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Film Noir UK : About Us


Launched in 2021 by South West Silents, FILM NOIR UK is the first dedicated film organisation in the United Kingdom celebrating the ever influential world of film noir.

Just like SWS’ commitment to bringing the very best of silent film titles to new audiences. FILM NOIR UK's key objective is to celebrate the best and less well known film noir titles from the 1940s and 1950s and showcase them on the big screen with the best restorations from around the world. 

But FILM NOIR UK is not just about the great films released during the classic era of film noir. We will also highlight films that influenced the world of film noir as well as the titles that would later be influenced by these great films. 

Co-director James Harrison explains more about Film Noir UK on the SWS Blog.

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Film Noir UK : Upcoming Events

Upcoming Events

  • The Big Sleep (1946): Film Noir UK
    The Big Sleep (1946): Film Noir UK
    Sat, 30 Sept
    The Rex Cinema, Wareham
    30 Sept, 18:00
    The Rex Cinema, Wareham, 14 West St, Wareham BH20 4JX, UK
    30 Sept, 18:00
    The Rex Cinema, Wareham, 14 West St, Wareham BH20 4JX, UK
    Private detective Philip Marlowe is hired by a wealthy family. Before the complex case is over, he's seen murder, blackmail and what might be love.
  • Native Son (1951): Film Noir UK
    Native Son (1951): Film Noir UK
    Thu, 19 Oct
    Watershed, Bristol
    19 Oct, 18:00 – 20 Oct, 20:10
    Watershed, Bristol, 1 Canon's Rd, Bristol BS1 5TX, UK
    19 Oct, 18:00 – 20 Oct, 20:10
    Watershed, Bristol, 1 Canon's Rd, Bristol BS1 5TX, UK
  • Asphalt (1929): South West Silents
    Asphalt (1929): South West Silents
    Sun, 22 Oct
    Watershed, Bristol
    22 Oct, 14:00
    Watershed, Bristol, 1 Canon's Rd, Bristol BS1 5TX, UK
    22 Oct, 14:00
    Watershed, Bristol, 1 Canon's Rd, Bristol BS1 5TX, UK
Film Noir UK : Meet the Team

Advisory Board

FILM NOIR UK is very lucky to have a special advisory board to guide us through the world of film noir.

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Dr. Kulraj Phullar

Kulraj Phullar completed a PhD on good girls in classic Hollywood film noir at King’s College London. He has written and presented on stars such as Veronica Lake and Rita Hayworth, and figures including amnesiac war veterans, secretaries and African American women in film noir. He previously co-curated and introduced Kennington Noir screenings at the Cinema Museum in London. He is based in London and has taught at King’s College London, Queen Mary, University of London and Royal Holloway, University of London.


Pamela Hutchinson

Pamela Hutchinson is a freelance writer, critic and film historian, specialising in silent and classic cinema as well as stardom and women’s film history. She contributes regularly to Sight & Sound, the Guardian, Criterion and Indicator and often appears on BBC radio. Pamela is a guest tutor at the National Film and Television School and a member of the London Film Critics’ Circle.  Her publications include a number of essays in several edited collections as well as the BFI classic’s publication on Pandora’s Box and she is the founder and editor of Silent London.

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Matthew Sweet

Matthew Sweet is a writer and broadcaster with a doctorate in Wilkie Collins. He presents Sound of Cinema and Free Thinking on BBC Radio 3. Matthew is also the author of Shepperton Babylon: The Lost Worlds of British Cinema, The West End Front: The Wartime Secrets of London's Grand Hotels and most recently Operation Chaos: The Vietnam Deserters Who Fought the CIA, the Brainwashers, and Themselves. Matthew has also presented a number of BBC documentaries including The Rules of Film Noir for BBC Four.


Christina Newland

Christina Newland is the lead film critic at the inews and a journalist on film, pop culture, and boxing at VICE, Sight & Sound, BBC, MUBI, Empire, and others.

Her first book, an edited anthology called She Found It at the Movies: Women Writers on Sex, Desire and Cinema, was published in March 2020. Christiana is also founder and editor of Sisters Under the Mink, a newsletter on women in crime movies.


Andrew Kelly

Andrew Kelly is Director of Bristol Ideas. His projects include We The Curious, Bristol Legible City, Brunel200, Bristol800 and the annual Bristol Great Reading Adventure. In 2014 he directed Bristol’s programme marking 100 years since the start of the First World War, the largest UK programme of its kind outside London. He is a visiting professor at UWE and has published 15 books on issues ranging from film and cinema history to Brunel and engineering, the future of cities and 100 years of Bristol aerospace.


Dr. Amy Sargeant

Amy Sargeant studied at the Universities of Cambridge, London, and Bristol. Formerly a production designer in film and television and teaches for Fordham University in London. She has written extensively on British cinema, being the co-editor of British Historical Cinema and the author of British Cinema: A Critical History as well as the BFI Classic book dedicated to The Servant and most recently Screen Hustles, Grifts and Stings.

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Prof. Mark Bould

Mark Bould writes about crime movies, science fiction, political cinema, and climate change. He is author or editor of 12 books, including Film Noir: From Berlin to Sin City and Neo-noir.

Mark has received lifetime achievement awards from both the Science Fiction Research Association and the International Association of the Fantastic in the Arts but refuses to take the hint and stop. 
He is a Professor of Film and Literature at the University of the West of England.

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Dr. Andrea Gibbons

By night, Andrea Gibbons is a writer and film lover. A founding editor of PM Press’s Switchblade noir imprint, her own crime fiction has appeared in The Big Click, Southwest Noir and Plots with Guns.

Raised just over the mountain from Arizona's Old Tucson Studios, her childhood memories blend with the scenery of many classic Westerns.

A recovering academic and community organiser, her goal is still to transform our ideas of just who the good guys are.

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