Unavailable on DVD
This collection showcases a selection of hard-to-see features that are unavailable to watch anywhere else (legally) in the UK.
From Peter Sellers' sole feature-film directorial credit, Mr. Topaze, to Dennis Potter's Secret Friends, this collection features a trove of (largely) unseen delights.
Diary of a Mad Housewife
Drama197095 minsDirector: Frank Perry
Frank Perry's biting '70s satire about a smart, affluent homemaker hideously mistreated by chauvinists, stars a Golden Globe-winning Carrie Snodgress and Frank Langella in his film debut.
Remembrance of Things Fast
Animation & Artists Moving Image199362 minsDirector: John Maybury
John Maybury’s dark, queer state of the nation film starring Tilda Swinton and Rupert Everett
Happiness of Three Women
Drama195479 minsDirector: Maurice Elvey
The Wishing Well Inn in rural Wales is the bustling centre of love and intrigue in this charming romance starring Petula Clarke.
Children's198295 minsDirector: Colin Finbow
Pickpockets, mad puppets, and murder – all from the 1840 press accounts of a real case that lead to the gallows – conceived as a musical by the Children’s Film Unit.
Drama198888 minsDirector: Beeban Kidron
Beeban Kidron’s first feature film follows Clive Owen, David Thewlis and Diana Quick as they take to the road in a bubblegum-pink Chevrolet.
What Every Woman Wants
Drama195488 minsDirector: Maurice Elvey
The trials and tribulations of 1950s working class family life are engagingly evoked in this warm-hearted drama of urban England.
Drama193669 minsDirector: Maclean Rogers
The great James Mason has a juicy early role in this dynamic vintage drama of false imprisonment, disgrace, deception and family intrigue.
Drama199297 minsDirector: Dennis Potter
Alan Bates stars as an illustrator whose life begins to unravel as fantasy and reality collide in Dennis Potter’s psychosexual drama.
Period drama194794 minsDirector: Marc Allégret
Valerie Hobson stars as the scheming governess with designs on taking over the Fury estate, in this atmospheric Gothic melodrama
The Boy and the Bridge
Children's195987 minsDirector: Kevin McClory
A child's-eye-view of one of the capital's most iconic landmarks, with stunning views of the Thames and its traffic.
The Triple Echo
War197293 minsDirector: Michael Apted
Oliver Reed and Glenda Jackson star in the rarely seen drama about an AWOL soldier who disguises as a woman to avoid capture.
Drama197690 minsDirector: Stewart Mackinnon
Stewart Mackinnon’s avant-garde adaptation of Marquis de Sade’s infamous erotic novel has been near impossible to see since 1976.
Welcome II the Terrordome
Drama199394 minsDirector: Ngozi Onwurah
A ferocious dystopian nightmare, this was the first film directed by a black British woman to receive a UK theatrical release.
The Gypsy and the Gentleman
Period drama1958107 minsDirector: Joseph Losey
Joseph Losey’s 1958 film tells the engaging and twisty story of a golddigging Belle (Melina Mecouri) who meets her match in the cunning Sir. Paul Deverill (Keith Michell).
Which Side Are You On? Songs, Poems and Experiences of the Miners' Strike, 1984
Documentary198554 minsDirector: Ken Loach
Ken Loach’s documentary focuses on the 1984 Miner’s Strike, capturing a range of complicated emotions, situations, and circumstances.
The God King
Historical drama197499 minsDirector: Lester James Peries
Epic tale set in 5th century Sri Lanka, following the battle for the throne between Kassapa and his father King Dhatusena.
Black Bird Descending: Tense Alignment
Animation & Artists Moving Image1977109 minsDirector: Malcolm Le Grice
A brilliantly constructed, melancholic ode to the passing of time by Malcolm Le Grice
Flight from Vienna
Drama195557 minsDirector: Denis Kavanagh
Filmmaker Denis Kavanagh teams with venerable British actor John Bentley in this thrilling drama about a refugee who becomes enrolled in espionage.
