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“Gentlemen, it’s time to spread the word. And the word is… ‘bad movies’.”

As well as using social media to spread the word of our screenings, we’ve also been reaching out to and receiving a wave of good will from some of Bristol’s biggest magazines, websites and radio stations.

Bristol Magazine headline

When we first started the Bristol Bad Film Club, our first problem was – how do we let people know that we even exist? In this day and age, the answer is generally social media, so our first step was setting up a Facebook and Twitter account.

This was all well and good, but we soon realised that we wanted to let people that might not be online know about who we are and what we were attempting to do. As one of us is an online editor, we wrote a series of press releases which we then sent out to the likes of the Bristol Post, Guide 2 Bristol and Bristol 24/7. Anything to get a couple of column inches or a passing mention.

The response we got was beyond anything we ever hoped for.

The Bristol Post put us on the cover on their weekend magazine and both Guide 2 Bristol and Bristol 24/7 ran articles on us. All of them were instrumental in building buzz for our first screening.

Now, ahead of our fourth (Starcrash), we’ve even been getting requests for interviews.

This month, co-founder Tim was featured in the ‘Bristol Lives’ section of Clifton Life Magazine, while the both of us were interviewed for Bristol’s biggest monthly magazine – Bristol Magazine (see below for both interviews).

We’ve also been invited numerous times on to BBC Radio Bristol to plug our shows and are very grateful to Laura Rawlings, Phil Hammond and Martin Evans for having us on.

Local movie podcast The Bioscopist has even had us on twice! Clearly we have the perfect faces for radio…

Bristol Bad Film Club takes over Movie Talk on 8th September #MTOS

On 8th September, Bristol Bad Film Club will be taking over #MTOS and turning the conversation to cinema’s worst.

Every Sunday at 8pm on Twitter, a series of 10 questions (one every ten minutes) is asked around a particular theme, with the hashtag #mtos.

Started by @MovieTOS, it has grown to be hosted by different people each week, with a wealth of topics covered. It’s a bit of fun on a Sunday evening.

Just start each tweet on the topic with the answer number, and finish it off with the #mtos hashtag, so your tweets look thus:

A3. My amazing thoughts on this film. #mtos

Anyone can join in – just follow @MovieTOS, or search the #mtos hashtag.

On Sunday 8 September from 8pm, Bristol Bad Film Club will be hosting the questions, all around – unsurprisingly – bad films. Of course, we’re not talking bad films like Transformers 3 or Taken 2, but the ones of the ‘so bad, they’re good’ variety.

Follow us @TheOtherBBFC (or click the Twitter follow button on the left) for the questions appearing on the night. To have a think in advance, please take a look at the questions below.

The questions

Q1. What makes a bad film so enjoyable? #mtos

Q2. What do you think of the recent trend of ‘intentionally bad’ films, like Sharknado? #mtos

Q3. What is the best giant animal monster seen on the big screen? #mtos

Q4. Who is the best DTV star of their generation? #mtos

Q5. What’s your favourite piece of dire-logue ever? #mtos

Q6. What are the worst special effects you have ever seen? #mtos

Q7. Sci-fi bad film or action bad film. Which is the most entertaining and why? #mtos

Q8. Which decade is the best for producing bad films, and why? #mtos

Q9. How do people making bad films not realise they’re bad films? #mtos

Q10. If you could see any bad film on a big screen, what would it be? #mtos

Bristol Bad Film Club holds screenings of these films at venues around Bristol. Our first screening, a sell-out, was of Edward D. Wood Jr’s Plan 9 From Outer Space. Our second screening is of the 1980s bizarre classic SAMURAI COP. If you’re local, why not come along and join the mayhem on Wednesday 18 September, at 8pm, at The Island (The Old Police Station) in Broadmead, Bristol.

Tickets are available here.

“Visits? That would indicate visitors…”

Last night, at The Lansdown in Clifton, The Bristol Bad Film Club held its first ever screening – and by all accounts, it was a complete success!

Ed Wood’s anti-classic Plan 9 From Outer Space, often called the worst film ever made, was received incredibly well, selling out four days before the screening. There were even people turning up at the door hoping for last minute seats.

For a first screening of a never-before-tried venture, in the middle of the quietest month of the year, it was humbling to have such an incredible response.

We mentioned some names at the screening, but wanted to make a more public note of appreciation and thanks to several people without whom the evening could not have been possible.

Kerry Bradshaw of The Magic Lantern Film Club and James Ewen of CineMe, who provided some invaluable advice in the early stages of planning the BBFC.

Elliot Jay Stocks, who designed our fantastic logo, proudly emblazoned on our T-shirts last night.

Tiff Farrant, who designed our immense flyers and posters which you may have seen around the city. The number one in the top right corner is indicative of things to come…

The staff at The Lansdown, for making us feel so welcome.

And of course Dr Mark Bould, a lecturer in film at the University of the West of England, who was our guest for the evening, and gave an insightful and enlightening talk before the film. Enhancing the viewing with tidbits about the film, we are indebted to Mark for taking time out to talk about this film – on his birthday no less! –  and for doing a Q&A afterwards.

It turned the evening from a simple film screening into a fuller, more satisfying, evening.

And finally, to the audience who came – you really made our night.

You showed us that Bristol has a thirst for bad films and by coming you supported Awamu, the charity for the evening, to whom all profits from the screening will be going.

Watch this space for details of our next screening, coming very, very soon. We have exciting things on the horizon, and we hope you can all join us.

Bristol Bad Film Club is invited onto The Bioscopist movie podcast

Bioscopist

Listen to Bristol Bad Film Club on local movie podcast The Bioscopist!

So last week, Bristol Bad Film Club was kindly invited on to The Bioscopist podcast to promote our first screening which, in case you’d forgotten, takes place on the 15th August at The Lansdown Pub.

As well as talking about the upcoming screening on Plan 9 From Outer Space and recent releases, such as Pacific Rim, we also talked to Stu, Court and Matt about their favourite bad films.

And yes, Shark Attack 3 was mentioned.

Make sure you give it a listen (click below).

+ The Bioscopist podcast

Behold Bristol Bad Film Club’s poster for its Plan 9 From Outer Space screening!

In order to promote our first screening (which we are really excited about!), one of our uber-talented friends has made us this stunning poster. 

Plan 9 From Outer Space poster

Awesome isn’t it? Feel free to share it on Facebook, tweet it or print it out and hang it on your wall.

Full credit and thanks go to Tiffany Farrant-Gonzalez, who we heartily recommend for any design work.

Remember, our screening will be presented by UWE’s resident sci-fi expert Dr. Mark Bould, who has also offered to answer any questions you may have about the film. We imagine you will have several…

Book your tickets for the 15th August screening here now as seats are limited!