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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.

 

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Mr. TopazeMr. Topaze

Comedy196197 minsDirector: Peter Sellers

Charming character comedy, unseen for decades, starring Peter Sellers as a school teacher corrupted by big business.

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Diary of a Mad HousewifeDiary 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.

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LambLamb

Drama1985110 minsDirector: Colin Gregg

In one of Liam Neeson’s earliest starring roles, he plays an errant priest who kidnaps a vulnerable boy from an abusive Catholic school

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ExtremesExtremes

Documentary197181 minsDirector: Anthony Klinger

In-your-face 70s documentary exploring the lives of Hell's Angels, hippies, skinheads, rudeboys, mods and drug addicts.

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Remembrance of Things FastRemembrance 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

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The Golden MadonnaThe Golden Madonna

Drama194988 minsDirector: Ladislao Vajda

When she inherits an Italian palazzo, a young woman takes on more than she bargained for

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MantrapMantrap

Drama195379 minsDirector: Terence Fisher

Hammer thriller in which a wrongly imprisoned man escapes to find the real murderer.

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Conflict of WingsConflict of Wings

Drama19540 minsDirector: John Eldridge

When the RAF tries to take over an island for target practice, the locals rally to prevent them.

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Happiness of Three WomenHappiness 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.

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DoombeachDoombeach

Thriller198976 minsDirector: Colin Finbow

A truant schoolboy sabotages the secretive power station he believes killed his friend. With Glenda Jackson.

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Blue ScarBlue Scar

Drama194997 minsDirector: Jill Craigie

A stirring tale of love, music, and coalmining in Abergwynfi, South Wales.

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Captain StirrickCaptain Stirrick

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.

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VroomVroom

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.

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What Every Woman WantsWhat 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.

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Twice BrandedTwice Branded

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.

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Secret FriendsSecret Friends

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.

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Death in High HeelsDeath in High Heels

Crime194747 minsDirector: Lionel Tomlinson

When one of the ladies at a posh couturier is poisoned, all the staff come under suspicion.

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DoublecrossDoublecross

Drama195571 minsDirector: Anthony Squire

Exciting British B-movie about a Cornish poacher who clashes with dangerous international spies.

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Blanche FuryBlanche Fury

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

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The Silent PlaygroundThe Silent Playground

Crime196372 minsDirector: Stanley Goulder

A warning tale about the dangers of taking sweets from strangers.

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The Boy and the BridgeThe 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.

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The Triple EchoThe 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.

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JustineJustine

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.

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BedeliaBedelia

Drama194690 minsDirector: Lance Comfort

Britain’s top star Margaret Lockwood plays a devoted wife who is not quite what she seems.

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Secret RitesSecret Rites

Documentary197147 minsDirector: Derek Ford

'King of the Witches' Alex Sanders initiates doe-eyed Penny into the ways of his coven.

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Welcome II the TerrordomeWelcome 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.

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The Gypsy and the GentlemanThe 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).

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Which Side Are You On? Songs, Poems and Experiences of the Miners' Strike, 1984Which 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.

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The God KingThe 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.

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Black Bird Descending: Tense AlignmentBlack 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

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Spirit of AlbionSpirit of Albion

Documentary198760 minsDirector: Richard Philpott

On the road with New Age travellers: political disquiet in the apocalyptic years of the mid-80s.

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Flight from ViennaFlight 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.

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Food of LoveFood 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.

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Stories of Our LivesStories of Our Lives

Documentary201461 minsDirector: Jim Chuchu

Five stories of forbidden desire, courageously collected to tell the hidden truths of LGBT life in Kenya.

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Dog Eat DogDog 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.

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The Optimists of Nine ElmsThe 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.

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Peter IbbetsonPeter Ibbetson

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.

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Love Me TonightLove 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.

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Wild WestWild West

Comedy199284 minsDirector: David Attwood

Defying opposition from his conservative Pakistani family, Zaf Ayub dreams of becoming Southall's greatest gift to country & western.

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TravellerTraveller

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.

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A Private EnterpriseA 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

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"Underage""Underage"

Documentary198257 minsDirector: Lizzie Lemon

Racism, glue-sniffing, petty theft and promiscuity - Coventry teenagers at play.

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Giro CityGiro City

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.

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Smack and ThistleSmack 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.

