Hedy Lamarr was one of the leading female stars of 1940s Hollywood, but few would be aware of her off-screen accomplishments as an inventor of frequency hopping during WWII, which later became the basis for wi-fi and bluetooth. Alexandra Dean’s documentary charts Lamarr’s fascinating life, from her youth in Vienna, the pivotal transatlantic journey that landed her a lucrative contract with MGM, her struggles for more challenging roles, to her determination to contribute to the war effort.
Through her own words and those close to her (and with her letters voiced by Diane Kruger), Bombshell paints a picture of a strong woman who defied expectation and earned her place in the history of both Hollywood and science. Supported by The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.
The Man from Mo'Wax
Documentary 2017 116 mins Director: Matthew Jones
The exhilarating, no holds-barred story of Mo'Wax records founder James Lavelle, one of the most enigmatic yet influential figures in British music culture.
The Rape of Recy Taylor
Documentary 2017 91 mins Director: Nancy Buirski
Nancy Buirski's vital documentary revisits an unjustly forgotten chapter of American history; the story of an immensely brave woman who refused to be silenced.
Documentary 2018 106 mins Director: Lauren Greenfield
Acclaimed filmmaker Lauren Greenfield examines modern greed amid the world of the 1%. Travelling through America and beyond, she meets the international elite and families overwhelmed by debt, yet determined to live the ‘luxury lifestyle.
Documentary 2017 86 mins Director: P. David Ebersole
Jayne Mansfield: Goddess? Genius? Satanist? This wild documentary from the makers of Room 237 examines the blonde bombshell's relationship with Anton LaVey.
Even When I Fall
Documentary 2017 89 mins Director: Sky Neal
The inspiring and fascinating story of two child-trafficking survivors who form Nepal’s first and only circus; an ode to survival and the healing power of performance.
Documentary 2017 86 mins Director: 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.
Joshua Tree, 1951 A Portrait of James Dean
Biopic 2012 94 mins Director: Matthew Mishory
A sensuous and sexy snapshot from the life of James Dean, capturing moments from the years before his career took off.
A Fuller Life
Documentary 2013 80 mins Director: Samantha Fuller
James Franco leads the eulogies in this profile of the larger-than-life filmmaker Samuel Fuller, who also had eventful stints as a journalist and serviceman.
Drama 1943 79 mins Director: Rodney Ackland
Sally Ann Howes plays the 12-year-old spotted by a casting director, setting her on the way to stardom.
A Bit of Scarlet
Documentary 1996 71 mins Director: 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.
Documentary 2014 96 mins Director: Ron Mann
An illuminating documentary about American cinema’s maverick genius Robert Altman, featuring unseen home movies and extensive interviews.
Night of the Filmmakers
Documentary 1995 51 mins Director: Edgar Reitz
From the director of Heimat, a mini-epic about the history of German cinema.
Featuring Peter Bogdanovich
Documentary 2017 92 mins Director: Alexandre O. Philippe
This superb, in-depth documentary devotes 90 minutes to analysing one of cinema’s most famous sequences – the shower scene in Psycho.
Documentary 2015 80 mins Director: Kent Jones
Kent Jones’ excellent documentary about a historic encounter between two cinema greats.
Drama 2017 102 mins Director: Simon Hunter
Sheila Hancock is tremendous as a widow who sets out to scale a Scottish mountain, in this gorgeously photographed paean to late-life adventure.
On Chesil Beach
Drama 2017 110 mins Director: Dominic Cooke
Saoirse Ronan and Billy Howle play a young, married couple struggling to physically connect in this sensitive adaptation of Ian McEwan’s acclaimed novel.
Drama 2017 98 mins Director: Carla Simón
An outstanding debut feature charting the emotional journey of a six-year old girl in the aftermath of her mother’s death in early 1990s Spain.
Thriller 2017 96 mins Director: Felix Randau
Revenge is served ice-cold in this visceral thriller, in which a neolithic hunter seeks vengeance against those who decimated his tribe.
Drama 2017 95 mins Director: Dan Kokotajlo
A deeply religious family must decide whether to stick by their relation or abandon her, in this striking debut from Daniel Kokotajlo - a prizewinner at BFI London Film Festival 2017.
Drama 2017 114 mins Director: Anne Fontaine
A young gay man (Finnegan Oldfield ) flourishes under the tutelage of Isabelle Huppert's drama teacher, in this stirring drama from director Anne Fontaine (The Innocents).