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Flipside - Cult British Cinema

Revisiting the many British films that have fallen through the cracks, this Flipside collection favours the overlooked, the sidelined and the undervalued.

With cult favourites from the BFI’s Flipside DVD label – and more besides - the collection offers rare films from directors who merit attention, plus little seen performances from accomplished British actors as Helen Mirren and John Hurt.

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The Black Panther
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The Black Panther

Drama197797 minsDirector: Ian Merrick

Gripping crime drama charts the killing spree which Donald Neilson, aka the Black Panther, perpetrated across England during the mid-70s.

Assault
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Assault

Detective drama197087 minsDirector: Sidney Hayers

Violent British crime film about a murderer on the loose near a girls’ school, starring Suzy Kendall and Lesley Anne-Down.

Billy the Kid and the Green Baize Vampire
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Billy the Kid and the Green Baize Vampire

Musical198590 minsDirector: Alan Clarke

Alan Clarke’s once derided feature is surely the only vampire snooker musical in cinema history and a genuine cult artefact ripe for rediscovery.

Bronco Bullfrog
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Bronco Bullfrog

Drama196987 minsDirector: Barney Platts-Mills

A fascinating record of 1960s suedehead youth culture which is largely improvised by a non-professional cast of teenagers from east London

Bread
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Bread

Drama197168 minsDirector: Stanley A. Long

A fun tale of hippies and rock and roll directed by the legendary Stanley Long and featuring cult British rock bands Juicy Lucy and Crazy Mabel.

Captured
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Captured

War195964 minsDirector: John Krish

Previously only shown to a restricted audience of top military brass from the Ministry of Defence, Captured is a stunning Prisoner of War drama.

Deadlier than the Male
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Deadlier than the Male

Detective drama196698 minsDirector: Ralph Thomas

Richard Johnson is Bulldog Drummond, a freelance investigator who attracts the attention of a pair of deadly female assassins, played by Elke Sommer and Sylva Koscina.

Death and The Compass
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Death and The Compass

199686 minsDirector: Alex Cox

Alex Cox’s visually stunning, deliciously dark adaptation of the short story by acclaimed Argentine writer Jorge Luis Borges.

The Devil Rides Out
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The Devil Rides Out

Horror196795 minsDirector: Terence Fisher

Dennis Wheatley's occult tale is given the Hammer treatment.

Deep End
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Deep End

Drama197092 minsDirector: Jerzy Skolimowski

A darkly comic and compelling coming of age story set during a time of social change.

Starting Out: The Making of Deep End
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Starting Out: The Making of Deep End

Documentary201175 minsDirector: Robert Fischer

Immersive and informative look at the production of this surreal, seductive film, with contributions from cast and crew.

Duffer
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Duffer

Drama197175 minsDirector: Joseph Despins

A bizarre study of obsession focusing on a teenage boy who is torn between the charms of a fleshly female prostitute and the sadism of an older man.

Herostratus
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Herostratus

Drama1967143 minsDirector: Don Levy

Helen Mirren makes her film debut in the tale of a young poet (Michael Gothard) intent on turning his suicide into a mass-media spectacle.

Little Malcolm
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Little Malcolm

Drama1975111 minsDirector: Stuart Cooper

Delusional revolutionary Malcolm Scrawdyke (John Hurt) leads his Party of Dynamic Erection in a battle against an unseen nemesis in this dark comedy.

Loving Memory
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Loving Memory

Drama197052 minsDirector: Tony Scott

An unsettling portrait of love and loss by the director of Top Gun.

The Moon over the Alley
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The Moon over the Alley

Musical1977108 minsDirector: Joseph Despins

The Moon Over the Alley is a bizarre and compelling musical exploring the problems of multicultural Notting Hill residents in the early 1970s.

Maroc 7
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Maroc 7

Crime196788 minsDirector: Gerry O'Hara

Gene Barry stars as a spy on an Arabian adventure, sent to Morocco to infiltrate Cyd Charisse’s highly glamorous jewel-smuggling outfit.

