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12 Years a Slave 2013 15

Chiwetel Ejiofor and Michael Fassbender star in Steve McQueen’s fearless, Oscar-winning story of a free man who’s sold into slavery.

134 mins USA Director. Steve McQueen

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Alan Garner 1968

Fall under the spell of the ancient landmarks and magical folklore of Alderley Edge, Cheshire, which inspired author Alan Garner.

11 mins United Kingdom Director. Kaye Webb

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Alfred Wallis - Artist and Mariner 1973

Fascinating glimpses into the life and work of Alfred Wallis.

23 mins United Kingdom Director. Christopher Mason

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The Bad Lord Byron 1949

Ambitious, eccentric and hugely entertaining biopic, with Dennis Price's 'wicked' poet-adventurer defending himself in a celestial court.

85 mins United Kingdom Director. David Macdonald

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Barbara Hepworth at the Tate 1969

A record of the famed sculptor’s 1968 Tate retrospective, accompanied by a fascinating narration by Hepworth herself.

12 mins United Kingdom Director. Bruce Beresford

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Behind the Candelabra 2013 15

Michael Douglas dazzles as the flamboyant virtuoso pianist Liberace in this fascinating biopic by Steven Soderbergh.

118 mins USA Director. Steven Soderbergh

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Bernard Shaw 1957

George Bernard Shaw’s illustrious friends pay tribute to his talents – with anecdotes, artefacts and one-liners.

18 mins United Kingdom Director. Robert Hamer

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British Sporting Personalities: Peter May
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British Sporting Personalities: Peter May 1962

Surrey and England cricketer Peter May's life on and off the field - from batting in Ashes tests to his wedding day.

9 mins United Kingdom

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Bronson 2008 18

Tom Hardy is sensational as Britain’s most notorious criminal, Michael Gordon Peterson, in Nicolas Winding Refn’s visceral and stylised biopic.

93 mins United Kingdom

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Brother to the Ox 1981

This harrowing look at the realities of farm and child labour in 1904 reveals the residues of feudalism persisting into the twentieth century.

52 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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Coffee Coloured Children
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Coffee Coloured Children 1988

Experimental monologue about the trauma of racial harassment and self-hate that accompanies growing up mixed-race in Britain.

15 mins United Kingdom Director. Ngozi Onwurah

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Comin' Thro' The Rye 1947

A brisk and rousing biopic of Robert Burns, punctuated by songs and poems based on his famous works.

56 mins United Kingdom Director. Walter C. Mycroft

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The Cradocks
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The Cradocks 1959

If looks could kill: Dan Farson gets on the wrong side of fearsome TV cook Fanny Cradock - and her seafood platter - in this classic 1959 interview.

12 mins United Kingdom Director. Rollo Gamble

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Dancer 2016 12

The rise, fall and rise again of the bad boy of ballet, Ukrainian 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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Dawn 1928

Controversial true story about a First World War nurse who risked her life to save others.

87 mins United Kingdom

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Distant Voices Still Lives

Distant Voices Still Lives 1988 15

Terence Davies' debut feature is a remarkable evocation of working-class family life in the 40s and 50s and a visionary exploration of memory.

85 mins United Kingdom Director. Terence Davies

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Dread Beat and Blood 1979

Vibrant documentary portrait of dub poet and activist Linton Kwesi Johnson, fighting racism with the spoken word on the streets of 1970s Brixton.

45 mins United Kingdom Director. Franco Rosso

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The Duchess 2008 12

Keira Knightley plays an 18th-century duchess who challenges convention by responding to her husband’s infidelities with affairs of her own.

110 mins United Kingdom Director. Saul Dibb

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Eddie the Eagle 2016 PG

Relive the inspiring story of one of Britain’s most memorable Olympic characters, with Taron Egerton as the ski-jumper who made history at the 1988 Winter Olympics.

106 mins Germany Director. Dexter Fletcher

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Eisenstein in Guanajuato 2015 18

One of Britain’s most inventive filmmakers, Peter Greenaway, tackles the story of arguably the most influential filmmaker in cinema history, Sergei Eisenstein.

106 mins Netherlands Director. Peter Greenaway

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Eugene Atget: Photographer 1982

Meet France’s mysterious master of photography, now feted as an inspiration to the surrealist movement.

50 mins United Kingdom Director. Peter Wyeth

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A Family Called Abrew 1992

Meet the Abrews, a unique showbiz family whose imprint on British culture began in Scotland in the 19th century

40 mins United Kingdom Director. Maureen Blackwood

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Grandfather's Footsteps 1983

The filmmaker re-evokes the presence of her great-grandfather, Henry Stiles Savory, a Victorian clergyman, photographer and scientist.

33 mins United Kingdom Director. Anne Rees-Mogg

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Hacksaw Ridge 2016 15

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

139 mins Australia Director. Mel Gibson

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Hampton Court Palace 1926

Re-enactment of the marriage of Catherine Howard to Henry VIII and her final fate.

