Raindance 2014: 100 Films Previewed

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The Raindance Film Festival is fast approaching, with the opening night on September 24th. Opening the festival  at the Vue Cinema in London’s Piccadilly is I, Origins, a science fiction drama written and directed by Mike Cahill. Throughout the course of the festival, there are over 100 feature films, as well as 150 short films and 40 industry events.

Here at Critics Associated, we don’t want you to miss a single film, (and there’s so many to choose from), so we’ve listed every single one of the feature films that are appearing in this year’s festival below.

Our only advice is not to buy popcorn to see each film, or by the 2nd day, your heart will explode. For more information on the Raindance Festival, and how you can purchase tickets, click here.

October the 1st at 1.10pm

October the 3rd at 9pm

PLOT: 1287 tells the story of one lady’s heartbreaking countdown to day zero: the end of 66-year-old Kazuko’s life.

October the 1st at 4pm

October the 4th at 1.30pm

PLOT: A documentary following stories of residents from both sides of the Israeli-Palestinian war.

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October the 4th at 6.20pm

PLOT: Harry hides away on his island home to write a screenplay. As the film comes to life in his mind, fact and fiction begin to blend on the screen.
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September the 25th at 1.30pm
October the 5th at 4.40pm 
PLOT: Two hitmen become the pawns in a sadistic game after waking up in the back of a lorry, drugged and confused.
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September the 28th at 1.10pm
PLOT: Damla reluctantly returns to her Turkish village with her American husband. Her bitter past soon begins to uncover itself.
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September the 25th at 8.50pm

September the 26th at 4.10pm

PLOT: Former soldier Sam falls in love with Amira, an Iraqi refugee living in America illegally.

 

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October the 1st at 8.30pm
October the 2nd at 1.10pm

PLOT: Stubborn, unemployed Takashi leads a pitiful lifestyle. Will the sudden arrival of his unknown sister give his life meaning?

 

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October the 5th at 12.40pm

PLOT: Our natural coral reefs need saving; art might be the answer in this stunning meditation on environmental conservation.

 

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September the 30th at 6.10pm

PLOT: Artist Bryan Lewis Saunders has painted a self-portrait every single day… since 1995.

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October the 2nd at 9pm

October the 3rd at 1.40pm

PLOT: Luka, a troubled teenager living in a discordant family, takes to violence as a way of expressing himself and escaping his reality.

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September the 25th at 1pm
October the 4th at 8.30pm
PLOT: Richie’s suicide attempt is interrupted by a request for him to look after his precious niece.

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October the 5th at 4.50pm

PLOT: An inspirational documentary on the lives, careers and beliefs of rock band New Model Army.
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October the 4th at 6.40pm
PLOT: Four residents of an Appalachian Valley relay their stories of rural American living.

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September the 27th at 8.20pm

PLOT: The son of a mafia boss takes up a big job with a misfit gang to repay his gambling debts. This film contains big catapults and men in stupid looking sun glasses.

 

 

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September the 25th at 8.40pm

October the 1st at 6.10pm

PLOT: A straight laced middle-aged widow attempts to remove her daughter from a hippy sex commune.

 

WHEN:September the 30th at 6.30pm

October the 2nd at 1.30pm

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September the 27th at 6.30pm

September the 28th at 1.20pm

PLOT: The film follows Cesar Chavez, a legendary Mexican civil rights campaigner known for his use of non-violent protest.

 

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September the 28th at 8.20pm

September the 29th at 1pm

PLOT: 17-year old Marko and his friends get stranded in the middle of a forest at the dead of night in this wonderful adaptation from director Goran Vojnovic’s award-winning novel.

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September the 25th at 6.20pm

September the 26th at 4pm

PLOT: The story of a family who are forced to leave their home having crossed one of the local mob.

 

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September the 29th at 8.20pm

PLOT: Three aging clowns start on the road to reuniting their legendary performance group after a 30-year rift. Despite rumours, this film is not about U2.

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October the 2nd at 8.30pm

October the 3rd at 4.10pm

PLOT: A close look at the shocking struggles of illegal immigrants travelling across the Mediterranean, from Africa to Europe.

 

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September the 26th at 8.20pm

PLOT: Along for the ride with small-time drug dealer on the worst day of his life.

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September the 28th at 8.50pm

September the 29th at 3.50pm

PLOT: Playboy Frank Clayton neglects the fragile strands of his relationship with his family – until he’s convinced that he has just a year to live.

 

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October the 5th at 2.40pm

PLOT: Alma returns to her childhood village in Mexico. Her inquisitiveness will uncover long-kept secrets about her past.

