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Mark Cosgrove, Watershed Cinema Curator

Watershed staff, and guests give their take on some of the upcoming Watershed highlights – including films, festivals, events and cross-artform developments and debates.

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Current Episode, February 2016

Through the late 40's and 50's America's House Committee on Un-American Activities waged a domestic war against communists and communist sympathisers, with special attention paid to the the film industry. Through this period a significant number of screenwriters, directors and actors were called to account for their alleged beliefs, ruining lives and careers along the way.

In this month's podcast Mark Cosgrove, Watershed Cinema Curator, discusses this dark time in Hollywood history and the release this month of the entertaining and illuminating Trumbo – about the Hollywood screenwriter who was blacklisted after refusing to testify to the House Committee on Un-American Activities in 1947.

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Previous Episode, January 2015

After a visit to what will be probably the highest grossing film of all time – Star Wars: The Force Awakens – Mark Cosgrove, Watershed Cinema Curator reflects on the fact that on average the UK population goes to the cinema only twice per year. What does this mean for a diverse film culture?

However all is not lost as Mark looks forward to some of the varied, high quality and, yes, entertaining films coming to Watershed in early 2016.

You can also listen to this podcast directly as an mp3.