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Film Noir UK announces its first ever film festival!
Hosted at the recently reopened Plaza Cinema in the heart of Weston-super-Mare. 'Film Noir Fest' will highlight the many aspects of noir on the big screen with the best restorations from around the world.  


Over the course of the weekend the festival will include a selection of classic American and British Noir titles in a number of strands including ‘Dangerous Divas’, ‘London in Noir’ as well as a special selection of 1950s Mexican Noir titles under the festival’s ‘International Noir’ strand.

Other strands will include a special ‘Heritage Noir’ line-up which will look at the influences of early cinema on film noir. Plus three special screenings called ‘Late Night Neo Noir’ which will look at the more modern edge of noir. More strands will be announced.

 

Early bird festival passes will be on sale very soon.
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South West Silents was founded in 2015 to share its founders’ passion for silent film with wider cinema-going audiences and to celebrate the history of cinema.

We produce eye opening silent film events by sourcing the latest restorations, historic film prints and collaborate with some of the worlds leading silent film musicians to stage one of a kind, live performance events in the South West and throughout the United Kingdom.

In 2018, 2019 and 2022 SWS was voted “Silent Film Heroes of the Year” in a international public poll held by Pamela Hutchinson’s esteemed blog Silent London. 

In autumn 2021 SWS launched a new spin-off company FILM NOIR UK, a group dedicated to the films of film noir. 

