What's on this week Fri 22 - Thu 28 Sept

Francis Lee's remarkable debut - that is rightly being hailed as one of the best British films of the year - is a brilliantly performed and impressively unsentimental story of love and longing in the Yorkshire Pennines.

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The directorial debut from screenwriter (Sicario and Hell or High Water) Taylor Sheridan is a bleak and brutal thriller set on the snowy fringes of the American West, starring Jeremy Renner and Elizabeth Olsen.

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Butcombe Brewery co take over all five of our ale taps in the Café/Bar from Mon 18 - Sun 24 Sept. Come and try some of their Organic ales!

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From your final hours of this lifetime to soul soothing meditation, this programme explores headspaces in a variety of scenarios… sometimes whilst riding a flying fish.

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Pack your bag and immerse yourself into unfamiliar environments - sometimes flying solo, sometimes with a former VP.

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The world around us is dictated by what we know and what we see, this VR programme explores what happens when this is challenged.

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From challenging an urban-centric outlook, to whole-heartedly representing the female experience, Another Gaze will draw attention to the creative importance of the world view that VR creators come with.

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A programme of VR experiences that demonstrate what VR is capable of in terms of showing the nuances of human relationships, sensuality and sexuality.

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Yuichi Ito will present his fims such as "Harbor Tale", a stop-motion adventure following the travels of a red brick at Yokohama harbour which has been infected by the human desire to explore the world.

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A showcase of shorts from UK filmmakers supported through Creative England.

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Here’s a selection of powerful stories reminding us of a the refugee and migration crisis which often fails to make the headlines.

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Danish director Janus Metz serves up this story of the epic rivalry between Swedish tennis legend Björn Borg and his biggest rival, the brash American John McEnroe, which came to a head in the 1981 Wimbledon final.

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Cinébabies is our weekly daytime screening of one of the current films in the programme specifically for parents/carers with babies under 12 months.

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Shola Amoo's award winning multimedia feature film about gentrification in Brixton, incorporating fiction, documentary and performance art.

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This is not for the faint-hearted and will likely make you squirm with outrage and revulsion. Buckle down for a bumpy ride and hope you’ve got your good sea-legs on…

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Imagined Futures invites you to discover the Arab region's most exciting new voices in this rich mix of sci-fi, animation and drama.

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Leave your political correctness at the door for some of these films take no prisoners and leave you feeling rather soiled by the end. These films will touch you in more ways than one

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Based on the bestselling bedtime book which follows the intrepid adventures of siblings Stan, Katie, Rosie, Max, the baby and Rufus the dog, who set off on an expedition in search of bears, determined to ‘catch a big one’.

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Encounters have teamed up with Oska Bright Film Festival to present an autism friendly screening, mixing animation, music films, documentary and drama

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To celebrate his 50th birthday we present the best adventures of Reksio, the beloved Polish cartoon dog, and other Polish kid gems...

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A brilliant selection of new short films from around the world chosen by young people for young people.

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A look back on VS1’s film archive, highlighting VS1 creative productions that have delivered quirky, comic, and emotional films reflecting the lives of the Deaf community.

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This year Polish animation celebrates 70 years, that's why Polish Animation Producers Association present newest Polish children's productions from all over the world.

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This takes the classic fairy tales of Little Red Riding Hood, Snow White, The Three Little Pigs, Jack & the Beanstalk and Cinderella, mixing and serving them with a mischievous twist.

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DepicT! is Watershed’s international short film competition that, since its creation by Brief Encounters in 1998, has been challenging filmmakers to create 90 second ultra-short masterpieces.

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A charming animated love story based on Raymond Briggs’ autobiographical book about his parents Ethel and Ernest who lived through major changes during their 40 years of marriage, voiced by Brenda Blethyn and Jim Broadbent.

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In this special session the director Michael Dudok de Wit will discuss some of the processes, ideas and challenges involved in making The Red Turtle and also his collaboration with Studio Ghibli.

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The films selected for this programme feature a representation of Deafness not as the main form of conflict but as part of a wider narrative and present a unique representation of the Deaf community in the 21st Century.

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One man’s quest for a roof. A contemporary moral tale of love, lust, birth, death, infidelity, murder, revenge, redemption…and the housing crisis.

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Highlighting the most popular themes and content within Spanish Deaf Shorts, we find out about their cultural identity and style.

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The Final Girls celebrate the grisly, gruesome world of body horror with this collection of shorts.

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Though best known for his features, Aki Kaurismäki’s unique style and worldview are equally seen in the numerous short films he has directed since the early 1980s.

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A genre-blending horror comedy where a group of friends get sucked into an infamous 80s horror film.

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This hilarious road movie follows the misadventures of the worst rock and roll band in the world, the Leningrad Cowboys.

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Catch a selection of the award-winning short and animated films in this unmissable showcase.

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Melville’s final film was a potent cat-and-mouse tale of thieves, informants, cops and mistresses - a bracingly pessimistic masterpiece of film noir and a hypnotic summation and final testament of the director’s signature style and vision.

