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How I Fought My Way Into Hollywood Oliver Stone

Festival of Ideas
Oliver Stone

St George's Bristol  |  £20 / £15 includes book

Oliver Stone, one of the most unique and controversial film-makers in Hollywood history, shares his life and work with us in this special event.

Stone’s films as director include Platoon (1986), Salvador (1986), Wall Street (1987), Born on the Fourth of July (1989), JFK (1991), The Doors (1991), Heaven and Earth (1993), Natural Born Killers (1994), Nixon (1995), U-Turn (1997), Alexander (2004) and Snowden (2016).

Among the many honours he has received are Academy Awards for Midnight Express (for his screenplay) and Platoon (for direction and best film).

He has made several documentaries and TV miniseries, including Oliver Stone’s Untold History of the United States. His latest documentary is JFK Revisited: Through the Looking Glass, which was shown at the 2021 Cannes Film Festival.

His memoir – Chasing The Light: How I Fought My Way Into Hollywood – is one of the finest books written about the film industry. Intimate and ground-breaking, with disarming honesty Stone takes us on a journey from his childhood on New York’s Upper East Side, through the combat zones of Vietnam, to the 70s and 80s upheaval in Hollywood.

From Midnight Express through Scarface, and Salvador, Stone discovers his own dogged determination, a marked rebellious streak and a drive to make controversial films that are on the edge and that matter.

He is in conversation with Andrew Kelly, Director, Bristol Ideas.

Oliver Stone

Oliver Stone is an Academy Award-winning director, screenwriter and producer. He has written and directed some of the most iconic Hollywood films of all time, from Midnight Express and Platoon to Scarface and Natural Born Killers. Stone is also the co-author of The Untold History of the United States and many other books.

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Online and in person ticket sales is managed by St George’s Bristol. Please check their policies, terms and conditions before booking. You can book in person by visiting the Box Office or calling 0845 40 24 001 during Box Office opening hours.

Tickets: Full Price: £20 (includes book) / £12 (partner ticket without book, available to those accompanying someone buying full ticket with book) Concessions (disabled / unwaged / U25s): £15 (includes book) / £10 (partner ticket without book, available to those accompanying someone buying full ticket with book)

Free companion tickets are available and can be booked at the same time as your ticket. Contact the box office to find out more.

A 5% booking fee applies online and over the phone. A £2 postage fee is charged where applicable.

Accessibility: St George’s Bristol

  • There are two points of access to St George’s – on Great George Street and Charlotte Street. There are 21 steps at the Great George Street entrance. There is step free access from Charlotte Street, where there is a lift to all floors of the building so wheelchair users, visitors with buggies and people with limited mobility can access the Café Bar, glass studio and hall step-free. It is 3m from the roadside to the Charlotte Street gates, then the level access lift entrance is 15m from the Charlotte Street gates.
  • If visitors would prefer to access the hall by the staircase rather than the lift, there are 20 steps from the Box Office area to the hall entrance.
  • Accessible toilets located on each level of the new building and on the ground floor beside the Box Office.
  • The hall has a balcony that is accessed by 24 steps, please do bear this in mind when choosing a seat. You can talk to a member of the Box Office team if you have questions or concerns when booking. 
  • Assistance dogs are welcome in all part of the building.
  • More detailed information about access and planning your visit, including St George’s COVID-19 Response can be found here.

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