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Forbidden Worlds Film Festival

18 May @ 6:00 pm - 21 May @ 11:00 pm

Weekend/Day Passes available

Bristol’s biggest repertory genre film festival is returning for four days in May, this time celebrating some of cinema’s iconic creatures and their creators, as well as action legend and Oscar-winner Michelle Yeoh, and a selection of genre classics inspired by the archives of Bristol’s beloved video shop 20th Century Flicks.

Ninety years ago, King Kong was unleashed upon screens around the world and changed cinema forever. This year, Forbidden Worlds Film Festival is celebrating the pioneering Creature Creators who transformed how we perceived ‘monsters’ through their stunning use of stop-motion animation and incredible puppetry work.

As well as a special screening of the original King Kong, we invite audiences to come see the classic Harryhausen adventure The 7th Voyage of Sinbad (1958), game-changing sci-fi actioner The Terminator (1984), terrifying childhood fable Return to Oz (1985), and much more on the biggest screen in the South West. Among the invited guests for these screenings will be members of The Ray & Diana Harryhausen Foundation, including Vanessa Harryhausen.

We will also be celebrating the career of Oscar-winner and action Legend Michelle Yeoh with three of her most iconic films – Royal Warriors (1986), Police Story 3: Supercop (1992) and The Heroic Trio (1993).

As always, we will be also be screening a host of cult and classic genre films From the Video Shop Archives of Bristol institution 20th Century Flicks, including a brand-new restoration of The Way of the Dragon (1972) to honour the 50th anniversary of Bruce Lee’s passing, the vertigo-inducing blockbuster Cliffhanger (1993), which is celebrating its 30th anniversary, and the Euro-slasher Amsterdamned (1988) that sees terror coming to the canals of the Dutch capital.

This year’s line-up includes four UK restoration premieres, four special anniversary screenings and, in true video shop style, seven titles are under ninety minutes long!


18 May @ 6:00 pm
21 May @ 11:00 pm
Weekend/Day Passes available
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