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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. 

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Upcoming Events

  • White Heat (1949): Film Noir UK
    Tue, 21 Mar
    Watershed, Bristol
    21 Mar, 18:00
    Watershed, Bristol, 1 Canon's Rd, Bristol BS1 5TX, UK
  • I Was Born, But... (1932): South West Silents
    Thu, 23 Mar
    Pound Arts, Corsham
    23 Mar, 19:30
    Pound Arts, Corsham, Pound Pill, Corsham SN13 9HX, UK
  • Ivan Mosjoukine Night 2: South West Silents
    Wed, 05 Apr
    Lansdown Pub, Bristol
    05 Apr, 19:00
    Lansdown Pub, Bristol, 8 Clifton Rd, Clifton, Bristol BS8 1AF, UK
  • The Primrose Path (1925): South West Silents
    Fri, 21 Apr
    Arnolfini, Bristol
    21 Apr, 19:00
    Arnolfini, Bristol , 16 Narrow Quay, Bristol BS1 4QA, UK
  • Try and Get Me! (1950): Film Noir UK
    Thu, 27 Apr
    Watershed, Bristol
    27 Apr, 18:00
    Watershed, Bristol, 1 Canon's Rd, Bristol BS1 5TX, UK
  • The Mark of Zorro (1920: South West Silents
    Mon, 13 Nov
    St George's, Bristol
    13 Nov, 19:30
    St George's, Bristol, Great George St, Bristol BS1 5RR, UK
  • Sing a Long a Wicker Man: South West Silents
    Sat, 18 Nov
    Former Bristol IMAX
    18 Nov, 14:00
    Former Bristol IMAX, Anchor Rd, Bristol BS1 5TT, 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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