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Working Class Heroes

 A collection of films lit up by the charisma  of working-class stars; a celebration of fine actors and remarkable leading roles.

In Britain (for a time at least) film stars came from comprehensives and council houses. The story begins in the socially mobile 1960s as young working-class talent exploded through music, fashion and film. In the hard-edged 80s Bob Hoskins became a popular male lead. Then in the 90s a new mood saw a series of inventive British films built around working-class faces. Beyond angry young men, our heroines stretched from Carol White to Katie Jarvis, while modern British cinema spotlit the junction of race and class.

This collection brings together the bold, powerful and provocative films that can  be made when working-class stars have the chance to shine

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Poor Cow
Poor Cow
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Poor Cow

Drama1967101 minsDirector: Ken Loach

Ken Loach’s perceptive, personal, and moving debut feature film tells the story of a young mother’s struggles while her husband is in jail.

Long Good Friday
Long Good Friday
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Long Good Friday

Gangster1979109 minsDirector: John Mackenzie

Bob Hoskins charms as a London mob boss brokering a development deal with the American mafia – but somebody wants to see him dead.

Mona Lisa
Mona Lisa
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Mona Lisa

Gangster1986100 minsDirector: Neil Jordan

Neil Jordan's gritty thriller stars Bob Hoskins as a gangster recently released from prison who falls in love with the prostitute he is supposed to be protecting.

Journeyman
Journeyman
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Journeyman

Drama201692 minsDirector: Paddy Considine

Paddy Considine directs and stars with Jodie Whittaker in this emotional knockout - the story of a boxer rebuilding his life after a near-fatal injury.

Catch Me Daddy
Catch Me Daddy
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Catch Me Daddy

Thriller2013112 minsDirector: Daniel Wolfe

A young couple whose relationship has divided a community are forced on the run through the streets and moors of nocturnal Yorkshire.

Harry Brown
Harry Brown
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Harry Brown

Crime2009103 minsDirector: Daniel Barber

Michael Caine’s storming return to an action role finds him as a retired marine confronting local hoodlums on his housing estate.

Vera Drake
Vera Drake
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Vera Drake

Drama2004120 minsDirector: Mike Leigh

Mike Leigh’s acclaimed story of a selfless woman who performs unlawful abortions in 1950s Britain; both an affecting drama and vital social history.

The Violators
The Violators
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The Violators

Drama201596 minsDirector: Helen Walsh

In this spiky and stylish debut from novelist Helen Walsh, two girls from different backgrounds form an unlikely bond, setting off on a dangerous course.

'71
'71
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'71

Thriller201499 minsDirector: Yann Demange

A young British squaddie is caught behind enemy lines in bomb-torn Belfast, in Yann Demange’s riveting suspense thriller.

Urban Hymn
Urban Hymn
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Urban Hymn

Drama2015114 minsDirector: Michael Caton-Jones

In the wake of the London riots, teenager Jamie (Letitia Wright) finds herself at a crossroads; until music offers an unexpected path to salvation.

Attack the Block
Attack the Block
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Attack the Block

Crime201188 minsDirector: Joe Cornish

Aliens wage war on a tower block after one of their number is bludgeoned by a street gang in this witty, action-packed feature debut by Joe Cornish.

Venus
Venus
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Venus

Comedy200695 minsDirector: Roger Michell

Peter O’Toole in one of his last, finest performances in this story about an aging actor who thought he’d seen it all – until he met her.

Supersonic
Supersonic
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Supersonic

Documentary2016117 minsDirector: Mat Whitecross

Relive the stratospheric rise of the kings of Britpop in this rousing nostalgic trip from the producers of Amy.

The Stone Roses: Made of Stone
The Stone Roses: Made of Stone
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The Stone Roses: Made of Stone

Performance201396 minsDirector: Shane Meadows

Avid Stone Roses fan Shane Meadows records the reunion of the pivotal 1990s rock band, in this heartfelt and inspiring documentary

Control
Control
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Control

Biopic2007122 minsDirector: Anton Corbijn

The life story of Ian Curtis, the tortured singer of Joy Division who suffered epilepsy and crippling self-doubt, filmed in stunning monochrome.

The Proud Valley
The Proud Valley
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The Proud Valley

Drama194077 minsDirector: Penrose Tennyson

Deeply moving mining drama that provided the legendary American singer/actor Paul Robeson with his best British film role.

Mr. Turner
Mr. Turner
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Mr. Turner

Biopic2014150 minsDirector: Mike Leigh

Mike Leigh’s Cannes-winning account of the later years of J. M. W. Turner, brilliantly played by Timothy Spall.

Tyrannosaur
Tyrannosaur
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Tyrannosaur

Drama201092 minsDirector: Paddy Considine

Paddy Considine’s powerful feature debut, featuring astonishingly strong performances from Olivia Colman and Peter Mullan.

Marnie
Marnie
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Marnie

Crime1964130 minsDirector: Alfred Hitchcock

Sean Connery stars as the man who marries a kleptomaniac who has some strange psychological problems, played by Tippi Hedren.

