarman Award 2010)
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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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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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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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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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. Philip Sanderson, Steven Ball

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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

View Incident
Incident
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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.

13 mins United Kingdom Director. Norman J. Warren

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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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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
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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 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

View Miss Thompson Goes Shopping
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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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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Paradigm
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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

View Peace and War: Pencillings by Harry Furniss
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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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
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Sleepless
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Sleepless 1914

Cartoon drawings come to life to haunt the German Emperor in a witty piece of WWI propaganda.

5 mins United Kingdom

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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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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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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, explcit, 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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