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. In response to the UK government's guidance regarding Covid-19, the Jill Craigie Cinema is temporarily closed. 

Legacies and Futures season

Anna Navas, Film Programmer for The Arts Institute, introduces the latest film events and how we have adapted for the current programme. 

Unfortunately the Jill Craigie Cinema remains closed until further notice, however we are delighted to announce we will be sharing monthly film seasons, each exploring cinematic themes from our chosen curators and academics from the University. These film seasons will consist of interesting podcasts, carefully selected film recommendations for you to enjoy from home, and live Q and A sessions.

Hear more in the Sci-Fi Film Season podcast with Professor Robert Brown and Dr David Sergeant

Sci-Fi Season

The Interdisciplinary Sci-Fi Film Season was devised by Professor Robert Brown, Architecture, and Dr David Sergeant, Literature, to celebrate the wide currency of science fiction in contemporary culture, with the interdisciplinary nature of the participating University of Plymouth academics providing an innovative and original take on the genre. 

Suggested films to watch:

Recommended by Professor Robert Brown, Architecture, Faculty of Arts:

  • The Adjustment Bureau (2011) 12A
  • Divergent (2014) 12A
Recommended by Dr Allister Gall, Film, Faculty of Arts:
  • Sorry to Bother You (2018) 15
  • Liquid Sky (1982) 18

Liquid Sky (1982) 18

Recommended by Professor Kevin Jones Executive Dean, Faculty of Science and Engineering:

  • The Matrix (1999) 15
  • Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (1986) PG
Recommended by Dr David Sergeant, Literature, Faculty of Arts:
  • Upstream Color (2013) 12A
  • Children of Men (2006) 15
Recommended by Dr Marcy da Silva Saude, Film, Faculty of Arts:
  • Born in Flames (1983) 15
  • Robocop (1987) 18

Highlights from the archive

Celluloid Psychology series 

"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 series is an ongoing series of screenings 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.

Find out more about the Celluloid Psychology series.

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)