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The Terminator - electric shadows in the cathedral

Introduced by Dr Peter Walsh, South West Silents

Film critic David Thomson describes cinema as ‘electric shadows in the cathedral’. It comes from the Chinese transliteration of ‘cinema’ which is literally ‘electric shadows’: ‘in the cathedral’ adds gravitas and a sense of wonder. It was a fitting name for this new series of films.

We are grateful to the guest speakers from across Bristol who will be introducing the films, pulling out theological themes and strands, the better to engage with the film which follows.

The series is as diverse and surprising as a meeting of cinema and faith should be, and we hope that if you are of any faith, or of none, whether you have seen the films before, or this is your introduction to them, you are able to take away something more from these screenings. 


The Terminator (1984)

About the film

Disguised as a human, a cyborg assassin known as a Terminator (Arnold Schwarzenegger) travels from 2029 to 1984 to kill Sarah Connor (Linda Hamilton). Sent to protect Sarah is Kyle Reese (Michael Biehn), who divulges the coming of Skynet, an artificial intelligence system that will spark a nuclear holocaust. Sarah is targeted because Skynet knows that her unborn son will lead the fight against them. With the virtually unstoppable Terminator in hot pursuit, she and Kyle attempt to escape.

About the speaker

Dr Walsh is immersed in the Bristol film scene, in particular with South West SIlents, and holds a PhD in film.

Tickets are £9, and include a glass of wine or juice, and nibbles.

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