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
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Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

Thriller2011127 minsDirector: Tomas Alfredson

Gary Oldman leads an all-star cast, including Benedict Cumberbatch and Tom Hardy, in this acclaimed adaptation of John Le Carré's esteemed spy novel.

I, Daniel Blake
I, Daniel Blake
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I, Daniel Blake

Drama2016100 minsDirector: Ken Loach

Ken Loach’s powerful, Palme d’Or-winning invective against welfare injustice captured the mood of modern Britain and became his biggest box office success.

My Name Is Joe
My Name Is Joe
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My Name Is Joe

Drama1998101 minsDirector: Ken Loach

Ken Loach's intense drama boasts a majestic performance from Peter Mullan as a recovering alcoholic in Glasgow, struggling with his feelings for a local health worker.

Neds
Neds
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Neds

Crime2010124 minsDirector: Peter Mullan

Peter Mullan's forceful drama about a boy who becomes embroiled in gangland life in 1970s Glasgow, peppered throughout with a rich vein of black humour.

Orphans
Orphans
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Orphans

Comedy199798 minsDirector: Peter Mullan

Peter Mullan steps behind the camera for this pitch-black comedy surrounding a family who reunite for their mother’s funeral.

Fish Tank
Fish Tank
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Fish Tank

Drama2009118 minsDirector: Andrea Arnold

Mia loves to dance and longs to escape her Essex council estate but her uncontrollable rage is her worst enemy.

Morvern Callar
Morvern Callar
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Morvern Callar

Drama200193 minsDirector: Lynne Ramsay

Samantha Morton plays the enigmatic title character in Lynne Ramsay’s dreamy and atmospheric road movie.

Shallow Grave
Shallow Grave
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Shallow Grave

Comedy199489 minsDirector: Danny Boyle

Ewan McGregor and Danny Boyle burst onto the scene with this dark crime caper about three friends and their rich, dead flatmate.

Kidulthood
Kidulthood
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Kidulthood

Drama200591 minsDirector: Menhaj Huda

Noel Clarke and Menhaj Huda’s explosive youth film follows the drug, sex and crime-fuelled antics of a group of West London teens over the course of a single day.

Adulthood
Adulthood
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Adulthood

Drama200899 minsDirector: Noel Clarke

After being released from prison following a murder charge, Sam Peel (Noel Clarke) attempts to reboot his life and seek redemption.

Brotherhood
Brotherhood
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Brotherhood

Crime2016104 minsDirector: Noel Clarke

A decade after the release of Adulthood, Sam (Noel Clarke) is trying to keep his family safe while simmering old grudges threaten to resurface.

Rita, Sue and Bob Too
Rita, Sue and Bob Too
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Rita, Sue and Bob Too

Drama19860 minsDirector: Alan Clarke

A married man seduces two teenage babysitters in Alan Clarke’s mix of bawdy comedy and social comment, based on Andrea Dunbar’s Bradford plays.

Gregory's Girl
Gregory's Girl
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Gregory's Girl

Comedy198092 minsDirector: Bill Forsyth

The ultimate depiction of coming-of-age awkwardness, Bill Forsyth’s comedy about a teen who falls for the new female footballer on the school team.

Brassed Off
Brassed Off
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Brassed Off

Drama1996107 minsDirector: Mark Herman

Pete Postlethwaite stars in this emotional drama about members of a colliery brass band who learn their mine may soon be closing.

East Is East
East Is East
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East Is East

Comedy199997 minsDirector: Damien O'Donnell

Damien O'Donnell's charming comedy-drama about Zaheed Khan (Om Puri), the patriarch of a Pakistani-British family whose children begin to reject their heritage and embrace UK life.

My Generation
My Generation
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My Generation

Documentary201786 minsDirector: David Batty

Michael Caine takes us back to swinging London in this engaging documentary on the 1960s cultural revolution, featuring over 50 interviews with the key players.

Orthodox
Orthodox
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Orthodox

Drama201694 minsDirector: David Leon

Stephen Graham is the orthodox Jew tempted into a life of violence by his corrupt associate (Michael Smiley), in this riveting and complex crime drama.

Meantime
Meantime
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Meantime

Drama1983107 minsDirector: Mike Leigh

Tim Roth, Phil Daniels and Gary Oldman star in Mike Leigh’s TV film about an East End family try to stay afloat during a recession.

Made in Britain
Made in Britain
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Made in Britain

Drama198276 minsDirector: Alan Clarke

Tim Roth burst onto British screens with his coruscating performance as a teenage skinhead in this TV play from Alan Clarke and David Leland.

High Hopes
High Hopes
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High Hopes

Drama1988112 minsDirector: Mike Leigh

Mike Leigh’s bittersweet comedy tells the story of Cyril (Philip Davis), an idealist who despairs at the societal changes of Thatcher’s Britain.

Gone Too Far!
Gone Too Far!
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Gone Too Far!

Comedy201388 minsDirector: Destiny Ekaragha

Riotous urban comedy adapted from the hit Royal Court play, about a Peckham teen affronted by the arrival of his long-lost Nigerian sibling.

Trainspotting
Trainspotting
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Trainspotting

Drama199590 minsDirector: Danny Boyle

Danny Boyle's exhilarating, narcotic trip follows a group of heroin-addicted friends as they navigate their way through Glasgow's seedy 1990s drug culture.

