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Drive: Underground Cinema

Saturday 14th March | Doors: 13:00 | Film Start: 13:15 | Approx. End: 15:15

Venture underground into the Redcliffe Caves this March, as the festival’s biannual screening series returns – our Underground Cinema an unforgettable way to discover, or rediscover, some of the silver screen’s hidden gems, pop culture milestones and genre highlights.

Delve deep into one of the most unique locations in Bristol, and forget about the outside world for a couple of hours… Whether you’re settling down for a favourite fantasy film or a cult classic, it’s sure to be one of the year’s most memorable movie viewing experiences.

Saturday of our March 2020 season focuses on outcasts and outsiders, kick-starting the afternoon with Nicolas Winding Refn’s mesmerising crime thriller Drive.

There are soft, hot and alcoholic beverages available to purchase at the surface, including a pop-up ale bar courtesy of our festival partners, Wickwar Wessex Brewing.

Please make sure that you have read the guidelines contained in the Important Information tab above before booking your tickets.


2011 | 18 | 100 mins

Ryan Gosling stars as the enigmatic unnamed Driver, a stunt performer and racer moonlighting as a getaway driver-for-hire in Los Angeles. As he develops feelings for his neighbour, he becomes involved in an ill-fated heist that will have severe consequences for everyone he knows.

STARRING: Ryan Gosling | Carey Mulligan | Bryan Cranston | Oscar Isaac | Ron Perlman

DIRECTOR: Nicolas Winding Refn

PRODUCER: Marc Platt | Adam Siegel | Gigi Pritzker | Michel Litvak | John Palermo

WRITTEN BY: Hossein Amini, based on a novel by James Sallis

THEY SAY: “It’s as if someone distilled a tincture of the ’80s, all cocaine attitude and Giorgio Moroder, and mainlined it into something like the present […] About as much shamelessly disreputable, stylish, ultra-violent fun you’re going to have at the movies this year” – Empire, 2011

WE SAY: Effortlessly stylish, underpinned by a gorgeous synthesiser score, and with some deft nods to films as diverse as Bullitt and Irréversible. Many have tried to imitate it since, but this career high for Winding Refn remains untouched almost a decade on.

Important Information

Venue Information

  • Our stewards reserve the right to refuse entry to those who they believe to be under the appropriate age for each film’s BBFC certification who cannot produce photographic ID. Individuals who fail to produce ID when asked will not be admitted to the venue, and will not be entitled to a refund.
  • Please note: the caves are an intense environment and may not be suitable for younger children, even if a film is PG rated. Parental discretion is advised.
  • Food and glass bottles are not allowed in the venue. Personal alcohol supplies may not be brought into the Caves; the onsite bar will be selling several ales from the Wickwar Wessex range. A Challenge 25 policy will be in operation.
  • Drunken or abusive behaviour will not be tolerated. Any individual acting in a manner deemed inappropriate by our staff  will be removed from the venue. Any individuals removed from the premises due to their behaviour will not be entitled to a refund.
  • It is advisable to wear warm, weather-appropriate clothing in the caves as well as sturdy, appropriate footwear. The caves can be cold, particularly at night, and are uneven underfoot in places. Seating is provided, but you are welcome to bring extra cushions and blankets if you wish – although it is worth noting that they may get dusty! Please exercise your own judgement regarding suitable attire based on this advice and the weather conditions. 
  • Please follow the instructions of onsite stewards at all times, and remain on the clearly designated paths. Failure to do so may result in your removal from the premises. In the case of an emergency, please follow the instructions of our staff.
  • For more information, please refer to our FAQ section or CONTACT US. For individuals with accessibility concerns, we highly recommend contacting the team to discuss the venue in further detail.

Event Information

  • Doors for this event will open at 13:00. The film will begin at 13:15 and conclude at approximately 15:15.
  • The film will be screened without subtitles.
  • The BBFC have classified this film as U – sustained threat. (BBFC)
  • For more information, please refer to our FAQ section or CONTACT US. For individuals with accessibility concerns, we highly recommend contacting the team to discuss the venue in further detail.
  • CORONAVIRUS UPDATE 06.03.20: Currently all of our events are proceeding as scheduled and we are operating a “business as usual” approach. We are monitoring the current coronavirus outbreak carefully, and will continue to follow the advice from Public Health England, the World Health Organisation and local government.
    We encourage all of our staff and visitors to follow the advice regarding personal hygiene measures to assist in preventing the spread of disease, and would strongly advise anybody exhibiting symptoms to self-isolate and contact NHS 111.
    We have a contingency in place to reschedule our screenings for later in the year, in the event of a wide-scale ban on large public gatherings; however, currently this is not the case.
    We look forward to welcoming our guests over the coming weeks and will update our policy accordingly should advice from authorities give reason to do so.


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