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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. Topaze
Mr. Topaze
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Mr. Topaze

Comedy196197 minsDirector: Peter Sellers

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

Diary of a Mad Housewife
Diary of a Mad Housewife
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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.

Lamb
Lamb
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Lamb

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

Extremes
Extremes
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Extremes

Documentary197181 minsDirector: Anthony Klinger

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

Remembrance of Things Fast
Remembrance of Things Fast
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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

The Golden Madonna
The Golden Madonna
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The Golden Madonna

Drama194988 minsDirector: Ladislao Vajda

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

Mantrap
Mantrap
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Mantrap

Drama195379 minsDirector: Terence Fisher

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

Conflict of Wings
Conflict of Wings
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Conflict of Wings

Drama19540 minsDirector: John Eldridge

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

Happiness of Three Women
Happiness of Three Women
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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.

Doombeach
Doombeach
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Doombeach

Thriller198976 minsDirector: Colin Finbow

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

Blue Scar
Blue Scar
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Blue Scar

Drama194997 minsDirector: Jill Craigie

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

Captain Stirrick
Captain Stirrick
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Captain 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.

Vroom
Vroom
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Vroom

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
What Every Woman Wants
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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.

Twice Branded
Twice Branded
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Twice 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.

Secret Friends
Secret Friends
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Secret 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.

Death in High Heels
Death in High Heels
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Death in High Heels

Crime194747 minsDirector: Lionel Tomlinson

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

Doublecross
Doublecross
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Doublecross

Drama195571 minsDirector: Anthony Squire

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

Blanche Fury
Blanche Fury
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Blanche 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

The Silent Playground
The Silent Playground
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The Silent Playground

Crime196372 minsDirector: Stanley Goulder

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

The Boy and the Bridge
The Boy and the Bridge
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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
The Triple Echo
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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.

Justine
Justine
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Justine

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.

Bedelia
Bedelia
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Bedelia

Drama194690 minsDirector: Lance Comfort

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

Secret Rites
Secret Rites
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Secret Rites

Documentary197147 minsDirector: Derek Ford

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

Welcome II the Terrordome
Welcome II the Terrordome
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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
The Gypsy and the Gentleman
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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
Which Side Are You On?  Songs, Poems and Experiences of the Miners' Strike, 1984
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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
The God King
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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
Black Bird Descending: Tense Alignment
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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

Spirit of Albion
Spirit of Albion
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Spirit of Albion

Documentary198760 minsDirector: Richard Philpott

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

Flight from Vienna
Flight from Vienna
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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
Food of Love
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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
Stories of Our Lives
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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
Dog Eat Dog
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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
The Optimists of Nine Elms
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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.

Peter Ibbetson
Peter Ibbetson
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Peter 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.

Love Me Tonight
Love Me Tonight
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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.

Wild West
Wild West
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Wild West

Comedy199284 minsDirector: David Attwood

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

Traveller
Traveller
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Traveller

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
A Private Enterprise
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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

"Underage"
"Underage"
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"Underage"

Documentary198257 minsDirector: Lizzie Lemon

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

Giro City
Giro City
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Giro 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.

Smack and Thistle
Smack and Thistle
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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
The Tell-Tale Heart
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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

Nelly's Version
Nelly's Version
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Nelly'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.

Solomon and Gaenor
Solomon and Gaenor
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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.

Hero
Hero
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Hero

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.

Foreign Moon
Foreign Moon
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Foreign 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.

We Went to Wonderland
We Went to Wonderland
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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.

Cocaine
Cocaine
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Cocaine

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.

Skid Kids
Skid Kids
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Skid 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.

Child's Play
Child's Play
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Child's Play

Comedy195268 minsDirector: Margaret Thomson

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

A Bit of Scarlet
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.

Night of the Filmmakers
Night of the Filmmakers
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Night of the Filmmakers

Documentary199551 minsDirector: Edgar Reitz

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

Yang ± Yin - Gender in Chinese Cinema
Yang ± Yin - Gender in Chinese Cinema
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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?
Irish Cinema - Ourselves Alone?
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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
Cinema of Unease  A Personal Journey by Sam Neill
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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
A Century of Australian Cinema
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A Century of Australian Cinema

Documentary199668 minsDirector: George Miller

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

100 Years of Polish Cinema
100 Years of Polish Cinema
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100 Years of Polish Cinema

Documentary199661 minsDirector: Pawel Lozinski

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

Soursweet
Soursweet
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Soursweet

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.

Speak Like a Child
Speak Like a Child
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Speak Like a Child

Drama199877 minsDirector: John Akomfrah

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

Ping Pong
Ping Pong
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Ping 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.

Babymother
Babymother
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Babymother

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.

Man without Desire
Man without Desire
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Man without Desire

Fantasy1923108 minsSilentDirector: Adrian Brunel

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

Friendship's Death
Friendship's Death
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Friendship'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.

Hidden City
Hidden City
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Hidden 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.

Mons
Mons
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Mons

War1926110 minsSilentDirector: Walter Summers

Arrival of the British Army in France

Another Sky
Another Sky
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Another 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.

Ypres
Ypres
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Ypres

War192579 minsSilentDirector: Walter Summers

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

Self Made
Self Made
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Self 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.

Sons of the Sea
Sons of the Sea
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Sons 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.

3 Steps to Heaven
3 Steps to Heaven
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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
Poppies of Flanders
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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
A Window in London
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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.

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