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DEFINITIVE LIST OF ALL FILMS MADE BY THE SOCIETY since it was formed in 1934.

A video recording of a musical play, which Arts and Community in Thornbury (ACT) put on as a Community Production over 4 nights during July 2009 in Thornbury Leisure Centre, Bristol.

Made in 2009.

The Wigan Girls

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Edmund Briggs is a man down on his luck until a letter arrives offering him easy money.

Made in 2008.

When this Man Dies

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A dramatised illustration of events from the life of the legendary 18th century Methodist preacher,John Wesley.

Made in 2008.

Encounters with John Wesley

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Set in Bristol in 1787. The story of an unsung hero, Thomas Clarkson in the fight to abolish slave trading.

Made in 2006…  Watch the trailer (2.5 minutes) HERE

Clarkson

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Made for curator Nicholas Wray. A comprehensive tour of the garden prior to its relocation to Stoke Bishop, Bristol.

Made in 2005.

The University of Bristol Botanic Garden

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This is John Howden's prize-winning animation. Created with a powerful

program he found on the Internet called Blender.

Made in 2005.

Blockhead

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A video to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the founding of our society. Members recorded 27 events of interest throughout our anniversary year.

Made in 2004.

Bristol 2004 - a place odyssey

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In 2004 we made a video of the Royal British Legion Festival of Remembrance in the Colston Hall, Bristol.

Made in 2004.

Festival of Remembrance

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At the request of Bristol drama group, St Paul's Players we recorded a performance of their play. It's Science fiction goings-on between another planet (Astrilon) and Earth.

Made in 2003.

The Other Side of the Sky

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Behind the scenes look at the making of St Paul's Players production of 'The Other Side of the Sky'.

Made in 2003.

The Other Side of the Play

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In the Broadmead area of the City of Bristol, is the worlds' oldest Methodist chapel.

This video was made for the trustees and will be used to increase awareness of this internationally important building.

Made in 2003.

The New Room

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Did you know Shakespeare was a woman? An ageing Shakespearian actor is forced to reconsider his Destiny, the Meaning of Life and Everything.

Made in 2003.

Vernon's Permutation

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Conceived to mark the millennium, this project shows the way the city of Bristol has changed, and is changing, by using extracts of films from the club's archive.

Made in 2002.

Images in Time

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In 2002 Ron Elson recalled his early days and long association with Bristol Cine Society (later to become Bristol Film and Video Society) for a documentary about the club.

Ron: In his own words

Made in 2002.

Originally called THE ANTIQUES SIDESHOW "Anne Teakes" is a true joint effort. Not only was it performed by a group, it was also written by the cast and production team.

Made in 2001.

Anne Teakes

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The title came first with the basic idea of a man returning to a small seaside resort for the last time. Local amateur actor John Stevens took the premis and fleshed out the story to give it an 'ending'.

Made in 2001.

Mr Davidson's Autumn

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The video features an eccentric professor who travels across England and South

Wales from Greenwich to Cardiff using various land marks and towns to represent the planets' distance from the sun.

Made in 1999.

Planets

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'This is a well acted and gentle story with good photography, a natural, nicely written script, and good use of location' - Guernsey Lily International Film and Video Festival - 2000

Made in 1999.

Sonny's Song

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Made at a time when the video market was awash with celebrity fitness videos, 'Stretching with Shakespeare' was written by, and starred local actor, Geoff Salter.

Made in 1999.

Stretching with Shakespeare

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Ghostly goings on in church.

Made in 1998.

Choir Practice

Made in 1998.

Elm Park Orpheans

A re-make of the 1973 club exercise,"Charlotte Street Orpheans" using the same

musicians' where possible.

First attempt at NLE with 'Casablanca'.

Written for and featuring John Stevens this video drew many prestigious awards

when it was completed in 1998.

Made in 1998.

The Same Time Next Week

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The record of a special service at Dundry Parish Church.

Made in 1997.

Songs of Praise

A five minute, all-action promotional video made to encourage young people to join the 2146 Air Training Corps.

