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Bristol Film Festival’s Spring Season is now on sale

5th February 2019

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Tickets are live for Bristol Film Festival’s Spring 2019 season, celebrating the start of its fourth year

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Bristol Film Festival has announced its programme for Spring 2019, with a diverse range of screenings across the city taking place at both long-running venues and new locations. The Spring series will run from 28th February to 31st March.

The season launches on Thursday 28th February with its annual Academy Screening at the Royal West of England Academy. This black tie event celebrates an Oscar-winning classic, and this year’s selection is Breakfast At Tiffany’s. There will be live music and welcome drinks before the screening, as well as an opportunity to view the Academy’s latest exhibition, ‘Albert Irvin and Abstract Expressionism.’ The film will be introduced by a talk on Audrey Hepburn’s lasting impact on Hollywood by actress Beth Burrows, whose one-woman show Sirens of the Silver Screen sees her embody Hepburn onstage.

On Friday 1st March the festival’s Nights at the Museum series – in partnership with Bristol Museum & Art Gallery – continues with two screenings: the Aardman caveman comedy Early Man and the beloved adventure Raiders Of The Lost Ark. This adventure-themed evening will see the Museum taken back in time with the help of some live performers, including a special guest animatronic dinosaur…

Following on from a successful series launch in October 2018, the To Infinity series returns to the Planetarium at We The Curious on Saturday 2nd March for a double bill of sci-fi hits WALL-E and The Martian. Due to demand a second showing of WALL-E has been added on Saturday 9th March.

The Festival returns to Aerospace Bristol on Wednesday 6th March for a third flight. 2019 marks both the 50th anniversary of Concorde’s maiden flight and the 50th anniversary of the release of the iconic war film Battle Of Britain, so this star-studded classic will be screened underneath the wings of the iconic plane. Guests will have the opportunity to board Concorde prior to the film, and there will be live jazz and swing music before the show.

Friday 8th and Saturday 9th March see the latest instalments of the popular Vintage Screenings in partnership with Averys Wine Merchants. These screenings, held in the historic store’s cellars, thematically pair wine tastings with films – on Friday 8th Wes Anderson’s hit The Grand Budapest Hotel is shown with accompanying central European wines, while on Saturday 9th the espionage thriller Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy has an “odd wine out” theme, where the audience attempt to spot the New World wine hidden among an Old World lineup.

On Thursday 14th March the festival boards the SS Great Britain for a 70s themed evening event to screen the disaster movie classic The Poseidon Adventure. Guests will enjoy a drinks reception and live music in the ship’s dry dock, before entering the First Class Saloon to watch the film. There will be an interval with canapés, more live music and a chance to explore Brunel’s famous ship after hours. This event is kindly partnered by Rathbones.

Friday 15th March sees the festival visit We The Curious for the first time, for two showings of the definitive director’s cut of Blade Runner. The film will be screened surrounded by the museum’s hands-on exhibits, and this is the perfect year to screen it, since this sci-fi masterpiece was set in 2019.

Bristol Cathedral hosts an atmospheric screening of Lon Chaney’s 1925 adaptation of Phantom Of The Opera on Saturday 16th March. This will be accompanied by a live, improvised organ recital by the award-winning composer Dr. David Bednall, blending silent cinema with live music to create a unique experience that promises to bring the film to life in a dramatic new interpretation.

As the first event of a new partnership, the festival will be hosting two screenings of the acclaimed documentary Touching The Void at Bristol Old Vic, in its recently opened Weston Studio, on Sunday 17th March. Joe Simpson’s best-selling memoir turned BAFTA-winning film was recently adapted for the stage, premiering at Bristol Old Vic in September 2018 under the direction of Tom Morris, and these screenings precede the show’s return to the theatre this Spring. The events include a talk about the film and its adaptation to stage, and an interval with drinks reception in the magnificently restored Coopers’ Hall. This event is kindly partnered by Burston Cook.

The festival’s next opera screening takes place on Wednesday 20th March at All Saints Church with a stunning production of La Bohème on Sydney Harbour. This special evening begins with a drinks reception, followed by a live recital from soprano Kiandra Haworth – formerly of the Jette Parker Young Artists Programme at the Royal Opera House – and acclaimed conductor Nicholas Chalmers, who will provide live performance and discussion of the opera, and their own unique insights.

The Spring season concludes over the weekend of Friday 29th to Sunday 31st March with its annual Underground Cinema series in Redcliffe Caves. Guests will venture deep into the tunnels of this incredible Bristol landmark, themed like an abandoned Cold War bunker, to enjoy cult cinema favourites and other films appropriate for the location. Highlights from this year’s programme include Tim Burton’s dark take on Batman, matinee screenings of John Carpenter classics, the haunting war epic Apocalypse Now and back by popular demand – the David Bowie fantasy Labyrinth.

Owen Franklin, Festival Director, says: “We’re thrilled to be announcing our line-up for Spring 2019, which will mark the beginning of the festival’s fourth year. It’s a truly diverse range of films across some of Bristol’s most beloved venues; we’re excited to see them back on the big screen, and to create unique experiences to remember.”

The full programme can be viewed at

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