Bristol’s Week in Film: September 25-October 1 2020

Originally due for an all-singing, all-dancing event cinema premiere broadcast live from the Albert Hall back in April, David Attenborough’s A Life on Our Planet finally reaches us on Monday. Produced by Bristol’s very own Silverback Films (go here for our feature), the documentary will still be accompanied by a Q&A with the great man conducted by Michael Palin. It’ll just be from a rather more bijou location. If that’s not enough environmental documentary action for you, tickets have just gone on sale for the Greta Thunberg documentary, I Am Greta, at the Watershed next month. Sroll down to the Booking Now section for details.

This week’s big – and, indeed, only – release is Schemers: Dave McLain’s autobiographical account of how he fell foul of a notorious gangster while promoting gigs in Dundee back in the 1980s. Comparisons with Trainspotting are positively encouraged.

Aaaand just when you thought distributors had drained their entire back catalogues of hits to tempt us back into cinemas, the first sextet of Rocky movies return to the big screen this week. These six rounds of pugilist entertainment are perfectly timed to provide some measure of vicarious pleasure to inconsolable blokey-blokes deprived of the traditional English post-pub punch-up following the latest coronavirus restrictions.

Don’t forget that it’s the Slapstick Festival’s make-or-break Big Comedy Night In fundraiser on Sunday 27. They’ve already raised an impressive 73% of their target, but still need your support if the fest is to go ahead in January. Go here for more information.

Follow the links below for more information and screening times. Go here for our comprehensive film listings.

New Releases

  • Film / Comedy

    Schemers

    True-life comedy-drama about a Scottish gig promoter who finds himself in debt to a gangster

Event Cinema

Post-Lockdown Releases

  • Film / Drama

    Rocks

    An authentic portrait of female friendship from the director of Suffragette

    Multiple theatres: Wednesday, Oct 28 2020 - Thursday, Oct 29 2020

  • Film / Animation

    Away

    Surreal and atmospheric wordless Latvian animation about a boy who crashlands onto a bizarre island

    Multiple theatres: Wednesday, Oct 28 2020 - Thursday, Oct 29 2020

  • Film / Comedy

    Bill & Ted Face the Music

    Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter party on as middle-aged dads in belated threequel

    Multiple theatres: Wednesday, Oct 28 2020 - Thursday, Nov 5 2020

  • Film / Action

    Tenet

    Christopher Nolan's typically mind-bending, time-travelling science fiction espionage thriller

    Multiple theatres: Wednesday, Oct 28 2020 - Thursday, Nov 5 2020

  • Film / Drama

    Babyteeth

    A gritty Australian twist on the terminal illness romantic weepie sub-genre

  • Film / Action

    The New Mutants

    Bristol's very own Maisie Williams makes her X-Men franchise debut as shapeshifting Wolfsbane

    Vue Longwell Green: Thursday, Oct 29 2020

  • Film / Art House

    Les Misérables

    Timely and topical police violence drama that has earned comparisons with La Haine

  • Film / Drama

    After We Collided

    Young adult romance sequel based on the novel by Anna Todd

    Multiple theatres: Wednesday, Oct 28 2020 - Thursday, Nov 5 2020

  • Film / Animation

    Timmy’s Cinema Adventure

    Six of Aardman's Timmy Time episodes up on the big screen to keep tots entertained

    Multiple theatres: Wednesday, Oct 28 2020 & Thursday, Oct 29 2020

  • Film / Animation

    Dreambuilders

    A girl gains the ability to create other people's dreams in this sub-Pixar Danish animation

  • Film / Fantasy

    Pinocchio

    A beautifully designed, dark Italian version of the venerable yarn of porky-telling young big nose

  • Film / Thriller

    Unhinged

    A very cross Russell Crowe menaces a single mother in this road rage thriller

    Multiple theatres: Wednesday, Oct 28 2020 - Thursday, Oct 29 2020

  • Film / Animation

    100% Wolf

    Family animation about a werewolf who inadvertently turns into a ferocious poodle

    Multiple theatres: Wednesday, Oct 28 2020 - Saturday, Oct 31 2020

  • Film / Drama

    Savage

    Gritty, sweary, violent Kiwi gang culture drama

The Return of Rocky

  • Film / Drama

    Rocky

    Sly Stallone forges a career by hitting another bloke and mumbling

  • Film / Action

    Rocky II

    The big lug gets a rematch in this effective 1979 sequel

  • Film / Action

    Rocky III

    Sly slugs it out with Mr. T in the one that features Eye of the Tiger

    : Sunday, Nov 8 2020 & Monday, Nov 9 2020

  • Film / Action

    Rocky IV

    Rocky heads to Moscow to win the Cold War by walloping Dolph Lundgren

    : Sunday, Nov 29 2020 & Monday, Nov 30 2020

  • Film / Action

    Rocky V

    Brain-damaged Rocky gets glum and doesn't hit anyone. Audiences stay at home.

2020 Releases Still Going Strong

  • Film / Comedy

    Jojo Rabbit

    Meet the kid whose imaginary friend is Adolf Hitler in Taika Waititi's daring black comedy

  • Film / Action

    The Hunt

    Controversial thriller about a game in which 12 strangers are hunted by an elite

  • Film / Animation

    Onward

    Two elf brothers embark on a quest for magic in Pixar's heart-warmer

    Multiple theatres: Wednesday, Oct 28 2020 - Saturday, Oct 31 2020

Pre-Millennial Classics

21st Century Hits

Booking Now

  • Film / Documentary

    I Am Greta

    Teen climate change activist Greta Thunberg gets her own documentary

  • Film / Event Cinema

    Uncle Vanya

    Toby Jones stars in Olivier-nominated post-lockdown theatre/cinema hybrid Chekhov adaptation

    Multiple theatres: Wednesday, Oct 28 2020 - Sunday, Nov 8 2020

  • Film / Drama

    Shirley

    Elisabeth Moss stars in an agreeably sour biopic of influential horror novelist Shirley Jackson

    : Friday, Oct 30 2020 - Thursday, Nov 5 2020

  • Film / Drama

    Rialto

    Dublin docker seeks solace in the arms of a teenage hustler in this drama of 'masculinity in crisis'

  • Film / Drama

    Mogul Mowgli

    Riz Ahmed stars as New York-based British-Pakistani rapper Zed in this spiky drama of identity

    Multiple theatres: Friday, Oct 30 2020 - Thursday, Nov 5 2020