Empire on Film + Q&A

A rare chance to see archive film from the Empire & Commonwealth Collection at Bristol Archives spanning the 1930s to the 1960s. Selected and introduced by Ingrid Sinclair of Afrika Eye Film Festival, with live musical accompaniment from Stephen Horne and followed by a Q&A session, this is a unique opportunity to see the films in the context of a heritage cinema.

Much of the film was taken by amateur filmmakers, largely British colonial workers and their families, and covers a vast range of topics from industry to private parties, local life to ceremonial occasions, and indications of the darker side of the Empire. Clips include vivid scenes from the Seychelles in the 1950s, biplanes in action in India, defence manoeuvres in North Borneo and a royal visit to the Gambia. The British Empire & Commonwealth Collection is a great springboard for exploring the complicated legacy of the British Empire and how it still plays out in the lives of people around the planet today.

Supported by Film Hub South West & West Midlands, part of the BFI Film Audience Network, awarding funds from the National Lottery.

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Run Time: 90 minutes

Rating: 12A


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This showing is an Silver Screening.