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Cinema Rediscovered, 26 – 29 July 2018, Bristol, UK

5th April 2018

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Cinema Rediscovered returns for a third edition between Thu 26 - Sun 29 July 2018, bringing the best digital restorations, contemporary classics and film print rarities back where they belong - on the big screen with support from the BFI awarding funds from The National Lottery.

Early announcements for this year’s edition of the festival include a focus on Bristol born Mike Hodges, a celebration of the spirit of young film activist and critic André Bazin 100 years after his birth and a timely strand on Women of the Periphery.

This third year of Cinema Rediscovered demonstrates the increasing appetite to rediscover and reframe film’s history, and also celebrates Bristol’s new status as UNESCO City of film, a global recognition of the city’s outstanding contribution to film culture. It’s the perfect excuse for a city wide film happening in cinemas and beyond with walks, talks and pop-ups in and around Bristol in venues including Watershed, Clevedon’s Curzon Cinema & Arts and 20th Century Flicks.

First glance programme themes at this year’s festival include:

FOCUS ON MIKE HODGES
To mark Bristol’s new status as UNESCO City of film, the spotlight goes on Bristol born screenwriter, film director, playwright and novelist Mike Hodges. The strand includes such iconic British classics as Get Carter (1971), underrated caper Pulp (1972) as well as some of his more offbeat ventures. Mike Hodges, who will attend Cinema Rediscovered on his birthday weekend comments:
‘On the 29th of July 1932, after nine months gestation, I made my way into this world. Bristol was my first stopover.  Now exactly 85 years later I’m back.  In the meantime I made films for television (World in Action, Tempo, and in fiction, The Tyrant King, Rumour & Suspect) before gravitating to the cinema with Get Carter.  There followed nine more - three of which are being shown in Cinema Rediscovered 2018. I hope they look fresher and younger than I do.’

WOMEN OF THE PERIPHERY
● ’93 ‘til infinity… revisits the nineties with debut features by female directors on their 25 anniversary year and explores what happened next; including Gurinder Chadha’s funny, frank and touching British comedy Bhaji on The Beach and Tracey Moffat’s BeDevil, the first feature directed by an Australian Aboriginal woman.
● A centenary celebration of the work of Scottish artist/filmmaker Margaret Tait including her feature film debut Blue Black Permanent (1992) presented by its Bristol based Producer Kate Swan who collaborated closely with Margaret.

Festival co-curator Tara Judah comments:
“ #MeToo and #TimesUp have really shone a light on inequality in the film industry. Of course, that doesn't mean women haven't been making films for decades - they have. And we want to celebrate that, whilst thinking about how their screen stories might also reflect the industry and the wider world in which they work. If anything, there were too many brilliant titles to fit into this programme, which makes this a fantastic starting point for kicking off a wider conversation!”

BAZIN 100 - Qu'est-ce que le cinema? French film critic Andre Bazin (1918 - 1958) was the prototype cinephile and film activist. His film writings opened up an understanding and appreciation of this upstart new ‘art’ form.  His influence was profound leading to the formation of Cahiers du Cinema film journal and ushering in the Nouvelle Vague filmmakers like Truffaut, Godard and Chabrol. All this whilst he was a young man in his 20s and early 30s. This strand of conversations and screenings celebrates his short but impactful life, in particular the relevance of his film activism now and addresses his simple yet fundamental question “What is Cinema?” which still resonates in 2018.

Festival Founder and co-curator Mark Cosgrove comments:
“Bazin asked the simple yet profound question “What is Cinema?” That question rings loudly in a digitally connected multiplatform era where people can watch films anywhere, anytime but is the impact of films diminished? In Bazin’s centenary year, Cinema Rediscovered champions the experience of screening films in the immersive, communal environment of that darkened room we call the cinema whilst also providing the all important social environment to share passions and enthusiasms for film.”

Cinema Rediscovered 2018 also includes;

The return of The Archive Sessions with a focus this year on reframing screen heritage in a way that present more inclusive visions of life as well as revisiting challenging materials in ways that open up a dialogue. Right Here Right Now – Archiving For the Future also invites archive practitioners from across the world including Cineteca Di Bologna, BFI, Aardman Animations and The Bill Douglas Cinema Museum to share the story behind a recent addition to their archive, exploring what this might tell us of about the role of archives in creating a collective memory of the world.

An expanded Film Critics’ Campus following an excess of talented applicants for last year's Film Critics day. It's an exciting time for aspiring and early career critics as the gatekeeping doors of the established order are knocked down and new voices are brought to the fore. Led by writer, programmer and critic Tara Judah with guests including writer and film critic Michael Pattison, this is an opportunity for talent to sink their teeth into contemporary critical concerns, pick up practical tools, while journeying back through cinema's history to build on the legacy of critical giants like Bazin.

Cinema Rediscoverd 2018 is followed by a UK wide tour of selected highlights in venues including Chapter (Cardiff), Exeter Phoenix, Broadway (Nottingham), Home (Manchester), QFT (Belfast), Filmhouse, (Edinburgh) Showroom (Sheffield), mac (Birmingham) and Exeter Phoenix. Our partnership with MUBI also complement this year’s festival and continues the Cinema Rediscovered experience for both cinema and online audiences across the UK.

www.watershed.co.uk/cinema-rediscovered 

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