Iranian cinema before 1979 (ie before Ayatollah Khomeini appeared) may have been dodgy, but it sure was a lot of fun. Patriarchal? Of course. Clunky? Naturally. Derivative? What else. This documentary gives us a sense of the thrills of being able to watch such (now forbidden) films from a safe distance of decades, with the added benefit of a wide selection of clips (rather than the whole film). The point of this excellent documentary is to show how important these films were to a society going through a crash course in modernisation, where centuries of repression were upturned, only for the repression to come crashing back in.

We’re delighted to welcome director Ehsan Khoshbakht and editor Abolfazl Talooni for Q&As following the film

Supported by Earthsong

With huge thanks to both our Gold Stars: IMDb, Earthsong, GWR and BFI Filmhub SW and to our Silver Stars: HSH Motor Group, Marshfield Farm Ice Cream, Bath BID, GoCompere, The Norie Trust, Solitude, FCB Studios, TSL Consulting and No15 Gt Pultney.

Ticket prices

Standard £9
Concession £7

Ehsan Khoshbakht

Ehsan Khoshbakht, Pouri Baneai, Googoosh

84 min

Iran, UK

Release year


Short film
My Theatre, Kazuya Ashizawa, Japan, 5m

Preview screening courtesy of Ehsan Khoshbakht