Cinema Rediscovered Festival puts rarely-screened cinematic gems centre stage at Bristol UNESCO City of Film, and invites everybody to experience great films back on the big screen.
The festival’s third edition celebrates Bristol’s new status as UNESCO City of Film with a focus on local connections – including a celebration of Bristol-born screenwriter, film director and playwright Mike Hodges with special screenings including iconic British classics Get Carter (1971), underrated caper Pulp (1972), and two of his more offbeat ventures, Flash Gordon (1980) and The Terminal Man (1974).
Bristol’s new UNESCO City of Film status was officially launched on 1 February 2018 at a celebration event at the Watershed Media Centre attended by leading figures from the city’s film sector. The permanent status was awarded to Bristol by UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation) in November 2017, in recognition of its work as a world-leading film centre. Bristol now stands alongside Bitola, Bradford, Busan, Galway, Łódź, Qingdao, Rome, Santos, Sofia, Sydney, Terrassa and Yamagata as an official City of Film.
This year’s Cinema Rediscovered festival sees the introduction of free outdoor screenings on Museum Square (next to M Shed) at the heart of the harbourside as part of Bristol UNESCO City of Film. These kick off on Fri 27 July with the highly entertaining Flash Gordon (1980), scored by Queen, and introduced by broadcaster Samira Ahmed and director Mike Hodges. On Sat 28 July, modern popular classic Black Panther (2018) introduced by writer / curator / broadcaster Adam Murray (Come The Revolution, Ujima Radio 98fm and Universal Magnetic.) This year there is a UK premiere of new 4K restorations of Aardman Animations’ earliest films Conversation Pieces (1983) as well as a 25th anniversary reflection on St. Paul’s based Black Pyramid Film and Video Project.
Bristol is home to world-leading media. Aardman Animations set up studios in Bristol in 1976, finding fame with Wallace and Gromit, Chicken Run, Shaun the Sheep, and more recently Early Man, which opened in UK cinemas on 26 January 2018. BBC Bristol produces globally recognised radio, drama, factual and wildlife television, and the city is home to the largest production facility in the West of England, The Bottle Yard Studios, whose productions include Poldark, Broadchurch, and Wolf Hall. BBC Bristol also houses the globally significant Natural History Unit, spawning ‘Green Hollywood’, the world’s largest concentration of firms producing wildlife content. With 11 community-driven international festivals dedicated to film annually, ten cinemas, and two major universities (University of the West of England and University of Bristol) providing 28 film related degrees, Bristol will play a central role in this global network of like-minded cities.