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September the 25th at 9pm

September the 26th at 3.50pm

PLOT: How do Christianity and the brutal sport of mixed martial arts fit together?

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October the 3rd at 6.10pm

PLOT: A beautifully shot insight into the traditions of a community that is being changed by modern tourism.

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October the 2nd at 8.40pm

October the 3rd at 1.30pm

PLOT: “We’re making a film of the making of a film” – A film about someone making a film about someone trying to make a film.

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October the 3rd at 8.30pm

October the 4th at 4.10 pm

PLOT: Xuesong’s husband learns of a past relationship she’s had and begins to suspect that all is not right with their marriage.

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October the 1st at 8.50pm

October the 3rd at 1pm

PLOT: Join hip Brooklynites Harper and Allie on an epic (10-mile) road-trip to the beach.

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September the 28th at 1.50pm

October the 2nd at 1.40pm

PLOT: Johnny is stuck in the past. Desperate for understanding or revenge, he invites his (few) friends to a party.

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September the 30th at 9pm

October the 1st at 1.40pm

PLOT: A Japanese slacker comedy about the loveable Fuku, who is too shy to speak to women. This film should win the “Best named film 2014” award.

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September the 30th at 6.40pm

October the 1st at 1.30pm

PLOT: Goldberg is a computer scientist who keeps himself to himself, until he is suddenly forced into a hostile dynamic with a formidable stranger, Eisenberg.

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September the 29th at 6.10pm

PLOT: In severe debt, a young man finally gets a job at the call centre of a corrupt Christian cult in Mexico.

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October the 3rd at 6.40pm

October the 4th at 1.10pm

PLOT: A dizzying and intimate look at the lives of circus performers from the Cirque Du Soleil.

 

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September the 26th at 9pm

PLOT: An undocumented family struggles to adapt to the violent Los Angeles.

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September the 26th at 1.10pm

October the 4th at 1pm

PLOT: After losing his job, Gregor needs to find “a very fit girlfriend and £70K a year”.

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September the 25th at 8.43pm

September the 27th at 8.40pm

PLOT:  A slick tragicomedy that will make you think twice about death and the arbitrary power of paramedics.

 

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October the 1st at 6.40pm

October the 4th at 3.50pm

PLOT: A struggling actor gets an opportunity to change his fortunes through an immoral deal with a dodgy care worker.

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September the 27th at 1.50pm

September the 30th at 1.10pm

PLOT: Set over one February weekend, Hinterland is the story of two old friends who escape the city for a trip full of nostalgia, love and new beginnings.

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September the 30th at 6pm

PLOT: 4 stories, following 4 characters, and dealing with the irony, loneliness and regrets in their lives.

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September the 25th at 6.30pm

PLOT: A web of greed, lust and lies threatens to bring about the financial and moral bankruptcy of two Italian families in this gripping neo-noir mystery.

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September the 24th at 6.45pm

PLOT: A molecular biologist and his laboratory partner uncover evidence that may fundamentally change society as we know it.

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September the 28th at 3.40pm

October the 2nd at 4pm

PLOT: A docu-drama following an Iraqi soldier’s path through the Gulf War: from escape to imprisonment, torture and finally death.

 

 

Inside Love

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October the 4th at 8.40pm

PLOT: A couple’s last-ditch attempt to fall in love again becomes a fight for survival in the mind.

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September the 26th at 3.40pm

September the 27th at 8.30pm

PLOT: In Istanbul, football and politics merge into one. Despite the dangerous hooligan culture, this mix provides an unlikely breeding ground for friendship in the summer of 2013.

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October the 4th at 6.30pm

PLOT: An inspirational documentary outlining Roger Corman’s investment in the Irish film industry.

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October the 2nd at 6.40pm

October the 3rd at 4pm

PLOT: Two down-and-out men, Kebab and Horoscope, go on a quest to re-establish themselves as marketing experts.

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October the 2nd at 6.30pm

PLOT: Betrayed in the boardroom, Charlotte returns home and takes her rage out on the cleaner.

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October the 3rd at 9pm

October the 5th at 5.10pm

PLOT: China has Bruce Lee. America has Chuck Norris. Could Elliot ‘White Lightning’ Scott be Canada’s first action hero?

 

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September the 27th at 8.50pm

September the 29th at 3.40pm

PLOT: After breaking up with her boyfriend, desperate Eleanor takes a job as a nanny to a gifted 13-year-old boy.

 

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September the 26th at 6.40pm

PLOT: ‘Like The Wind’ chronicles the sorrowful life of Armida Miserere – one of Italy’s first female prison governors.

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September the 28th at 8.40pm

PLOT: This documentary depicts the quirky subculture of doll-collecting, following a group of adults who dedicate their lives to collecting dolls in their various forms.

