Films

We are pleased to offer you a cinema programme free of charge curated by Portishead & ATP.

The cinema exists on a first come, first served basis. If you really want to see a film, you may have to get there early. There is limited seating and we do not guarantee entry into any session.

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Saturday 23rd July:

SUBMARINE (2011. Dir Richard Ayoade) / Watch Trailer

Submarine is Richard Ayoade's debut feature. Based on a novel by Joe Dunthorne. Starring Craig Roberts, Yasmin Paige, Paddy Considine and Sally Hawkins. One boy must fight to save his mother from the advances of a mystic and simultaneously lure his eczema-strafed girlfriend in to the bedroom, armed with only a wide vocabulary and near-total self belief. Richard will present his film on Saturday 23rd.
THE TREASURES OF LONG GONE JOHN (2009. Dir Greg Gibbs) / Watch Trailer

The Treasures of Long Gone John is a feature-length documentary film by Gregg Gibbs. A chronicle of the eccentric art and musical obsessions of indie record producer and self-described "anti-mogul," Long Gone John. The product of a troubled childhood, John found success through the establishment of the record label, "Sympathy for the Record Industry". During the past 17 years he has single-handedly released over 750 records by over 550 bands and helped launch the careers of Hole, Dwarves, White Stripes and Rocket from the Crypt, among many others. Along the way, he has compulsively amassed a vast collection of art and pop ephemera, in addition to starting the "Necessaries Toy Foundation". The film explores the work of several of the artists he collects and collaborates with, including Todd Schorr, Mark Ryden, Camille Rose Garcia and Robert Williams. Featuring a wall-to-wall soundtrack of over 40 bands with artwork by 20 artists, including original animation and time lapse photography. "The Treasures of Long Gone John" is an enticing trip through the independent record industry and the Los Angeles "lowbrow" art scene.
THE SEARCHERS (1956. Dir John Ford) / Watch Trailer

A favourite film of some of the world's greatest filmmakers, including Martin Scorsese and Steven Spielberg, John Ford's The Searchers has earned its place in the legacy of great American films for a variety of reasons. Perhaps most notably, it's the definitive role for John Wayne as an icon of the classic Western - the hero (or antihero) who must stand alone according to the unwritten code of The West. The story takes place in Texas in 1868; Wayne plays Ethan Edwards, a Confederate veteran who visits his brother and sister-in-law at their ranch and is horrified when they are killed by marauding Comanches. Ethan's search for a surviving niece (played by young Natalie Wood) becomes an all-consuming obsession. With the help of a family friend (Jeffrey Hunter) who is himself part-Cherokee, Ethan hits the trail on a five-year quest for revenge. At the peak of his masterful talent, director Ford crafts this classic tale as an embittered examination of racism and blind hatred, provoking Wayne to give one of the best performances of his career. This is undeniably one of the greatest Westerns ever made.
FARGO (1996. Joel & Ethan Coen) / Watch Trailer

Leave it to the wildly inventive Coen brothers (Joel directs, Ethan produces, they both write) to concoct a fiendishly clever kidnap caper that's simultaneously a comedy of errors, a Midwestern satire, a taut suspense thriller and a violent tale of criminal misfortune. It all begins when a hapless car salesman (played to perfection by William H. Macy) ineptly orchestrates the kidnapping of his own wife. The plan goes horribly awry in the hands of bumbling bad guys Steve Buscemi and Peter Stormare (one of them being described by a local girl as "kinda funny lookin'" and "not circumcised"), and the pregnant sheriff of Brainerd, Minnesota, (played exquisitely by Frances McDormand in an Oscar-winning role) is suddenly faced with a case of multiple murders. Her investigation is laced with offbeat observations about life in the rural hinterland of Minnesota and North Dakota, and Fargo embraces its local yokels with affectionate humour. At times shocking and hilarious, Fargo is utterly unique and distinctly American, bearing the unmistakable stamp of its inspired creators.
CINEMA IRAN (Dir. Mark Cousins) / Watch Trailer

Filmed on three continents, Mark Cousins presents the remarkable David and Goliath story of a small national film industry which went against the trends in Western Cinema and changed movie-making forever.
THE LONDON THAT NOBODY KNOWS (1969. Dir Norman Cohen) / Watch Trailer

