Documentaries, the Bard... and gin

Tue 24 May, 2016

June is here - and with it a trio of documentaries with a focus on current issues and working class champions, from director Ken Loach (Versus: The Life and Films of Ken Loach), the migrant crisis (Fire at Sea) to Michael Moore journeying to Europe to 'steal' our best ideas and bring them back to America (Where to Invade Next).

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2015 Winner Rosa Fisher discusses all things DepicT! and reveals her top tips for this year’s filmmakers

Thu 12 May, 2016

With the Mon 4 July deadline for entries to this year’s DepicT! – Watershed’s super short film competition – beginning to loom on the cinematic horizon, we decided to catch up with director Rosa Fisher, one of last year’s DepicT! winners, to get her insights into what it takes to be successful DepicT! filmmaker.

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Cinema Rediscovered - Great films back on big screens

Wed 27 Apr, 2016

Watershed and partners South West Silents and 20th Century Flicks invite you to join in the inaugural Cinema Rediscovered (Thu 28 - Sun 31 July 2016), a new major international archive film event that will celebrate cinema-going, giving audiences an opportunity to discover - or indeed re-discover - new digital restorations, film print rarities of early cinema, and contemporary classics on the big screen.

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Watershed’s new Food Residency in partnership with At-Bristol

Tue 19 Apr, 2016

Artist Sabrina Shirazi has just been announced as winner of Watershed’s first ever Food Residency in partnership with At-Bristol. Sabrina will develop OPUS, a new performance event that will unite sound, image and taste in a delicious fusion of music, performance and – of course – food.

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Son of Saul: Movement, Meaning and Morality

Thu 14 Apr, 2016

The blistering Oscar®-winning Holocaust drama Son of Saul opens at the end of the month. Our Cinema Curator Mark Cosgrove saw it in Cannes last year, and here writes a bit more about the film, and the morality of the choices inherent in making films that portray human atrocities.

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Our 2015 prize draw winner hosts their own private screening

Wed 16 Mar, 2016

Our #GivingTuesday prize winner, Gill Roberts, invited 100 of her friends and family to join her for a private screening of a film of her choice here at Watershed – the groundbreaking 1954 musical Carmen Jones.

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Live from Lagos...

Tue 15 Mar, 2016

The Watershed and Playable City team are currently in Lagos, Nigeria, for a ten day sprint that brings together a group of brilliant creative practitioners from Lagos and the UK to exchange ideas and develop new works that respond to the theme of the Playable City. Catch their updates here...

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Horror is far from dead

Fri 4 Mar, 2016

You think you know horror? Two new films from debut directors are released this month – Goodnight Mommy and The Witch – are continuing to defy the conventions of the genre, going way beyond straightforward shocks to deliver visceral, experimental (and proudly independent) scares.

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Filmic 2016

Tue 1 Mar, 2016

Our annual celebration of all things ‘Filmic’ returns with gigs and screenings that highlight the symbiotic relationship between music and the moving image. This is not simply in the ways in which they are used together, but also how each one can inspire the other. This is music for the movie in your mind, or the soundtrack in your head. This year we focus largely on ideas of technology in sound and vision.

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Ready, steady, DepicT! - 2016 submissions now open

Mon 29 Feb, 2016

We are back for our 20th year of DepicT!, our ultra short film competition that asks filmmakers from around the world to create an original short film under 90 seconds long.

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