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  • 56 UP

    Directed by Michael Apted • Documentary • With Bruce Balden, Jacqueline Basset, Symon Basterfield, Andrew Brackfield, John Brisby, Suzanne Dewey, Nicholas Hitchon, Neil Hughes, Lynn Johnson, Paul Kligerman, Susan Sullivan, Tony Walker, Charles Furneaux • 2012 • 138 minutes

    ”Give me the child ...

  • 64 Day Hero: A Boxer's Tale

    Directed by Franco Rosso • Documentary • 1985 • 92 minutes

    In this compelling and thought-provoking documentary, sports writer and novelist Gordon Williams uses archive footage, as well as interviews with family members and friends, to investigate the troubled life of the mixed-race British boxi...

  • Anne Clark – I’ll Walk Out Into Tomorrow

    Directed by Claus Withopf • Documentary • 2017 • 81 minutes

    Anne Clark, English poet and spoken word-artist, has been celebrated worldwide on stage for more than 30 years. She set standards as an iconic eloquent, yet modest rebel and is a pioneer of electronic music. Shaped by the punk scene, An...

  • Blue Black Permanent

    Directed by Margaret Tait • Drama • With Celia Imrie, Jack Shepherd, Gerda Stevenson, James Fleet • 1992 • 84 minutes

    Margaret Tait's tale of three generations of women in a Scottish family swirls out through a series of interlinking stories and recollections, taking place in Edinburgh and the O...

  • The Cost of Living

    Directed by Sean Blacknell & Wayne Walsh • Documentary • With Annie Miller, David Graeber, Diane Coyle, George Monbiot, Guy Standing • 45 minutes

    THE COST OF LIVING is a documentary that explores the current socio-economic state of Britain and considers how the idea of a basic income could minim...

  • Churchill's Island

    Directed by Stuart Legg • Documentary • With Lorne Greene • 1941 • 22 minutes

    Winner of the first Oscar for Best Documentary Short Subject! It presents the strategy of the Battle of Britain, showing with penetrating clarity the relationships between the various forces made up the island's defens...

  • Codebreaker

    Directed by Clare Beavan, Nic Stacey • Documentary • With Steve Wozniak, Ed Stoppard, Henry Goodman • 2014 • 81 minutes

    "Codebreaker" tells the remarkable and tragic story of one of the 20th century's most important people. Alan Turing set in motion the computer age and his World War II codebrea...

  • The Deep Blue Sea

    Directed by Terrence Davies • Drama • With Rachel Weisz, Tom Hiddleston • 2012 • 98 minutes

    In The Deep Blue Sea, Master chronicler of post-War England, Terence Davies directs Rachel Weisz as a woman whose overpowering love threatens her well-being and alienates the men in her life. In a deeply ...

  • Drifters

    Directed by John Grierson • Documentary • 1929 • 50 minutes

    Story of the North Sea herring fleets. Filmed around the coast of Yarmouth and Lowestoft and Lerwick in the Shetlands in all weathers, but using some studio sets for interiors.

  • The Enemy Within

    Directed by Owen Gower • Documentary • 2015 • 112 minutes

    In 1984, a Conservative government under Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher declared war on Britain's unions, taking on the strongest in the country, the National Union of Mineworkers. Following a secret plan, the government began announcin...

  • Enginemen

    Directed by Michael Grigsby • Documentary • 1959 • 21 minutes

    Produced just in time to be screened under the banner of the late–1950s ‘Free Cinema’ documentary movement, Enginemen records the life and work of engine workers in a locomotive shed just outside Manchester. At the time of British Rai...

  • Every Day Except Christmas

    Directed by Lindsay Anderson • Documentary • With Alun Owen • 1957 • 40 minutes

    Lindsay Anderson followed his Free Cinema debut O Dreamland with this affectionate tribute to working-class life, depicting the hustle and bustle of Covent Garden market. On the back of his renowned Free Cinema film ...

