Crossing The Line Film Season

Published September 29, 2015

A pop up horror cinema in Exeter’s Underground Passages, canal-side cycling adventures celebrating film, and boundary-pushing screenings followed by gritty debate; just some of the immersive cinematic experiences created by Exeter Phoenix this October.


Exeter Phoenix has just announced a season of controversial, inspirational and debate-sparking films to celebrate the opening of its new independent cinema space, Studio 74. The season, named Crossing The Line, presents an innovatively curated collection of exciting and immersive film events in Studio 74 and across Exeter through the months of October and November.

The featured films, documentaries and artist moving image all cross a line in some shape or form, testing ethical boundaries or revealing astonishing stories of achievement.

Cinema fans will be invited to kick off the season with a bike ride and film screening of hotly anticipated cycle documentary Inspired to Ride, in an evening celebrating cycling and cinema along Exeter canal-side.

Later in the season cinema goers can brace themselves for a terrifying screening of The Descent in the subterranean claustrophobia of Exeter’s own medieval underground passages. Set in an underground cave system, and reported to be one of the scariest films to come out of the British film industry in the last decade, this screening promises to challenge even the most hardened horror fans.

Aptly timed with Exeter’s participation in the Rugby World Cup, fans can look forward to a screening of Scrum, Poppy Stockwell’s acclaimed documentary delving into the world of international gay rugby. As the month draws to a close, audiences will given the opportunity to step into the programming role, as Exeter Phoenix launches it’s first head-to-head audience vote-off, promising an evening of great cinematic anticipation.

Other season highlights include a night of discussion and debate on the subject of ethics in the media, preceded by a screening of Jake Gyllenhall’s Nightcrawler, a foray into German cinema with The Lives of Others, and an evening of documentary and debate revealing the lines of data, technology and military power at work around us.

Film programmer Alison Pym said of the festival, ‘Through its very nature film can take you to places unseen and reveal behaviour never even imagined, so to programme a season that celebrates that very quality has been an exciting prospect. Experimenting with edgy themes, audience participation and immersive settings as well as planning to fill our brand new cinema Studio 74 with stunning imagery and knowledgeable experts as soon as the paint dries has been as much of a joy as the events will be themselves. I am looking forward to seeing the furrowed brows of high debate and the wide eyes and open mouths of astonishment as this season takes you through the good, the bad and the ugly of human nature.’

More information about the season can be found at