Made in 1997.

Air Training Corps ProMo

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A man has a supernatural encounter.

Made in 1996.

The Pendant

A record of some of the special effect and methods used to create our most

ambitious film so far, "Cabot".

Made in 1996.

Fire and Water

This costume drama, shot at historical locations in Bristol and its surroundings, has a cast of 120 drawn from amateur drama groups throughout the area.

Made in 1996.

Cabot

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A day at Pill Regatta.

Made in 1995.

Pill '95

A young french girl gets her wish.

Made in 1993.

Monique

'Skodaman' behind the scenes.

Made in 1992.

The Making of Skodaman

'Skodaman' special effects.

Made in 1992.

Flash Bang Wollop

An 'anoraky' camper sees something very suspicious going on at a seaside quay.

The smugglers give chase.

Made in 1992.

Skodaman

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Private detectives, drugs and a small dog. There's plenty of action, and a few laughs before justice is out.

Made in 1990.

The Pink Ballerina Affair

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This is a terrorist drama set in the City. The stockmarkets are rocked when a

business tycoon is murdered.

Made in 1990.

The Big Bang

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A club-night exercise. Snail spotters tell their story.

Made in 1995.

I Wouldn't Do That If I Were You

Is a murderer on the loose?

Made in 1990.

Deja Vu

A polished production on the history of the Bristol Floating Harbour and River Avon. Captures the demolition of the Bonded warehouse.

Made in 1989.

Time & Tide

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The club's final year at Charlotte Street.

Made in 1988.

The Last Year

A married business man is having an affair. Blackmail is the order of the day in a drama played straight and to the point.

Made in 1987.

Terminal Moves

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A stressed man finds a peaceful place.

Made in 1987.

Medford

Two friends discuss the history and rumours surrounding an old bridge, where a battle took place during the civil war over 300 years before. They decide to meet at the bridge on the anniversary of the battle.

Made in 1985.

Devil's Bridge

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An adventure with master spy 003.5

Made in 1985.

Dr Goldraker

Long time club member Peter Heaven guides you through a look at the City of Bristol in 1984 and some of the events that took place in that year.

Made in 1984.

Scrapbook '84

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A club exercise in drama.

Made in 1984.

Rattle Snake

Fred is released rom prison. His one remaining ambition is to dig up the diamonds he buried all those years ago. Unfortunately...

Made in 1983.

Foolproof

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A club-night filming exercise.

Made in 1980.

The Siege of Charlotte Street

Gaffs and Outakes

Made in 1981

The Making of The Nautical Novice

A comedy depicting the misadventures of an inept weekend sailor.

"A nicely contrived production with some genuinely amusing sequences".

Made in 1981

The Nautical Novice

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We set out to make a film with all the WRONG music. The result? Tree surgeons that fly and Peter falls in love .

We invent a revolutionary new cine camera that doesn't use film and creates its own sounds. Watch as we do field trials on this amazing breakthrough in camera design.

Made in 1979 by Kennel Films

Made in 1979 by Kennel Films

Sounds in a Propriate (SuperChopper)

Sound O Matic XL

A comedy involving two odd-job men and their efforts to take a couple of tailor's dummies from one place to another.

Made in 1978.

The Odd Job

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A period piece set in the 'twenties and tells of the changes in relationship between a young man and the two people closest to him, his father and his girl friend.

Made in 1979 by Kennel Films

Summer Changes

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A fast-paced chase sequence around the streets of Bristol and the old warehouse district.

Moral: Leave the cat basket at home!

Made in 1978 by Kennel Films

Pursuit

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The Silver Jubilee of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, 1952-1977.

The Queen comes to Bristol and we are there to record the event.

Made in 1977.

Bristol Celebrations 1977

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"Find a quiet retreat for the practice of yoga, sheltered from the wind, level and clean, free from rubbish, smoldering fires and ugliness, and where the sound of waters and the beauty of the place help thought and contemplation."

