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Joker: Underground Cinema

Friday 13th March | Doors: 18:00 | Film Start: 18:15 | Approx. End: 20:15

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.

Our March 2020 season starts with a double bill devoted to Gotham’s clown prince of crime – first up on Friday night is Todd Phillip’s incendiary hit Joker.

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.


2019 | 15 | 119 mins

This bold possible origin story for Batman’s most infamous nemesis follows Arthur Fleck, a wannabe stand-up comedian struggling to survive in a vicious Gotham. As his descent into madness and nihilism deepens, his actions begin to stir a violent movement that threatens to topple the status quo in the troubled city.

STARRING: Joaquin Phoenix | Robert De Niro | Zazie Beetz | Frances Conroy

DIRECTOR: Todd Phillips

PRODUCER: Todd Phillips | Bradley Cooper | Emma Tillinger Koskoff

WRITTEN BY: Todd Phillips | Scott Silver

THEY SAY:Joker would work just as well as an engrossing character study without any of its DC Comics trappings; that it just so happens to be a brilliant Batman-universe movie is icing on the Batfan cake” – IGN, 2019

WE SAY: A harrowing character study that’s a world away from the usual superhero/supervillain bombast, this controversial and deeply unsettling film owes a huge debt to Scorsese (particularly Taxi Driver and The King Of Comedy, both also starring De Niro!). Phoenix is eerily hypnotic, and a potential contender for Best Actor Oscar.

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 18:00. The film will begin at 18:15 and conclude at approximately 20:15.
  • The film will be screened without subtitles.
  • The BBFC have classified this film as 15 – 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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