  • Food for a Blush

    Directed by Elizabeth Russell • Documentary • 1959 • 29 minutes

    Food for a Blush is a documentary of worry, satirising some aspects of London life.

  • I, Anna

    Directed by Barnaby Southcombe • Drama • With Charlotte Rampling, Gabriel Byrne, Eddie Marsan • 2016 • 93 minutes

    The lives of a beautiful divorcee and a troubled detective intersect during the investigation of a vicious murder on the grimy, rain-soaked streets of London, sparking a tangled web ...

  • Le Week-End

    Directed by Roger Michell • Drama • With Jim Broadbent, Lindsey Duncan, Jeff Goldblum • 2013 • 93 minutes

    Academy Award winner Jim Broadbent (IRIS, TOPSY-TURVY, ANOTHER YEAR) and Lindsay Duncan (ABOUT TIME, ALICE IN WONDERLAND, MANSFIELD PARK) give exquisite performances as Nick and Meg, a long-...

  • London

    Directed by Patrick Keiller • Documentary • With Paul Scofield • 1994 • 85 minutes

    A 'fin-de-siecle' personal portrait of London from an English experimental filmmaker, shot over a period of twelve months, which saw the election of John Major as prime minister, renewed IRA bombings, the 'Black W...

  • The Miners' Hymns

    Directed by Bill Morrison • Documentary • 2011 • 52 minutes

    The ill-fated coal mining communities in North East England are the subject of this inspired documentary by multi-media artist Bill Morrison. Their story is told entirely without words, yet the film is far from silent: it features a rem...

  • Minute Bodies: The Intimate World Of F. Percy Smith

    Directed by Stuart A. Staples • Documentary • With tindersticks • 2016 • 55 minutes

    This meditative, immersive film by tindersticks' Stuart A. Staples is a tribute to the astonishing work and achievements of naturalist, inventor and pioneering British filmmaker F. Percy Smith (1880-1945).

    Based...

  • Momma Don't Allow

    Directed by Karel Reisz & Tony Richardson • Documentary • With Chris Barber, Monty Sunshine, Pat Halcox, Ron Bowden • 1956 • 22 minutes

    This lively Free Cinema short captures a night out at the Wood Green Jazz Club, where teenagers jive to trad jazz. Funded by the BFI Experimental Film Fund, it ...

  • Murder in the Cathedral

    Directed by George Hoellering • Drama • With Leo McKern, T.S. Eliot • 1952 • 114 minutes

    George Hoellering’s powerful adaptation of T.S. Eliot's classic verse drama is a stark and highly atypical example of British historical cinema. Little-seen despite winning a top prize at the Venice Film Fes...

  • Murder in the Cathedral Extras

    Directed by George Hoellering • Drama • 1952 • 52 minutes

    Alternative And Deleted Sequences from MURDER IN THE CATHEDRAL

    00:00 Alternative opening sequence
    03:58 Extended King’s Court scene
    14:56 Extended scene of priest addressing congregation, deleted song & extended scene of women’s chorus
    2...

  • Nice Time

    Directed by Claude Goretta & Alain Tanner • Documentary • 1957 • 16 minutes

    The swirling neon frenzy of Piccadilly Circus has never been better captured than in this innovative short, which presents the London landmark as a bewildering collage of image and sound.

    Swiss film enthusiasts and BFI ...

  • Night Mail

    Directed by Harry Watt & Basil Charles Wright • Documentary • 1936 • 23 minutes

    A cornerstone of British documentary, Harry Watt and Basil Wright's NIGHT MAIL, with music by Benjamin Britten and verse by W.H. Auden, stands as a beacon for John Grierson's original purpose for documentary - to mak...

  • The Nine Muses

    Directed by John Akomfrah • Documentary • 2010 • 94 minutes

    Structured as an allegorical fable set between 1949 and 1970, THE NINE MUSES is comprised of nine overlapping musical chapters that mix archival material with original scenes. Together, they form a stylized, idiosyncratic retelling of t...