Early Bird Passes now on sale for 8th edition of Cinema Rediscovered!

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With over 50 events and screenings, including 15 brand-new 4K film restorations showing alongside contemporary classics, film-on-film rarities and curiosities from around the globe, Cinema Rediscovered 2024 is shaping up to be our most thrilling yet.

The full line-up for the 8th edition of the festival will be revealed in June but here’s a sneak peek of what’s in store… 

Our two opening night films are maverick director Jean Pierre Melville’s Le Samouraï (1967), a masterpiece of cool embodied by Alain Delon in a career-defining performance, and Charles Vidor's sultry film noir Gilda (1946), which propelled Rita Hayworth to eternal film stardom.

Charles Burnett’s long-lost feature The Annihilation of Fish (1999) will be shown in celebration of the film’s 25th anniversary and the 80th birthday of the visionary director.

John Sayles’ Oscar-nominated Lone Star (1996) starring a young Matthew McConaughey alongside Chris Cooper, Elizabeth Peña and Kris Kristofferson represented a highwater mark for American Indie filmmaking. Set on the Tex-Mex border, it brilliantly fuses the Western genre with contemporary thriller to explore issues which speak powerfully to the current political climate.

Marking what would have been Scottish-born filmmaker Bill Douglas’ 90th year, the festival partners up with The Bill Douglas Museum to present his achingly beautiful trilogy (My Childhood (1972), My Ain Folk (1973), and My Way Home (1978)) alongside a new documentary Bill Douglas: My Best Friend (2024) which gives fresh insights into this most mercurial filmmaker and passionate collector of film memorabilia.

Other British titles include two 4K restorations of films by the Bristol-born, Oscar® and BAFTA nominated director J. Lee Thompson (1914 – 2002), both featuring strong performances from two recently lost British female leads, Glynis Johns and Sylvia Syms; The Weak and the Wicked (1954) and No Trees in The Street (1959).

Add in special guest introductions, projection tour walks, happy hour gatherings and a hugely popular film quiz alongside the stacked full line-up, and rest assured there will be plenty to explore this July.

Get your Cinema Rediscovered Early Bird Festival Pass now!