Made in 1976 for Joy Burling, a local Yoga teacher.

Yoga with Joy

A down-and-out who, while sitting with two cronies around a fire in a derelict area, sees a reference to Mothers' Day in a scrap of newspaper. In spite of his befuddled state he determines to go and see his Mum and take her some flowers.

Made in 1974

Mother's Day

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A "costume" drama about the life of Edward Jenner who discovered a vaccination process against the terrible scourge of 18th/ 19th century England and the world, SMALLPOX.

Made in 1973 by The Golden Unicorn Film Unit

Edward Jenner

Golden Unicorn

Made for the Bristol Department of Health and Social Services this dramatised documentary shows something of the work of Bristol's VD clinic.

Made in 1973.

Bristol 24416

By Royal Charter granted in 1373 by King Edward III, Bristol became a City and County independent of both Gloucestershire and Somerset. On a rare sunny day

in the wet summer of 1973, Queen Elizabeth II came to open the celebrations.

Made in 1973.

Bristol 600

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We are invited to film the Bristol Water Festival for the the South West branch of the Inland Waterways Association. The result is a 20 minute record for posterity.

Made in 1972.

Water Festival '72

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When 'electronic' music was becoming popular (synthesisers, musique concrète) this is one man's visual interpretation of the new sound.

No hidden messages or obscure meanings - just creative imagination.

Made in 1972 by Kennel Films.

Tomorrow Has Been Cancelled.

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A "demonstration item" performed by the South Bristol Technical College Leaders Keep Fit Class. We are invited to film it so that they can use it as a teaching aid.

Made in 1972.

Theme in Movement

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Documentary about the canal's restoration. Starts with some history of its origin and downfall. Scenes then show the locks being cleared of rubbish and pollution.

Made in 1971.

Kennet and Avon Canal

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An escaped prisoner steals a car for a quick getaway.

Moral: Look in the boot!

Made in 1971 by Kennel Films.

Dead Man's Laugh

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Taking off is easy - it's the landing that's the problem!

Made in 1970 by Kennel Films.

The Big Flap

A Club Promo.

Made in 1970.

Take a Letter

Based on Edward Lear’s nonsense poem, THE DONG WITH THE LUMINOUS NOSE.

Won a coveted award as one of the Ten Best films of 1970.

Made in 1970 by The Golden Unicorn Film Unit

The Dong

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In an interview with Showman Henry Rogers, "We carried it all in for 17 shillings!"

An affectionate look at one of the last showmen families.

Made in 1970 by The Golden Unicorn Film Unit

The Showmen

Golden Unicorn

The Abbot of the Benedictine monastery near Gloucester gave the unit complete access to all aspects of their life. The result is a fascinating insight into their community.

Made in 1970 by The Golden Unicorn Film Unit

The Monks of Prinknash

Golden Unicorn

A silent film inspired by "The Day of the Jackal"

Made in 1970 by Unit 70

 The Chameleon

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A club members exercise in cutting to music.

Sit back, relax and enjoy the Charlotte Street Orpheans rendition of “The Bridge.”

Plus a full supporting programme of other popular old favourites.

Made in 1973.

Charlotte Street Orpheans

A peaceful family outing in the country is brought to an end when the youngest

daughter goes missing.

Made in 1969.

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Made for the Bristol Department of Health and Social Services this documentary shows something of the work of a local training school for the mentally handicapped.

Made in 1969.

A Future for Amanda

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The Bristol Chiropody Service.

Made in 1967.

Feet First

A film, sponsored by the Bristol Health Department and Bristol United Hospitals, about the Bristol Mobile Physiotherapy service.

Made in 1966.

The Comfort Bringers

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A leaner driver preparing to take the driving test dreams of the test where he causes the examiner to finally loose his cool.

Made in 1965.

El Driver

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A hornplayer awakes after a wild party to discover that he will be late for an important gig. His efforts to get there are frustrated at every turn.

Made in 1965.

Late Hornblower

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Have you ever thought about what goes into making a loaf of bread?

