Bristol UNESCO City of Film
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Bristol UNESCO City of Film Connections

Cinema Rediscovered 2024

Explore local connections to celebrate Bristol’s status as UNESCO City of Film, a global recognition of the city's outstanding contribution to film culture.

This year, we continue to spotlight Bristol-born film Oscar® and BAFTA nominated director J. Lee Thompson (1914 – 2002) with two 4K restorations of his films, both featuring strong performances from two recently lost British female leads Glynis Johns and Sylvia Syms.

On the 100th anniversary of Bristol archives, we host David Parker’s very personal sweep through some of the well-known, and not so well-known events and people that shaped Bristol, 650 years of Bristol in 65 mins (2023).

Bristol-based director Nariman Massoumi also presents his poetic award-winning documentary Pouring Water on Troubled Oil (2023) following Welsh poet Dylan Thomas’s journey through Iran in 1951 on a film assignment for the Anglo-Iranian Oil Company constructed almost entirely from archival photographic images.

Key locations for film in the city will be brought to life as local film enthusiast and historian Mark Fuller and Dr Peter Walsh from South West Silents take visitors on walking tours around the city, that take in the landmarks and personalities of cinema from the 1880s to the present day, revealing a rich cinematic history.


Upcoming screenings & events in this season

Pouring Water on Troubled Oil

classified 12A Bristol UNESCO City of Film Connections
Pouring Waters on Troubled Oil
Fri 26 July 11:30
Film

A poetic documentary following Welsh poet Dylan Thomas’s journey through Iran in 1951 on a film assignment for the Anglo-Iranian Oil Company.

Cinema Walk 1

Bristol UNESCO City of Film Connections
Cinema Walk 2
Sat 27 July 09:00
Walking tour

Join local enthusiast and historian Mark Fuller and historian and academic Dr Peter Walsh for one of two gentle walks which will take you from the 1880s to the present day to find the landmarks and personalities of cinema in central Bristol.

Footage Rediscovered - Bristol Archives & the home movie movement

classified 12A Bristol UNESCO City of Film Connections
650 years of Bristol in 65mins
Sat 27 July 11:10
Film

An irreverent sweep through some of the well-known, and not-so-well-known events and people that shaped Bristol.

Cinema Walk 2

Bristol UNESCO City of Film Connections
Cinema Walk 1
Sun 28 July 09:00
Walking tour

Join local enthusiast and historian Mark Fuller and historian and academic Dr Peter Walsh for one of two gentle walks which will take you from the 1880s to the present day to find the landmarks and personalities of cinema in central Bristol.

UK Premiere: The Weak and the Wicked

classified PG Bristol UNESCO City of Film Connections
UK Premiere: The Weak and the Wicked
Sun 28 July 11:10
Film

A sobering and empathetic exploration of life in a women’s prison, made at a time when notions of rehabilitation were still uncommon.

UK Premiere: No Trees in The Street

classified PG Bristol UNESCO City of Film Connections
UK Premiere: No Trees in The Street
Sun 28 July 16:15
Film

Sylvia Syms stars in this underseen thriller, laced with hard-bitten kitchen sink realism.

Individual events and screenings unless otherwise specified:

£10.00 full (plus 12% booking fee*)

£8.00 concessions / Refugees and Asylum Seekers (plus 12% booking fee*)

£5.00 24 or under (plus 12% booking fee*)

Concessions apply to Full Time Students, Job Seekers Allowance and Employment Support Allowance, 66+ who have retired, Equity and BECTU members and disabled people. Where applicable please produce proof of eligibility when collecting a ticket.

*Booking fee applies to online and phone booking only.

Complimentary tickets are available for Personal Assistants accompanying customers who are Deaf / Disabled.

Cinema Rediscovered Festival Pass

The Cinema Rediscovered Pass allows you to select from 60+ Cinema Rediscovered screenings and events between Wed 24 - Sun 28 July. Subject to availability, terms and conditions apply. Buy your Pass here. Pass holders get a free three-month trial from curated online film streaming platform MUBI.

Pass prices: £120 full / £100 concessions / £80 24 and under.

Multi-Ticket Package Offer

Get 20% off the regular ticket price when you book 4-10 Cinema Rediscovered screenings and/or events. The discount will automatically apply when you add the tickets to your basket.

All Cinema Rediscovered Pass and ticket holders can get 20% off any 6 O'Clock Gin & Tonic at the Café & Bar and Undershed Bar during the Festival. Pass and ticket holders can also enjoy Aperol Spritz time - get an Aperol Spritz for the reduced price of £7 between 17:00 - 19:00 at the Café & Bar and Undershed Bar during the Festival.

Please note: the Cinema Walks, Projection Tours and the Film Quiz are excluded from the Pass and Package.

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