Cate Blanchett is in full-on chameleon mode, playing 13 different characters in this energetic tribute to artistic troublemakers. In this thrilling history of 20th-century ideas, Blanchett narrates the tenets of movements including modernism, futurism, communism and Dogme 95. As each manifesto seeks to rip up what has come before, so each scene here builds on and destroys the preceding philosophies, employing different techniques of delivery to explore ideas about aesthetics, technology and politics. That each separate world feels so fully realised is down to the meticulous mise-en-scène of artist-director Julian Rosefeldt, who expands on his original multi-screen installation to create a kaleidoscopic feature film for creative spirits that will provoke and inspire.
Animation & Artists Moving Image
Animation & Artists Moving Image 2018 89 mins Director: Nick Park
In Aardman’s latest animated adventure, Caveman Dug and his pet hog, Hognog, must unite their tribe if they're are to survive the threat of pompous tyrant Lord Nooth.
When the Wind Blows
Animation & Artists Moving Image 1986 84 mins Director: Jimmy Teru Murakami
A middle-aged couple prepare for nuclear war in this humorous and macabre cautionary tale, adapted by Raymond Briggs (The Snowman) from his best-selling book.
Animation & Artists Moving Image 1969 5 mins Director: Vera Linnecar
And you thought followers were a good thing… This cartoon on innovators and imitators is a colourful delight as well as cautionary tale
The Hunting of the Snark
Animation & Artists Moving Image 1967 24 mins Director: Diana Potter
“Live animation” of Lewis Carroll’s nonsense poem adventure from the maker of Captain Pugwash
Men of Merit (a Lantern Lecture)
Animation & Artists Moving Image 1948 4 mins
Vibrant, progressive animation contrasts with some outdated attitudes in this Electricity Council cartoon on energy usage
Animation & Artists Moving Image 1966 8 mins Director: Nancy Hanna
If 2001’s Star Gate sequence was a bit more laid back and accompanied by lift music, it might look a little something like this…
Drama 2010 124 mins Director: Mike Leigh
Mike Leigh's drama about contented couple (Jim Broadbent and Ruth Sheen) who play host to various friends, each struggling to find happiness.
Drama 2014 138 mins Director: Xavier Dolan-Tadros
With stylish and charged intensity, Xavier Dolan charts the fractious relationship between an uncontrollable teen and his fun-loving mother.
Beyond the Hills
Drama 2012 152 mins Director: Cristian Mungiu
Cristian Mungiu's scarily plausible drama about a nun's friend suffering for her love in a nunnery; obsession and superstition wreak havoc.
Beasts of the Southern Wild
Drama 2012 93 mins Director: Benh Zeitlin
Set in a Deep South delta, Zeitlin’s feature debut takes a child’s eye view of poverty, adult apathy and ecological crisis. Hallucinatory fare
The Imitation Game
Biopic 2014 115 mins Director: Morten Tyldum
Benedict Cumberbatch’s roundly acclaimed performance anchors the incredible, Oscar-winning story of code-breaker Alan Turing.
Documentary 2014 181 mins Director: Frederick Wiseman
The inner workings of London’s National Gallery are laid bare in this absorbing, forensic examination by revered filmmaker Frederick Wiseman.
Featuring Cate Blanchett
Thriller 2011 111 mins Director: Joe Wright
Joe Wright's electric tale of a female assassin (Saoirse Ronan) trying to escape her destiny rocks to a propulsive Chemical Brothers soundtrack.
Drama 2014 119 mins Director: Todd Haynes
Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara illuminate Todd Haynes’ intoxicating adaptation of Patricia Highsmith’s beloved novel.
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).