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Legend

Writer-director Brian Helgeland helms this striking portrait of London’s notorious Kray twins, both masterfully played by Tom Hardy.

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Scrapper

Harris Dickinson and newcomer Lola Campbell are irresistibly charming in this vibrant, innovative and sweet father-daughter dramedy.

Pride

This charming, BAFTA-winning drama joyously explores the power of solidarity across lines of class, gender and sexuality.

The Full Monty

Twenty five years after the Oscar-winning film, this eight-part mini-series is a welcome and warm-hearted reunion.

Pretty Red Dress

Humour, tenderness and punchy Tina Turner numbers abound in Dionne Edwards fresh, distinctive and bold feature debut as writer-director.

Sorry We Missed You

This brutal indictment of Britain’s zero-hours contract economy deservedly earned both BAFTA and Palme d’Or nominations.

I, Daniel Blake

Ken Loach’s Palme d'Or-winning indictment of the UK’s punitive welfare system is an unmissable work of empathy and genius.

Nil by Mouth

Ray Winstone and Kathy Burke are outstanding in Gary Oldman’s blistering and uncompromising directorial debut.

Ladybird, Ladybird

Acting newcomer Crissy Rock gives an astounding performance in Ken Loach’s raw and powerful social drama.

This Is England

A landmark British film from Shane Meadows, starring Stephen Graham in a career-making role.

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Rain Dogs

Daisy May Cooper is a working-class single mum on the fringes of society in this blistering comedy series.

Billy Elliot

Jamie Bell pirouetted his way into our hearts with this classic feel-good tale.

Ratcatcher

Lynne Ramsay’s beguiling directorial debut about a Glaswegian boy contending with poverty and guilt.

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Ray & Liz

Turner Prize-nominated photographer Richard Billingham directs his feature debut; a viscerally intimate family portrait.

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Funny Cow

Maxine Peake is a tour-de-force as a Northern stand-up comedian battling sexism in the 70s.