Now in its second year, Cinema Rediscovered returns to Bristol and the surrounding region, bringing the finest digital restorations, contemporary classics and film print rarities back where they belong, on the big screen at cinemas including Watershed, Clevedon’s Curzon Cinema & Arts and The Cube Microplex. (Image: Lights Out In Europe)


The 2017 Philip French Memorial Lecture: Mark Kermode/

The Philip French Annual Lecture offers a chance for a key figure in the film world to reflect on the qualities French stood for, to examine currents in film culture and the role of film critics. We are delighted to welcome writer and broadcaster Mark Kermode, a long-time admirer of French’s film writing who had the exciting and daunting task of stepping into French’s shoes as lead film critic for The Observer, to give the second Philip French Memorial Lecture. More information here.

Cinema Rediscovered: Highlights/

Manipulating the Message

A timely look at how the media and journalism have been portrayed in Hollywood including 40th anniversary screening of Network introduced by the award-winning BBC journalist and broadcaster Samira Ahmed plus work by Orson Welles, Billy Wilder, Gus Van Sant, Alexander MacKendrick and the UK premiere of the restoration of Lewis Milestone’s The Front Page.

Girls Like Us

Academy Award-nominated producer Stephen Wooley (The Crying Game, Carol, Their Finest) presents highlights from the wartime Girls Like Us season at BFI Southbank, including Millions Like Us with author Lissa Evans (Their Finest Hour and a Half).

Howard’s End (Thu 27 July, 18:00)

Special preview of a new 4k digital restoration on the eve of its 25th Anniversary BFI re-release presented by Ian Whittaker (Alien), the Academy Award-winning set decorator for Howard’s End.

La Chinoise (Sun 30 July, 15:10)

Jean-Luc Godard’s critique of radical student politics pre-May 1968 focuses on five university students who spend their summer holed up in an apartment before deciding to achieve revolution through violent means.

Dawson City – Frozen Time (Sun 30 July, 15:20)

Italy’s Il Cinema Ritrovato festival presents the extraordinary tale of a collection of 533 silent films and newsreels which were lost for over 50 years, buried in a sub-arctic swimming pool deep in the Yukon Territory.

UK Premiere: Lights Out In Europe (Sun 30 July, 15:30) (pictured above)

Rarely seen since its initial 1940 release; Herbert Kline’s timely documentary traces the final months of an uneasy peace in 1939 and records a Europe on the brink of total war. Digitally restored by The Museum of Modern Art, New York from the only surviving print of the original full length version, Lights Out In Europe is a forgotten masterpiece of documentary wartime filmmaking and the first adventure for the great cinematographer, Douglas Slocombe. With an introduction and discussion hosted by Andrew Kelly, director of Bristol Cultural Development Partnership and Bristol Festival of Ideas and a visiting professor at the University of the West of England.

Becoming Cary Grant (Sun 30 July, 17:50)

Fresh from the Cannes Film Festival comes Mark Kidel’s documentary Becoming Cary Grant, reflecting Grants’ journey from Bristol boy Archie Leach to Hollywood legend. Featuring rarely seen archive footage of Grant’s home town.

Cinema Rediscovered is presented by Watershed, South West Silents, 20th Century Flicks, Curzon Cinema & Arts (Clevedon) and the Independent Cinema Office and welcomes new partners in 2017; The Cube Microplex, Bristol Festival of Ideas, Come The Revolution, Bristol Film Festivals, Into Film and MUBI plus support from the BFI awarding funds from The National Lottery, Film Hub South West & West Midlands, Park Circus and STUDIOCANAL.