Celebrate 10 years of Big Screen

April 28 2017

A film club in Bishopston will celebrate their 10th anniversary in May with a screen of a 1975 classic, Dog Day Afternoon.

A film club in Bishopston will celebrate their 10th anniversary in May with a screen of a 1975 classic, Dog Day Afternoon.

Bishop Road Big Screen grew out of a film club run for the children at Bishop Road Primary School for several years. The organisers thought that a similar event for grown-ups would both benefit the community and raise some funds for the school's PTFA. After proposing and (several milliseconds later) rejecting the name "Adult Film Club", the event was christened Bishop Road Big Screen. The policy was, and remains, free admission and a cash bar, with no children allowed.

Steve Hull, who's been with Big Screen from the beginning, said: “We ran our first evening on May 3rd 2007, screening a double bill of Citizen Kane and The Thin Man to a very forgiving audience of about 8 or 9: the projector broke down 3 minutes before the end of Citizen Kane and we had to tell our patrons the identity of Rosebud.

“Since then there have been no breakdowns, and we have run six films a year to audiences varying from four or five to about 135 (Mamma Mia!, 9th January 2009). We mostly run films that are just out on DVD, but try to get one classic in per year as well as one or two special screenings for the kiddies.

Dog Day Afternoon, starring Al Pacino, will be screened on May 5th from 8pm. In addition to the usual refreshments, the organisers are laying on a supply of ice-cold margaritas to enhance the 70s mood. 

"The great thing about our film evenings has always been the atmosphere. An intimate space, candlelit tables, perhaps a bottle of wine or a box of Malteasers and a great movie. The anniversary screening will be no different -- except, of course, for the margaritas!

“We believe that Bishop Road Big Screen is the longest-running independent film event in Bristol. We hope you'll come down on the 5th of May and see why,” added Steve.