 

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September the 26th at 6.10pm

October the 3rd at 8.20pm

PLOT: Helene, a photographer, runs away from home. Her daughter must put together the pieces of the puzzle and find her mother.

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September the 29th at 8.40pm

September the 30th at 1pm

PLOT: A lowly shoe salesman is about to get the exotic adventure of his life in this uplifting musical comedy.

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October the 1st at 6.20pm

October the 2nd at 1pm

PLOT: Dave McKean’s lyrical blend of live action and animation in a stunning sophomore film.

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September the 29th at 3.30pm

October the 4th at 4pm

PLOT: Aria’s narcissistic parents are divorcing and neither of them has the time or compassion to care for her. Is there anyone who will love her?

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September the 26th at 6.20pm

September the 27th at 1pm

PLOT: Daydreamer Marko hopes to revive his town and his relationship with his estranged wife by building a monument to Michael Jackson.

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September the 25th at 3.50pm

September the 30th at 8.20pm

PLOT: A series of stories highlight what a band of characters are willing to do in order to survive.

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September the 30th at 8.30pm

PLOT: Ninah runs away from her abusive husband Memfi to be at her dying father’s side, but Memfi wants payment – in money or blood.

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September the 28th at 3.50pm

October the 3rd at 3.40 pm

PLOT: Norjmaa, a Mongolian shepherd, tries to look after two injured soldiers. What she didn’t bank on was the soldiers’ incessant attempts to take each other’s lives.

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October the 1st at 9pm

October the 2nd at 3.30pm

PLOT: A long-awaited representation of the 1991 Croatian Homeland War, from the perspective of a Croatian unit.

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September the 29th at 6.30pm

September the 30th at 1.20pm

PLOT: Ed gradually discovers he has a split personality. Unfortunately, his literal other half is a woman in a relationship with Nicole, whom Ed himself also quickly falls in love with.

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October the 5th at 2.50pm

PLOT: In the middle of university exams, an accidental pregnancy becomes Petra’s second biggest problem after she fires a shot and unintentionally kills a man.

 

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October the 1st at 3.50pm

October the 3rd at 8.50pm

PLOT: Deeley is a journalist who must overcome his fears of the outside world to track down a neighbour who he witnesses being brutally kidnapped.

 

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September the 25th at 6.10pm

September the 26th at 6pm

PLOT: Framed by his battle with cancer, this documentary traces the life and career of German photographer and performance artist Ulay.

 

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September the 27th at 5.50pm

PLOT: Four women try to settle for rural life after their business goes bankrupt.

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October the 2nd at 8.20pm

October the 3rd at 3.30pm

PLOT: Laura and her son Mati flee an abusive husband through a constantly shifting environment.

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October the 2nd at 6.10pm

PLOT: An eye-opening documentary explaining the concept of ‘sacred sperm’ within the ultra-orthodox Hasidic Jewish community.

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October the 4th at 3.40pm

PLOT: An atmospheric and insightful documentary on Canadian comic artist ‘Seth’

 

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October the 5th at 2.20pm

PLOT: Following a grenade attack that kills his parents, a boy goes mute. In the hell of war, it seems his path to destruction is pre-determined.

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September the 29th at 6.10pm

September the 30th at 3.40pm

PLOT: Trans singer / songwriter Ryan Cassata writes songs about city life, love, family and of course, Alexis.

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October the 4th at 1.20pm

PLOT: Convinced her brother is still alive, 17-year-old Grazia sets out to search for him, despite her father’s reservations.

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September the 28th at 3.30pm

September the 29th at 1.30pm

PLOT: Antigone returns to her childhood village, only to find it full of crime and corruption.

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September the 28th at 6.30pm

September the 29th at 4pm

PLOT: A star-studded documentary telling the story of the musical and socio-economic history of Memphis.

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September the 28th at 6.20pm

PLOT: This documentary plots the journey of the Aztec monolith ‘The Tlaloc Stone’, both through the ages and from its home in Coatlinchan to Mexico City.

 

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September the 27th at 6.10pm

PLOT: A rare and insightful glimpse into the early negotiation stages of dispute resolution between Serbia and Kosovo.

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September the 29th at 6pm

October the 2nd at 3.40pm

PLOT: A Haitian voodoo priest visited Poland in 1980. Through his eyes we see an alternative perspective on Poland and communist life.

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September the 25th at 4pm

October the 4th at 6pm

PLOT: Tom, a shy teenager with musical ambitions, takes guitar lessons from a washed-up rock god.

