Bristol, now recognised as a UNESCO City of Film, has a rich cinema history both on and off the screen, and over the course of the last 70 years it has established itself as a creative hub for film and television. Just as Cinema Rediscovered aims to put our filmic past back on the big screen, so too we take a moment to reflect on the film history that is woven through the streets of Bristol.
Join Dr Peter Walsh, South West Silents Co-Director, on a guided tour through the city centre, and reflect on Bristol born filmmakers and actors including Cary Grant and Mike Hodges, discover cinema related establishments, and look at the crumbling ruins of Bristol’s filmic past. From the actuality documentaries shot by Mitchell & Kenyon in 1902 to the recent big budget TV productions of Doctor Who and Sherlock, how Bristol is seen and represented on film has changed drastically over the years. How Bristolians go to the cinema has also changed, and our cityscape is still marked by the buildings that once served our cinematic appetites.
The tour will take just under two hours, covering a distance of two miles, and will begin and end at Watershed - please meet at the Festival Desk in the top foyer of Watershed.
The walk will carry on come rain or shine, so please bring the appropriate clothing you need to make the tour comfortable! We aim to make the tour as accessible as possible, and there will not be any stairs on the route, if you have any access requirements please contact us.