Upcoming Events

  • Gilda (1946): Film Noir UK
    Gilda (1946): Film Noir UK
    Wed, 24 Jul
    Watershed, Bristol
    24 Jul 2024, 18:30 – 22:30
    Watershed, Bristol, 1 Canon's Rd, Bristol BS1 5TX, UK
    24 Jul 2024, 18:30 – 22:30
    Watershed, Bristol, 1 Canon's Rd, Bristol BS1 5TX, UK
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  • Le Samouraï (1967): Film Noir UK
    Le Samouraï (1967): Film Noir UK
    Wed, 24 Jul
    Watershed, Bristol
    24 Jul 2024, 21:00 – 25 Jul 2024, 01:00
    Watershed, Bristol, 1 Canon's Rd, Bristol BS1 5TX, UK
    24 Jul 2024, 21:00 – 25 Jul 2024, 01:00
    Watershed, Bristol, 1 Canon's Rd, Bristol BS1 5TX, UK
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  • Carita de Cielo (1947): Film Noir UK
    Carita de Cielo (1947): Film Noir UK
    Thu, 25 Jul
    Watershed, Bristol
    25 Jul 2024, 11:30 – 15:30
    Watershed, Bristol, 1 Canon's Rd, Bristol BS1 5TX, UK
    25 Jul 2024, 11:30 – 15:30
    Watershed, Bristol, 1 Canon's Rd, Bristol BS1 5TX, UK
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  • Becoming Rita: Film Noir UK
    Becoming Rita: Film Noir UK
    Thu, 25 Jul
    Watershed, Bristol
    25 Jul 2024, 13:00 – 14:30
    Watershed, Bristol, 1 Canon's Rd, Bristol BS1 5TX, UK
    25 Jul 2024, 13:00 – 14:30
    Watershed, Bristol, 1 Canon's Rd, Bristol BS1 5TX, UK
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  • Aventurera (1950): Film Noir UK
    Aventurera (1950): Film Noir UK
    Thu, 25 Jul
    Watershed, Bristol
    25 Jul 2024, 14:20 – 18:20
    Watershed, Bristol, 1 Canon's Rd, Bristol BS1 5TX, UK
    25 Jul 2024, 14:20 – 18:20
    Watershed, Bristol, 1 Canon's Rd, Bristol BS1 5TX, UK
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  • Lone Star (1996): Film Noir UK
    Lone Star (1996): Film Noir UK
    Thu, 25 Jul
    Watershed, Bristol
    25 Jul 2024, 17:30 – 21:30
    Watershed, Bristol, 1 Canon's Rd, Bristol BS1 5TX, UK
    25 Jul 2024, 17:30 – 21:30
    Watershed, Bristol, 1 Canon's Rd, Bristol BS1 5TX, UK
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  • Victims of Sin (1951): Film Noir UK
    Victims of Sin (1951): Film Noir UK
    Thu, 25 Jul
    Watershed, Bristol
    25 Jul 2024, 18:00 – 22:00
    Watershed, Bristol, 1 Canon's Rd, Bristol BS1 5TX, UK
    25 Jul 2024, 18:00 – 22:00
    Watershed, Bristol, 1 Canon's Rd, Bristol BS1 5TX, UK
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  • The Long Goodbye (1973): Film Noir UK
    The Long Goodbye (1973): Film Noir UK
    Fri, 26 Jul
    Watershed, Bristol
    26 Jul 2024, 17:00 – 21:00
    Watershed, Bristol, 1 Canon's Rd, Bristol BS1 5TX, UK
    26 Jul 2024, 17:00 – 21:00
    Watershed, Bristol, 1 Canon's Rd, Bristol BS1 5TX, UK
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  • Chinatown (1974): Film Noir UK
    Chinatown (1974): Film Noir UK
    Fri, 26 Jul
    Watershed, Bristol
    26 Jul 2024, 20:40 – 27 Jul 2024, 00:40
    Watershed, Bristol, 1 Canon's Rd, Bristol BS1 5TX, UK
    26 Jul 2024, 20:40 – 27 Jul 2024, 00:40
    Watershed, Bristol, 1 Canon's Rd, Bristol BS1 5TX, UK
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  • The Dragon Painter (1919): South West Silents
    The Dragon Painter (1919): South West Silents
    Sat, 27 Jul
    Watershed, Bristol
    27 Jul 2024, 14:10 – 18:10
    Watershed, Bristol, 1 Canon's Rd, Bristol BS1 5TX, UK
    27 Jul 2024, 14:10 – 18:10
    Watershed, Bristol, 1 Canon's Rd, Bristol BS1 5TX, UK
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  • Night Moves (1975): Film Noir UK
    Night Moves (1975): Film Noir UK
    Sat, 27 Jul
    Watershed, Bristol
    27 Jul 2024, 20:50 – 28 Jul 2024, 00:50
    Watershed, Bristol, 1 Canon's Rd, Bristol BS1 5TX, UK
    27 Jul 2024, 20:50 – 28 Jul 2024, 00:50
    Watershed, Bristol, 1 Canon's Rd, Bristol BS1 5TX, UK
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  • The Weak and the Wicked (1954): Film Noir UK
    The Weak and the Wicked (1954): Film Noir UK
    Sun, 28 Jul
    Watershed, Bristol
    28 Jul 2024, 11:10 – 15:10
    Watershed, Bristol, 1 Canon's Rd, Bristol BS1 5TX, UK
    28 Jul 2024, 11:10 – 15:10
    Watershed, Bristol, 1 Canon's Rd, Bristol BS1 5TX, UK
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  • No Trees in The Street (1959): Film Noir UK
    No Trees in The Street (1959): Film Noir UK
    Sun, 28 Jul
    Watershed, Bristol
    28 Jul 2024, 16:15 – 20:15
    Watershed, Bristol, 1 Canon's Rd, Bristol BS1 5TX, UK
    28 Jul 2024, 16:15 – 20:15
    Watershed, Bristol, 1 Canon's Rd, Bristol BS1 5TX, UK
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  • Wareham Silent Film Weekender 2024: South West Silents
    Wareham Silent Film Weekender 2024: South West Silents
    Fri, 20 Sept
    The Rex Cinema, Wareham
    20 Sept 2024, 19:00 – 22 Sept 2024, 23:30
    The Rex Cinema, Wareham, 14 West St, Wareham BH20 4JX, UK
    20 Sept 2024, 19:00 – 22 Sept 2024, 23:30
    The Rex Cinema, Wareham, 14 West St, Wareham BH20 4JX, UK
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  • Witchcraft Double Bill: South West Silents
    Witchcraft Double Bill: South West Silents
    Sat, 28 Sept
    Former Bristol IMAX
    28 Sept 2024, 14:00
    Former Bristol IMAX, Anchor Rd, Bristol BS1 5TT, UK
    28 Sept 2024, 14:00
    Former Bristol IMAX, Anchor Rd, Bristol BS1 5TT, UK
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  • The Manxman (1929): South West Silents
    The Manxman (1929): South West Silents
    Sat, 19 Oct
    Polperro Village Hall, Polperro
    19 Oct 2024, 19:00 – 22:00
    Polperro Village Hall, Polperro, The Old School House, The Coombe, Polperro, Looe PL13 2RH, UK
    19 Oct 2024, 19:00 – 22:00
    Polperro Village Hall, Polperro, The Old School House, The Coombe, Polperro, Looe PL13 2RH, UK
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‘South West Silents has re-energised the local silent film scene and set a model for creative, well-planned repertory cinema screenings.’

Pamela Hutchinson, Writer, Critic and Film Historian

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