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The African Queen

Academy Screenings

Tuesday 6th March | Doors: 19:00 | Film Start: 19:30  | Approx. end: 21:30

The critically acclaimed adventure film, which won Humphrey Bogart his Best Actor Oscar, returns to the big screen as part of our Academy Screenings series, which celebrates and explores the rich cultural heritage of Academy Award-winning movies.

The evening begins with a drinks reception and live music, with an introduction by festival director Owen Franklin – all within the stunning setting of the Royal West Of England Academy’s main gallery space, where you will be able to enjoy the current Frink-Blow-Lawson exhibition, part of the RWA’s “Women With Vision” programme.

So “come in from the rain” and discover, or rediscover, this classic of cinema’s Golden Age.


Please note: this film will be screened with subtitles 


The African queen

1950 | PG | 100 mins

In Africa during the First World War, the captain of a steamer shipping supplies to villages offers passage to a prim missionary whose brother has been killed by German aggressors. Although the pair initially dislike each other and the voyage proves arduous, romance blossoms as they work together on an audacious but ingenious plan to sink a German gunboat terrorising the region.

Starring: Humphrey Bogart | Katharine Hepburn | Robert Morley
Director: John Huston 
Screenplay: John Huston | James Agee | Peter Viertel | John Collier
Producer: Sam Spiegel | John Woolf 

THEY SAY: “A perfect ensemble of cast, photography and screenplay are all subtly handled through Huston’s direction, bringing out Bogart and Hepburn’s performances beautifully.” Ian Nathan, Empire, 2000

WE SAY: The only time that Katharine Hepburn and Humphrey Bogart shared a screen, and their chemistry propels this charming “road-cum-river movie” forward, under the expert steering of John Huston.