Film

Providing a unique insight into films not available elsewhere in Plymouth or the South West, the Jill Craigie Cinema explores hidden gems of past cinema, critical documentaries, and daring cult films that will inspire, scare and surprise.

Many films are accompanied by talks from film directors, filmmakers and critics who provide a fascinating insight into the changing culture of the moving image.

The Jill Craigie Cinema is located on the ground floor of the Roland Levinsky Building on the University of Plymouth campus.

The Arts Institute Film Commission 2021

Now in its fourth iteration, this annual film commission invited submissions from both emerging and established filmmakers and visual artists.

To coincide with The Arts Institute’s autumn theme of Storytelling, and a major exhibition across The Arts Institute and The Box in late 2021, the winning filmmaker was awarded £3,500 to explore one or more of the exhibition's themes including diversity of cultures and languages; oral and visual traditions of sharing knowledge; and creation stories.

Find out more about the 2021 commission

Still from 'Diviner' by Frances Scott, winner of the 2017 Film Commission Prize

Still from 'Diviner' by Frances Scott, winner of the 2017 Film Commission Prize

Premiere screening of The Arts Institute Film Commission 2021

14 February 2022, 19:00 | Jill Craigie Cinema

See this year's winning film Tall Tales and Wonder Rooms, by internationally renowned filmmaker, Mohini Chandra - a new piece of work devoted to amateur sea divers and the stories they tell.

Using archive material from The Box to reflect on the experience of living in the South West, Mohini Chandra's new film explores the hidden histories of Plymouth and the city’s links to the wider world. Through this annual commission The Box aims to build a body of work that reflects on Plymouth’s film heritage and looks towards its future.

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Mohini Chandra, Paradise Lost: Kikau Street/Forty Ships (moving image) installed in HEAT, Third Oceanic Performance Biennale, Te Uru Waitakere Contemporary Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand, 2017. Supported by Asialink, Arts NSW and the Australia Council.

Mohini Chandra, Paradise Lost: Kikau Street/Forty Ships (moving image) installed in HEAT, Third Oceanic Performance Biennale, Te Uru Waitakere Contemporary Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand, 2017. Supported by Asialink, Arts NSW and the Australia Council.

Highlights from the archive

Celluloid Psychology Season

"Cinema is inextricably intertwined with psychology. Every film ultimately emerges from the mind of one human with the intention of making an impact on the mind of another."
Dr Alastair Smith, School of Psychology

The Celluloid Psychology Season is an ongoing series of films exploring the mind and brain in cinema. Each of the carefully selected films is curated and introduced by a specialist in human behaviour who will discuss how their area of expertise can shed unexpected light on the psychological questions explored in the film.

Revolutions season

A series of controversial films which were either banned or heavily censored on their release.

This popular season included a screening of Battleship Potemkin (1925); a silent film which focuses on the naval mutiny of the failed 1905 Soviet Revolution, the film was also accompanied by a live score created and performed by The Imperfect Orchestra.

This series was programmed in 2017, the year which marked the centenary of the Russian Revolution, a period that still generates controversy. Such a tumultuous political time also heralded a revolution within art, music, theatre and film, unleashing a period of radical experimentation and innovation that had an enduring impact throughout the 20th century.

Find out more about the Revolutions season


Battleship Potemkin (1925)

Battleship Potemkin (1925)