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The Tell-Tale HeartThe 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

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Nelly's VersionNelly's Version

Drama1983103 minsDirector: Maurice Hatton

Legendary British actress Eileen Atkins stars as a woman with no memory or recollection, only knowing her own name.

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Solomon and GaenorSolomon 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.

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HeroHero

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.

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Foreign MoonForeign Moon

Drama199687 minsDirector: Zhang Zeming

A beautiful tale of three Chinese migrants who find love and companionship while struggling to work and survive in London.

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We Went to WonderlandWe 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.

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CocaineCocaine

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.

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Skid KidsSkid Kids

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.

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Child's PlayChild's Play

Comedy195268 minsDirector: Margaret Thomson

Splitting the atom is as easy as ABC in this family-friendly adventure.

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A Bit of ScarletA 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.

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Night of the FilmmakersNight of the Filmmakers

Documentary199551 minsDirector: Edgar Reitz

From the director of Heimat, a mini-epic about the history of German cinema.

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Yang ± Yin - Gender in Chinese CinemaYang ± 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.

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Irish Cinema - Ourselves Alone?Irish Cinema - Ourselves Alone?

Documentary199651 minsDirector: Donald Taylor Black

Irish images, foreign fathers: asking why a nation's cinematic identity has been outsourced.

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Cinema of Unease A Personal Journey by Sam NeillCinema of Unease A Personal Journey by Sam Neill

Documentary199552 minsDirector: Sam Neill

Take a trip with Sam Neill through his country's celluloid culture.

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A Century of Australian CinemaA Century of Australian Cinema

Documentary199668 minsDirector: George Miller

Mad Max director George Miller explores the tradition of film production in Australia.

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100 Years of Polish Cinema100 Years of Polish Cinema

Documentary199661 minsDirector: Pawel Lozinski

A history of Polish movies perceived by cinemagoers of all ages.

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SoursweetSoursweet

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.

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Speak Like a ChildSpeak Like a Child

Drama199877 minsDirector: John Akomfrah

Moving drama about three close friends forever tied to a dark secret from their teenage past.

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Ping PongPing Pong

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.

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BabymotherBabymother

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.

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Man without DesireMan without Desire

Fantasy1923108 minsSilentDirector: Adrian Brunel

A sumptuous silent drama of love, frustrated desire and suspended animation in 18th-century Venice.

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Friendship's DeathFriendship's Death

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.

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Hidden CityHidden City

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.

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MonsMons

War1926110 minsSilentDirector: Walter Summers

Arrival of the British Army in France

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Another SkyAnother Sky

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.

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YpresYpres

War192579 minsSilentDirector: Walter Summers

Battle film made as a memorial to the dead of WWI, documenting events at Ypres using reconstructed and genuine footage.

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Self MadeSelf Made

Documentary201084 minsDirector: Gillian Wearing

Artist Gillian Wearing’s ‘documentary’ observes seven people creating (fantasy?) identities in collaboration with a drama teacher. Raw and revealing.

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Sons of the SeaSons of the Sea

Crime192676 minsSilentDirector: H. Bruce Woolfe

Two boys answer the call of the sea as Royal Navy recruits in this adventure of the seven seas.

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3 Steps to Heaven3 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.

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Poppies of FlandersPoppies 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.

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A Window in LondonA 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.

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MelancholiaMelancholia

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.

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SkinflickerSkinflicker

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.

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AscendancyAscendancy

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.

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Welcome to BritainWelcome 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.

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Flight to BerlinFlight to Berlin

Drama198490 minsDirector: Chris Petit

Chris Petit’s sparse moody thriller begins with a mysterious death.

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AnchoressAnchoress

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.

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Above Us the EarthAbove 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.

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ElenyaElenya

War199278 minsDirector: Steve Gough

During World War Two, a German airman crash-lands in a wood and is looked after by a naïve 12-year-old girl.

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100 Years of Japanese Cinema100 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.

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A Century of French CinemaA Century of French Cinema

Documentary199550 minsDirector: Anne-Marie Miéville

Six regions, six films appraised for cultural and historical meaning. Produced by Jean-Luc Godard.

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MaeveMaeve

Drama1981110 minsDirector: Pat Murphy

Pat Murphy and John Davis’ experimental film brings a feminist alternative to the conventional narrative of the Troubles.

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