Ploughing, Harrowing, Sowing, Fertilising, Growing, Harvesting and finally to the Mill. It's all here.

Made c.1964 by The Golden Unicorn Film Unit

Bread

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A film to investigate local attitudes towards the questions of nudity, temperance and the British Sunday.

Made in 1964.

Mrs Grundy

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An office worker is frustrated with the public transport available. He buys a car only to find that car ownership brings with it a whole set of new problems.

Made in 1964.

The Enemy

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The story carried a message showing how easily those with weapons can, unwittingly perhaps, use them with disastrous results.

Made in 1964.

Cowboys and Indians

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A young girl is trapped in a cave. The Beaver Patrol rescue her. - Sponsored by the Boy Scout Association..

Made in 1963.

The Beavers Break Through

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The story was a serious one: it was to symbolize the rebellion of a grossly over-protected daughter against the parents.

Made in 1963.

Our Darling Daughter

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A record of the events that took place in and around Bristol during 1963 starting with heavy snow and ending with the closure of the Embassy cinema in Clifton.

Made in 1963.

Scrapbook '63

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"a really splendid film which will do a great deal to answer the critics about the cost of educating spastics." - Dr. R.C.Wolfinden, Medical Officer of Health for Bristol.

Made in 1962.

Back to Claremont

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A strange story involving a young couple.

The film is silent as the sound track is lost. .

Made in 1962.

Endsville

Film Noir made in Black and White. A robbery heist with plenty of suspense supported by a nice jazz sound track..

Made in 1962.

Twelve Noon

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An unfinished domestic story.

Made in 1962.

Joanna

The Boys Scouts Association held a Venturer camp for Senior Scouts and Rovers at Torbay during May 1961 and they wanted us to film it.

Made in 1961.

Venture '61

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A young man visits the cinema and dreams of several alternative endings to the film with chaotic results.

Made in 1961.

The Last Bus

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A film about the making of 'The Lady Beautiful' - the first club film to use the tape synchronising sound method.

Made in 1961.

Look at the Lady

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A child falls in love with a 5th November Guy.

Made in 1961.

The Guy

Schools for children with physical and learning difficulties.

Made in 1960.

A Helping Hand

A party from the club visited the National Film Theatre in March 1961 to see the first public showing of the Top 8 of 1960. One of the eight was, 'The Lady Beautiful'.

Made in 1960.

The Lady Beautiful

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Actual live footage of the Apollo 11 lift-off from Kennedy Space Centre Launch Complex 39A on July 16, 1969, at 08:32 a.m. EST.

Filmed directly from the TV as it happened.


Apollo 11

Made in 1969 by Kennel Films.

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Picnic

A comedy of mishaps.

Made in 1959.

Six Days Shalt Thou Labour

A film about the care and welfare of cerebral palsied children at the Bristol Education Committee's school, Claremont.

Made in 1959.

Claremont

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Documentary about the activities of Marlborough House Training School for the Mentally Handicapped.

Made in 1958.

Marlborough House

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Scouts track down a poacher.

Made in 1958.

Early One Morning

The light-hearted story of a male agony aunt. Judged to be one of the Ten Best amateur films of 1958. "… impressed by its slickness, pace and smoothness,

qualities usually lacking in amateur films".


Made in 1957.

To Have and To Hold

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A Wolf Cub from the 1st. Saltford Scout Group is out on a Bob-a-Job week.

He tracks down some burglars and brings them to justice.


Made in 1956.

Just the Job

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After a brief pre-amble, there is a description in broad technical terms of the construction of the bridge, then the competition for the design of the bridge and finally the way the bridge was built.


Made in 1956.

Clifton Suspension Bridge

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A film that has been used many times in many Bristol schools over the years.

It tells the story of the growth of the city of Bristol from the earliest times.


Made in 1956.

Western Gateway

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A drama set in Bristol and the coast.

Made in 1956.

The Red Scarf

Another scout film.

Made in 1958.

