On Demand

During our closure period, the choice for On Demand* has grown rapidly. This page lists suggested items that are available until the end of September.
* On Demand is a technology that lets you watch what you like, when you like, over the internet.
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SWALLOWS AND AMAZONS (2016) – until Monday 28 September 2020
BBC iPlayer

Screened at the David Lean Cinema during December 2016

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Arthur Ransome’s classic novel comes to life in this new adaptation, following the Walker children on their adventure to claim an island in the Lake District.
Heading over there on the boat Swallow, they soon discover they’re not alone… Another gang of children, the Amazons, have already set up camp there, and a battle for the island begins. But with Britain on the brink of war, real battles aren’t far away, and their childhood paradise is turned upside-down.
Filmed on location on Coniston Water, where Ransome’s original story was set (except for the Walker’s farmhouse, which could not be used as it had recently had modern double-glazing installed!

BORDER (2018) – until Wednesday 30 September 2020
Channel 4 on demand


Screened at the David Lean Cinema during April 2019

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While customs officer Tina has an astounding sense of smell and a corresponding talent for sniffing out trouble, she’s shunned by most for her unconventional looks. When the suspicious looking Vore walks past her, Tina can’t figure out what he’s hiding, and the attraction and bond between them causes her to realise the truth about herself. From the writer of Let The Right One In, this is an unusual and enthralling blend of fantasy, horror and crime thriller. Swedish with English subtitles.

MARY AND THE WITCH’S FLOWER (2017) – until Thursday 01 October 2020
Channel 4 on demand

Screened at the David Lean Cinema during July 2018

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Studio Ghibli animator Hiromasa Yonebayashi follows on from When Marnie was There with another version of an English children’s book, Mary Stewart’s The Little Broomstick.
Lonely while on holiday, Mary finds an old broomstick and a magic flower. These combine to fly her to Endor College, a school of magic run by headmistress Madam Mumblechook and the brilliant Doctor Dee, but the college holds a dark secret and Mary must use all her newly acquired skills to escape danger.

TINKER TAILOR SOLDIER SPY (2011) – until Saturday 03 October 2020
BBC iPlayer

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Set in the 1970s, we find George Smiley (Gary Oldman), a recently retired MI6 agent, doing his best to adjust to a life outside the secret service. However, when a disgraced agent reappears with information concerning a mole at the heart of the Circus, Smiley is drawn back into the murky field of espionage. Tasked with investigating which of his trusted former colleagues has chosen to betray him and their country, Smiley narrows his search to four suspects – all experienced, urbane, successful agents – but past histories, rivalries and friendships make it far from easy to pinpoint the man who is eating away at the heart of the British establishment.

THIS HOUSE IS FULL OF MUSIC – until mid December 2020
BBC iPlayer
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A unique and intimate portrait of an exceptionally gifted musical family in lockdown – the Kanneh-Masons. In 2016, cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason won BBC Young Musician award. In 2018, he released his debut album, and earlier this year his second album, Elgar, became a top ten hit. He achieved global fame when he performed solo at the wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex in 2018 in front of a TV audience of two billion people worldwide. 
But it doesn’t stop there. His six siblings are also phenomenally talented musicians: three are former BBC Young Musician category finalists, and the eldest sibling, pianist Isata, has also presented for the Proms. Ever since lockdown began, the seven young prodigies, all aged between 10 and 24, have been isolated in their family home in Nottingham along with their parents, Stuart and Kadiatu, and Sheku and Braimah’s flatmate, fellow Royal Academy of Music student Plinio Fernandes. Unable to perform publicly, the family decided to stage a vibrant and eclectic concert in the only place they can – their own home – and granted the BBC exclusive access using remotely operated fixed-rig cameras, with video messaging to capture interviews. Exploring both the family’s music making and their family life, the programme culminates in a moving concert that is a testament to the power of music to carry us through the most difficult of times.

ENGLISH CHAMBER ORCHESTRA – until (date unknown)
Cadogan Hall
Duration 45mins and followed by an orchestra Q&A (a further 55mins)

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Join the English Chamber Orchestra for a streamed performance from Cadogan Hall of Vaughan Williams’ sublime The Lark Ascending, followed by Mozart’s Symphony No. 29.
Directed by Stephanie Gonley and featuring violin soloist Ofer Falk, the performance will be followed by a Q&A session with members of the Orchestra.

PICASSO: LOVE, SEX AND ART (2015)
BBC Documentaries
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At the time of his death in April 1973, aged 91, Pablo Picasso had become one of the 20th century’s most influential and prolific artists. Picasso has been painted as many men – genius, womaniser, egomaniac. His reputation is still fiercely debated. Brought up in the Spanish town of Malaga, he would represent himself as the mythological minotaur – half-man, half-bull. The bull craved the women who would feed his life and his art.
Picasso reconstructed the female form – to the point of total abstraction. Many women would find themselves damaged forever by the experience of being his partner. Now, for the first time, the people who knew him best tell the story of those women, giving a new insight into the artist and his work.

LOVE CRIMES OF KABUL (2011)
HBO Documentary
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An intimate portrait of three young Afghani women accused of committing “moral crimes” such as premarital sex and running away from home. As we follow them from prison to trial, we discover the pressures and paradoxes that women in Afghanistan face today-and the dangerous consequences when they refuse to fit in.

THE ART OF LISTENING (2017)
Independent Documentary
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A documentary about the journey music takes to reach a listener’s ear, from the intent of an instrument maker and composer, to the producers and engineers who capture and preserve an artist’s voice.

A documentary about the journey music takes to reach a listener’s ear, from the intent of an instrument maker and composer, to the producers and engineers who capture and preserve an artist’s voice.