On Demand

During our closure period, the choice for On Demand* is growing rapidly. This is now listed as a separate section on this page while our home page continues to show alternative choices by viewing date.
* On Demand is a technology that lets you watch what you like, when you like, over the internet.
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THE SQUARE (2017) – until Friday 10 July 2020
Channel 4 on demand
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Screened at the David Lean Cinema during May 2018

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A prestigious Stockholm museum’s chief art curator finds himself in times of both professional and personal crisis as he attempts to set up a controversial new exhibit.

AMY (2015) – until Friday 10 July 2020
Channel 4 on demand
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Screened at the David Lean Cinema during August 2015

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From BAFTA Award winning director Asif Kapadia (SENNA), AMY tells the incredible true story of six time Grammy winner Amy Winehouse – in her own words. Featuring extensive unseen archival footage and previously unheard tracks, this strikingly modern, moviong and vital film shines a light on our culture and the world we live in today.
A once-in-a-generation talent, Amy Winehouse was a musician that captured the world’s attention with here unforgettable voice and charisma. A pure jazz artist in the most authentic sense, Amy poured her heart and soul into her music, expressing personal struggles and pain through her intimate lyrics.
Asif Kapidia’s powerful documentary invites audiences to remember and celebrate Amy as a brilliant artist while asking ourselves how it was that we watched her disappear in front of our eyes.

TALKING MOVIES – DOCUMENTARY SPECIAL – until Sunday 12 July 2020
BBC iPlayer
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With the US having been engulfed in civil unrest in the wake of the recent death of George Floyd while in police custody, Talking Movies looks at how documentaries have historically covered police violence targeting black people. 
With contributions from America’s top black film-maker Spike Lee and acclaimed civil rights documentarian Stanley Nelson, the programme reviews key documentaries focused on police shootings and beatings of unarmed black individuals. 
This documentary special also reports on ‘Becoming’ – a new documentary following the former US First Lady Michelle Obama on a national book tour. 

THE BRAND NEW TESTAMENT (2015) – until Wednesday 15 July 2020
Channel 4 on demand

Screened at the David Lean Cinema during June 2016

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God lives in human form as a cynical writer with his young opinionated daughter in present-day Brussels, Belgium. She concludes that her dad is doing a terrible job and decides to rewrite the world, descending to earth in search of her own 6 messengers to write a brand new testament and change the status quo. French with English subtitles.

THE HANDMAIDEN – until Thursday 16 July 2020
Channel 4 on demand
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Screened at the David Lean Cinema during May 2017

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From PARK Chan-wook, the celebrated director of OLDBOY, LADY VENGEANCE and STOKER, comes a ravishing new crime drama. PARK presents a gripping and sensual tale of two women – a young Japanese Lady living on a secluded estate, and a Korean woman who is hired to serve as her new handmaiden, but is secretly plotting with a conman to defraud her of a large inheritance. Inspired by the novel Fingersmith by British author Sarah Waters, THE HANDMAIDEN borrows the most dynamic elements of its source material and combines it with PARK Chan-wook’s singular vision to create an unforgettable viewing experience.

ON CHESIL BEACH (2017) – until Thursday 23 July 2020
BBC iPlayer
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Screened at the David Lean Cinema during August 2018

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First time director Dominic Cooke does true justice to Ian McEwan’s adaptation of his own novella, telling the story of a young couple’s first evening as a married couple, and the disastrous consequences of their inability to form a true bond.
Saoirse Ronan and Billy Howle portray the lovers with subtlety and understatement, backed up by a stellar cast in supporting roles. Beautifully filmed in Oxford, London and on the stark landscape of the beach itself, this is a subtle meditation on confused expectations and lost opportunities.

THE TEMPEST (2013) – until Thursday 23 July 2020
BBC iPlayer
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With a spirit of the supernatural, The Tempest is a story of forgiveness, generosity and enlightenments set on a remote and mysterious desert island. With enchantments and treachery at every turn, will anyone ever make it off? 
Roger Allam brings a fresh perspective to troubled sorcerer Prospero while Colin Morgan is magical as Ariel in this performance of Shakespeare’s late great masterpiece, recorded at Shakespeare’s Globe in London with renaissance costumes and staging.
Twelve years ago, Prospero, formerly the Duke of Milan, was usurped by Alonso, King of Naples, and Alonso’s brother, Sebastian and cast adrift with his t
hree-year-old daughter, Miranda. They now live on an island. Before they were put to sea, Gonzalo, Prospero’s faithful courtier, ensured that he took his magic books with him, and on the island he has used his magic art to reign over the native Caliban and the spirit Ariel.
Desiring revenge, Prospero uses his powerful magic to cause a great storm which shipwrecks his enemies. On the island, the shipwrecked courtiers are separated from Ferdinand, the King’s son, and Alonso believes him drowned. 
But Ferdinand has not drowned; he believes his father has perished in the tempest and meets Prospero and Miranda – with whom he falls in love. Prospero subjects Ferdinand to trials to test him.

A FANTASTIC WOMAN (2017) – until Friday 24 July 2020
Channel 4 on demand
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Screened at the David Lean Cinema during April 2018

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Marina’s life falls apart on the death of her mature lover Orlando. His family take over arrangements, exclude her, and treat her with contempt because she was born a man.
Everything they shared including the dog are removed and she is forced to move in with her sister, but Marina will not go quietly and is prepared to fight for what is hers and her right to mourn the love of her life.
Exuberant and life-affirming in the style of Pedro Almodóvar’s earlier work, A Fantastic Woman was one of our two Foreign Language Oscar nominees shown at the David Lean Cinema during the month of April 2018. Spanish with English subtitles.

THE LADY IN THE VAN (2015) – until Saturday 25 July 2020
BBC iPlayer

Screened at the David Lean Cinema during January 2016

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Based on real events and about a vagrant (Maggie Smith) who the playwright Alan Bennett allowed to park her van in his driveway, where she lived for fifteen years.

RAFIKI – Until Saturday 25 July 2020
Channel 4 on demand
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Screened at the David Lean Cinema during June 2019

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With beautiful scenes connected through shades of fuchsia and violet, reflecting the femininity of the characters, this gentle film follows the development of love between two young women. Set against the backdrop of the bustling streets of Nairobi, Kena and Ziki must choose between love and safety surrounded by insular gossip, local politics and burgeoning maturity. Rafiki gained awards and praise at various international festivals, but was then controversially banned from being shown in Kenya. Swahili with English subtitles.

TALKING MOVIES, BLOCKBUSTER SEASON – until Monday 27 July 2020
BBC iPlayer
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From Christopher Nolan’s thriller Tenet to the Da 5 Bloods, Spike Lee’s latest offering, Talking Movies reports on what could be an exciting blockbuster season, even though it’s been severely delayed and curtailed by the pandemic. 
As cinemas cautiously begin to open their doors, the Talking Movies team looks at the forthcoming slate of films to discover plenty of fare for children, young adults and horror fans. The programme will feature interviews with film-maker Spike Lee and Irish writer Eoin Colfer, author of the Artemis Fowl series.

BORG VS MCENROE (2017) – until Saturday 01 August 2020
BBC iPlayer
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Screened at the David Lean Cinema during November 2017

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The 1980 Wimbledon men’s singles final was one of tennis’s great five-set thrillers – a marathon battle of technique, nerve and stamina. While this was apparently a clash of opposites – “ice-man” Björn Borg against “Superbrat” John McEnroe – director Janus Metz and Swedish ace Sverrir Gudnason take time to explore the superstitions, obsessions and stewing emotions underneath Borg’s stoic exterior, while Shia LaBeouf is a natural fit in both looks and reputation as the young American upstart. You don’t need to be a sports enthusiast to enjoy this one.

TWO DAYS, ONE NIGHT (2014) – until Sunday 02 August 2020
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A woman recovering from depression plans to return to work, only to discover that the money that would have paid her salary has been distributed to the staff as a bonus. She spends the weekend trying to persuade her old colleagues to give up the cash so the company can afford to re-hire her. Marion Cotillard and Fabrizio Rongione star in this French language drama shown with English subtitles.

THE FALL (2019 Short) – until 22 August 2020
BBC iPlayer
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A mob’s punishment of a lone man proves cruel and unusual in this nightmarish short film.
Written & directed by Jonathan Glazer [director of feature films “Sexy Beast” (2000) and “Under The Skin” (2013)

MACBETH (2018) – Until Sunday 23 August 2020
BBC iPlayer
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Shakespeare’s darkest psychological thriller. Returning home from battle, the victorious Macbeth meets three witches on the heath. Driven by their disturbing prophecies, he sets out on the path to murder. The 2018 Royal Shakespeare Company production directed by Polly Findlay features Christopher Eccleston as Macbeth and Niamh Cusack as Lady Macbeth.

HAMLET (2016) – until Sunday 23 August 2020
BBC iPlayer
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Sent by the ghost of his father to avenge his brutal death, Hamlet’s mission to expose the truth is a perilous journey of madness, murder and lost love. What will ultimately become of a young man sent to kill? Paapa Essiedu plays Hamlet in Simon Godwin’s critically acclaimed 2016 Royal Shakespeare Company production.

OTHELLO (2015) – until Sunday 23 August 2020
BBC iPlayer
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Othello is the greatest general of his age. But he is also an outsider whose victories have created enemies of his own. As they plot in the shadows, Othello realises too late that the greatest danger lies not in the hatred of others, but his own fragile and destructive pride. With Hugh Quarshie as Othello and Joanna Vanderham as Desdemona, Iqbal Khan’s ground-breaking 2015 production was the first by the Royal Shakespeare Company to cast a black actor, Lucian Msamati, as Iago.

MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING – until Sunday 23 August 2020
BBC iPlayer
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Autumn 1918. A group of soldiers return from the trenches. The world-weary Benedick and his friend Claudio find themselves reacquainted with Beatrice and Hero. 
As memories of conflict give way to a life of parties and masked balls, Claudio and Hero fall madly, deeply in love, while Benedick and Beatrice reignite their own altogether more combative courtship. 
Christopher Luscombe directs Michelle Terry and Edward Bennett as Beatrice and Benedick in this acclaimed Royal Shakespeare Company production

ROMEO AND JULIET (2019) – until Sunday 23 August 2020
BBC iPlayer
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As members of the feuding Capulet and Montague families, Romeo and Juliet should be sworn enemies, but they fall deeply in love and marry in secret. That very day, disastrous circumstances lead Romeo to fight and kill Juliet’s cousin Tybalt, setting off a chain of events that culminate in tragedy. Juliet takes a potion to avoid the love match her parents have set up for her, and Romeo, believing she is dead, poisons himself. When she wakes from her deep sleep, Juliet finds the body of her love and is so distraught that she stabs herself, joining him in death.
Romeo and Juliet is a drama feature film shot on location in Hungary, starring the dancers of the Royal Ballet in Sir Kenneth MacMillan’s classic ballet. The film is set to Sergei Prokofiev’s original score for Romeo and Juliet, and is unique in telling this classic story through dance. The score was adapted especially for the film. It was recorded at AIR Studios in Hampstead, London, with the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, in early 2019. The 85 players were conducted by the renowned Royal Opera House music director Koen Kessels, and the leader was Vasko Vassilev.

THE MERCHANT OF VENICE – until Sunday 23 August 2020
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In the melting pot of Venice, trade is God. When the gold is flowing all is well – but when a contract between Bassanio and Shylock is broken, simmering racial tensions boil over. A wronged father, and despised outsider, Shylock looks to exact the ultimate price for a deal sealed in blood. Polly Findlay directs this Royal Shakespeare Company production of Shakespeare’s uncompromising play with Makram J. Khoury as Shylock, Patsy Ferran as Portia and Jamie Ballard as Antonio.

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.