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First Films First

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We are kicking off the new year with a series of exceptional debuts, the films that launched the career of some of our favourite directors. Seven tremendously promising voices to welcome a tremendously promising 2018!

The Pleasure of Being Robbed

Joshua Safdie United States, 2008

Look out Coens, America has a new filmmaking team of brothers! With 2017’s Robert Pattinson-led thriller Good Time they’re set to jump from the indies to the mainstream. Word is their next film is a remake of 48 Hrs., so best enjoy the scrappy, hard-scrabble, true New York quality of their debut.


Joachim Trier Norway, 2006

Trier’s exquisitely unsettling Thelma dives into the female universe with surprising delicacy and sharpness, but the Norwegian had already shown impressive understanding of what it means to be alive in his ambitious debut—a tale of friendship and dreams infused with the charm of the French New Wave.

Being John Malkovich

Spike Jonze United States, 1999

It’s hard to imagine that Spike Jonze’s mind-melder was also the debut film from this music and skateboard video director. But Charlie Kaufman’s script helped Jonze create such a fully-formed universe of the hilariously bizarre (and plaintively melancholy) that it become an immediate modern classic.

Something Different

Věra Chytilová Czechoslovakia, 1963

Next in our first films series is trailblazing auteur Věra Chytilová’s Something Different. Best known for the gloriously anarchic Daisies, her debut already boasts a sharp eye for social critique and gender politics—she never stopped challenging patriarchy and her work is as relevant today as ever.


Yorgos Lanthimos Greece, 2005

If you enjoyed The Lobster and The Killing of a Sacred Deer, you may want to know where it all started (Dogtooth wasn’t the beginning!). Greek maverick Yorgos Lanthimos’ debut is a rarely seen, elliptical and weirdly captivating take on alienation, released on DVD for the first time by Second Run.

The Gold Diggers

Sally Potter United Kingdom, 1983

Sally Potter is one of the most intrepid and distinctive voices in British cinema. On the back of the huge success of The Party, we want to spotlight her debut, an award-winning feminist touchstone of the 1980s—made with an entirely female crew—that rewires Classical Hollywood with the avant-garde.

The Protagonists

Luca Guadagnino Italy, 1999

With Call Me By Your Name garnering high praise and topping many “Best of…” lists, we are excited to start 2018 with the experimental debut of director Luca Guadagnino. Starring Tilda Swinton!

Life is too short for bad films

Every day we hand-pick a beautiful new film and you have a whole month to watch it, so there’s always 30 perfectly curated films to discover.