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The Story of Film part 11: Innovation in Popular Culture Around the World
The blockbuster arrives, driving a new revolution with Jaws and Jedis. Meanwhile, Bollywoood and Hong Kong are adapting too.
Documentary 2011 61 mins
Director: Mark Cousins
Star Wars, Jaws and The Exorcist created the multiplexes, but as Mark Cousins shows, they were also innovative. Amitabh Bachchan, the world's most popular film star, shares how Bollywood was doing new things in the '70s. And we discover that Bruce Lee movies in Hong Kong kickstarted the kinetic films of Hong Kong, where Master Yuen Wo Ping talks about his choreography for The Matrix.
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 72 mins Director: Carol Salter
Carol Salter's award-winning portrait of a young Chinese woman training to become a mortician is a tender and reflective elegy on death and the fragility of life.
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.
50 Years Legal
Documentary 2017 77 mins Director: Simon Napier-Bell
Five decades on from the partial decriminalisation of homosexuality, a range of LGBTQ+ stars (including Sir Elton John and Stephen Fry) reflect on Britain's history of prejudice, persecution and liberation.
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.
Documentary 2015 80 mins Director: Kent Jones
Kent Jones’ excellent documentary about a historic encounter between two cinema greats.
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.
Directed by Mark Cousins
Stockholm My Love
Drama 2016 84 mins Director: Mark Cousins
Neneh Cherry, director Mark Cousins and cinematographer Christopher Doyle's exquisite love song to the Swedish city.
What Is This Film Called Love?
Documentary 2012 81 mins Director: Mark Cousins
Mark Cousins’ cine-essay, inspired by Sergei Eisenstein’s 1930s Mexican odyssey, is a poetic meditation on memory, landscape and walking.
A Story of Children and Film
Documentary 2013 101 mins Director: Mark Cousins
Mark Cousins' personal and poetic exploration of the cinema of childhood, as told through 53 great films from 25 countries.
The Story of Film part 15: Film Moves Full Circle and the Future of the Movies
Documentary 2011 62 mins Director: Mark Cousins
This stunning series closes with an appraisal of post-9/11 cinema, analysis of its best directors and a speculative look at film in the future.
The Story of Film part 14: The First Days of Digital Reality Losing Its Realness
Documentary 2011 61 mins Director: Mark Cousins
Tarantino, Lebowski and Buzz Lightyear refresh the movies with dazzling dialogue, visuals and a signpost toward cinema's future.
The Story of Film part 8: New Waves Sweep Around the World
Documentary 2011 61 mins Director: Mark Cousins
Easy Rider and 2001: A Space Odyssey signal a new phase in cinema. It's part of a movement bringing Polanski, Tarkovsky and others to prominence.
Drama 2017 106 mins Director: Michael Pearce
The hunt for a Jersey serial killer sparks a dangerous awakening in a young woman in this astonishing psycho-sexual thriller, which sets all the senses aflame.
Mad to Be Normal
Drama 2016 105 mins Director: Robert Mullan
David Tennant is inspired as the renegade Scottish psychiatrist R.D. Laing, whose unorthodox therapeutic ideas chime with the radical spirit of 1960s counterculture.
Sicilian Ghost Story
Drama 2017 119 mins Director: Fabio Grassadonia
A gripping real-life story of a Mafia kidnapping in Italy is enthrallingly re-imagined as supernatural fantasy by the directors of the acclaimed Salvo.
Drama 2015 90 mins Director: Bilall Fallah
Star-crossed lovers from rival street gangs conduct an illicit affair in this pulsating urban romance.
Crime 2017 80 mins Director: Travis Mathews
From the director of Interior. Leather Bar. comes this eerie and powerful psychological thriller that offers a disturbing insight into the dark heart of Trump’s America.
Girls on Film 3: Goddesses
Anthology 2018 111 mins Director: Karishma Dev Dube
Eight more award-winning short films from around the world, exploring female desire, empowerment and the realities of being a woman, a lesbian and a feminist in the modern world.