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Jane Giles' Cult playlist

Throughout my 30 years as a film programmer, writer and distributor I’ve been fascinated by subversive and transgressive cinema. Here are just a few of my favourite films on BFI Player, arranged thematically in triple bills for your viewing pleasure.
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The ShoutThe Shout

Drama197883 minsDirector: Jerzy Skolimowski

Cannes’ Grand Jury Prize was awarded to this unnerving drama about a man who claims to be able to kill people with a ‘terror shout’ learned from an Aboriginal shaman.

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London the Modern BabylonLondon the Modern Babylon

Documentary2012128 minsDirector: Julien Temple

The story of London told through a century of popular music and film archive treasures.

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Deep EndDeep End

Drama197092 minsDirector: Jerzy Skolimowski

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

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The Party's OverThe Party's Over

Drama196392 minsSilentDirector: 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.

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I Am DivineI Am Divine

Documentary201390 minsDirector: Jeffrey Schwarz

A unique documentary about a unique person – follow Divine’s life from humble Baltimore beginnings to superstar status as the Queen of Cult.

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DufferDuffer

Drama197175 mins

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.

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Pink NarcissusPink Narcissus

Fantasy197165 minsDirector: James Bidgood

With its highly charged hallucinogenic quality, its atmosphere of lush decadence, and its explicit erotic power, Pink Narcissus is a landmark of gay cinema.

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La Belle et la BêteLa Belle et la Bête

Fantasy194695 minsDirector: Jean Cocteau

Jean Cocteau’s ravishingly restored 1946 film is a cinematic classic. “Five stars. [This] magical exploration of the fairytale is a compelling and bizarre masterpiece” – Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian