Unavailable on DVD
This collection showcases a selection of hard-to-see features that are unavailable to watch anywhere else (legally) in the UK.
The films include gothic classics such as Uncle Silas (1947), starring Jean Simmons and Katina Paxinou on wicked form, edgy revenge comedy 3 Steps to Heaven (1995), featuring Katrin Cartlidge and James Fleet, and incisive documentaries exploring the history of cinema in the UK, Ireland, Germany, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Poland and China, directed by a range of key international filmmakers, including Martin Scorsese, Stephen Frears and Jean-Luc Godard. Two fascinating films by female directors are also featured here – the feminist Rapunzel Let Down Your Hair (1978) and artist Gillian Wearing’s Self Made (2010). We also present some of the films that feature in A Story of Children and Film (2013), Mark Cousins’ personal and poetic exploration of the cinema of childhood. Until this wonderful documentary, films such as Hugo and Josephine (1967), Bag of Rice (1996) and Willow and Wind (2000) have been near-impossible to see. We hope this collection will introduce new audiences of all ages to these amazing films.
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.
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.
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.
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).
Documentary198554 minsDirector: Ken Loach
Ken Loach’s documentary focuses on the 1984 Miner’s Strike, capturing a range of complicated emotions, situations, and circumstances.
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.
Animation & Artists Moving Image1977109 minsDirector: Malcolm Le Grice
A brilliantly constructed, melancholic ode to the passing of time by Malcolm Le Grice
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Drama198995 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Science Fiction198772 mins
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.
Documentary201084 minsDirector: Gillian Wearing
Artist Gillian Wearing’s ‘documentary’ observes seven people creating (fantasy?) identities in collaboration with a drama teacher. Raw and revealing.
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.