Cinema Rediscovered, presented by Watershed, is the innovative festival that brings the best digital restorations, contemporary classics and film print rarities back to the big screen in Bristol, featuring a Bristol City of Film strand that celebrates the city’s UNESCO status and film legacy.
Cinema Rediscovered returns with its 4th edition from 25-28 July 2019 featuring a packed programme that explores the invention, innovation and mystery of cinema; diving deep into the legacy of revered filmmakers such as Nic Roeg, Alfred Hitchcock, Robert Bresson and Bristol born Mike Hodges (pictured) as well as shining a spotlight on lesser known cinematic voices including Maureen Blackwood, Márta Mészáros and Věra Chytilová.
Bristol City of Film highlights to look forward to this year include:
- Opening the festival, the UK Premiere of a new 4K restoration of Alfred Hitchcock’s Notorious (1946) starring Ingrid Bergman alongside Bristol boy Archie Leach (aka Cary Grant) introduced by critic and film historian Pamela Hutchinson (Sight & Sound, Guardian);
- Screenings of two films from Bristol born screenwriter, film director, playwright and novelist Mike Hodges: intriguing noir Croupier (1999) starring Clive Owen, and psychological thriller Black Rainbow (1989), starring Roseanna Arquette. Accompanied by live Q&A with Mike Hodges;
- Cinema Walk with Dr Peter Walsh (South West Silents) on Fri 27 & Sat 28 July, taking visitors on an animated tour of the rich history and plentiful hidden treasures among Bristol’s cine-streets and iconic locales;
- ‘Victorian Film Inventor: Friese-Greene’ (28 July) – film director Peter Domankiewicz examines the fascinating life of Bristol born William Friese-Greene, the first person to present a movie camera to the world.
To view the full 2019 programme and book tickets, click here.
About Cinema Rediscovered 2018
Cinema Rediscovered 2018 ran from 26-29 July 2018, celebrating Bristol’s UNESCO status with a focus on local connections. It screened 54 features and shorts from seven countries, 40% of which were made by women filmmakers and a quarter by BAME filmmakers. Over 5,100 admissions were registered, including 1,990 ticketed admissions across its four venues.
2018’s Bristol City of Film strand featured:
- The festival’s first free public outdoor screenings on Museum Square at the heart of the harbourside, enjoyed by over 600 film fans, including the highly entertaining Flash Gordon (1980) introduced by broadcaster Samira Ahmed and Bristol-born screenwriter, film director, playwright and novelist Mike Hodges, and modern classic Black Panther (2018) introduced by writer/curator Adam Murray (Come The Revolution);
- UK premiere of new 4K restorations of Aardman Animations’ earliest films with co-founder David Sproxton and archivist Tom Vincent;
- Screenings of Get Carter, Pulp & The Terminal Man, iconic films by Mike Hodges followed by a live Q&A;
- Tours of Cube founder G. Hogg’s Bedminster Studio where he works with analogue film;
- A 25th anniversary reflection on St. Paul’s Black Pyramid Film and Video Project, accompanied by an editorial piece by Ian Sergeant (Kalaboration CIC Director/PhD candidate researching Black British masculinity), bringing together guests including festival co-founder Femi Kolade, writer/director Kolton Lee, writer/curator Karen Alexander and Liz Chege (Come The Revolution);
- Cinema Walking Tour guided by Dr Peter Walsh (South West Silents) reflecting on Bristol-born filmmakers and actors including Cary Grant and Mike Hodges, exploring how the way in which Bristol is represented on film has changed drastically over the years, from Mitchell & Kenyon’s 1902 actuality documentaries to recent big budget TV productions of Doctor Who and Sherlock.
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