Only one week to go until the official launch of FilmBath Festival 2017!

Find Your Film 2017

Check out this fun animation we’ve been working on in the office to celebrate the 27th FilmBath Festival!

We have lots of fantastic films screening across Bath. Here’s the full schedule, so get your tickets whilst they’re hot.

FilmBath Pop-up Cinema: Wonder Woman

Last weekend, we put our pop-up screen to the test. Check out the video!

Last weekend, FilmBath Festival put on a fantastic pre-DVD release pop-up screening of Wonder Woman in Springfield Park, Foxhill. Though the rain poured, there was a great community spirit with people bringing tents and setting up camping chairs to watch Gal Gadot and Chris Pine in the superhero epic. Along with our brand new inflatable cinema screen – which we have thanks to funding from Theatre Royal Bath’s Creative Fund and through FilmBath supporters – delicious pizzas and warming coffee, the whole experience was made perfect.

The pop-up screenings offer local families the chance to see films like Wonder Woman and Beauty and the Beast.

As part of my journey working with the festival this year, I got the chance to film the event. Here are some of the highlights:

Don’t forget that we’ll be in Bath City Farm this weekend, 30th of September, screening Disney‘s latest rendition of the classic Beauty and the Beast. Come along and see our inflatable screen in action.

Inside FilmBath Festival: Week One

Desperate to get some work experience but not sure how? Follow the Film Bath Team of Volunteers and see what we learn on the way.

Are you looking to gain experience in marketing? So am I.

That’s one of the many reasons why I’m volunteering for FilmBath Festival this year.

I’m no stranger to marketing and blogging. However, as we all know, to get into the industry you need solid experience. With an obsession with film and TV, I just had to apply to be a content creator for FilmBath. Well, originally I applied to be a marketing assistant. Because of full time work and freelance projects on the go Holly Tarquini, the festival’s Executive Director instead offered me something that was perfectly tailored to my experience. Continue reading “Inside FilmBath Festival: Week One”

2015 Reviews: Star Men

By Henry Heffer

As Eisenstein supposedly said; doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result is the definition of insanity. However, in terms of astrophysics, an infinite number of different results occur after the completion of any such ‘thing’. In fact, quantum mechanics takes it one step further and dictates that- anything can happen, at any moment. Continue reading “2015 Reviews: Star Men”

2015 Reviews: Cartel Land

By Bridie Rollins

It is with deceiving ease that Director/Producer/Cinematographer, Matthew Heineman transports us deep into the world of Mexico’s drug cartels.  One could be forgiven for thinking that ‘Cartel Land’ is a work of fiction. The striking cinematic framing along with the interweaving narrative structure seems too clean and polished for the subject matter. This juxtaposition between form and content is perhaps intentional. It leads ultimately to a powerful and provocative cinematic experience, as we follow two vigilante groups, one from each side of the US /Mexican border as they confront the horrors of the cartel war. Continue reading “2015 Reviews: Cartel Land”

2015 Reviews: Life

By Maisie De-Pulford

September 30th 2015 marked fifty years since James Dean died in an untimely car crash, 24 years of age and on the cusp of super-stardom. In tribute to such an anniversary it is obvious that a biopic of the young actor should and would be made, but what director Anton Corbijn offers with his new film Life is something much more interesting and deconstructive than the expected eulogy. Continue reading “2015 Reviews: Life”

2015 Reviews: Tangerine

By Joanna van der Veen

A few years ago, halfway across the world at Argentina’s Mar del Plata Film Festival, I had the pleasure of interviewing Tangerine’s director Sean Baker. Back then he’d just released Starlet, an uplifting and touching story about two women getting to know each other despite the vast gap in their ages. I was charmed by Baker and I loved his film – it managed to tell an excellent story whilst taking a non-judgemental and refreshing look at something I knew next to nothing about, the adult film industry. Continue reading “2015 Reviews: Tangerine”

2015 Reviews: Rose Water

By Henry Heffer

After the film ended, something just didn’t feel right to me. I flared my nostrils, scratched my head and then scratched my beard… and it came to me. The hero of Jon Stewart’s Iranian thriller, Maziar Bahari (played by Gael Garcia Bernal), must have the slowest growing beard in all of human history. For after 118 days of incarceration without a razor (we know he didn’t have a razor because he fantasises about cutting his wrists with a shard from his glasses) his beard only had the appearance of a single heavy night’s drinking. Continue reading “2015 Reviews: Rose Water”

IMDb Awards 2015

Every year Bath Film Festival celebrates and facilities new emerging talent in film in the form of the IMDb Awards. New film makers are invited to submit their shorts with the hope of winning the prestigious accolade. The prize being £1000 cash (to go towards making their next film) as well as the coveted IMDb New Filmmaker Award itself. On top of that winners receive an extremely rare IMDb enamel badge and a page for their film on IMDb, plus over £2000 worth of hire kit from Visual Impact (for UK based filmmakers only). Continue reading “IMDb Awards 2015”

2015 Reviews: Grandma

By Maisie De-Pulford


Elle Reid, played by the fiercely magnificent Lily Tomlin, is somewhat of an unruly academic and feminist poet. Majorly misanthropic and in mourning for her recently deceased partner Vi, Elle is struggling with life and struggling to write. When her young granddaughter Sage (Julia Garner) turns up at her door one morning pregnant and in need of $630 dollars for an abortion booked for that very afternoon, Elle drops everything. Having cut up her credit cards to make a wind chime, and neither one willing to provoke the backlash of their daughter/mother Judy (Marcia Gay Harden), the only logical thing for the pair to do is jump in the car and hunt down any likely ally Elle can think of – no matter how deep into her past she must go.Paul Weitz’s Grandma is only 78 minutes long but it doesn’t waist a precious second. Fully F-Rated and Bechdel bossing, this little film packs a punch to both the heart and the head. Continue reading “2015 Reviews: Grandma”

2015 Reviews: Güeros

By Charlie Harman

Tomás’s mother can’t handle him anymore. Dropping a water balloon from the top of a building onto a woman pushing her baby in a pram was the final delinquent act that made her send him to stay with his older brother, Federico, a.k.a. Sombra (Tenoch Huerta) in Mexico City. Continue reading “2015 Reviews: Güeros”

2015 Reviews: Speed Sisters

By Henry Heffer

One of the most honourable aspects of Amber Fares’ Speed Sisters, and one of my most passionate reasons for recommending it, is there is never any sense of the film becoming overly sentimental. The focus is on the characters in their cars, the speed, the race and the irresistible nature of obsession. The core qualities of any decent sports film. Continue reading “2015 Reviews: Speed Sisters”

2015 Reviews: Youth


By Joanna van der Veen

A couple of years ago, whilst planning a visit to Rome, a friend who lived in the city gave me some excellent advice: watch The Great Beauty. He told me that the film, which earnt Sorrentino an Oscar, was a love letter to the city and that I couldn’t possibly visit without seeing it first. Whether or not that’s true, the film hooked me on Sorrentino: his distinctive style of rich, lavish visuals, unusual and revealing camera angles and memorable and eccentric characters is addictive. Continue reading “2015 Reviews: Youth”