Film festival promises blockbuster weekend

February 24 2017

Bristol Film Festival returns for a second year on March 9-12.

Bristol Film Festival returns for a second year on March 9-12.

Festival director Owen Franklin said: “We’ve got some great screenings, from blockbuster classics to upcoming local talent, and I hope that our audience will share in our enthusiasm for the year ahead.”

The festival returns to some of 2016’s most popular festival venues: RWA for Mr Turner;

 ss Great Britain for Master And Commander; Bristol Museum for a Jurassic Park/Blackmail double bill after dark.

New venues include Arnos Vale Cemetery presenting some macabre but family-friendly films. A new event series @Everyman starts in March, with films providing examples of tension as a device in cinema. 

Underground Cinema – a programme of cult, controversial and previously banned films will take place at Redcliffe Caves, where the location will be transformed into a Cold War-style bunker.

The festival’s Music & The Movies series returns to Bristol Cathedral for an organ-accompanied screening of the 1920s silent classic The Hunchback Of Notre Dame on March 11. The next day the Arnolfini will host the documentary Get Better: A Film About Frank Turner, featuring a Q&A with director Ben Morse. 

Bristol Film Festival will collaborate with Bristol International Jazz & Blues Festival on March 16 at Colston Hall for a screening of Fritz Lang’s Metropolis. A new cut of the modernist classic will be accompanied by saxophonist Andy Sheppard and guest musicians, performing an original score commissioned for the event.