"Sell out warning! A doozy of a Bad Film Club double-header! Come for Mancunian Man - the inside story of 80’s bouncer and prolific B-movie maker of the north, Cliff Twemlow - and stay for Twemlow’s own gloriously insane zero-budget flick GBH (“if Garth Marenghi made Road House”)."
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held at The Cube
on Monday 20th November. The event starts at 19:00.
Bristol Bad Film Club presents:
MANCUNIAN MAN: THE LEGENDARY LIFE OF CLIFF TWEMLOW + G.B.H (GRIEVOUS BODILY HARM) (DOUBLE BILL)
The true tale of the king of Manchester exploitation movies.
6.30pm (18:30): doors
7.00pm (19:00): films start
'Mancunian Man': documentary | dir. Jake West | 2023 | UK | 124 m | Cert. unrated / 'G.B.H.': comedy/crime/drama | dir. David Kent-Watson | 1983 | UK | 73 m | Cert. 18 / This is an 18+ event. Please note: this screening is NOT subtitled.
HE WALKS TALL WITH HIS HEAD HELD HIGH, BEFORE HE BACKS DOWN HE WOULD RATHER DIE, HE'S A MEAN MACHINE NONE TOUGHER THAN, THE MAN MAN MAN-MANCUNIAN MAN!
We celebrate the career of Cliff Twemlow - bouncer, novelist, composer, screenwriter, producer and action legend with a double bill of 'Mancunian Man: The Legendary Life Of Cliff Twemlow' and his magnum opus 'G.B.H.' (Grievous Bodily Harm), an incredible zero-budget, tongue-in-cheek, straight-to-video, former Section 3 video nasty crime opus/action movie.
For over a decade, Twemlow was the UK's most prolific indie filmmaker.
Between 1992 and 1993, the Manchester-born Cliff Twemlow gathered a devoted team of local doormen, martial artists, variety performers, club DJs, models, girlfriends, gym friends, family members and industry B-listers to build his own cut-rate Hollywood empire.
Shooting on early pioneering video technology, composing all the music himself, and working on nearly non-existent budgets, Twemlow and his unlikely ensemble of misfits tackled gangster films, horror films, spy thrillers, sci-fi epics and beyond.
Perhaps best known for 1983's ultra-violent 'G.B.H.' (Grievous Bodily Harm) - if Garth Marenghi made 'Road House' in early '80s Manchester and cast a PE teacher in the lead role; which was banned as one of UK's notorious 'Video Nasties' - Twemlow's unbelievably true story is now told by Jake West ('Razor Blade Smile', 'Midnight Peepshow') through exclusive interviews, insane film clips, rare behind-the-scenes footage and more.
With the film earning rave reviews from genre film festivals around the world, here's your chance to see it in Bristol with an adoring cult-loving crowd!
'Mancunian Man: The Legendary Life Of Cliff Twemlow':
'An essential watch for anyone remotely interested in indie film and the crazy days of the VHS era.' Starburst Magazine
'Packed with nugget after nugget of delightful detail about the kind of fellow who may never pass this way again, 'Mancunian Man' should chime with casual movie fans and struggling, zero budget filmmakers alike. For all his flaws, Cliff Twemlow was a true one-off, and this totally captures the essence of why.' LoveHorror.co.uk
'Mancunian Man' left me wanting to see ALL of Twemlow's oeuvre: the good, the bad, the ugly … and the unreleased!' Nerdly
'As you'd expect, 'G.B.H.' features dick hits, sucker punches, and bar-brawl beatdowns. [And] disco-dancing. Also jogging in slow-motion. But mostly disco-dancing. There is much to love about 'G.B.H.' It's one part James Bond, one part Charles Bronson, and all parts dad.' Bleeding Skull
'[A] no-budget camcorder classic that didn't so much get released on video as escape on parole. Endearingly bad entertainment.' Worst Movies Ever Made
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