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Enjoy some of the finest actors of the silver screen who gave us countless unforgettable performances over rich and illustrious careers.

  • Pascali's Island

    In 1908 on the Greek Island of Simi, Pascali, a spy for the Sultan of the Ottoman empire, watches as an Englishman (Charles Dance) arrives on the island. The newcomer claims to be an archaeologist, however, Pascali is sure there's more to the Englishman than meets the eye. And when the settler se...

  • Jekyll & Hyde

    Henry Jekyll (Michael Caine) is a melancholy man. His wife died of pneumonia, and he seeks the comfort of his sister-in-law, despite her father's refusal. Jekyll throws himself into his work, developing a personality-splitting drug that allows him to wreak brutish havoc as his alter-ego, Hyde. Ho...

  • The Mirror Crack'd

    When a Hollywood movie company arrives, stars in tow, to make a picture, the village of St Mary Mead is delighted. However, when a local woman is murdered, and the poison seems to have been intended for a visiting movie star, local detective Inspector Craddock (Edward Fox) turns to his Auntie, Mi...

  • Flashbacks of a Fool

    Joe Scott (Daniel Craig) has it all, an ageing Hollywood star yes, but one able to live a hedonistic lifestyle with no care for anyone but himself. However, when his childhood best friend, Boots (Max Deacon), passes away, Joe must confront his past, and the demons that lurk therein.

  • The Fallen Idol

    Carol Reed followed the success of Odd Man Out (1947) with this adaptation of Graham Greene’s short story, The Basement Room. Young Felipe (a revelatory Bobby Henrey) is a son of a diplomat who is never around, who instead forms a friendship with his butler Baines (Ralph Richardson). Baines impre...

  • Personal Services

    When Christine (Julie Walters) is unable to pay her landlord rent, she has to get creative. Based on the real-life experiences of Cynthia Payne, Personal Services is the raunchy comedy that isn't afraid to say sex! As Christine becomes the madame of a suburban brothel, with older men as her clien...

  • Kind Hearts and Coronets

    Dennis Price plays Louis, a young man snubbed by his aristocratic family as a result of his mother's marriage. When she's killed, Louis becomes determined to inherit the family title, and won't let anything or anyone stop him. With an unforgettable performance by Alec Guinness as all eight remain...

  • Evil under the Sun

    Peter Ustinov stars as Agatha Christie's immortal detective, Hercule Poirot, in this star-studded murder-mystery. Poirot is tying up some loose ends on a shimmeringly beautiful Adriatic island when he's dragged into the case of an actress' strangling. In typical Christie style, everyone on the be...

  • The Lion in Winter

    Christmas 1183. An elderly King Henry the Second (Peter O'Toole) is torn over naming his successor. He wants the young Prince John (Nigel Terry), one of his three sons, to take over, however, his wife Queen Eleanor of Aquitaine (Katherine Hepburn) wants another of his sons, Prince Richard the Lio...

  • The Gold Diggers

    The ground-breaking first feature from the director of Orlando and The Tango Lesson, The Gold Diggers is a key film of early '80s feminist cinema. Made with an all-woman crew, featuring stunning photography by Babette Magolte and a score by Lindsay Cooper it embraces a radical and experimental na...

  • Two Way Stretch

    In Huntleigh prison, a group of cellmates (Peter Sellers, Bernard Cribbins and David Lodge) plan the perfect burglary. By escaping the day before their release, then breaking back in again, they will have the perfect alibi when they rob a maharajah's palace of its diamonds - they will seemingly n...

  • Darling

    When she meets a hip television director, a young woman is swept into the world of London's lavish sixties nightlife. However, her lust to belong to the scene doesn't even begin to quench her thirst for fun, as she drifts from clique to clique looking for an unattainable sense of belonging.

  • Brighton Rock

    Richard Attenborough is unforgettable as ‘Pinkie’, the brutal gangster who seduces and grooms a simple waitress, Rose (Carol Marsh) in the belief that she could incriminate him in a murder.

  • An Inspector Calls

    It is 1912, and the shadow of war looms over a wealthy family. As they celebrate their eldest daughter's engagement in their lavish Yorkshire manor, they're interrupted by an ominous police detective who is investigating a young woman's suicide, and what role each of them played in her death.

  • Last September

    Residing over their declining Irish estate, an elderly couple (Maggie Smith and Michael Gambon) entertain a number of guests. Their niece (Keeley Hawes) enjoys flirtatious adventures with the invitees, including a British soldier (David Tennant). However, when a final guest arrives and begins to ...

  • Friendship's Death

    Friendship (Tilda Swinton) has been sent to Earth on a peace mission. Heading for MIT, she inadvertently lands in Amman, Jordan during the 1970 ‘Black September’ war and is ushered to safety by journalist Sullivan (Bill Paterson). Holed up in a hotel as the conflict rages outside, the pair enter ...

  • The Sense of an Ending

    An elderly divorcé receives a sum of money in the will of his university girlfriend's mother. Confused, he tries to discover the reason for her gift. The Sense of an Ending is Ritesh Batra's (The Lunchbox) charming and intelligent adaptation of Julian Barnes' Booker Prize-winning novel of the sam...

  • Hobson's Choice

    The eldest daughter of a bullish shoemaker decides to set up a rival business with her father's best boot-hand, whom she also intends to marry. Charles Laughton and John Mills play off each other brilliantly as the bullish shop owner and gentle but confident boot-hand in this clever romantic come...

  • The Man Who Haunted Himself

    Conservative executive Harold Pelham (a harrowing and atypical performance by Roger Moore) is involved in a car accident and declared momentarily dead. When he's eventually released from the hospital, Pelham discovers that an exact double of him has recently been seen in places that he's never be...

  • The Raging Moon

    In this sensitive and ground-breaking drama, Malcolm McDowell plays a passionate young man who has developed a degenerative disease. In despair he decamps to a home for disabled people where he meets a woman with polio (Nanette Newman) who instils him with hope, leading to a passionate relationship.

  • My Name Is Joe

    Ken Loach's acclaimed tale of addiction, recovery and redemption follows Joe, an astoundingly intense Peter Mullan, as he attempts to move away from alcohol and towards a new life. After meeting health worker Sarah and developing feelings for her, Joe must find a way to bridge the gap between his...

  • The London Nobody Knows

    James Mason takes us through the unfashionable areas of London. From the gentlemen's lavatory at Holborn station to Bedford Theatre, to Chapel Market this psychedelic documentary does well to retrace the steps of Geoffrey Fletcher, the author of the film's source.

  • The Fourth Angel

    Starring Jeremy Irons as a father who loses it all, only to fight back for vengeance against those who took it, The Fourth Angel is a high stakes action thriller with a heart. With an excellent supporting cast, including fine performances from Forest Whitaker and Charlotte Rampling, Fourth Angel ...

  • London

    The first in Patrick Keiller’s highly imaginative trilogy of psycho-geographic journeys charts a trip through (and history of) London, as undertaken by our unseen narrator (Paul Scofield) and his companion, Robinson.