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Forgotten Features

Mischievous mermaids, murderous minors and military mayhem are among the highlights of this collection of long hard-to-see titles.

We can thank the DVD revolution of the last 15-20 years for rescuing hundreds of British films from unwarranted obscurity. Factor in the growth of online distribution too, and you might be forgiven for imagining that the whole of British cinema is now available to view from the comfort of your living room. But the truth is that we're still just scratching the surface, and untold riches - from the silent era to the relatively recent past - still lie hidden from view. This collection of Forgotten British Features is doing its bit to remedy that, with a fascinating and varied selection of unjustly neglected films, hand picked from the vaults by the BFI's expert curators and returned to the screen where they belong, to be discovered by a new generation - starting with you!

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High Treason (sound version)
High Treason (sound version)
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High Treason (sound version)

Science Fiction192968 mins

Extravagantly-mounted futuristic sci-fi, now with added sound, although still with the world's two power blocs at loggerheads.

High Treason (silent version)
High Treason (silent version)
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High Treason (silent version)

Science Fiction192975 mins

A terrorist plot plays out on a backdrop of towering skyscrapers, bullet-railways and silver lamé in this vintage vision of London's future.

The Tunnel
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The Tunnel

Science Fiction193693 mins

The construction of a transatlantic tunnel linking Britain and America hits trouble in an entertaining slice of speculative fiction.

The Private Life of Don Juan
The Private Life of Don Juan
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The Private Life of Don Juan

Comedy193487 mins

Husbands lock up their wives when the renowned Romeo returns to Seville; but the man wooing the city’s ladies is not what he seems.

A Message from Mars
A Message from Mars
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A Message from Mars

Science Fiction191360 mins

Britain's first full-length science fiction feature has been restored by the BFI National Archive and given a new score by composer Matthew Herbert, commissioned by the BFI and the BBC.

Pop Pirates
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Pop Pirates

Children's198458 mins

Home taping almost kills music as a schoolboy band's dreams of talent show glory may be scuppered by video piracy.

Adventure in the Hopfields
Adventure in the Hopfields
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Adventure in the Hopfields

Children's195459 mins Location: Goudhurst

Child actor Mandy Miller shines in this children's adventure set in the traditional hop picking season in Kent.

Peril for the Guy
Peril for the Guy
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Peril for the Guy

Children's195656 mins Location: Hampstead

In the run up to November the 5th, kids collecting coins for their living Guy foil a dastardly plot to steal an amazing new oil detection machine.

Tom Brown's Schooldays
Tom Brown's Schooldays
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Tom Brown's Schooldays

Period drama191675 mins

The adventures of the spirited Tom Brown at Rugby School in the 1830s.

Hobson's Choice
Hobson's Choice
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Hobson's Choice

Comedy192080 mins

The first film adaptation of Harold Brighouse's Salford-set play, humorously depicting the travails of a dipsomaniac cobbler.

Occupy!
Occupy!
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Occupy!

Documentary197654 mins Location: Kirkby

Pete Postlethwaite, Bill Nighy and Julie Walters appear in this film about a four-year struggle to set up a worker’s cooperative.

Bad Lord Byron
Bad Lord Byron
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Bad Lord Byron

Biopic194983 mins

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

Madness of the Heart
Madness of the Heart
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Madness of the Heart

Melodrama194990 mins

The path to true love never runs smooth, but poor Margaret Lockwood gets more of a bumpy ride than anyone deserves in this post-war melodrama.

The Faithful Heart
The Faithful Heart
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The Faithful Heart

Romance193280 mins

20 years after saying goodbye to a young waitress and embarking on a war-bound ship, a naval officer discovers he has an adult daughter.

Eagle Rock
Eagle Rock
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Eagle Rock

Children's196562 mins Location: Lake District National Park

A teenage boy breaks all the rules of rock climbing to reach the top of an off-limits Lake District mountain.

Wings of Mystery
Wings of Mystery
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Wings of Mystery

Children's196355 mins Location: Sheffield

A thrilling chase through Sheffield’s steelworks with young Don and Jane, looking for clues after the theft of a secret alloy.

The Woman from China
The Woman from China
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The Woman from China

Crime193176 mins

A young woman is persuaded to help a Chinese businessman to kidnap a naval officer in this fun and outrageous British thriller.

Britannia of Billingsgate
Britannia of Billingsgate
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Britannia of Billingsgate

Comedy193378 mins Location: Southwark Park

A star is born in this effervescent musical comedy that moves between Billingsgate Fish Market and the glamour of the film world.

