Head down to the former Bristol IMAX for an epic Michael Mann double bill

Head down to the former Bristol IMAX for an epic Michael Mann double bill

Posted on: 25 Aug 2022

To celebrate the release of Mann’s long-awaited debut novel, Film Noir UK present a double bill of films by the renowned director, featuring both Thief (1981) and Heat (1995).


The screening will take place at the recently recommissioned cinema on Sunday 18 September.


Film Noir UK have organised this day of film in celebration of Michael Mann and Meg Gardiner’s recently released novel, Heat 2 – a thrilling piece of crime fiction that acts as both a sequel and a prequel to the critically acclaimed movie.


Tickets for both screenings can be found here.



Mann’s filmic debut, Thief, will be first on the double bill with a screening at 14:00. Released in 1981, the neo-noir heist film is based on the novel The Home Invaders: Confessions of a Cat Burglar by Frank Hohimer. 


Thief stars James Caan as Frank, a crack jewel thief who is desperate to leave his perilous trade behind and settle down for a normal life, however, his attention is piqued by the opportunity to do one last big heist. The film is rated 18.


Tickets for this screening are available here.

Next up, at 17:30, is the film widely regarded as Mann’s masterpiece, Heat. Hitting the screens in 1995, this epic is beautifully shot, meticulously researched and superbly acted by a cast that includes the likes of Robert De Niro, Al Pacino and Val Kilmer among others.


As LAPD detective Vincent Hanna (Pacino) takes on top thief Neil McCauley (De Niro) after brutally executed heist on an armoured van, the two foes become obsessed with one another. Thus ensues an epic story of cat and mouse across the twilight urban landscape of LA. Heat is rated 15.


Tickets for this screening are available here.

The screening’s venue, the former Bristol IMAX cinema (located in Bristol Aquarium), a space is hosting regular screenings again for the first time in more than a decade. The impressively large auditorium is the perfect venue for the perfect visual experience!


This event is presented by Film Noir UK. Launched in 2021 by cinema enthusiasts South West Silents, the non-profit organisation is the first dedicated film organisation in the UK that celebrates the everlasting influence of film noir. To find out more, head to the South West Silents website.


Tickets to these screenings on Sunday 18 September are sold separately and can be found on the event page.

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Stanley Gray

Stan is a born and bred Bristolian, recently graduated from studying English Literature in Sheffield. His passions are music and literature and spends the majority of his time in venues all over the city immersing himself in Bristol’s alternative music scene. A lifelong Bristol City fan, Stan’s Saturday’s are spent watching his team both home and away.