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Exploring the films and filmmakers that broke the rules of cinema in the 1990s.

Our collection focusing on the titles that created a new cinematic language and challenged aesthetic and formal conventions. The influence of these films can still be felt today; some of them challenged what was expected of a director, of moving image, of a national cinema. We celebrate the rule breakers and rebels who defined a decade.

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Institute Benjamenta Institute Benjamenta

Drama1995105 minsDirector: Brothers Quay

Mark Rylance stars in the debut feature film from the Brothers Quay. A student at a peculiar school for servants gradually uncovers its secrets and, by extension, those of life itself.

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Eve's BayouEve's Bayou

Drama1997115 minsDirector: Kasi Lemmons

Samuel L. Jackson stars in this seething slice of Southern Gothic, about the travails of a Louisiana family bedevilled by infidelity, incest and witchcraft.

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Brassed OffBrassed Off

Drama1996107 minsDirector: Mark Herman

Pete Postlethwaite stars in this emotional drama about members of a colliery brass band who learn their mine may soon be closing.

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The Crying GameThe Crying Game

Drama1992112 minsDirector: Neil Jordan

Neil Jordan's acclaimed 1992 drama-mystery tells the story of Fergus (Stephen Rea), who looks after the lover (Jaye Davidson) of a British soldier he once knew. But what is Dil hiding?

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Beautiful ThingBeautiful Thing

Comedy199691 minsDirector: Hettie Macdonald

Hettie MacDonald’s 1996 comedy tells the story of two classmates and neighbours (Glen Berry, Scott Neal) who fall in love over one summer in South East London.

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Trying to Kiss the MoonTrying to Kiss the Moon

Animation & Artists Moving Image199496 minsDirector: Stephen Dwoskin

Autobiographical film by the veteran disabled experimental filmmaker, Steve Dwoskin.

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Reservoir DogsReservoir Dogs

Film noir199199 minsDirector: Quentin Tarantino

Quentin Tarantino explodes onto the screen with his debut feature following a jewellery heist gone horribly, violently wrong.

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Trees LoungeTrees Lounge

Comedy199691 minsDirector: Steve Buscemi

Venerable character actor Steve Buscemi steps behind the camera in this profound character study on a lonely, alcoholic, and unemployed mechanic.

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PiPi

Science Fiction199784 minsDirector: Darren Aronofsky

Darren Aronofsky’s magisterial monochrome mystery concerns a mathematician whose discovery of a powerful number leads to the dark side.

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TrainspottingTrainspotting

Drama199590 minsDirector: Danny Boyle

Danny Boyle's exhilarating, narcotic trip follows a group of heroin-addicted friends as they navigate their way through Glasgow's seedy 1990s drug culture.

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Bhaji on the BeachBhaji on the Beach

Comedy1993101 minsDirector: Gurinder Chadha

Gurinder Chadha's charming and critically acclaimed comedy about a group of British Asian women from Birmingham who bond during a day-trip to Blackpool.

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BabymotherBabymother

Musical199877 minsDirector: Julian Henriques

Neeta and her crew rise to dancehall fame in North West London's Caribbean community, in the first Black British musical.

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Blue Black PermanentBlue Black Permanent

Drama199286 minsDirector: Margaret Tait

Engaging, poetic story of three generations of Scottish women made by artist Margaret Tait.

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Brothers in TroubleBrothers in Trouble

Drama1996103 minsDirector: Udayan Prasad

Udayan Prasad's perceptive 1995 drama follows Amir (Pavan Malhotra), a Pakistani immigrant living in England and adjusting to his new life - including meeting an Irish girl who moves into his boarding house.

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East Is EastEast Is East

Comedy199997 minsDirector: Damien O'Donnell

Damien O'Donnell's charming comedy-drama about Zaheed Khan (Om Puri), the patriarch of a Pakistani-British family whose children begin to reject their heritage and embrace UK life.

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Open Your EyesOpen Your Eyes

Thriller1997119 minsDirector: Alejandro Amenábar

Alejandro Amenabar’s signature science-fiction drama follows a young man who falls for his dream woman, before he is disfigured in an accident.

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Live FleshLive Flesh

Drama199797 minsDirector: Pedro Almodóvar

Pedro Almodóvar’s sexy and suspenseful thriller follows the intertwining destinies of a cop (Javier Bardem) and the criminal who paralyses him.

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OrphansOrphans

Comedy199798 minsDirector: Peter Mullan

Peter Mullan steps behind the camera for this pitch-black comedy surrounding a family who reunite for their mother’s funeral.

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Remembrance of Things FastRemembrance of Things Fast

Animation & Artists Moving Image199362 minsDirector: John Maybury

John Maybury’s dark, queer state of the nation film starring Tilda Swinton and Rupert Everett

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Menace II SocietyMenace II Society

Drama199397 minsDirector: Albert Hughes

The Hughes brothers' lean, powerful and unflinching look at the mean streets of the urban ghetto.

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