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The city's most original celebration of film explores themes of tension this year…

Bristol Film Festival is back for a thrilling showcase of cinematic mastery in some of the city’s finest venues and most unusual locations. This year shines a spotlight on the theme of tension, and will be screening an eclectic mix of films, from acclaimed British dramas to major international blockbusters to genuine classics for the whole family. There’s plenty to look forward to for all ages and tastes!

This year relocates to Whiteladies Road, with the recently refurbished Everyman cinema acting as the main festival hub, but there’s lots going on around the city — you’re never far from something exciting! 

Highlights are plentiful on the programme, with a showing of J.M.W. Turner biopic Mr. Turner in the main gallery of the RWA, seafaring epic Master and Commander aboard the ss Great Britain and a wild double bill featuring Jurassic Park and Blackmail at the Bristol Museum… after dark! 

Arnos Vale will be home to some spooktacular family classics — Coraline, The Addams Family and The Corpse Bride to name a few — while Bristol Cathedral sees a perfectly paired screening of 1920s silent film The Hunchback Of Notre Dame. Averys hosts 007 flick From Russia With Love, with a ‘drinkalong’ twist. The Arnolfini is also in on the action, with lots of workshops and film talks taking place, plus a screening of Frank Turner documentary Get Better with Q&A introduction with director Ben Morse.

As usual, an eclectic sensory smorgasbord is on display at the fest’s most famous off-site venue: Redcliffe Caves. Transformed into a “Cold War-style bunker”, the caves will be throwing a series of once-in-a-lifetime events, focusing on “cult, controversial and banned” movies with bespoke intros from leading film figures.

There is a huge amount to experience at this year’s Bristol Film Festival — make sure to have a good long look at the programme and book swiftly. Each event is ticketed separately.

When: 9—12 March

Where: Various venues across Bristol 

Website: www.bristolfilmfestival.com 

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