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October the 2nd at 8.50pm

October the 3rd at 3.50pm

PLOT: Hard-hitting documentary about the legalisation of marijuana in the United States, which also highlights just how stupid you can look whilst wearing sunglasses indoors (Snoop Dogg, pictured).

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September the 27th at 1.10pm

PLOT: A Goan taxi driver accepts a job from a local crime boss to pay his debts.

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September the 27th at 6pm

September the 29th at 1.10pm

PLOT: A documentary following the plight of the wild horses near Fukushima after the nuclear accident of 2011.

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September the 29th at 8.30pm

September the 30th at 3.30pm

PLOT: Tatsuo and Chinatsu, two deeply wounded people, fall in love – but their trials are far from over.

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September the 28th at 6.10pm

PLOT: A not-so-angelic quartet of high school girls goes on a ruthless hunt for gropers.

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September the 29th at 8.50pm

September the 30th at 3.50pm

PLOT: Zena has landed in London, determined to uncover the simple question of why she exists. Bob, an ageing thespian, may be the key to her quest.

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October the 2nd at 6pm

PLOT: A spellbinding documentary on places where people believe we can come close to touching the magical ‘otherworld’.

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October the 3rd at 6.20pm

October the 5th at 12.20pm

PLOT: A wonderful twist on the alien invasion genre that reveals humanity to be the deadliest threat of all.

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September the 26th at 8.50pm

PLOT: Raina, Heaven’s own civil servant, attempts diligently to record the events of creation while trying to stay detached from what is unfolding around her.

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September the 27th at 3.40pm

October the 1st at 3.40pm

PLOT: Two hitmen fall in love with two forbidden women: a prostitute and the daughter of their mobster boss.

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October the 1st at 6.30pm

October the 2nd at 1.20pm

PLOT: The struggle for women’s rights in Nigeria is explored in this powerful, unforgettable documentary.

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September the 25th at 6pm

September the 26th at 1.30pm

PLOT: A fashionable couple adopt a little boy as their latest accessory, despite being completely unprepared for the rigor of parenthood

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September the 28th at 6pm

PLOT: Janek broke Lila’s heart, and now he has to make up for it. But Lila’s idea of getting even is more sinister than Janek might expect.

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September the 27th at 12pm

October the 5th at 7pm

PLOT: An exhilarating drama about evoking the dead and re-discovering love.

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October the 3rd at 6.30pm

October the 5th at 5.20pm

PLOT: Bill, a devoted family man, loses his job and turns to crime to support his family.

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September the 28th at 8.30pm

PLOT: Monica looks after not only the destitute of Mexico’s streets, but her son Omar who is slowly going blind. She hatches a plan to save his eyesight.

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September the 25th at 8.30pm

September the 26th at 1pm

PLOT: Three highly educated but unemployed youths, a small ‘ant tribe’, fight for their future from their dilapidated apartment.

WHEN: October the 4th at 8.50pm

PLOT: This documentary examines the fashion industry process, and its conscience, from a designers’ perspective.

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September the 30th at 8.50pm

October the 1sr at 4.10pm

PLOT: Mockumentary in which 5 ex-Manchester United footballers recount the team’s fated attempt to win the triple in 2010.

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September the 26th at 8.30pm

PLOT: Toko, Kasumi, Gunji and Yamashina frequent the bars of the ‘Shinjuku Golden Road’, but once you’re in, it’s harder than you think to find a way out.

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October the 4th at 9pm

October the 5th at 12.10pm

PLOT: While a confused artist struggles to make some last cuts to his script, he decides to invite the main actor of the film to visit Vis – the island where shooting will take place.

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October the 5th at 2.30pm

PLOT: A chronicle of the never-quite-made-it rock band Miller, Miller, Miller & Sloan.

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September the 26th at 8.40pm

September the 27th at 3.30pm

PLOT: The story of the biggest name you’ve never heard of in the music business.

 

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October the 4th at 3.30pm

October the 5th at 12.30pm

PLOT: A young Manhattan couple discover their elderly neighbour’s body, leading them on a zany murder-mystery adventure.

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October the 3rd at 1.10pm

October the 4th at 8.20pm

PLOT: Funny, mysterious and fantastical, ‘Window Licker’ brings to light a part of life barely understood.

WHEN: October the 5th at 6.45pm

PLOT: Maj-id is a talented kick boxer from a grey, anonymous suburb in The Netherlands. As his fighting prowess brings him increasing notoriety in-and outside the ring, the worlds of kickboxing and organised crime begin to blur.

Christian started writing film reviews at school for a local paper. Since then he has written for BBC Radio 4's Newsjack and The London Film Review. He also writes and presents a comedy show on AbingdonXtra, an Oxfordshire based radio station.