The Bird Book

The Lord Mayor of Bristol unveiled a memorial blue plaque to

William Friese-Greene, the pioneer of cinematography.


Made in 1955.

Friese-Greene Plaque

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The War was still only nine years into history and Civil Defence and the possibilities of atomic warfare were very much in people's minds. How would Bristol Civil Defence cope with the aftermath of an attack?


Made in 1954.

Our Good Neighbours

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Acted by the 1st Saltford Scout Troop, two scouts catch an apple thief and so clear themselves of suspicion.

Made in 1954.

You Call Yourselves Scouts

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A celebrated concert pianist suffers a badly injured hand when she and her

husband are mugged in a dark Bristol alley. She cannot play again; but her

daughter grows up to be a great pianist too.

Made in 1951.

Impromptu

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A young man arranges to meet his girlfriend but, what will he wear. A mix-up over trousers, nosey neighbours and misunderstandings result in a gentle comedy.

Made as a 16mm silent film in 1950.

Let's Go to the Movies

This film holds a special place in the club’s history and affections, for it was

the first fiction film to be attempted and the first club film after the war.

Made in 1949.

Albert's Treasure Box

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A group of well-groomed club members are seen wandering around Wookey Hole. The film ends with views from inside the cave.


Made in 1946.

A visit to Wookey

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A snapshot of the activities at the Long Ashton Research Station. Focuses on the harvesting of the cider apple’s, pressing, storage and bottling.


Made in 1936.

Long Ashton Research and Cider Institute

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The Silver Jubilee of King George V and Queen Mary. This, the first film produced by the Bristol Film Society, was of course using the medium of the time - 16mm black and white film with no sound.


Made in 1935.

Bristol Celebrations

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All productions are copyright © 1934-2018 by Bristol Film and Video Society.

Why is America called America?

An investigation into the naming of a Continent.

Made in 2018

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Thicker then Water

An elderly lady in the early stages of Alzheimer’s is both coping and not coping with everyday life..

Made in 2016

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Don't Call Me Baby

Hannah is getting ready for a romantic evening out with Mark; Mark is driving home from work. But will the evening pan out as they both hope?

Made in 2016

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What is a Decibel ?

A video by Bristol Film and Video Society member Patrick de Landre-Grogan

Made in 2016

Balanced Audio

How to reduce noise using balanced audio.

A video by Bristol Film and Video Society member Patrick de Landre-Grogan

Made in 2016

Bristol Through a Lens

Bristol as shown in club films since 1935.

Made in 2016

Bristol Revisited

Club footage from 1956 is combined with 2015 scenes to compare,

contrast and celebrate Bristol's proud heritage.

Made in 2016

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Requiem for Caffeine

An addiction recovery group of middle-aged ladies discuss their issues in their weekly meeting. They have all hit rock bottom after their lives have been hijacked by their crippling substance dependence upon...tea.

Made in 2015

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A club summer outing to Bristol City Docks in August 2014 inspired members to have a go at making short documentary films.

TEN films were made.

Docks and Docs

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A Proposal to commemorate the digger of the Avon Gorge.

Made in 2014

A Giant Idea

A Campaign to open up Bristol's Lost Navigation.

Made in 2014

Bristol's New Cut (Gaol ferry Bridge)

A plan to paint a giant picture in the heart of Bristol.

Made in 2014

The Big Picture

The eventful maiden voyage of the SS Great Britain.

Made in 2014

Unlocking the SS Great Britain

Reflections on part of the history of Bristol City Docks and the modern fascination with heritage.

Made in 2014

Cranes Trains and Heritage

A polemic to improve the gateway to Bristol by harnessing the power of the tide.

Made in 2014

Tide and Time

The story where Bristol's railway station may have been..

Made in 2014

Grand Central Station

The story of how Bristol got its name.

Made in 2014

A Short History of 'Bristol'

A musical celebration of Bristol's nautical heritage.

Made in 2014

Dockside Dreaming

'No matter how far the journey the anticipation builds when its end is in sight'.

