The Cruel Sea at Averys Screening Room

Doors open 14:45 | Film starts 15:00

Bristol Film Festival’s intimate screening room sessions celebrate a diverse range of films, personally selected by their passionate team. From underrated classics to indie gems, there will be a mix of great cinema that deserves a wider audience. Every screening includes an arrival drink and an introduction explaining the context and significance of the chosen film.

🎬 About The Film

1953 | PG | 126 mins

During the Second World War, Merchant Navy officer Lieutenant Commander George Ericson is given command of HMS Compass Rose and tasked with escorting the Atlantic shipping convoys. As the threat from German U-boats grows, Ericson and his crew face numerous hardships, and agonising life-or-death decisions, during deadly games of cat-and-mouse.

Contains mild language and distressing scenes

📍The Location

Averys began in 1793 and over the years, the family has built its reputation as one of the UK’s most pioneering wine merchants. Their historic wine cellar can be found beneath their shop on Culver Street, and is an atmospheric and intimate setting for our both our Screening Room and our popular Vintage Screenings series.

⭐ Exciting Extras

Pre-screening Tasting: Enjoy a brief introduction to wine tasting, sampling a white and a red as you’re talked through the key steps to understanding the aromas, flavours and characteristics of wine.

Deli box: A delicious deli box from local supplier Native Vine. Enjoy 3 cheeses, along with an artisan chutney and crackers; the perfect accompaniment to your wine tasting.

Age restrictions: 18+

Adult £15.50
Concession (Student | Over 65 | Blue Light Card) £12.50
Adult + Deli Box £30.50
Adult + Deli Box + Pre-screening Tasting £37
Adult + Pre-screening Tasting £22
Concession + Deli Box £27.50
Concession + Deli Box + Pre-screening Tasting £34
Concession + Pre-screening Tasting £22

Available dates

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How to get there


  • Refreshments available
  • Toilets

On the day

  • You will not be able to access the screening room before the doors open, so we recommend arriving as close to this time as possible.

  • Please do not consume hot food in the Screening Room.

  • Please contact Bristol Film Festival for further information about accessibility at this venue.

Changes happen, don't worry

How to change dates
Change of plans? You can easily rebook the next available slot up to 28 days before your experience.
How to get a refund
Can't make it? We understand things happen! You can cancel and get a full refund up to 28 days before your experience.
Please note that this refund policy does not apply to gift bookings. You may reschedule your gift if outside the time period stated above. However, all gifts are non-refundable and expire exactly 1 year after the date of purchase.

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Available dates

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