BBFC Presents: The Room

It’s back! The “Citizen Kane of bad movies” is returning to Bristol! This perfect storm of badness is a must see for every bad movie fan.
Wednesday 19th February 20:00


Hands down, our most successful and frequently requested film. The premise behind “The Citizen Kane of bad films” is a simple one. It is the story of a banker named Johnny (Tommy Wiseau) who suspects that his fiancée Lisa may be sleeping with his best friend Mark (Greg Sestero). However, surrounding this simple love triangle is a veritable clusterfuck of cinematic head-scratching conundrums. Various subplots are introduced and then either ignored or not resolved (such as the fact Lisa’s mother is suffering from cancer), rooftop screens are done with awful green-screen effects, scenes are frequently out of focus and then there are the two awkwardly long and incredibly unerotic sex scenes (the latter of which simply reuses footage from the first).

The cult film, which is the result of Tommy Wiseau’s vision (as well as playing the lead, he wrote, directed and financed the movie), is a perfect storm of badness. It has become a worldwide phenomenon which has attracted an army of loyal followers and has continued to play to sold out audiences at midnight screenings all around the world. If you’ve never seen The Room, you will have at least heard of it and you owe it to yourself to finally see what all the fuss is about. Love it or hate it, you’ll never forget it. Johnny is a successful banker who lives happily in a San Francisco townhouse with his fiancée, Lisa. One day, inexplicably, she gets bored of him and decides to seduce Johnny’s best friend, Mark. From there, nothing will be the same again.

Watching The Room is like crossing over to a counterfactual universe where the rules of film grammar and screenwriting have been written by Dan Brown.” Ed Whitfield, The Ooh Tray

A movie so bad, so inept, so unbelievably painful, it’s almost impossible to comprehend anyone thought it would be great on-screen…” Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed

If you experience brain damage as a result of watching this film, I disavow any responsibility whatsoever.” Sarah Boslaugh, Playback

To make a movie that’s so bad it’s good you need vision, drive, luck and obsessive vanity. Fortuitously, The Room’s writer/producer/director/star Tommy Wiseau appears to possess all of these qualities, combined with a total lack of acting talent.” Steve Rose, The Guardian