Peoples’ progress as John Bunyan film gets Bedford screening

The Pilgrim's Progress film poster

A new animated film of the Pilgrim’s Progress will be screened in Bedford – the hometown of author John Bunyan – following a campaign backed by the Bedford Independent.

In response to public demand, VUE at Riverside Bedford will screen ‘The Pilgrim’s Progress’ at 2pm on Saturday 2 November and have said they may add more screenings if there is sufficient demand. You can book tickets here.

Read: Campaigners want Pilgrim’s Progress film screened in Bedford

The announcement was welcomed by the Mayor of Bedford, Dave Hodgson, who had backed the campaign for a public screening.

“John Bunyan and his book The Pilgrim’s Progress have made Bedford famous for centuries. People still travel here from the USA, Europe and even South Korea to visit his home town.

“That fact that this new film, made in America, can now be seen on the big screen by all is great news.”

The campaign for a Bedford screening of the film was started by film distributor, Stephen Briggs in association with community groups including the Bunyan Round Table Groups.

Although the film went on general release on 25 October in 40 UK cinemas, Bedford was not listed among them.

Pilgrims Progress animation
John Bunyan wrote the Pilgrim’s Progress in 1678 while incarcerated in Bedford Gaol

Thanks to sponsors’ support, Mr Briggs was able to arrange a private screening to a full house at Cineworld on Monday 21 October.

“We were thrilled with the response and have been pushing to get the film screened so everyone can see it,” said Stephen.

“Thanks to Roberto Perrone at BBC Radio 3 Counties and local newspapers, the message got through that the people of Bedford DO want to see this film.

“This film will contribute to the campaign to make Bunyan to Bedford what Shakespeare is to Stratford.”

Read more about John Bunyan and his historical and literary connections with Bedford here.