The London Nobody Knows is a genuine curio. James Mason takes his brolly and bowler for a stroll around the seedier parts of the big smoke in the late 1960s, bemoaning ruined buildings such as Camden's Bedford Theatre, grimacing about the state of doss houses with meths drinkers, commenting sourly on the capital's swinging youth, and generally being an old curmudgeon. Directed by Norman Cohen (who would go on to make the soft-porn Confessions comedies) from a script based on the late London biographer Geoffrey S Fletcher's 1962 book, it's an intriguing tour of a vanishing city and a depressing documentation of its disenfranchised denizens.


Sunday 24th July:

THE FIRST MOVIE (2011. Dir Mark Cousins) / Watch Trailer

The First Movie is Mark Cousins' debut feature. What's it like to be a child in war - not when the conflict is raging, but when the war tide is out, as it were, when kids are telling stories or playing games? The First Movie is about the "not-war". It came about because director Mark and producer Gill separately went to Kurdistan. They loved the place and wanted to make a film about it. Mark thought it would be best to focus on kids, because their minds are uninhibited and developing fast. A good way to try to see inside those little minds, he thought, would be to give the kids cameras and let them film what they liked. Mark and Gill travelled around Kurdish Iraq in 2008, and chose the village of Goptapa as their location, because of its beauty and hopes for the future, but also because it has a tragic past. Influenced a little by 1001 Nights, The First Movie is a "magic realist" documentary, one of the first of its kind. It certainly doesn't skirt the suffering of Goptapa but, rather, it shows how such suffering co-habits with other things, such as wonder and imaginative development. One little boy in the village said he'd like to fly slowly over Goptapa. In The First Movie, that might just be possible. Mark Cousins will be introducing his film and give a Q&A afterwards moderated by Mark Cosgrove (Watershed, Bristol)
THE ROOM (Dir. Tommy Wiseau) / Watch Trailer

Johnny is a successful banker with great respect for and dedication to the people in his life, especially his future wife Lisa. Johnny can also be a little too trusting at times which haunts him later on. Lisa is a beautiful blonde fiance of Johnny. She has always gotten her way and will manipulate to get what she wants. She is a taker, with a double personality, and her deadly schemes lead to her own downfall. Mark is a young, successful and independent best friend of Johnny. He has a good heart, but gets caught up in Lisa's dangerous web and gives into temptation. This eventually brings him to great loss. Claudette is the classy, sophisticated mother of Lisa who has had disappointing relationships in her life. She wants her daughter to be married as soon as possible so she can benefit. Denny is an orphan boy, naive and confused about life, love, and friendship. Denny is very ambitious and also very grateful to the people that are in his life. "The Room" depicts the depths of friendship and relationships in one's life and raises life's real and most asked question: "Can you ever really trust anyone?"
EASY RIDER (Dir. Dennis Hopper) / Watch Trailer

This box-office hit from 1969 is an important pioneer of the American independent cinema movement, and a generational touchstone to boot. Peter Fonda and Dennis Hopper play hippie motorcyclists crossing the Southwest and encountering a crazy quilt of good and bad people. Jack Nicholson turns up in a significant role as an attorney who joins their quest for awhile and articulates society's problem with freedom as Fonda's and Hopper's characters embody it. Hopper directed, essentially bringing the no-frills filmmaking methods of legendary, drive-in movie producer Roger Corman (The Little Shop of Horrors) to a serious feature for the mainstream. It retains its original power, sense of daring and epochal impact.
TONITE LET'S ALL MAKE LOVE IN LONDON (Dir. Peter Whitehead) / Watch Trailer

This documentary of the London scene in the swinging-60's is a visual treat for Mod enthusiasts everywhere. Featuring a who's-who of the scene, Tonight Let's All Make Love In London is a visual patchwork of 60's culture, seen through the eyes of the people leading it. Mick Jagger, Michael Caine, Vanessa Redgrave, Allen Ginsberg, and Julie Christie are all here, alongside counter-culture artists and other musicians who helped shape their generation and future ones to come. Most of the musical content comes in the form of extremely rare concert footage and inside studio recording sessions, while other segments include candid interviews, strange political demonstration footage, and even a segment on the radical art of body painting! Yes, politics and sex are on the palette here as well as a psychedelic soundtrack from a very young Pink Floyd. The film features footage from the 14 Hour Technicolour Dream shot at Alexandra Palace.
FIELD and JOCK SCOTT (Dir. John Minton) / Watch Trailers