Food of Love
Drama1997109 minsDirector: Stephen Poliakoff
Richard E. Grant leads a dramatic reunion as friends and lovers gather to perform Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night in Stephen Poliakoff’s romantic comedy.
Stories of Our Lives
Documentary201461 minsDirector: Jim Chuchu
Five stories of forbidden desire, courageously collected to tell the hidden truths of LGBT life in Kenya.
Dog Eat Dog
Comedy200093 minsDirector: Moody Shoaibi
David Oyelowo makes his first feature film role as one of posse of DJs who enrage a local drug baron after stealing his dog.
The Optimists of Nine Elms
Drama1973106 minsDirector: Anthony Simmons
Peter Sellers is superb in a warm, wistful family drama, in which two Battersea kids forge an unlikely alliance with a faded music hall star.
Drama193585 minsDirector: Henry Hathaway
One of the most unjustly overlooked fables from Hollywood’s golden age, a stunning romantic fantasy about two divided lovers united in a dream world.
Love Me Tonight
Comedy193289 minsDirector: Rouben Mamoulian
Rouben Mamoulian’s highly inventive romantic comedy set new standards for the use of music in film. And it’s still an utterly charming romantic delight.
Comedy199284 minsDirector: David Attwood
Defying opposition from his conservative Pakistani family, Zaf Ayub dreams of becoming Southall's greatest gift to country & western.
Drama198181 minsDirector: Joe Comerford
Reluctant newlywed travellers Angela and Michael try to smuggle goods across the border in this lyrical Irish road movie written by Neil Jordan.
A Private Enterprise
Drama197472 minsDirector: Peter K. Smith
The trials and tribulations of Shiv, a South Asian entrepreneur trying to set up a business in industrial Birmingham
Drama1982102 minsDirector: Karl Francis
Glenda Jackson and Jon Finch play Welsh investigative journalists covering the Troubles in Northern Ireland only to unearth censorship and corruption back home.
Smack and Thistle
Drama198997 minsDirector: Tunde Ikoli
When a young black wide-boy rescues a rich white girl from a heroin overdose – and falls for her – he’s drawn into a world of high-class crime.
The Tell-Tale Heart
Horror193450 minsDirector: Brian Desmond Hurst
A madman harbours murderous thoughts about an old relative with an evil eye in this chilling Edgar Allan Poe adaptation
Drama1983103 minsDirector: Maurice Hatton
Legendary British actress Eileen Atkins stars as a woman with no memory or recollection, only knowing her own name.
Solomon and Gaenor
Romance1998104 minsDirector: Paul Morrison
The moving and passionate story of illicit love between a Welsh girl and a Jewish boy, set against a backdrop of industrial unrest in the Welsh Valleys of 1911.
Fantasy198291 minsDirector: Barney Platts-Mills
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.
Drama199687 minsDirector: Zhang Zeming
A beautiful tale of three Chinese migrants who find love and companionship while struggling to work and survive in London.
We Went to Wonderland
Documentary200872 minsDirector: Xiaolu Guo
British-Chinese filmmaker Xiaolu Guo follows her ageing parents' journey to the West as they visit Europe. A rare chance to see one of Guo’s most personal films.
Crime192250 minsSilentDirector: Graham Cutts
A decadent, controversial tale of London's seedy underbelly, where an elegant Chinese club host enslaves the weak with white powder.
Children's195349 minsDirector: Don Chaffey
Young 'Swanky' Clarke, leader of the Burton Bullets Cycle Speedway Club, foils bicycle thieves on the streets of 1950s Bermondsey.
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.
Yang ± Yin - Gender in Chinese Cinema
Documentary199779 minsDirector: Stanley Kwan Kam-pang
An inspirational and star-laden journey through Chinese cinema in the company of John Woo, Chen Kaige, Ang Lee and Tsui Hark.