Nightbirds
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Nightbirds

Drama197078 minsDirector: Andy Milligan

Dark drama about the doomed relationship of two down-and-outers living in the squalid East End of London in the early 1970s.

The Party's Over
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The Party's Over

Drama196392 minsDirector: Guy Hamilton

The partying of a wild group of beatniks lead by Oliver Reed has shocking consequences. Written by Marc Behm, directed by Guy Hamilton and with music by John Barry.

Peeping Tom
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Peeping Tom

Drama1960101 minsDirector: Michael Powell

Michael Powell’s dark, disturbing, once controversial tale of a shy camera technician who films women as he kills them is now rightly deemed a classic

Pressure
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Pressure

Drama1975121 minsDirector: Horace Ové

Hailed as Britain's first black feature film, Pressure is a hard-hitting, honest document of the plight of disenchanted black youths in 1970s London.

Prostitute
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Prostitute

Drama198198 minsDirector: Tony Garnett

Explicit and controversial drama. An ambitious working girl moves to London hoping to securing wealthier patrons, while her social worker friend fights to change antiquated prostitution laws.

Private Road
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Private Road

Drama197189 minsDirector: Barney Platts-Mills

A compelling tale about the struggle for personal freedom, starring Bruce Robinson (Withnail and I).

Repeater
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Repeater

Comedy197975 minsDirector: Chris Monger

Comic thriller which, with its unorthodox narrative about a woman's confession of a murder, deconstructs the conventions of the genre.

Quatermass and the Pit
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Quatermass and the Pit

Horror196794 minsDirector: Roy Ward Baker

One of Britain’s finest sci-fi films, based on Nigel Kneale’s masterful script, about the discovery of ancient alien craft beneath central London.

Radio On
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Radio On

Road movie1979100 minsDirector: Chris Petit

Chris Petit's cult classic is one of the most striking feature debuts in British cinema – a haunting blend of edgy mystery story and existential road movie.

Requiem for a Village
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Requiem for a Village

Documentary197568 minsDirector: David Gladwell

The idyllic, pastoral past of a Suffolk village is reborn through memory in this extraordinary, little-known film from director David Gladwell.

That Sinking Feeling
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That Sinking Feeling

Comedy197990 minsDirector: Bill Forsyth

Before Gregory's Girl, Bill Forsyth mate this equally hilarious caper about a group of unemployed teenagers who hatch a plan to steal a job lot of stainless steel sinks.

Silent Scream
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Silent Scream

Biopic198985 minsDirector: David Hayman

Brutal, mind-bending journey into the damaged mind of a violent killer, with exceptional performances from Iain Glen and Robert Carlyle.

Three Businessmen
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Three Businessmen

Comedy199981 minsDirector: Alex Cox

Alex Cox’s surreal and subversive comic fantasy about three men’s search for a meal that becomes a globe-trotting odyssey.

Tomorrow Never Comes
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Tomorrow Never Comes

Crime1977102 minsDirector: Peter Collinson

This tense, violent hostage drama stars Oliver Reed as a negotiator trying to barter the release of Susan George from her deranged partner.

Twinky
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Twinky

Comedy197094 minsDirector: Richard Donner

Richard Donner directs this unlikely romance between a 38-year-old writer of erotic novels (Charles Bronson) and a 16-year-old schoolgirl played by Susan George. After marrying and absconding to Scotland, the pair finds it hard to adjust to life together.

Voice Over
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Voice Over

Drama1982108 minsDirector: Chris Monger

This disturbing and controversial psychological drama from award-winning director Christopher Monger features a compelling central performance from Ian McNeice.

Victim
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Victim

Drama1961100 minsDirector: Basil Dearden

This thought-provoking classic stars Dirk Bogarde as a homosexual lawyer who risks his career to hunt down a blackmailer.

Winstanley
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Winstanley

Historical drama197596 minsDirector: Kevin Brownlow

An authentic historical drama about the visionary Gerrard Winstanley who led a group of impoverished 'Diggers' to assert their common rights.