Ushering in the third edition of Cinema Rediscovered (27 - 30 July) at Watershed Cinema, 20th Century Flicks and Clevedon’s Curzon Cinema & Arts, Cinema Producer Tara Judah picks five festival highlights to fall in love with:

This July, Cinema Rediscovered invite you to fall in love with the big screen in Bristol and Clevedon, in the cinema and on the city's very own romantic Italian piazza, with the arrival of the first Cinema Rediscovered outdoor screenings.

1. Celebrate cinema and the city

In Bologna, at Il Cinema Ritrovato, the festival that inspired Cinema Rediscovered, they take romance to the city square: thousands of people gather on a summer’s eve in the city’s main square, the Piazza Maggiore, to see some of cinema’s greatest stories on their majestic outdoor screen. This year, Cinema Rediscovered have decided to bring a piece of the Piazza back to Bristol as they launch their own outdoor cinema experience on Museum Square, by the city’s harbour. Over two nights visitors will be treated to epic stories screened in stunning surrounds. Both screenings are free to attend and family-friendly. Don't forget to bring cushions and blankets to sit on (and a waterproof just in case!) - as Cinema Rediscovered celebrate of cinema and the city, with its newly earned title as UNESCO City of Film.

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Image - Bristol Harbourside, photo credit Philip Clarke

2. James Ivory's Maurice

Last year American romantic James Ivory touched people's hearts with his direction in the stunning re-release of Howard’s End (1992), and then through his brand new adapted screenplay for Luca Guadagnino’s deeply moving Call Me by Your Name. This year, Cinema Rediscovered are bringing both his written and directorial talents to the big screen in a new digital restoration of his 1987 Edwardian gay love story, Maurice, starring Hugh Grant and James Wilby, as well as Rupert Graves - who was born down the road in Weston-Super-Mare!

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Image - Hugh Grant and James Wilby in Maurice 

3. Victor Sjöström’s The Phantom Carriage

Treasure Victor Sjöström’s haunting ghost story, The Phantom Carriage in your cine-heart. Telling the folkloric tale of Death’s carriage collecting souls on New Year’s Eve, The Phantom Carriage is a visual delight that is also intensely chilling – it even frightened the great Ingmar Bergman when he was a boy! Returning to the big screen thanks to a new digital restoration from the Swedish Institute and presented in partnership with South West Silents, Bristol will also be treated to a fantastic live musical score from silent film accompanist Stephen Horne.

The Phantom Carriage - Cinema Rediscovered

Image - The Phantom Carriage

4. Women on the Periphery

Films by and about women have always existed but they haven’t always had the spotlight. This year’s focus of Women on the Periphery brings bold and brave voices to the fore. Alongside seven feature length films, there are two very special short film programmes that spotlight some truly extraordinary talent, reflecting on issues of identity, sovereignty and social cohesion. Playful and powerful, Women of the Periphery Shorts and Come the Revolution Presents: Madeline Anderson explore the works of trailblazing women whose films didn’t just break the mould but smashed the systems of oppression in their cine-activism, too.

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Image - Joanna Quinn’s BRITANNIA, part of the Women on the Periphery shorts programme.

5. A trip to Clevedon

In a nearby seaside town there is a single-screen cinema, The Curzon Cinema & Arts in Clevedon - one of the UK’s longest continually operating cinemas, it first opened in 1912. Watching a film in its stunning auditorium and listening to its original Christie organ before the show is an experience to remember. Cinema Rediscovered are delighted to once again include a Trip to Clevedon as part of the festival. Bill Douglas’ Comrades tells the epic story of the Tolpuddle Martyrs who were deported to Australia in the 1830s for fighting for workers’ rights. Bill Douglas was one of the most talented filmmakers that ever lived, and this is the only feature film he ever made. Complete with introduction from Dr Phil Wickham, Curator at the Bill Douglas Cinema Museum in Exeter, this is an extraordinary experience not to be missed.

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Image - Bill Douglas' Comrades

Browse the programme, find out more info and book tickets:


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Cinema Rediscovered

A chance to discover some of the finest new digital restorations, contemporary classics and film print rarities from across the globe.

Watershed Bristol Harbourside

Enjoy a lively programme of independent film, digital media and events at this fantastic media centre in the heart of the Harbourside