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View Arrest of Goudie
Arrest of Goudie
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Arrest of Goudie 1901

Crimewatch Mitchell and Kenyon style, in the first ever film to recreate a true crime.

4 mins United Kingdom

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Black Diamonds
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Black Diamonds 1932

A Barnsley miner dreams of shooting a film about life down the pits in this audaciously ambitious amateur feature.

53 mins United Kingdom Director. Charles Hanmer

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Y Chwarelwr
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Y Chwarelwr 1935

Slate is the lifeblood of Blaenau Ffestiniog, but its dust can be deadly, with a painful legacy for family and society

34 mins Wales

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Civilians in Uniform
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Civilians in Uniform 1946

Leatherhead applauds and thanks its Civil Defence Service volunteers for their sterling efforts, in this fascinating film made during the last months of the Second World War.

20 mins United Kingdom

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David is Homosexual
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David is Homosexual 1976

A lonely gay man discovers friends, love and activism in this educational film made by the Campaign for Homosexual Equality

38 mins United Kingdom Director. Wilf Avery

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Dawnbreakers
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Dawnbreakers 1975

A restless young woman trawls London streets in the small hours of a Sunday morning.

31 mins United Kingdom Director. Laurence Boulting

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24 City
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24 City 2008 U

Jia Zhangke mixes reminiscence and performance in his cool, measured, moving look at the changing fortunes of a Chinese factory-turned-shopping mall

112 mins People's Republic of China Director. Jia Zhangke

View The Homecoming A Short Film about Ajamu
The Homecoming  A Short Film about Ajamu
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The Homecoming A Short Film about Ajamu 1995

Black gay photographer Ajamu prepares to leave Brixton for an exhibition of his work in his hometown, Huddersfield.

17 mins United Kingdom Director. Topher Campbell

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Kanga
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Kanga 1992

Early 90s London gets a vibrant dose of African culture in this mini odyssey fusing dance, music and fashion.

15 mins England Director. Ian Watts

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Memoirs of a Pit Orchestra
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Memoirs of a Pit Orchestra 1981

War and a grinding economy take their toll on the spirit and soul of the Welsh in this haunting, poetic study

39 mins Wales Director. Richard Watkins

View "Men Against Death" - a story of peril in our time
"Men Against Death" - a story of peril in our time
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"Men Against Death" - a story of peril in our time 1933

Men at work – “poised between heaven and earth” - in Dorothea Quarry near Tal-y-sarn in the Nantlle Valley, taking part in a drama-documentary based on a 19th Century rock fall.

6 mins England

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Notes on Blindness
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Notes on Blindness 2015 U

James Spinney and Peter Middleton's highly original documentary uses cinematic interpretations and textured sound design to express a ‘world beyond sight.’

90 mins United Kingdom Director. James Spinney, Peter Middleton

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Notes on Blindness - Audio Description
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Notes on Blindness - Audio Description 2015 U

James Spinney and Peter Middleton's highly original documentary uses cinematic interpretations and textured sound design to express a ‘world beyond sight.’ Complete with full Audio Description.

90 mins United Kingdom

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Notes on Blindness - Celebrity AD 2015 U

James Spinney and Peter Middleton's documentary uses cinematic interpretations to express a ‘world beyond sight.’ Presented with an Audio Description by Stephen Mangan.

90 mins United Kingdom Director. James Spinney, Peter Middleton

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Notes on Blindness - Enhanced Soundtrack
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Notes on Blindness - Enhanced Soundtrack 2015 U

James Spinney and Peter Middleton's highly original documentary uses cinematic interpretations and textured sound design to express a ‘world beyond sight.’ Complete with Enhanced Soundtrack

90 mins United Kingdom Director. James Spinney, Peter Middleton

View No Virginity, No Nationality
No Virginity, No Nationality
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No Virginity, No Nationality 1981

Satirical docu-drama based on the shocking fact that virginity tests were carried out by the home office on Asian girls arriving from India and Pakistan between 1971-1979.

17 mins United Kingdom Director. Claudine Boothe

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Phoenix Magazine
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Phoenix Magazine 1970

Valleys boy escapes as architect to London, where he dresses in black, but returns to Clydach Vale - “a heaven and a hell all rolled into one word, spelled C O A L" – dressed in white.

21 mins England

View Road to Workers' Power: A Pageant of History
Road to Workers' Power: A Pageant of History
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Road to Workers' Power: A Pageant of History 1973

Labour history takes centre stage in this punchy musical and dramatic spectacle featuring Corin Redgrave and Frances de la Tour.

45 mins United Kingdom

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Sheep Dog
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Sheep Dog 1939 Not Rated

The Ocean Coal Co. employed not just miners but also shepherds, as evidenced here. Tom Jones of Treorchy protects the company's assets above ground with care and great skill.

15 mins England

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Somme
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Somme 1927

Dramatic reconstruction of the Somme

90 mins United Kingdom Director. M.A. Wetherell

View The Song of the Shirt
The Song of the Shirt
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The Song of the Shirt 1979

The plight of women in the 1840s London rag trade is explored and deconstructed in this multifaceted documentary

135 mins United Kingdom Director. Jonathan Curling, Sue Clayton

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Sunley's Daughter
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Sunley's Daughter 1974

A bitter-sweet love story set in Guisborough, a remote corner of North Yorkshire.

60 mins United Kingdom Director. Barry Cockcroft

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