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The Bristol Radical Film Festival returns to celebrate 40 years of radical British cinema.

The Bristol Radical Film Festival returns for its fourth edition in October 2015. The festival is brought to you by The Bristol Radical Film Festival collective in partnership with The Centre for Moving Image Research (CMIR UWE), Arnolfini and Bristol Experimental and Expanded Film (BEEF). 

This year, the festival is dedicated to celebrating the 40th anniversary of The First Festival of British Independent Cinema. Organised by the filmmaker, writer, curator and dramatist, David Hopkins (1940-2004), the 1975 festival was a landmark event in the history of alternative film in Britain. The festival screened overtly political film alongside avant-garde and experimental work, on everything from 35mm to super-8mm, with the express intention of encouraging a vibrant independent film culture that cross-pollinates different forms, approaches and traditions.

The extraordinary programme of the 1975 event is the inspiration behind this edition of the Bristol Radical Film Festival (BRFF) which, along with many other organisations around the world, is part of the contemporary incarnation of politically engaged, aesthetically innovative film culture. That culture remains as challenging and defiant as ever, and the BRFF features a range of contemporary films and filmmakers alongside work from the original programme. 

The festival pass allows you to attend all 8 screenings for the reduced price of £40 / £35 concessions, a saving of £12 pounds! Limited number available, book soon!


Friday 9 October:

8pm, The Amazing Equal Pay Show (London Women’s Film Group, 1974)

Saturday 10 October:

1pm, Derek Jarman early short films

3.30pm, Starting to Happen: A discussion screening with community filmmaker, Ed Webb-Ingall

6pm, Contemporary political shorts

8pm, Blacks Brittanica, followed by Q+A with the film’s producer, Margaret Henry (1978)

Sunday 11 October:

1pm, The Miners’ Film (1974, Cinema Action) and selected work by Reel News, followed by Q+A with Steve Sprung (Cinema Action) and Shaun Dey (Reel News)

3.30pm, Trace and Labour in Structural/Materialism: Then and Now

7pm, Penthesilea: Queen of the Amazons (1975), followed by director Laura Mulvey in conversation with Dr Patti Gaal-Holmes.

Part of the Arnolfini Story Project  

Arnolfini Story is a multifaceted project celebrating the heritage of the organisation. Through it, we offer information and material from our archives, invite you to share your Arnolfini memories with us, and commission artists and writers to create new response to our history. It launches in 2015, 40 years after Arnolfini moved in to the Bush Warehouse, thereby becoming one of the first organisations to pioneer reuse of Bristol’s derelict docks.  


The festival is brought to you by The Bristol Radical Film Festival collective in partnership with Arnolfini, The Centre for Moving Image Research (CMIR) and Bristol Experimental and Expanded Film (BEEF).