15 mins United Kingdom Director. Bert Cann

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Henry V

Henry V 1944 U

Laurence Olivier rouses an all-star cast and an imperiled nation with his magnificent adaptation of Shakespeare's warrior monarch.

137 mins United Kingdom Director. Laurence Olivier

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Hockney 2014 15

A portrait of the beloved British artist, drawing on his own home-movie footage and with revealing contributions from his friends and colleagues.

113 mins United Kingdom Director. Randall Wright

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Holding the Man 2015 15

A sweepingly romantic adaptation of Timothy Conigrave’s best-selling memoir, an impassioned love letter to his partner, John Caleo.

127 mins Australia Director. Neil Armfield

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Hunger 2008 15

Northern Ireland, 1981. In the Maze prison, Bobby Sands begins a hunger strike to reclaim the status of Republican inmates as political prisoners.

96 mins United Kingdom Director. Steve McQueen

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I Am Not Your Negro 2016 12

Raoul Peck’s penetrating and acclaimed documentary reconstructs an unfinished manuscript by James Baldwin, chronicler of America’s Civil Rights Movement.

90 mins USA Director. Raoul Peck

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The Imitation Game 2014 12

Benedict Cumberbatch’s roundly acclaimed performance anchors the incredible, Oscar-winning story of code-breaker Alan Turing.

114 mins USA Director. Morten Tyldum

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The Invisible Woman 2012 12

Ralph Fiennes directs and stars in this adaptation of Claire Tomalin’s book about the long-standing affair between Charles Dickens and Nelly Ternan.

111 mins United Kingdom Director. Ralph Fiennes

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Jackie 2016 15

Natalie Portman is exceptional as the iconic First Lady who has to quickly adjust to the world-shaking trauma of her husband’s assassination.

100 mins USA Director. Pablo Larraín

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Jimi All Is by My Side 2013 15

OutKast’s André Benjamin stars as Jimi Hendrix on the cusp of greatness, honing his act in Swinging London, in this revealing and alternative take on the rock biopic.

118 mins USA

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Joshua Tree, 1951: A Portrait of James Dean 2012 15

A sensuous and sexy snapshot from the life of James Dean, capturing moments from the years before his career took off.

93 mins USA Director. Matthew Mishory

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The Last Romantic 1965

Daphne du Maurier curates, and Cyril Cusack presents, the poetry of WB Yeats in this evocative centenary commemoration.

28 mins United Kingdom Director. Christian Browning

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Learie Constantine 1945

The West Indian cricketing legend is filmed in his role as a welfare officer, working to help African and Caribbean factory workers in Merseyside.

10 mins United Kingdom

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Legend 2015 18

Tom Hardy’s magnetic double-performance as infamous East End gangsters Reggie and Ronnie Kray commands Brian Helgeland stylish biopic.

131 mins France Director. Brian Helgeland

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Leonardo Da Vinci The Tragic Pursuit of Perfection 1953

A portrait of the artist as a "sublime demon with the archangel's face", with an innovative musique concrète soundtrack.

26 mins United Kingdom Director. Enrico Fulchignoni

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Lovelace 2013 18

Porn star Linda Lovelace (Amanda Seyfried) finds herself abused by the industry and her maniacal husband– so she sets off to embrace feminism and, vitally, herself.

92 mins USA Director. Robert Epstein, Jeffrey Friedman

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Mr. Turner 2014 12

Mike Leigh’s Cannes-winning account of the later years of J. M. W. Turner, brilliantly played by Timothy Spall.

140 mins United Kingdom Director. Mike Leigh

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Napoleon (acts 1&2) 1927 PG

Abel Gance’s silent epic, one of the most magnificent – and hitherto inaccessible – spectacles in all cinema, is finally restored in this stunning new digital restoration.

177 mins France Director. Abel Gance

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Napoleon (acts 3&4) 1927 PG

The second part of Abel Gance’s monumental silent masterpiece, featuring its infamous ‘triptych’ widescreen finale.

155 mins France Director. Abel Gance

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Neruda 2016 15

Pablo Larraín's bold, inventive detective thriller offers an electrifying contemplation of the Chilean poet's life on the run in the late 1940s.

107 mins Chile Director. Pablo Larraín

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Nurse and Martyr 1915

The moving true story of wartime heroine Nurse Edith Cavell, recreated in the aftermath of her execution.

United Kingdom Director. Percy Moran

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One Man's Story 1948

A moving tribute to Dr George M'Gonigle, a champion of public health and local hero for Stockton-on-Tees.

26 mins United Kingdom Director. Dennis Shand, Maxwell Munden

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Pasolini 2014 18

Willem Dafoe plays the controversial filmmaker Pier Paolo Pasolini in this dark, daring drama about the director’s final days, from Abel Ferrara.

