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The Thirteenth Instant 1940

One fateful Friday 13th, a man rubs a gold ring and turns into a he has a look around Dublin and Chessington Zoos.

18 mins United Kingdom Director. Ronald Haines

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Alice in Wonderland 1903

The first-ever film version of Lewis Carroll's tale, made just 37 years after the novel’s publication and eight years after the birth of cinema.

9 mins United Kingdom Director. Cecil M. Hepworth, Percy Stow

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The Amazing Mr. Blunden 1972 U

Entertaining family ghost movie directed by Lionel Jeffries, based on the novel The Ghosts by Antonia Barber.

99 mins United Kingdom Director. Lionel Jeffries

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Anton & Minty 1995

Minty’s hobbies include drinking tea, smoking roll-ups and falling into a coma, while Anton dreams of clinically depressed sheep breaking into the house.

18 mins United Kingdom Director. Alnoor Dewshi

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As Dreams Are Made Of...
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As Dreams Are Made Of... 1965

Sophisticated, smart and surreal, this Courtaulds’ fashion show ventures well beyond the confines of the catwalk.

12 mins United Kingdom

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The Automatic Motorist
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The Automatic Motorist 1911

A leisurely drive turns into an out-of-this-world adventure for a newlywed couple and their robot chauffeur.

6 mins United Kingdom

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*Batteries Not Included
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*Batteries Not Included 1987 PG

Doomed tenement residents are saved by the ‘Fix-Its’, small alien spacecraft that repair their battered apartments, in this much-loved family sci-fi.

106 mins USA Director. Matthew Robbins

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La Belle et la Bête

La Belle et la Bête 1946 PG

Jean Cocteau’s ravishingly restored 1946 film is a cinematic classic. “Five stars. [This] magical exploration of the fairytale is a compelling and bizarre masterpiece” – Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian

89 mins France Director. Jean Cocteau

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The BFG 2016 PG

Steven Spielberg’s luminous Roald Dahl adaptation boasts an enchanting performance from Mark Rylance as the Big Friendly Giant who befriends a little girl (Ruby Barnhill).

117 mins USA Director. Steven Spielberg

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Blancanieves 2011 12A

Pablo Berger’s imaginative black-and-white ‘silent’ movie relocates the story of Snow White to 1920s Spain – complete with bullfighting dwarfs

105 mins

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Blithe Spirit

Blithe Spirit 1945 U

A séance results in a man’s first wife returning from the dead in Noël Coward’s wonderful comedy.

96 mins United Kingdom Director. David Lean

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The Boy Who Turned Yellow

The Boy Who Turned Yellow 1972 U

A London schoolboy’s surprise transformation marks the final collaboration of great British director Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger.

52 mins United Kingdom Director. Michael Powell

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The Chocolate Acrobat
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The Chocolate Acrobat 1995

An elderly woman in a care home strikes up a sensual, nostalgic relationship with a young nurse.

37 mins United Kingdom Director. Tessa Sheridan

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A Christmas Carol
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A Christmas Carol 1914

A well-acted early version of Charles Dickens' much loved Christmas story, featuring some impressive ghost sequences.

20 mins United Kingdom

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The Company of Wolves

The Company of Wolves 1984 18

Angela Carter and Neil Jordan's magical, radical take on Little Red Riding Hood.

95 mins United Kingdom Director. Neil Jordan

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Dead of Night
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Dead of Night 1945 PG

A group of guests assembled at a country house swap uncanny and supernatural stories in this classic Ealing chiller from 1945.

104 mins United Kingdom Director. Alberto Cavalcanti, Charles Crichton, Basil Dearden, Robert Hamer

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Escape from Broadmoor
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Escape from Broadmoor 1948

An escaped murderer faces the vengeful spirit of the woman he killed in this 'psychic mystery' British B-movie.

39 mins United Kingdom Director. John Gilling

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Flash Gordon
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Flash Gordon 1980 PG

Sam J. Jones stars as the quintessential comic strip hero, out to save the Earth from Ming the Merciless, in Mike Hodges’ visually ravishing sci-fi.

115 mins Netherlands Director. Mike Hodges

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Franklyn 2008 15

Eva Green, Ryan Phillippe and Sam Riley star in an intricate, ambitious sci-fi drama that follows four parallel realities, each based around characters searching for salvation.