Made in 2014

Foot Ferry to Hotwells

A woman's personal recollections of a friendship at school.

Made in 2014

Surprise Appointment

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Two sisters and the husband of one of them gather to clear out the house of the sister's deceased mother.

Made in 2014

House Clearance

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Three friends, David, Patrick and Ray go out to their local pub for a few jars.  Patrick shows signs of a reoccurring mental illness which gives concern to his two friends.

Made in 2014

Lucy

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A dark contemporary story about the practical implications of personal debt on an individual with a twist at the end.

Made in 2014

Mr Wellby's Cross

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A comedic silent film in the style of an educational 1950’s public service announcement about the DO's and DONT's of dating.

Made in 2014

Ed and Sue go on a Date

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John Stevens was a great friend of Bristol Film and Video Society. He took major

roles in a score of our productions over 35 years. Here is an affectionate

compilation of video clips taken from some of those productions.

Made in 2014

John Stevens: A tribute.

The sole survivor of an ambush on a patrol in Kabul seeks refuge in a private house.

Made in 2014

Kabul Sunset

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Two girls visit a new city to meet a friend.

Made in 2013

Lost and Found

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If confession is good for the soul then go in peace.

Made in 2013 during our annual 180 Minute Challenge where we shoot short films, edit and project them - all in one evening!

Bless

You ought to take the time to sit and take the World in before it's too late.

Made in 2013 during our annual 180 Minute Challenge where we shoot short films, edit and project them - all in one evening!

Bench

A son books the holiday of a lifetime for his father.

Made in 2013 during our annual 180 Minute Challenge where we shoot short films, edit and project them - all in one evening!

Welcome to the Digitas Hotel

One script with four interpretations, by four directors, performed by four actors resulting in four profoundly different versions of the film.

Watch each of the four versions HERE

Made in 2013.

Into the Light

Sue Mansi shot and edited "The Making of Into the Light” which includes interviews with the various directors, telling us the background of their approach to the script, as well as including conversations with actors and crew.

Made in 2013.

Into the Light: How it was made

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Written by Graham Egarr his is a drama with a twist. It was shot near Bath on one long autumn day, and it was great that many of the crew were from our newer members. Filmed at a farm location, it's not just the cameras that were shooting! A chance for our actors to get rough! CLICK HERE to read new member Sue Mansi's article, "Working on the Nightmare shoot".

Made in 2013.

Nightmare

Made by John Cockwell, this is his ‘behind the scenes’ look at the production.

Made in 2013.

Nightmare: How it was made

Dawn Barrah and friends perform their version of the popular British Telecom TV advertisement.

Made in 2012.

It's Good to Talk

A short informative video about Headway Bristol, encouraging people to give to the brain injured, whom it supports.

Made in 2012.

Living with Brain Injury

A woman is interviewed by the police about the disappearance of her husband.

Directed by Malcolm Stephens this is a short film shot locally - Clifton Suspension Bridge, Cabot Tower, Millennium Square and the Black Bridge.

Made in 2011.

The Man Who Wasn't There

A 60 seconds promotional video made up from a series of clips from our

75 year old archive. Cut to music.

Made in 2011.

Promotional Video

Made in 2018

Count to Three

Two friends discuss their suicide pact.

Made in 2018

Twinkle Twinkle

A bitter chase for a valuable package.

A reinterpretation of the Kennel Films production 'Pursuit' 1978.

Made in 2018

Vampire

A short sequence was shot in the BFVS club room on 2nd January 2018. Five editors were then invited to create their own film from the same raw footage.

Watch each of them HERE

Made in 2018

In Pursuit of Flowers

Suspicion, crime, love and a chase

A reinterpretation of the Kennel Films production 'Pursuit' 1978

Made in 2017

Bristol's Aerospace Heritage

Bristol's historic connection with the aircraft industry.

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The New Room Museum

A silent film to promote the museum to New Room visitors


Made in 2018

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The New Room

A silent promotional film made for showing via the Gromit Unleashed 2 Trail


Made in 2018

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