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Want to see the best of the best from the 2017 competition? Catch a selection of the award-winning short and animated films in this unmissable showcase.

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Celebrated French director Bertrand Tavernier, known for films rich in cultural and social commentary (Round Midnight, The Clockmaker), invites us on an insightful and entertaining voyage through his country's cinema.

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Love blossoms in the unlikeliest of places (a Hungarian slaughterhouse) in this quirky, dreamlike film, winner of the top prize in Berlin and the first in 18 years for writer/director Ildikó Enyedi (My Twentieth Century).

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Based on an extraordinary true story, director Sarmad Masud’s impressive debut is a tense siege thriller involving a mother and her two daughters who are fighting to protect their home in rural Pakistan.

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Raise the Bar, Bristol's biggest monthly spoken word poetry event, is back for a new season headlined by none other than Bristol-born poet and musician Dizraeli.

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Join us for the second of six IGLABs, a place to test and play games - games that are played in the real world rather than via a console or screen, games that are social, definitely foolish, and possibly a little bit absurd.

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Fri 29 Sept - Thu 5 Oct

In this week's Lunchtime Talk Paul O'Dowd, Research Fellow at the Centre for Fine Print Research joins us to share his research and practice incorporating robotics, art and design. The Pervasive Media Studio is located within the Watershed building. Let us know if you'd like a tour and we'll be happy to show you around. Send an email to admin@pmstudio.co.uk

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In this dreamy, philosophical look at life explorer Bruce Parry (Tribe, BBC) travels the world in exploration of a deeper understanding of indigenous peoples and how their way of life can benefit those in the industrialised world.

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This striking drama from director Peter Mackie Burns follows the life of an early-thirties Londoner who goes off the rails after witnessing a random act of violence.

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Cinébabies is our weekly daytime screening of one of the current films in the programme specifically for parents/carers with babies under 12 months.

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Based on an extraordinary true story, director Sarmad Masud’s impressive debut is a tense siege thriller involving a mother and her two daughters who are fighting to protect their home in rural Pakistan.

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Terrence Malick’s visionary masterpiece is a magnificent, toweringly ambitious and deeply serious address about the inner crisis of a tormented man in his middle years and the terrible unchangeability of the past.

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From Pervasive Media Studio Residents, Raucous who gave us The Stick House in 2015 comes Ice Road: fusing performance, creative technology, original music, film and aroma to tell the story of the children war leaves behind.  

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Cinéphiles is a film discussion group that meets once a month to discuss films chosen from Watershed's programme. All are welcome.

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Fri 6 - Thu 12 Oct

From Pervasive Media Studio Residents, Raucous who gave us The Stick House in 2015 comes Ice Road: fusing performance, creative technology, original music, film and aroma to tell the story of the children war leaves behind.  

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Watershed and Compass Presents ‘On the Rocks’, an expanded cinema screening of Alfred Hitchcock’s Jamaica Inn at the world famous Minack Theatre in Cornwall, renowned for its iconic location perched on the cliffs above the Atlantic ocean.

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Where it all began for the Coen brothers on their career-long darkly comic road trip through misfit America, this razor-sharp, hard-boiled Texan noir sees a sleazy bar owner release a torrent of violence upon himself and those around him with one murderous thought.

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Michelangelo Antonioni's landmark thriller about a fashion photographer in Swinging Sixties London who develops a set of pictures only to discover a sequence of shots that apparently proves a murder, is a countercultural masterpiece about the act of seeing and the art of image making.

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Bath Ales take over all five of our ale taps in the Café/Bar from Mon 9 - Sun 15 Oct. Come and try some of their ales!

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The Link is Rife Magazine’s free networking event for Bristol’s young creatives, under 24, to meet, be creative, collaborate and meet professionals.

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David Tennant turns in a memorable performance as Scottish psychiatrist RD Laing in Robert Mullan’s biopic of the maverick scientist.

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Freedom of Mind ​team ​up​ ​for​ ​a​ ​joint​ ​collaboration​ ​with​ ​Bristol​ ​Festival​ ​of​ ​Ideas​ ​and​ ​Man​ ​Up Man​ ​Down​ ​to discuss​ ​how​ ​we​ ​can​ ​all​ ​make​ ​space​ ​for​ ​men​ ​to​ ​talk​ ​and​ ​open​ ​up​ ​about their​ ​emotional​ ​well​ ​being.

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Fri 13 - Thu 19 Oct

From Pervasive Media Studio Residents, Raucous who gave us The Stick House in 2015 comes Ice Road: fusing performance, creative technology, original music, film and aroma to tell the story of the children war leaves behind.  

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Bath Ales take over all five of our ale taps in the Café/Bar from Mon 9 - Sun 15 Oct. Come and try some of their ales!

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The world's first fully painted feature film brings together the paintings of Vincent van Gogh to tell his extraordinary life story - and every one of the 65,000 frames of the film is an oil-painting hand-painted by a small army of 125 professionals.

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British director and screenwriter Sally Potter's (Orlando, Ginger & Rosa) eighth feature is a dark, political comedy served up at a dinner party gone very wrong.