86 mins France Director. Abel Ferrara

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The Passion of Joan of Arc 1927 PG

An unassailable giant of silent cinema, Carl Dreyer's deeply moving biopic features one of the most powerful performances ever captured on film.

80 mins France Director. Carl Th. Dreyer

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Peg of Old Drury 1935

Anna Neagle is on luminous form in this exuberant account of celebrated actress Peg Woffington's rise to fame in Georgian London's Theatreland.

76 mins United Kingdom Director. Herbert Wilcox

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Philomena 2013 12

Judi Dench and Steve Coogan star in the deeply moving yet warm-hearted drama about a woman’s search for her forcibly adopted son.

97 mins United Kingdom Director. Stephen Frears

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Race 2016 PG

The remarkable story of Jesse Owens, the grandson of a slave whose athletic feats defied Nazi ideology at the 1936 Olympics.

134 mins Canada Director. Stephen Hopkins

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Ray 2004 15

Jamie Foxx won an Oscar for his extraordinary performance as Ray Charles, in a film that revived the potency of the musical biopic.

178 mins USA Director. Taylor Hackford

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Reaching for the Moon 2013 12

Beautifully told true story of the love affair between American poet Elizabeth Bishop and Brazilian architect Lola de Macedo Soares.

118 mins Director. Bruno Barreto

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River Runs through It
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River Runs through It 1992 PG

Two contrasting and occasionally conflicted brothers find solace while fly fishing the rivers of their Montana home.

123 mins USA Director. Robert Redford

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Selma 2014 12

David Oyelowo’s stunning performance as Martin Luther King Jr. adorns this gripping account of the campaign that changed the course American civil rights.

128 mins United Kingdom

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Set Fire to the Stars 2014 15

A young, ambitious professor tries to tame fire when Dylan Thomas accepts his invitation to tour America.

97 mins United Kingdom Director. Andy Goddard

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The Showman 1970

Astonishing 1970s striptease knife-throwing act with the last of the Wild West showmen, Wally Shufflebottom Snr

28 mins United Kingdom Director. Christian Marnham

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Sid and Nancy 1986 18

A raw and unnerving depiction of the short, incendiary life and times of Sex Pistols punk rockstar Sid Vicious and his girlfriend Nancy Spungen.

113 mins United Kingdom Director. Alex Cox

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Silent Scream

Silent Scream 1989 15

Brutal, mind-bending journey into the damaged mind of a violent killer, with exceptional performances from Iain Glen and Robert Carlyle.

85 mins United Kingdom Director. David Hayman

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Sixth Happiness

Sixth Happiness 1997 12

Funny, acerbic and moving story of a young man's sexual awakening as family life crumbles around him.

90 mins United Kingdom Director. Waris Hussein

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Sixty-four Day Hero: A Boxer's Tale 1985

The turbulent life and death of championship boxer Randolph Turpin.

92 mins United Kingdom Director. Franco Rosso

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Southside with You 2016 12

This smart, sophisticated, Sundance-nominated romance follows the first date of a couple who would go on to change the world – Barack and Michelle Obama.

84 mins USA Director. Richard Tanne

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That Hamilton Woman

That Hamilton Woman 1941 PG

Vivien Leigh and Laurence Olivier bring Hollywood glitz to the love affair between Lord Nelson and Emma Hamilton in the midst of political turmoil.

128 mins USA Director. Alexander Korda

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The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser

The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser 1974 PG

Werner Herzog’s poetic account of the historical character who captivated 19th-century Nuremberg after emerging from isolation after 16 years in a cellar.

100 mins Federal Republic of Germany Director. Werner Herzog

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The Girl King 2015 15

Lush retelling of the story of lesbian monarch Queen Christina of Sweden, combining period drama with a deeply personal love story.

106 mins Finland Director. Mika Kaurismäki

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The Program 2015 15

Ben Foster is Lance Armstrong in this kinetic account of the cyclist who fell from grace, from acclaimed director Stephen Frears.

103 mins France Director. Stephen Frears

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Tracks 2013 12

Mia Wasikowska stars in this inspirational true story about one woman’s extraordinary odyssey through the Australian Outback.

113 mins Australia Director. John Curran

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Trumbo 2015 15

Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad, Argo) gives a cracking performance as Dalton Trumbo, the Oscar-winning screenwriter who became a Hollywood outcast.

124 mins USA Director. Jay Roach

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Turner
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Turner 1966

Stirring account of the man who was perhaps England's greatest painter, narrated by Michael Hordern.

26 mins United Kingdom Director. David Thompson

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Wilfred
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Wilfred 2000

Imagining the unimaginable through the eyes of Wilfred Owen, combining reconstructions of Owen’s war experiences with animation and readings from his poems and letters.

13 mins United Kingdom

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Wordsworth Country
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Wordsworth Country 1950

A look at the Lake District and its famous poet

17 mins United Kingdom Director. Derek Mayne

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