Perfect Woman
Perfect Woman
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Perfect Woman

Comedy19490 mins

In a bid to improve on nature, a scientist creates a robot female. But the experiment doesn't quite turn out as planned...

Kate Plus Ten
Kate Plus Ten
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Kate Plus Ten

Crime193880 mins

Laughs and thrills come thick and fast in this Edgar Wallace comedy-thriller with a hair-raising car versus train chase.

The Weaker Sex
The Weaker Sex
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The Weaker Sex

War194885 mins

Following one family from 1944 till after the war, this film tells the story of the women who worked to keep the home fires burning - not to mention cleaning the grates, darning socks, feeding a houseful on rations and waving off the uniformed heroes with a brave smile. It's an affecting and affectionate tribute to the vital role women played ensuring that husbands, sons and daughters had something to come home to.

The Passing of the Third Floor Back
The Passing of the Third Floor Back
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The Passing of the Third Floor Back

Drama193690 mins

The diverse tenants of a London boarding house find their lives transformed by a mysterious and kindly stranger.

Anoop and the Elephant
Anoop and the Elephant
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Anoop and the Elephant

Children's197252 mins Location: Darlington

Fun-packed comedy for kids, in which a boy befriends a baby elephant – then teams up with his friends to stop it being sold

The Gold Express
The Gold Express
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The Gold Express

Crime195558 mins

Claustrophobic train-set comedy-thriller with a gang of crooks intent on stealing a gold shipment on a Scotland to London express.

The Great Barrier
The Great Barrier
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The Great Barrier

Western193781 mins

Ambitious, stirring British Western that pits man against the elements in the battle to drive a railway through the Canadian Rockies

The Ghost Train
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The Ghost Train

Comedy193139 mins

Surviving footage of the first sound version of Arnold Ridley's famous railway station comedy thriller

Mr. Perrin and Mr. Traill
Mr. Perrin and Mr. Traill
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Mr. Perrin and Mr. Traill

Drama194892 mins

Two public school teachers clash over teaching methods and the love of a good woman in this absorbing Hugh Walpole adaptation.

Miranda
Miranda
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Miranda

Comedy194880 mins

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

Escape from Broadmoor
Escape from Broadmoor
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Escape from Broadmoor

Fantasy194839 mins Location: Hampstead

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

Warrior Strain
Warrior Strain
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Warrior Strain

War192052 mins

Young Lord Billy sniffs out sneaky German marauders in this flag-waving war drama - thrills for British boys, 1919-style.

Somme
Somme
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Somme

War1927109 mins Location: Hounslow

Dramatic reconstruction of the Somme

How Kitchener Was Betrayed
How Kitchener Was Betrayed
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How Kitchener Was Betrayed

War192113 mins

Dramatisation of the popular conspiracy theory surrounding the mid-WWI death of Lord Kitchener.

Irish and Proud of It
Irish and Proud of It
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Irish and Proud of It

Crime193672 mins Location: Derry / Londonderry

Kidnapping, mobsters and moonshine! Is this a story is set in a country, which exists only in the minds of those who have never been to Ireland?

The Best Man
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The Best Man

Drama198683 mins Location: Derry / Londonderry

The bar flies prepare for the big day with betting, boozing and banter. But will best man Billy break more than his ma’s heart before the wedding?

Devil's Rock
Devil's Rock
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Devil's Rock

Musical193851 mins Location: Bangor

Will new open-air microphone technology give Richard Hayward the chance to silence his critics? Watch as Cushendun and Bangor steal the show.

The Volunteer
The Volunteer
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The Volunteer

War194442 mins Location: Denham

Entertaining and evocative Fleet Air Arm drama-doc propaganda piece, written and directed by Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger.

Great Game
Great Game
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Great Game

Sport193175 mins

Reserve player overcomes the odds to win the heart of a fair lady... and the FA Cup final in this early footie feature.

Discoveries
Discoveries
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Discoveries

Comedy193968 mins Location: Highbury

This morale-boosting variety extravaganza – filled with radio personality Carroll Levis' discoveries - is like a wartime Britain's Got Talent.

Trapped by the London Sharks
Trapped by the London Sharks
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Trapped by the London Sharks

Comedy191683 mins

Nefarious nightclub hosts blackmail a drunkard into fleecing their customers

On the Banks of Allan Water
On the Banks of Allan Water
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On the Banks of Allan Water

Drama191649 mins

The course of true love certainly doesn't run smooth in this unlikely Scottish drama from the Clarendon Film Company.

