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Cult comedy figure Frank Sidebottom, the anarchic pop-star-wannabe from Timperley, is one of the most beloved characters to come out of the alternative comedy scene in the late 80s. Being Frank takes a hilarious in-depth look at another Mancunian with pop dreams: Chris Sievey, the man behind Frank.
Using footage from Sievey's relentless self-documentation, and interviews with the likes of Frank's former band members, DJ Mark Radcliffe and author Jon Ronson (co-writer of 2014's Frank, a fictionalised account of Sidebottom) Being Frank presents a comprehensive look at Sievey as an obsessive and often tortured artist.
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Paul Kelly's stirring and acclaimed character study of enigmatic musician Lawrence (Felt, Denim and Go-Kart Mozart).
Documentary 2015 96 mins Director: David Evans
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Documentary 2020 68 mins Director: Pete Murimi
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Documentary 2015 82 mins Director: Patricio Guzmán
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Documentary 2011 75 mins Director: Jeanie Finlay
Jeanie Finlay's elegaic account of the very last record shop in Teesside, UK.
BFI London Film Festival
Period drama 2016 146 mins Director: Park Chan-wook
Park Chan-wook (Old Boy, Stoker) channels Sarah Waters’ novel Fingersmith, to create a sumptuous twisty psychological thriller full of erotic intrigue.
Thriller 2018 94 mins Director: Amanda Kramer
Welcome to Ladyworld, a shadowy dwelling where tensions run high and nothing is ever quite what it seems.
Drama 2019 169 mins Director: Vaclav Marhoul
Based on Jerzy Kosiński’s 1965 novel and a long time in the making, Václav Marhoul’s extraordinary The Painted Bird finds a lone Jewish boy on a dark odyssey towards home during wartime.
Drama 2020 90 mins Director: Aleem Khan
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Action and Adventure 2018 93 mins Director: Jimmy Henderson
An innocent man sentenced to rot in a Cambodian jail is released for the sadistic pleasure of twisted trophy hunters and forced to fight – or die.
Comedy 2021 106 mins Director: Radu Jude
Berlin Golden Bear winner, Radu Jude’s scathing satire finds schoolteacher Emi threatened with dismissal when a private sex tape goes viral.
Comedy 2008 87 mins Director: Ramin Bahrani
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Drama 2007 81 mins Director: Ramin Bahrani
Hopeful and heartbreaking second feature from the director of Man Push Cart.
Thriller 2021 86 mins Director: Josef Kubota Wladyka
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Drama 2020 81 mins Director: Ivan Ostrochovský
Ivan Ostrochovský’s stark drama about a seminary’s struggles for religious independence under Communist rule is both beautiful and brutal.
Drama 2017 100 mins Director: Tupaq Felber
Four thirtysomethings find some much-needed time to reconnect in this beautifully observed and subtly insightful debut.
Thriller 2018 105 mins Director: Benjamin Naishtat
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