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Cinébabies is our weekly daytime screening of one of the current films in the programme specifically for parents/carers with babies under 12 months.

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Ghostwatch is a British reality horror mockumentary television film that first aired on the BBC on Halloween twenty five years ago in 1992. The audience and press reaction following the broadcast led the BBC to place a decade-long ban on the programme being repeated. Join scriptwriter Stephen Volk and film critic Kim Newman at this special screening followed by a Q&A.

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Families can join Watershed, the Architecture Centre and Children's Scrapstore for a creative afternoon exploring the theme of identity through model making, drawing and animation.

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Jonathan Glazer’s mysterious, haunting and utterly mesmerising portrait of the profound loss and emotional insecurity felt by a delicate young widow faced with the seeming reincarnation of her dead husband, is one of the great unsung masterpieces of the early 2000’s.

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Paul Sng's documentary explores the catastrophic failures that have led to a chronic shortage of social housing in Britain.

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Join us for an informal discussion about the themes of the film in the Café/Bar (Deaf and hearing audience members are both most welcome). You’ll receive 10% off drinks with your cinema ticket – so grab a glass and let us know your thoughts about Loving Vincent.

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How do we create better cities for the world we now live in? In this session we discuss modern slavery, how to rebuild cities after war, and how American cities are leading the way on many positive initiatives.

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Grass-roots activities can regenerate areas and empower communities to take ownership of their own shared spaces within the city. This panel explores the interplay between ‘top down’ and ‘ground up’ interventions and places in between.

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How cities and places should deal with guilt due to past actions is a debate around the world and it’s a big debate in Bristol too.

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Charles Landry and Comedia have long been pioneers of new thinking about cities. With Chris Murray (Core Cities), Landry outlines why urban psychology is important. They are joined by Michael Sanders (Behavioural Insights Team) who talks about how the behavioural sciences can help create better policy in places for the future.

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What can we learn from cities worldwide? Leading researchers, novelists, city planners, writers and commentators report on cities that they work in, know intimately, continue to praise and worry about.

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A look at urban mobility challenges and the impact of their deployment in the wider city environment.

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How do we make sure that smart cities involve citizens and bring together commercial and community uses?

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Six new combined authority mayors were elected in May 2017. Together they have responsibility for nearly ten million people and economies worth over £200bn. What can mayors do with the powers they have now? What will the future bring?

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The way in which we use information about our cities is about to undergo a fundamental change. This session will explore some of the trends and how the concept of city information models can begin to tie together some of the disparate developments in technology, city planning and management.

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What is the future of work in cities? What can city leaders do to promote good work? Our panellists examine work trends, low-pay, universal basic income and the evidence base for the future of work, among other issues.

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What's the best new thinking about the future of cities coming from architects, politicians and architectural commentators and what can we learn from recent experience in the UK, Brazil, Syria and elsewhere?

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It is said that 40 years from now our cities will look very different to how they look today thanks to driverless cars.

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Julia Unwin explores the future needs and opportunities of civil society in cities.

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Take one location in the city. How would you culturally and creatively represent Bristol? This workshop introduces the Creative Europe project Future DiverCities.

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From great works of art to tourist photographs, from cityscapes to cinema, through science and protest, propaganda and refusals to look, filmmaker and writer Mark Cousins illuminates how we construct as well as receive the things we see.

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Everywhere we turn, a startling new device promises to make life easier, more convenient and more productive. What challenges do these innovations present to us, as individuals and societies?

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What lessons can we take from the great cities of the past that can help us today and into the future? Philosopher Julian Baggini chairs this panel discussion.

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What happens to city research? Our panellists discuss what happens in government and what might be done to improve the research/policy-making process.

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This one day conference will explore the theme of the Playable City and how public space, creativity and imagination combines to create unexpected interactions and new kind of dialogue.

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This hands-on workshop for SMEs is a beginner’s introduction to the tools, techniques and storytelling skills required to turn raw city data into striking visualisations.

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How do we use research to provide practical solutions to city problems and what partnerships can be developed to secure the best results from research?

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This workshop looks at the lessons learned about the commercialisation of city spaces and the impact this has on the built environment.

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Michael Heseltine has always been a strong supporter of cities and devolution. He talks now about his vision for cities for the future and where devolution can go next.

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This panel explores how the UN Sustainable Development Goals (which cover 17 areas where major progress is needed by 2030) are being implemented across the world.

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This session brings together researchers, their partners and funders with the public to identify what has been learned about cities; identify strategies and programmes of work that will see cities transformed in the future; and identify where research is needed next.

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How do we create sustainable cities? What powers must central government part with to allow cities to be free to act? How radical can cities be?

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Andrew Moore will be in conversation with Nick Pearce about the current horizon for artificial intelligence, robotics and Big Data and the social, economic and political implications of technological change.

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In the wake of the decision to leave the EU following the 2016 referendum this session asks how might immigration change after Brexit? What are the risks or opportunities? And can a common ground be found or will there be further polarisation?

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How different would cities be if women built them? How do we extend the rights to the city to all?

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