Rogues of London
Rogues of London
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Rogues of London

Drama191551 mins

Charismatic silent star Fred Paul is cast against type as a real rotter preying on innocents in the big city, in an enjoyably lurid London melodrama.

Bless 'em All
Bless 'em All
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Bless 'em All

Comedy194871 mins

AWOL for more than half a century, but now back on parade, this cheery army comedy is a showcase for variety star Hal Monty and a young Max Bygraves.

Comin' Thro' The Rye
Comin' Thro' The Rye
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Comin' Thro' The Rye

Biopic194756 mins Location: Burns Cott

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

A Man's Affair
A Man's Affair
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A Man's Affair

Romance194965 mins

A holiday romance between a miner and a secretary blossoms in Ramsgate

Helen of Four Gates
Helen of Four Gates
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Helen of Four Gates

Drama192078 mins Location: Heptonstall

A tale of treachery, madness and thwarted love in this vivid rural melodrama set around Heptonstall in Yorkshire.

Love Story of Ann Thomas the Maid of Cefn Ydfa
Love Story of Ann Thomas the Maid of Cefn Ydfa
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Love Story of Ann Thomas the Maid of Cefn Ydfa

Romance191434 mins Location: Cefn Ydfa

Lovingly rendered version of a traditional Welsh folk tale of thwarted romance, set in 17th-century Cefn Ydfa.

Hamlet
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Hamlet

Drama191354 mins

Johnston Forbes-Roberston gives his famous performance of Hamlet in this ambitious early Shakespeare feature

A Bid for Fortune
A Bid for Fortune
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A Bid for Fortune

Drama191784 mins

Master criminal Dr Nikola seeks a Chinese curio that promises eternal life and world domination

East Is East
East Is East
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East Is East

Drama191771 mins

Charming tale of East End lovers divided by a not so lucky windfall, with beautiful scenes in the Kent hop fields.

Masks and Faces
Masks and Faces
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Masks and Faces

Historical drama19170 mins

A strong cast of British stage luminaries enriches this tale of heartache and betrayal in 18th century London society

Men of Two Worlds
Men of Two Worlds
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Men of Two Worlds

Drama1946107 mins Location: Pinewood Film Studios

Handsomely presented drama about a man caught between his privileged Western education and traditional African roots.

My Old Dutch
My Old Dutch
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My Old Dutch

Drama19340 mins

Moving family drama of the life of a working-class Hackney couple over 40 years, inspired by the famous music hall song

The Last Adventurers
The Last Adventurers
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The Last Adventurers

Drama19370 mins Location: Grimsby

Drama and romance by the North Sea in this tale of family dispute

Jane Shore
Jane Shore
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Jane Shore

Historical drama191579 mins

Early attempt at medieval epic with impressive locations

Mysteries of London
Mysteries of London
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Mysteries of London

Crime191549 mins Location: London

Romantic melodrama about a woman who loses both her parents and innocently falls in with a bad crowd.

Pasand Apni Apni
Pasand Apni Apni
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Pasand Apni Apni

Comedy19690 mins Location: London

Bollywood-on-Thames: East meets West in a tale of two loves in 70s London

Cast Us Not Out
Cast Us Not Out
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Cast Us Not Out

Documentary196922 mins

Documentary insight into the work of the Jewish Welfare Board, helping some of the most vulnerable people in the community

Hedd Wyn
Hedd Wyn
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Hedd Wyn

War1992115 mins Location: Trawsfynydd

The stirring story of poet Ellis Evans-Hedd Wyn, the Welsh poet posthumously awarded the Eisteddfod chair at Birkenhead in 1917 after failing to return from 1st World War trenches.

Good-Time Girl
Good-Time Girl
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Good-Time Girl

Drama19470 mins Location: Islington

Find out what happens when a good girl goes bad in this controversial post-war Brit noir thriller starring Jean Kent.

The Vicar of Wakefield
The Vicar of Wakefield
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The Vicar of Wakefield

Period drama191698 mins

Leads and locations shine in this feature adaptation of Oliver Goldsmith's popular novel, a tale to soften hard hearts

Green Grow the Rushes
Green Grow the Rushes
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Green Grow the Rushes

Comedy195178 mins Location: New Romney

Brandy-smuggling locals resist government interference in this Ealing-esque comedy, filmed on Romney Marsh

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