98 mins United Kingdom Director. Gerald McMorrow

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The Gloves of Ptames
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The Gloves of Ptames 1914

A mysterious pair of gloves from an ancient Egyptian tomb cause chaos in this silent 'trick' comedy.

10 mins United Kingdom

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Haunters of the Deep

Haunters of the Deep 1984 PG

A ghostly boy returns from the grave to warn against reopening 'The Devil's Mine' in this spooky drama.

61 mins United Kingdom Director. Andrew Bogle

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Hero 1982

In a medieval Scotland where sorcery still reigns, a young knight joins a band of warriors but becomes enmeshed in a power struggle with their leader.

92 mins United Kingdom Director. Barney Platts-Mills

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How to Get Ahead in Advertising 1989 15

Richard E. Grant and director Bruce Robinson’s companion piece to Withnail and I is a dark satire about an ad-man who grows a second head.

90 mins United Kingdom Director. Bruce Robinson

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The Hungry Grass
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The Hungry Grass 1981

After one hundred years what will it take to finally satisfy the hungry grass?

5 mins Northern Ireland

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I Am Belfast
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I Am Belfast 2015 15

Mark Cousins’ dreamlike evocation of his home city discovers a capital of rich history and startling beauty.

84 mins United Kingdom Director. Mark Cousins

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Inferno 1980 18

Dario Argento’s baroque, operatic horror follows a student who discovers a powerful witch living in a New York City apartment block.

106 mins Italy Director. Dario Argento

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Lost River
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Lost River 2013 15

Ryan Gosling’s directorial debut is a disturbing, visually experimental fairytale about a single mother drawn into a nightmarish netherworld.

95 mins USA Director. Ryan Gosling

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Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives
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Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives 2010 12

Apichatpong's Cannes prizewinner, about an ailing man revisiting his past, is a measured, lyrical evocation of mysterious beauty and quiet humanity

113 mins Director. Apichatpong Weerasethakul

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The Machine that Kills Bad People

The Machine that Kills Bad People 1952 PG

Roberto Rossellini's film about a photographer who is given the power to rid the Earth of 'evil-doers'.

85 mins Italy Director. Luciano Emmer, Roberto Rossellini

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The Man from Nowhere

The Man from Nowhere 1976 U

Victorian orphan Alice Harvey - arriving to live at her great uncle's spooky house - is frightened by a mysterious, dark-clad intruder.

59 mins United Kingdom Director. James Hill

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Man without Desire
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Man without Desire 1923

A sumptuous silent drama of love, frustrated desire and suspended animation in 18th-century Venice.

79 mins United Kingdom

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A Matter of Life and Death

A Matter of Life and Death 1946 U

Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger’s timeless romantic fantasy, with David Niven as an airman trapped between life and death.

104 mins United Kingdom Director. Emeric Pressburger, Michael Powell

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Midsummer Night's Dream
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Midsummer Night's Dream 1964

Delightful TV version of the Bard's most fantastic romantic comedy starring Benny Hill, Anna Massey and Peter Wyngarde

112 mins United Kingdom Director. Joan Kemp-Welch

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Miranda 1948

A man goes fishing and comes home with a most unusual catch in this comedy feature.

80 mins United Kingdom Director. Ken Annakin

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The Mistletoe Bough
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The Mistletoe Bough 1904

Discover a haunted gem, the earliest film of the Christmas ghost story The Mistletoe Bough. Guaranteed to spook a whole new generation over a hundred years after its creation. With new music by Pete Wiggs of Saint Etienne, commissioned by the BFI.

5 mins United Kingdom Director. Percy Stow

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The Monster of Highgate Ponds

The Monster of Highgate Ponds 1961 U

A boy receives a mysterious egg, but when it hatches a baby monster mayhem ensues.

57 mins United Kingdom Director. Alberto Cavalcanti

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Mystery Junction
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Mystery Junction 1951 PG

A crime writer is called into action when his train journey is punctuated by a piercing scream and a missing murder suspect.

63 mins United Kingdom Director. Michael McCarthy

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Night Call
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Night Call 1977

Stylish 70s road safety film with a sting in the tail.