Grow Your Own
Grow Your Own
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Grow Your Own

Comedy200797 minsDirector: Richard Laxton

A group of Merseyside gardeners take umbrage to the arrival of some refugees, but they find common cause to resist a devious corporate takeover.

Letter to Brezhnev
Letter to Brezhnev
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Letter to Brezhnev

Comedy198594 minsDirector: Chris Bernard

A defining Merseyside film, in which two Liverpool lasses hook up with a pair of Russian sailors only to wonder if they might be better off behind the Iron Curtain.

Gascoigne
Gascoigne
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Gascoigne

Documentary201587 minsDirector: Jane Preston

Documentary portrait of the mercurial football genius who inspired the game’s modern renaissance while battling personal demons.

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.

Intimate Relations
Intimate Relations
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Intimate Relations

Drama199599 minsDirector: Philip Goodhew

Julie Walters and Rupert Graves are at the centre of a sordid love triangle in this pulpy melodrama about seedy shenanigans in 1950s suburbia.

Riff-Raff
Riff-Raff
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Riff-Raff

Drama199196 minsDirector: Ken Loach

Robert Carlyle plays a homeless construction worker who falls for a unemployed pop singer in Ken Loach's hilarious yet potent paean to working class London life.

Scrubbers
Scrubbers
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Scrubbers

Drama198293 minsDirector: Mai Zetterling

The borstal drama – billed as the female Scum – features Amanda York and Kathy Burke as inmates of a ruthless women’s prison.

Quadrophenia
Quadrophenia
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Quadrophenia

Drama1979120 minsDirector: Franc Roddam

The ultimate Mods vs Rockers clash, based on The Who’s double-album rock opera, stars Phil Daniels as a mod on an odyssey to Brighton.

Hummingbird
Hummingbird
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Hummingbird

Thriller2012100 minsDirector: Steve Knight

An alcoholic ex-special forces soldier (Jason Statham), down on his luck, assumes another man’s identity and pursues redemption.

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.

Sparrows Can't Sing
Sparrows Can't Sing
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Sparrows Can't Sing

Drama196397 minsDirector: Joan Littlewood

Barbara Windsor’s first starring role is a paean to East End life.

The L-shaped Room
The L-shaped Room
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The L-shaped Room

Drama1962126 minsDirector: Bryan Forbes

Bryan Forbes directs the Oscar-nominated story of a French woman (Leslie Caron) moving to London while unmarried, pregnant, and alone.

Lunch Hour
Lunch Hour
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Lunch Hour

Drama196263 minsSilentDirector: James Hill

Shirley Anne Field stars in this stylish, highly enjoyable story of simmering tensions and sexual conflict in the work place.

A Kind of Loving
A Kind of Loving
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A Kind of Loving

Drama1962113 minsDirector: John Schlesinger

John Schlesinger makes his feature film debut with this adaptation of Stan Barstow’s novel about a factory worker (Alan Bates) and his complicated relationship to a typist (June Ritchie) who he doesn’t fully love.

The Angry Silence
The Angry Silence
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The Angry Silence

Drama195995 minsDirector: Guy Green

Richard Attenborough plays a factory worker who’s ostracised after refusing to support a strike, in this gritty industrial drama.

Room at the Top
Room at the Top
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Room at the Top

Drama1958117 minsDirector: Jack Clayton

Jack Clayton directs this romantic, love-triangle drama featuring Simone Signoret in an Oscar-winning performance.

Waterfront
Waterfront
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Waterfront

Drama195080 minsDirector: Michael Anderson

A tough and gritty drama detailing the turbulent life of hard-drinking Liverpudlian seamen, with Richard Burton in only his third film role.

Payroll
Payroll
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Payroll

Crime1961106 minsDirector: Sidney Hayers

Billie Whitelaw stars in this tough Tyneside-set crime drama about a gang of criminals who turn against each other following a payroll heist.

Cosh Boy
Cosh Boy
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Cosh Boy

Drama195275 minsDirector: Lewis Gilbert

Lewis Gilbert’s shocking and controversial 1952 drama focuses on a gang of juvenile delinquents and their dangerous exploits in post-war London.

Pool of London
Pool of London
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Pool of London

Crime195085 minsDirector: Basil Dearden

Earl Cameron plays a naive Jamaican sailor who's dragged into a botched diamond robbery when trying to help a friend.

Pink String and Sealing Wax
Pink String and Sealing Wax
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Pink String and Sealing Wax

Crime194590 minsDirector: Robert Hamer

Gordon Jackson stars in a seething tale of family conflict, murder and blackmail in Victorian Brighton.

Floodtide
Floodtide
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Floodtide

Drama194990 minsDirector: Frederick Wilson

The son of a Scottish farmer get a job in a shipyard and shows an unexpected flair for design, conceiving a revolutionary ship.

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.

Millions Like Us
Millions Like Us
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Millions Like Us

War1943103 minsDirector: Frank Launder

The finest example of British wartime fictional propaganda follows a group of women who take on factory work to support the war effort.

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