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Immerse yourself in an enchanting compilation of newly-restored rare images from the first years of filmmaking.
School programme and Educational film196123 mins Location: Wolverhampton
From coaching inns to churches, Wolverhampton's history is threatened by the rush to modernise and demolish.
Mark Kermode Online In 3D with Richard Curtis - A Love Actually SpecialMark Kermode Online In 3D with Richard Curtis - A Love Actually Special
Discussion programme202038 mins
This festive season, Mark Kermode takes a deep dive into his favourite ever Christmas movie, Love Actually, with writer and director, Richard Curtis..
Documentary198118 mins Location: Notting Hill
West London echoes to the sound of reggae and steel pans in this kaleidoscopic record of the 1980 Notting Hill Carnival.
Documentary193517 mins Location: Thames Head
Swans, boats and bridges are celebrated by lyrical commentary and fine images in this delightful tour of the Thames from “trivial” beginnings to torrential end.
Documentary198524 mins Location: Lofthouse Hill
Mucking out the loft, the serious business of setting the racing clocks, the anxious wait for the pigeons return home, and finally, a beer.
Amateur film19688 minsSilent Location: Cambridge
Amateur film capturing the Cambridge to St Ives Eastern Rail route prior to its closure following the Beeching Report.
Amateur film195018 minsSilent Location: Leominster
Leominster gears itself up for one of the biggest days in the agricultural calendar: the visit of the Three Counties Show.
Musical196470 mins Location: Liverpool
An incredibly joyous TV musical about a young woman's search for her long-lost cousin.
Non-Fiction19743 mins Location: Gloucester
Gloucester's answer to Evel Knievel may not be able to afford a motorbike but he won't let that deter him...
Pete and Dud prove to be stout football fans in this Guinness commercial recalling a great sporting moment - however fleeting.
Amateur film194910 minsSilent Location: Talyllyn Railway
The engine ‘Dolgoch’ bumps and bounces its coaches – and two teapots - along the line from Tywyn Wharf Station to Abergynolwyn, before its closure in 1950.
Three years after their father passed, a family of four women come together through a series of phone calls spanning over three months.
Three African American fathers unravel the incomparable partnership of forgiveness and community.
We Do What We Can is a film that looks at one of the miracles in the journey of diaspora Africans.
News19571 minsSilent Location: Tewkesbury
Warning: contains images of men wearing nappies!
Mark Kermode Online In 3D with Riz Ahmed, Aleem Khan, Joanna Scanlan, Tricia Tuttle and Ben WheatleyMark Kermode Online In 3D with Riz Ahmed, Aleem Khan, Joanna Scanlan, Tricia Tuttle and Ben Wheatley
Discussion programme202045 mins
Mark takes a look back at the 2020 BFI London Film Festival, speaking to Festival Director Tricia Tuttle about the challenges of this year and chatting to the creators of two of the Festival’s most talked about titles: Mogul Mowgli and After Love.
News19766 mins Location: Papplewick
With brass polished and a good head of steam Papplewick's pumping station is a lasting legacy to Mariott Ogle Tarbotton.