2016 Festival

A Very British Coup

[Mick Jackson, 1988, 2hr 28m]

A Jeremy Corbyn special! Based on the 1982 novel by Chris Mullin, this political thriller stars Ray McAnally as Harry Perkins, a newly-elected socialist prime minister. As he sets about pursuing policies of open government, nuclear disarmament and the breakup of press monopolies, the Establishment deploy all means at their disposal to bring him down in… a very British coup. Given recent events in the actual Labour Party, this film is no longer just a fascinating political fantasy: it’s training.


Black Is… Black Ain’t 

[Marlon Riggs, 1995, 1hr 27m]

The final film from the legendary US filmmaker, poet and gay rights activist, Marlon Riggs, Black Is… Black Ain’t is a powerful critique of sexism, patriarchy, homophobia and cultural nationalism in America. Blending performance and poetry with commentary by noted cultural critics Angela Davis, bell hooks, Cornel West and Michele Wallace, Black Is…Black Ain’t is a rich tapestry of personal testimony, music and history that rejoices in black culture, diversity and creativity.


Light Years  7.30pm -9.30pm

[Esther May Campbell, 2016, 1hr 30m]

Light Years is the debut feature from BAFTA winning, Bristol-based filmmaker Esther May Campbell. Featuring the acting debut of singer/songwriter Beth Orton alongside Muhammet Uzuner and a cast of young newcomers, the film is a poetic, ambient and startling story of loss, hope and the deepest of human connections, that follows a family through a quiet crisis. We’re delighted to have this aesthetically radical, locally-produced, and affective work to close this year’s festival.

Sleaford Mods – Invisible Britain with Director Q&A

[Nathan Hannawin and Paul Sng, 2015, 1hr 26min]

This documentary depicts the most relevant and uncompromising British band in years sticking two fingers up to the zeitgeist and articulating the rage and desperation of those without a voice in austerity Britain. Part band doc, part look at the state of the nation, Invisible Britain follows Sleaford Mods on a UK tour prior to the 2015 General Election, visiting the neglected, broken-down and boarded-up parts of the country that many would prefer to ignore. As Maxine Peake put it: “If you’re angry about the bullying ruling bastards and you give even half a toss, you have to watch this film”.


Symbiopsychotaxiplasm: Take One with discussion feat. BEEF 

[William Greaves, 1991, 1hr 15m]

Made in 1968 but not finalised until 1971, this film-within-a-film breaks the accepted rules of cinema. The film’s director William Greaves and his crew are in New York’s Central Park ostensibly filming a screen test – but this is just the cover story… The real story is happening off camera as the enigmatic director pursues a hidden agenda. The growing conflict and chaos — accompanied by moments of uproarious humor — explodes on screen. Symbiopsychotaxiplasm is a film with multiple levels of reality that reveals, and comments upon, the creative process. Greaves compared the making of this film, which the New Yorker has called “one of the greatest movies about filmmaking ever made”, to jumping off a cliff without a parachute. The post-screening discussion will be led by the Bristol Expanded and Experimental Film (BEEF) collective.


BRFF’s International Short Film Competition

[~various artists~, 97mins]

This is the cream of the crop from the 2000+ submissions to our annual short film competition. From radical filmmakers all over the world, these contemporary short films have been selected to showcase the extraordinary range and creativity deployed by filmmakers seeking to engage the myriad environmental, social and political issues in the 21st century. Free sheets will be provided at the start of the session with details of the ten shorts screened.


BRFF: In Conversation 

For the first time, the Bristol Radical Film Festival team are extending an open invitation to our audiences to discuss the workings of the festival, how we operate without funding, what we are aiming to do, and how we can develop in the coming years. We want to discuss the whats, whys and hows of our festival, to answer (and ask) questions about BRFF and what it might become. We hope that you will all join us for the penultimate event of BRFF 2016, an exciting chance to inform our activities and our ability to contribute to progressive, politically-engaged culture in Bristol.