Irish Cinema - Ourselves Alone?
Documentary199651 minsDirector: Donald Taylor Black
Irish images, foreign fathers: asking why a nation's cinematic identity has been outsourced.
Cinema of Unease A Personal Journey by Sam Neill
Documentary199552 minsDirector: Sam Neill
Take a trip with Sam Neill through his country's celluloid culture.
A Century of Australian Cinema
Documentary199668 minsDirector: George Miller
Mad Max director George Miller explores the tradition of film production in Australia.
Drama1988111 minsDirector: Mike Newell
Hong Kong newlyweds seek a fresh start in 60s Britain, but fall foul of the Triad underworld in this adaptation of Timothy Mo's blackly comic novel.
Comedy1986100 minsDirector: Leong Po-Chih
A young lawyer has to execute the will of a Chinese man found dead in a phone box in a witty comic thriller - the first British-Chinese feature film.
Musical199877 minsDirector: Julian Henriques
Neeta and her crew rise to dancehall fame in North West London's Caribbean community, in the first Black British musical.
Science Fiction198772 minsDirector: Peter Wollen
Tilda Swinton's extraterrestrial robot makes left-field, political and touching observations about the state of the world in this witty sci-fi film.
Thriller1987108 minsDirector: Stephen Poliakoff
Charles Dance stars in Stephen Poliakoff’s debut feature film about a writer whose research uncovers a conspiracy of hidden artefacts.
Romance195586 minsDirector: Gavin Lambert
Two cultures collide in a beautifully photographed love story - an ode to Morocco, its music, its people and way of life.
Documentary201084 minsDirector: Gillian Wearing
Artist Gillian Wearing’s ‘documentary’ observes seven people creating (fantasy?) identities in collaboration with a drama teacher. Raw and revealing.
3 Steps to Heaven
Drama199587 minsDirector: Constantine Giannaris
Edgy mixture of black comedy and urban drama about a woman uncovering the hidden truths about her dead lover.
Poppies of Flanders
War1928122 minsSilentDirector: Arthur Maude
Powerful wartime drama that sees rivals in love becoming comrades-in-arms in the trenches of the Western Front.
A Window in London
Melodrama194076 minsDirector: Herbert Mason
Michael Redgrave's construction worker is embroiled in murder and intrigue in this lively British thriller, packed with pre-war London locations.
Thriller198987 minsDirector: Andi Engel
Cerebral thriller about a German art critic who reconnects with his radical past when he agrees to be involved with an assassination attempt.
Drama197241 minsSilentDirector: Tony Bicât
Tony Bicât’s radical, found-footage record of a revolutionary act, in which three dissidents kidnap a cabinet and torture a cabinet minister.
Drama198282 minsDirector: Edward Bennett
An English aristocrat is driven to despair over the effects of violence on her family, in this powerful meditation on the Troubles in Northern Ireland.
Welcome to Britain
Documentary197673 minsDirector: Ben Lewin
Ben Lewin’s 1976 film captures a moment in Britain's evergreen immigration debate, focusing on new arrivals at Heathrow as they wrestle with immigration law.
Historical drama1993109 minsDirector: Christopher Newby
Chris Newby’s poetic debut feature addresses the gulf between patriarchal power and female ritual and rebellion against the backdrop of a remote Medieval village.
Above Us the Earth
Documentary197782 minsDirector: Karl Francis
Karl Francis’ docu-drama about the closure of the Ogilvie Colliery in the Rhymney Valley by the National Coal Board in 1975.
100 Years of Japanese Cinema
Documentary199652 minsDirector: Nagisa Oshima
Archive propels argument in this fascinating exploration of the social and cultural importance of Japan's film heritage.
A Century of French Cinema
Documentary199550 minsDirector: Anne-Marie Miéville
Six regions, six films appraised for cultural and historical meaning. Produced by Jean-Luc Godard.