FILM / Best of the reps

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BRADFORD Designs of the Times Thirty years of British art direction as seen in some of this country's most innovative films, including Jarman's Caravaggio (18 / 19 Mar). National Museum of Photography, Film & Television, Pictureville, BD1 (0274 732277)

EDINBURGH Bad Girls The season continues with 'Chicks With Dicks' (19 Mar) and 'Hell's Belles' (26 Mar), featuring films by Sadie Benning and Beth B. Filmhouse, 88 Lothian Rd, EH3 (031-228 2688)

GLASGOW Branded to Thrill A Suzuki Seijun season of films 'beyond cult cinema': The Bastard (19 Mar), Gate of Flesh (20 Mar) and Tokyo Drifter (22 Mar). Film Theatre, 12 Rose St, G3 (041-332 6535)

HULL Artificial Eye Tour Films released by Artificial Eye, including Gerard Depardieu's Cyrano De Bergerac (21/22 Mar), Leos Carax's wild Les Amants du Pont-Neuf (28 Mar) and Jean Vigo's breathtaking L'Atalante (18 April). Hull Screen, Central Library, Albion St, HU1 (0482 883015)

LONDON

Golden Nuggets of the Wild West Treasures of the pre-Eighties Western, including The Searchers (18 Mar), Stagecoach (20 Mar) and Red River (24 Mar) and High Noon (31 Mar). NFT, South Bank, SE1 (928 3232)

8th London Lesbian and Gay Film Festival This year's festival opens with Rose Troche's award-winning Go Fish (19 Mar) and includes 18 programmes of short films, John Greyson's Aids fantasy-drama Zero Patience (20/21 Mar), the acclaimed I'll Love You Forever . . . Tonight (25/29 Mar) and retrospectives selected by prominent gay film-makers. There's a discussion led by Christine Vacchon, producer of Swoon and Poison, on 20 Mar, while the Sandra Bernhard documentary Confessions of a Pretty Lady on 26 Mar is followed by a 'Sandi lookalike competition'. The closing film is Richard Slatzer's comedy Grief (31 Mar). NFT, as above

MANCHESTER

Bad Girls Programme Four of the touring season. See Edinburgh for details. 22-23 Mar, Cornerhouse, 70 Oxford St, M1 (061-36 9299)

Bertolucci Season Little Buddha has received mixed notices but here are two acclaimed movies: The Conformist (18-21 Mar) and The Spider's Stratagem (26 Mar). Cornerhouse, as above

Yasujiro Ozu Season From the virtuoso director of the celebrated Tokyo Story, two lesser-known films: Early Spring (24/25 Mar) and An Autumn Afternoon (30/31 Mar). Cornerhouse, as above

Tom Waits Season A retrospective of the acting career of this prolific singer / songwriter, including the concert film Big Time (19 Mar) and Jim Jarmusch's 1986 comedy Down by Law (26 Mar). They flank a run of Short Cuts, also featuring Waits (until 31 Mar). Cornerhouse, as above

NEWCASTLE-UPON-TYNE

To Die For . . . A bizarre season of films dealing directly with death includes couplings as diverse as Bill and Ted's Bogus Journey and Flatliners (20 Mar). Tyneside Cinema, 10 Pilgrim St, NE1 (091-232 1507)

Alain Resnais Season A short season continues with Hiroshima Mon Amour (20 Mar) and Last Year in Marienbad (29-31 Mar). Tyneside Cinema, as above

SHEFFIELD International Documentary Festival Full details have not yet been released for Britain's first festival devoted to documentary, but it will include UK premieres of new international work, tributes to Humphrey Jennings, Robert Flaherty, William Wyler, John Huston and Drew Associates and daily Masterclasses by Mike Grigsby, Richard Leacock, Robert Drew and others. (23-30 March). Details from the Festival Office, The Work Station, 15 Paternoster Road, Sheffield S1 2BX (0742 796511).

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