27 mins United Kingdom Director. Ferdinand Fairfax

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Only Lovers Left Alive
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Only Lovers Left Alive 2013 15

Tom Hiddleston and Tilda Swinton star as ageless, blood-drinking lovers in Jim Jarmusch’s clever, funny and sexy vampire tale.

123 mins United Kingdom Director. Jim Jarmusch

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Orlando 1992 PG

Tilda Swinton stars in Sally Potter's dazzling interpretation of Virginia Woolf's novel.

93 mins United Kingdom Director. Sally Potter

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Out of the Darkness

Out of the Darkness 1985 U

A ghostly drama of the Derbyshire plague village of Eyam, as unquiet spirits of the long dead make contact with the living.

68 mins United Kingdom

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Paperhouse 1989 15

Bernard Rose’s cult adult fantasy follows a young girl who discovers an increasingly dark and dangerous dream world.

92 mins United Kingdom Director. Bernard Rose

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The Phantom Light

The Phantom Light 1935 PG

Michael Powell’s gothic mystery of a haunted lighthouse where insanity thrives.

72 mins United Kingdom Director. Michael Powell

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Girls Lost
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Girls Lost 2015 15

Teenage friends get the chance to be boys for a while in this supernatural, genderqueer fantasy from the director of Kiss Me.

106 mins Sweden Director. Alexandra-Therese Keining

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The Princess and the Pea 1979

A starry British cast breathes life into the fairytale favourite by Hans Christian Andersen.

8 mins United Kingdom Director. Don Boyd

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Rapunzel Let Down Your Hair

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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The Scarecrow
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The Scarecrow 1916

A tramp steals the clothes from a scarecrow, but when he realises two couples are using its pockets to pass messages, he sees an opportunity.

11 mins United Kingdom Director. Cecil Birch

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Scrooge 1951 U

Alastair Sim’s best known performance, as Dickens’ notorious curmudgeon Ebenezer Scrooge.

86 mins United Kingdom Director. Brian Desmond Hurst

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Set the Thames on Fire 2015 15

Two soul-mates steer a course through a decaying, semi-submerged London in this bizarre and blackly comic sci-fi with Noel Fielding and Sally Phillips.

83 mins United Kingdom Director. Ben Charles Edwards

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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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Summer Discord

Summer Discord 1955

A Summer Discord is silent, amateur short film directed by David Gladwell which is set in the countryside and tells the story of a little girl who is reprimanded by her mother.

15 mins United Kingdom Director. David Gladwell

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Tale Of Tales 2015 15

Mythical monsters, shape-shifting sisters and a giant flea are all on the menu in Matteo Garrone’s fulsome feast of gothic fantasy.

133 mins Italy Director. Matteo Garrone

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The Beast 1975 18

An outrageous classic of erotic cinema, Walerian Borowczyk’s playful and subversive fantasy finds a horny heiress courting the ravenous desires of a wild beast.

93 mins France Director. Walerian Borowczyk

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The Tenth Victim 1965 12

Long before The Hunger Games, Marcello Mastroianni and Ursula Andress battled it out in a televised assassination game, in Elio Petri’s cult sci-fi.

93 mins Italy Director. Elio Petri

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The Wiz 1978 U

NYC becomes Oz in the cult, urban reimagining of the family favourite, featuring an all-African American cast including Diana Ross and Michael Jackson.

127 mins USA Director. Sidney Lumet

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They Came to a City
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They Came to a City 1944

Long-unavailable Utopian fantasy (or 'socialist propaganda'?) - a true oddity from the wartime Ealing Studios.

77 mins United Kingdom Director. Basil Dearden

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The Tower of London 1926

Film re-enacting the story of Lady Jane Grey, directed by Maurice Elvey

21 mins United Kingdom Director. Maurice Elvey

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Ultus 3: The Grey Lady 1916

The most complete surviving episode of Ultus the Man from the Dead, the only example of a British silent crime serial

75 mins United Kingdom Director. George Pearson

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Videodrome 1983 18

James Woods and Debbie Harry star in David Cronenberg’s mind-melting sci-fi about media domination.

87 mins Canada Director. David Cronenberg

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The Witch's Fiddle
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The Witch's Fiddle 1924

Gotta dance! A bewitched violin gets everyone's feet tapping.

5 mins United Kingdom Director. Peter Le Neve Foster

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