A LOOK AT SOME OF THE PRODUCTIONS completed since 2000
When This Man Dies
Edmund Briggs is a man down on his luck. Jobless with no prospects he has just lost his last few pounds on a horse race.
Inspired by Alfred Hitchcock this tense little drama is one of the first videos to be shot in widescreen (16:9).
SET IN BRISTOL in 1787, Clarkson is an historical drama based on actual events and characters. It features Thomas Clarkson, an unsung hero in the campaign to abolish slave trading, and recounts his time in Bristol.
Made in 2006
Bristol 2004 - a place odyssey
The University of Bristol Botanic Garden at Bracken Hill
In 2003 Curator, Nicholas Wray asked us to make a video recording of his guided tour of the garden.
25 visits in 18 months saw the project completed.
Festival of Remembrance
Video recording of an original new play by Bristol drama group,
St Paul's Players.
Documentary about the meetings and rehearsals that led up to the presentation of the play to the public in November 2002
The New Room
.. in the Broadmead area of the City of Bristol, is the worlds' oldest Methodist chapel.
The video was made IN 2003 for the trustees and will be used to increase awareness of this internationally important building which was founded by John Wesley in the mid 18th century.
Copies of the video are available.
Did you know Shakespeare was a woman?
An ageing Shakespearian actor is forced to reconsider his Destiny, the Meaning of Life and Everything.
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 linked by new footage especially shot to show and contrast the locations and styles of these films.
Mr Davidson's nostalgic final return to an out of season seaside resort.
Anne Teaks reports from
behind the scenes of the
Made in 2001 this video was a joint effort performed and written by the cast and production team.
Encounters with John Wesley
A dramatised illustration of events from the life of the legendary 18th century Methodist preacher, John Wesley.
Made in 2008 our film illustrates various scenes from Wesley’s life and his travels round the country where he met followers and opponents and preached to groups in the open air - a practice which was both favoured and frowned upon, depending on the point of view of the local populous.
Made in 2008
A video to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the founding of our society. Members recorded 27 events of interest throughout our anniversary year..
In 2004 we were asked to make a video of The Royal British Legion Festival of Remembrance in the Colston Hall, Bristol.
The Man Who Wasn’t There
A woman is interviewed by the police about the disappearance of her husband.
Made in 2011 and directed by Malcolm Stephens this is a short film shot locally - Clifton Suspension Bridge, Cabot Tower, Millennium Square and the Black Bridge.
The Wigan Girls
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. Around 500 people of all ages were involved in the production in Thornbury Leisure Centre.
Into the Light
Written by David Price, and offered as a simple short text with minimal instructions on staging and performance; this was the first in a series of short experimental pieces designed to give club members an opportunity to get involved
as part of a team in making film regardless of type and level of skill.
Four members took up the challenge and each of their interpretations was shown to the audience of a packed clubroom in April 2013
A compilation DVD is available
Lots of photographs by Bob Bennett and Peter Heaven HERE
This was the second in our series of experimental pieces and involved a great many newer members as part of the crew.
Written by writer/director Graham Egarr, this drama with
a twist was essentially shot near Bath on one long day in the autumn of 2012 and, together with “Into the Light”, had it’s first showing in April 2013.
Read new member Sue Mansi’s article “My Adventures in Film: Working on the Nightmare shoot” HERE
Living with Brain Injury
There are two films - one is intended to make people understand the financial needs of the charity and how it can help those who receive services and the other is intended to introduce new potential users to the charity who might otherwise feel uncomfortable about walking through the door. The films were very well received and the audience felt that they captured the feel of the charity and the issues surrounding head injury very well.
Some of the additional interview footage is also being made available to the charity as case study material as the interviews brought out a number of additional points which could be helpful to those suffering from brain injuries and their families and carers.
More information about Headway can be found on
We have been working with Headway (Bristol), the brain injury charity, to produce a couple of promotional DVDs to assist them with their fund raising activities and to give an insight to potential new service users of the work carried out there.
The videos have now been completed and were shown at their AGM and viewed by members of the charity and guests including various dignitaries from around the area.
The sole survivor of an ambush on a patrol in Kabul seeks refuge in a private house.
Written by David Price and first shown in April 2014 this was one of the experimental pieces that became a more ambitious project.
Three friends go to their local pub for a few jars.
Written by Patrick de Landre-Grogan this little comedy had its first showing in April 2014
An instructional film about dating.
Written and directed by Roslyn Shennan, this film had its first showing in April 2014.
Ed and Sue go on a Date
A contemporary story of the dangers of getting into debt and who you are in debt to.
Mr Wellby’s Cross
Lost and Found
Two girls visit a new city to
meet a friend.
Martin Drake directed Laureen Levy's script interpretation of the 2013 Annual Challenge.
First shown in November 2013.
A woman’s personal recollection of a friendship at school.
Written and directed by David Price, this film had its first showing in April 2014.
Two sisters and the husband of one of them gather to clear out the house of the sister’s deceased mother.
Written and directed by Sue Mansi, this film had its first showing in April 2014.
View a 4 minute YouTube video called, “Making of Nightmare’ HERE
One of the TOP TEN at the 2006 Melbourne International Amateur Movie Festival.
Watch a video about the creation of the films visual effects HERE
Requiem for Caffeine
An addiction recovery group of middle-aged ladies discuss their issues in their weekly meeting.
Written by Helen Sharpe and directed by Ros Shennan this film had its first showing in April 2015.
Docks and Docs
Our club summer outing to Bristol City Docks in August 2014 inspired members to have a go at making short documentary films.
The films covered everything from history to proposals for the future via artistic, musical and poetic approaches
Club footage from 1956 is combined with 2015 scenes to compare, contrast and celebrate Bristol's proud heritage.
First shown in April 2016
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?
Don’t Call Me Baby
First shown in April 2016
An elderly lady in the early stages of Alzheimer’s is both coping and not coping with everyday life..
Thicker then Water
First shown in April 2016
All productions are copyright © 1997-2018 by Bristol Film and Video Society.
180 minute Challenge
Made during our annual 180 Minute Challenge where we shoot short films, edit and project them - all in one evening!
Here are three we made in 2013...
All are under three minutes duration.
Why is America called America?
An investigation into the naming of a Continent.
First shown in March 2018
Count to Three
Two men in a suicide pact confront each other.
First shown in March 2018
Written by Merlin Goldman.
In Pursuit of Flowers
Here are two films from our annual Mini-Epics challenge where we make a film on a given topic. In 2018 it was the reinterpretation of the 1978 Kennel Films production, “Pursuit”.
A bitter chase for a valuable package.
Suspicion, crime, love and a chase
A short sequence was shot in the club room in one evening.
Five editors were then invited to create their own film from the same raw footage. Watch each of them HERE
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