Were you an extra in the Medusa Touch?

Roof vaults collapsing, pillars tumbling down and crowds in a panic aren’t usually scenes that you would expect to see at Bristol Cathedral. Unless, of course, you happen to be watching the 1978 cult classic The Medusa Touch, starring Richard Burton. Almost 40 years later, the Cathedral is looking for anyone who was involved in the film, as either extras or crew, to share their stories, in preparation of a special screening of the film hosted by Bristol Film Festival this autumn.

We are very excited to be working with Bristol Film Festival to screen The Medusa Touch in the Cathedral for the very first time. It will be a surreal experience to sit in the Cathedral while watching exactly the same space collapse around you on screen! We would love to welcome people who were involved in the making of the film back to the Cathedral, hear their stories and share this special event together. Naomi Miller, Bristol Cathedral

The Medusa Touch is a 1978 British supernatural thriller film directed by Jack Gold. It starred Richard Burton, Lino Ventura, Lee Remick and Harry Andrews, with cameos by Alan Badel, Derek Jacobi, Gordon Jackson, Jeremy Brett and Michael Hordern. Bristol Cathedral was used as the location for the fictional London place of worship, called Minster Cathedral. 

It’s brilliant to be working with Bristol Cathedral again after a successful Buster Keaton screening there during our inaugural weekend. What makes this event particularly special is the chance to show a movie within the space it was filmed in – this is as ‘on location’ as Bristol Film Festival gets, and it’s sure to be a fantastic experience that will bring Bristol’s close relationship with the film industry to life. Owen Franklin, Bristol Film Festival

If you, or anyone you know, were involved in the making of The Medusa Touch, please contact Naomi Miller, Development Director, Bristol Cathedral on 0117 946 8184 or email

The screening takes place on 29th October 2016. Ticket information and booking will be released soon.

Posted on 19th July 2016