Field and Jock Scott are films by John Minton. Mintonfilm has an innovative and experimental approach to music promos and documentary film making, creating a fresh and distinctive aesthetic. The films and videos form a diverse portfolio of work, collaborating with the likes of Portishead, Robert Plant, influential punk poet Jock Scot and artist Richard Box. Alongside the music promos and documenting, Mintonfilm's reputation in drama editing was enhanced with 'September' the BAFTA Winner for Best Short Film 2009.
SEPTEMBER (2008. Dir Esther May Campbell)

September is a film by Esther May Campbell. Caught in an in-between world of flyovers, grass verges and dead-ends, where the motorway hum serves as a constant reminder of the speed of other lives, Marvin is not going anywhere. Into this forgotten corner of English countryside and motorway services arrives an extraordinary adolescent, changing his world forever.
CURLING (2010. Dir Denis Cote) / Watch Trailer

Set on the fringe of society, in a remote part of the countryside, Curling takes a keen look at the unusual private life of a father and his daughter. Between his unremarkable jobs, Jean-Francois Blain devotes an awkward energy to Julyvonne. The fragile balance of their relationship will be jeopardized by some very dreary circumstances. Denis Cote won the Best Director prize at the Locarno film festival for Curling.



Also on Sunday:

THE PASSION OF JOAN OF ARC (1928. Dir Theodor Dreyer) / Watch Trailer

Adrian Utley (Portishead) and Will Gregory (Goldfrapp) have collaborated on a new score for Carl Theodor Dreyer's classic 1928 film 'The Passion Of Joan Of Arc. Commissioned by Bristol's Colston Hall, the score was premiered at the Hall. Charles Hazlewood conducted an eclectic group, including Utley and Gregory, consisting of six electric guitars, eight voices, percussion, brass, keyboards and harp. The music incorporates extended techniques for guitar and voices providing a powerful landscape for this incredibly innovative and moving film about the last days of Joan of Arc. Long regarded as a towering masterpiece of silent cinema, the film chronicles Joan's trial, imprisonment, torture and execution. The story is told using her own words from trial transcripts discovered in 1924 shortly before her canonisation. Dreyer shot much of the film in close up, allowing the faces of the actors to tell the story through their expressions, inspiring many future generations of film makers including Sergio Leone.The original negative, was, for decades, feared lost in a fire until incredibly, in 1981, it was discovered in a cupboard in a Norwegian mental institution. This new print has been made available courtesy of Artificial Eye film distributors.


No 12 HEAVEN & EARTH MAGIC (1957-62. Dir Harry Smith)
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Alan Moore (text) & Stephen O'Malley (guitar) will present an expanded soundtracking of Harry Smith's 1962 animated alchemical film "Heaven & Earth Magic".

A fever-dream collage / alchemical film; the rational description a heroine's toothache consequent to the loss of a valuable watermelon, dentistry, a transportation to heaven, and the subsequent return to earth on the day Edward VII dedicated the Great Sewer of London. These imaginary events are imaginatively re-orchestrated as a performance. A conjoured collision between an extract of Harry Smith's 1957/1964 black & white animated collage film, a specially written entranced visionary text intoned by Alan O. Moore (writer of graphic novels, a neo-pagan), and the galactic guitar sound probe piloted by Stephen O'Malley ( Sunn 0))) , Gravetemple and more ). IBYM will be Mr Moore & Mr O'Malley's 3rd ever performance together... their first with Harry Smith's haunted headfuck images: a pyschic power trio deluxe.


PJ Harvey will perform against a backdrop of twelve short films created by director Seamus Murphy, each film explores the themes of one of the twelve tracks from her latest album, 'Let England Shake'. The Let England Shake films are available to view at http://www.youtube.com/letenglandsh