We’re delighted to return to Bristol Cathedral for our 2018 Spring Season with this screening of the inspirational historical drama Chariots Of Fire, based on the true story of athletes Eric Liddell and Harold Abrahams as they trained for the 1924 Paris Olympics.
Enjoy welcome drinks and live music on arrival, then watch the film in the atmospheric setting of Bristol Cathedral’s nave – it’s sure to be a night to remember.
Two successful British athletes run for differing reasons: devout Christian Eric Liddell runs as a means of glorifying God, whilst Harold Abrahams runs to overcome anti-Semitism and class-based prejudice. When the pair are among those selected for the 1924 Paris Olympics, they are each confronted with dilemmas – Liddell must choose between his faith and his career, and Abrahams neglects his relationship in his quest for sporting glory.
Starring: Ben Cross | Ian Charleston | Nicholas Farrell | Ian Holm | Alice Krige
Director: Hugh Hudson
Screenplay: Colin Welland
Producer: David Puttnam
THEY SAY: “In a time when drug tests and synthetic fibres have replaced gumption and moral fibre, the tale of two runners competing against each other in the 1924 Olympics has a simple, undiminished power. From the opening scene of pale young men racing barefoot along the beach, full of hope and elation, backed by Vangelis’s now famous anthem, the film is utterly compelling.” Kate Muir, The Times, 2012
WE SAY: This iconic film ranked 19th on the BFI’s Top 100 British Films; it’s also spawned a hit hit stage adaptation and was even lovingly parodied at the 2012 Olympics Opening Ceremony. Suffice to say that it is a proud piece of must-see British cinema; we’re thrilled to be presenting it on the big screen once more in a suitably special setting.