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 and 2019 SWS was voted “Silent Film Heroes of the Year” in a national 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

  • Blade Runner (1982): Film Noir UK
    Fri, 09 Sept
    Curzon Cinema & Arts, Clevedon
    09 Sept, 19:30
    Curzon Cinema & Arts, Clevedon, 46 Old Church Rd, Clevedon BS21 6NN, UK
  • Phantom (1922): South West Silents
    Sun, 11 Sept
    Arnolfini, Bristol
    11 Sept, 14:00 BST
    Arnolfini, Bristol, 16 Narrow Quay, Bristol BS1 4QA, UK
  • Michael Mann Double Bill: Film Noir UK
    Sun, 18 Sept
    Bristol IMAX Theatre, Bristol
    18 Sept, 14:00
    Bristol IMAX Theatre, Bristol , Anchor Rd, Bristol BS1 5TT, UK
    To celebrate the release of Heat 2: A Novel by Michael Mann and Meg Gardiner Film Noir UK presents a special double bill highlighting two key Neo-Noir titles in Mann’s cannon, Thief (1981) starring the late great James Caan and the epic crime drama that is Heat (1995).
  • Stanley Kubrick Film Noir Double Bill: Film Noir UK
    Thu, 13 Oct
    Curzon CInema & Arts, Clevedon
    13 Oct, 19:00
    Curzon CInema & Arts, Clevedon, 46 Old Church Rd, Clevedon BS21 6NN, UK
  • Nosferatu (1922): South West Silents
    Mon, 21 Nov
    St George's Bristol, Bristol
    21 Nov, 20:00
    St George's Bristol, Bristol, Great George St, Bristol BS1 5RR, UK

‘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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