Forbidden Worlds Film Festival returns to Bristol in May

Keanu Reeves and Sandra Bullock driving a bus in the 1994 movie Speed
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Genre fans, you’re in for a treat: Bristol’s largest repertory genre film festival returns to the city next month. More below:

The Forbidden Worlds Film Festival is back in Bristol for its third consecutive year, with a line up celebrating director Peter Hyams and cinema’s deadliest women.

Running from 16th-19th May in the Bristol Aquarium Cinema, Forbidden Worlds screens repertory fantasy, action, science-fiction and horror films from around the world while celebrating the people that made them.

Check out the festival trailer below:

Should you find yourself Bristol-bound in the near future, the full schedule is available on the festival’s website and includes (but is by no means limited to) screenings of Speed, Stargate and Timecop. If that doesn’t sound enticing, I’m afraid you might have stumbled onto the wrong website.

What’s more, there’s an extra female-focused theme to some of the selections this year, with screenings of Attack Of The 50 Foot Woman (1958), Blue Steel (1990), Female Prisoner #701: Scorpion (1972), The Long Kiss Goodnight (1996), Foxy Brown (1974), and a brand-new 4K restoration of Luc Besson’s Nikita (1990).

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“Powerful female characters were few and far between in films made in the twentieth century,” says lead programmer Tessa Williams.

“I’m really excited for our audience to experience the high-octane journeys of these six iconic characters kicking ass on Bristol’s giant screen.”

Tickets for the 2024 Forbidden Worlds Film Festival are available now.

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