Fun Palaces - space


Thu 2 - Thu 30 Oct

A place where space, pyramids, funk and politics collide, Afrofuturism is one of the most imaginative ways of re-defining and re-imagining black identity in the past, present, and the future. Get up to get down and discover a world where today's boundaries blur into insignificance!



Fun Palace Weekend

Sat 4 & Sun 5 Oct

You the brilliant Bristol public have helped shape us into a Sci Fi wonderland this weekend. Join us on the Mothershed for a celebration of science, art, and - most importantly - fun. We have activities for the whole family and guess what? They are all entirely FREE!


October Podcast

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In this month's podcast our Cinema Curator Mark Cosgrove and three of our Future Producers talk about this month's Sci Fi season...


Aged 16 – 19? Passionate about film?

BFI Film Academy - apply now

Participants will get an insider’s perspective on what it’s like to work in film from writing scripts to getting movies to the cinema screen. Apply now!

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Sci Fi: Days of Fear and Wonder

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This winter we are taking a giant leap into the world of Sci Fi with a huge season dedicated to the world's most popular film genre. Get a sense of the shape of the season here, and sign up for updates...


Le Jour Se Léve

Opens Fri 3 Oct

Often considered his greatest work, Marcel Carné's film is a triumph; an exquisitely crafted noir describing an obsessive relationship that leads to a grisly murder, and a classic of French poetic realism.

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Down By Law

Tue 7 - Thu 9 Oct

Restored in this new digital print, Jim Jarmusch's pitch perfect third feature, a bewitching blend of urban noir, prison movie, poetic fable and comedy starring Tom Waits, John Lurie and Robert Benigni as three cons trying to bust out of prison, is a milestone in American independent cinema.



Opens Fri 10 Oct

'71 is more than a visceral recreation of a bruising period of recent Northern Irish history - it is a brilliantly effective survival thriller, one made by a searing talent to watch.

Tony Benn

Will and Testament

Opens Fri 3 Oct

Through intimate interviews and the use of his own personal, photographic and film archive this fascinating documentary reveals a very human face behind the political mask of the venerable Tony Benn.

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Food & Drink

Watershed offers the perfect social space. We are open from early in the morning to late at night.

We are committed to projecting passion, care and pride in the whole Watershed experience. Our food is now as organic, seasonal, locally sourced and ethically produced as we can possibly make it. Sample our menu, get some drinks in or just come for a coffee before or after a film – the choice is up to you.

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Conference Hire

At Watershed we have a passion for innovation and creativity: we take pride in making your event stand out from the rest.

We offer imaginative choices to meet your conference needs, delivered in the inspirational surroundings of this independent organisation with its intimate and vibrant atmosphere. With customers at the heart of our organisation Watershed delivers a diverse programme of films, events, festivals and conferences.

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2 Oct, 2014
The Afrofuturist melting pot

Our Afrofuturism season launches into space this week. It has been curated by Dr Edson Burton, who has kindly written this article on Afrofuturism’s influences and influencers, inspirations and ideas – including his own personal journey.