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A rich archive giving an unparalleled insight into the creative process. Enjoy this diverse range of wisdom and perspective on the art and craft of cinema.

From recent interviews to archive documentaries and experimental films about the cinematic process, this illuminating collection highlights the myriad forms of filmmaking and the talents behind it.

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Versus: The Life and Films of Ken Loach
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Versus: The Life and Films of Ken Loach

Documentary201694 minsDirector: Louise Osmond

Louise Osmond's funny, provocative and revealing account of the life and career of one of Britain’s most celebrated and controversial filmmakers.

The Lovers & the Despot
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The Lovers & the Despot

Documentary201698 minsDirector: Ross Adam

Discover one of cinema’s strangest stories: a film director and his star are kidnapped by Kim Jong-il to make movies in the world’s weirdest state.

Ingrid Bergman: In Her Own Words
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Ingrid Bergman: In Her Own Words

Documentary2015114 minsDirector: Stig Björkman

An illuminating portrait of the pioneering actress, crafted from her unique personal archive of home-movie footage, letters and diary extracts.

The Cabinet of Jan Švankmajer
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The Cabinet of Jan Švankmajer

Animation & Artists Moving Image198414 minsDirector: Brothers Quay

An intricate, multi-layered exploration of the aesthetic and philosophical aspects of Švankmajer's animated films.

A Bit of Scarlet
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A Bit of Scarlet

Documentary199671 minsDirector: Andrea Weiss

Mapping how British film and TV depicts the gay and lesbian lifestyle, Andrea Weiss raids the archives for her funny and persuasive documentary.

Magician: The Astonishing Life and Work of Orson Welles
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Magician: The Astonishing Life and Work of Orson Welles

Documentary201491 minsDirector: Chuck Workman

A wild journey through the astounding life of Orson Welles and his career in film, theatre, radio and television, from Oscar-winning filmmaker Chuck Workman.

Nightcrawler
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Nightcrawler

Crime2014118 minsDirector: Dan Gilroy

Jake Gyllenhaal stars as a crime journalist scouring the streets of after-dark LA in a stylish thriller that examines the morals of mass media.

A Fuller Life
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A Fuller Life

Documentary201380 minsDirector: Samantha Fuller

James Franco leads the eulogies in this profile of the larger-than-life filmmaker Samuel Fuller, who also had eventful stints as a journalist and serviceman.

Hitchcock/Truffaut
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Hitchcock/Truffaut

Documentary201580 minsDirector: Kent Jones

Kent Jones’ excellent documentary about a historic encounter between two cinema greats.

Eisenstein in Guanajuato
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Eisenstein in Guanajuato

Biopic2015106 minsDirector: Peter Greenaway

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

What Is This Film Called Love?
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What Is This Film Called Love?

Documentary201281 minsDirector: Mark Cousins

Mark Cousins’ cine-essay, inspired by Sergei Eisenstein’s 1930s Mexican odyssey, is a poetic meditation on memory, landscape and walking.

Thursday's Child
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Thursday's Child

Drama194379 minsDirector: Rodney Ackland

Sally Ann Howes plays the 12-year-old spotted by a casting director, setting her on the way to stardom.

Electric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Story of Cannon Films
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Electric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Story of Cannon Films

Documentary2014106 minsDirector: Mark Hartley

A documentary love letter to the golden of exploitation cinema and the output of Cannon Films, the cut-price studio that challenged Hollywood.

Altman
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Altman

Documentary201496 minsDirector: Ron Mann

An illuminating documentary about American cinema’s maverick genius Robert Altman, featuring unseen home movies and extensive interviews.

Room 237
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Room 237

Documentary2012103 minsDirector: Rodney Ascher

Rodney Ascher's enigmatic essay film weaves together the contrasting theories of five different narrators who believe Stanley Kubrick deliberately buried hidden messages in his 1980 adaptation of Stephen King’s novel.

Elstree Story
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Elstree Story

Documentary195256 minsDirector: Gilbert Gunn

A charming 1952 history of Elstree Studios, its films and the people who made them, from Hitchcock to Olivier.

Five Broken Cameras
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Five Broken Cameras

Documentary201190 minsDirector: Emad Burnat

The personal meets the political as a Palestinian farmer with a home video camera shoots a local protest against the building of an Israeli 'security fence' in his village, and finds himself the official documentarian of five years worth of footage of the struggle.

Derek Jarman: Life As Art
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Derek Jarman: Life As Art

Documentary200460 minsDirector: Andy Kimpton-Nye

Documentary on the life and work of experimental filmmaker, who died in 1994. Contributors including Tilda Swinton recall Jarman's peculiar genius.

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