What's on this week Sun 26 June - Sat 2 July

Watershed's first ever Gin Festival is taking place in our airy Café/Bar this summer. Join us for the best juniper-based spirits, alongside the perfect serve in the summer sun. Plus, throughout June we're offering 20% off G&T for cinema ticket holders - just show your ticket to a member of the bar staff when your order.

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The final release from legendary Japanese animation heroes Studio Ghibli before its hiatus, When Marnie Was There (from the director of Arrietty) is a suitably nostalgic, overwhelmingly moving story about a lonely 12-year-old who meets a mysterious new friend.

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At once blistering and poetic, the ravages of colonialism cast a dark shadow over the South American landscape in this Oscar®-nominated ethnographic odyssey through the heart of the Amazon, which sees a shaman lead two explorers through the wilderness.

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Gomorrah director Matteo Garrone makes his English language debut with this gloriously mad, rigorously imagined, sumptuously erotic and hilariously created world of fairytales for grown ups starring Salma Hayek, Toby Jones, John C. Reilly and Vincent Cassel.

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This sophisticated melodrama about life, death, romance and motherhood from Julio Medem (Sex and Lucia) stars Penélope Cruz as a woman whose grace and enormous capacity for love guide her through tragedies and miracles.

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A landmark in British social realist filmmaking, Ken Loach's debut feature film was a kitchen-sink drama starring Carol White (Cathy Come Home) as a working-class single mother living in the London slums.

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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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Israeli video artist Omer Fast delivers a startling adaptation of Tom McCarthy’s mind-bending first novel in this stylish and complex London-set thriller about a man trying to reassemble his life after losing his memory following a debilitating accident.

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Strange and wonderful, intimate and emotionally affecting, In the Real is an observational collaborative documentary which goes to the heart of the voice-hearing experience. Who, or what, are the voices that only these men can hear?

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Selected is a new collection of artists’ film and video touring the UK in May-July 2016, taking place at some of the UK’s leading venues for showcasing artists’ film.

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The tragic tale of Mark Linkous, one of America’s most influential cult artists. His life was lived with intensity and beauty. He went by the name… Sparklehorse.

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After losing his sight, theologian John Hull knew that if he did not try to understand his blindness it would destroy him. In 1983 he began keeping an audio diary, which forms the basis of this extraordinarily unique testimony of loss, rebirth and renewal that documents his discovery of 'a world beyond sight'.

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For his second feature Tarkovsky turned back the clock to the 15th Century life and times of Russia’s greatest icon painter – Andrei Rublev, resulting in an extraordinary ode to the power of art that featured some of the most poetic scenes in the history of cinema.

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Following on from Listen Up Philip, Alex Ross Perry further mines the dark side of the psyche with this stunning, terrifically devilish drama about the reunion of two, it turns out, not-so-close school friends (Elisabeth Moss and Katherine Waterston).

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Set against the backdrop of The Sydney Convicts gay rugby team, this touching and engaging documentary examines notions of masculinity and sexuality; brotherhood and acceptance, whilst tackling head on the issue of homophobia in sport.

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Sun 3 - Sat 9 July

After losing his sight, theologian John Hull knew that if he did not try to understand his blindness it would destroy him. In 1983 he began keeping an audio diary, which forms the basis of this extraordinarily unique testimony of loss, rebirth and renewal that documents his discovery of 'a world beyond sight'.

Read More  Book Tickets

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

Read More  Book Tickets

For his second feature Tarkovsky turned back the clock to the 15th Century life and times of Russia’s greatest icon painter – Andrei Rublev, resulting in an extraordinary ode to the power of art that featured some of the most poetic scenes in the history of cinema.

Read More  Book Tickets

Following on from Listen Up Philip, Alex Ross Perry further mines the dark side of the psyche with this stunning, terrifically devilish drama about the reunion of two, it turns out, not-so-close school friends (Elisabeth Moss and Katherine Waterston).

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A housewife's life is torn apart by the appearance of an old flame, now a convict on the run. Set within the ruins of post-war London, this incredible film by Ealing Studios is an intense, compelling, atmospheric drama with a nail biting conclusion.

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The Bristol Festival of Ideas returns with an inspiring programme of discussion and debate designed to stimulate the minds and passions of the people of Bristol.

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This fascinating portrait of the late transmale filmmaker-artist-activist Flo McGarrell is a stirring meditation on collaboration, longing and loss as well as a celebration of his creative spirit and the legacy of Hope House.

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A failed lesbian rock group try to revive their fortunes by travelling to a Battle of the Bands competition in this raucous, lo-fi, high-camp comedy adventure.

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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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This innovative Virtual Reality (VR) and interactive companion project to the acclaimed British documentary Notes on Blindness allows users to access a world of blindness in an exploratory, user-led experience.

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Artist and designer Sabrina Shirazi has been exploring the common and unusual associations that we make between music, the imagery it evokes and importantly, its flavour. What do you think a sound of a cymbal tastes like?

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Based on a true-story, this inspirational coming-of-age love story sees a young Indian student living with cerebral palsy leave India for New York where she falls for a fiery young female activist.

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That fate keeps throwing Maggie (Greta Gerwig) curveballs matters not to a woman determined to control her own destiny in Rebecca Miller's (The Private Lives of Pippa Lee) smart, goofy and offbeat delight of a film.

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Juliette Binoche gives one of the finest performances of her career as a grieving mother welcoming her son’s fiancée to her idyllic Sicilian home in this dazzling and emotionally rich debut feature from new Italian wunderkind Piero Messina.

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This vibrant documentary explores the life, times and music of piano legend James Booker, who Dr. John described as "the best black, gay, one-eyed junkie genius New Orleans has ever produced".

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Join us for a night of fine dining courtesy of our very own in house team of food fanatics who will be creating a special, seasonal, and shared dining experience. Our talented team of chefs will demonstrate their commitment to producing top quality fantastic local fare, lovingly presented and zinging with fresh summer flavours.

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With his adaptation of the novel by Stanislaw Lem, Tarkovsky created a brilliantly original science-fiction epic and brought a new compassion and artistic sensitivity to the genre. A spiritual odyssey retains its mysterious authority and continues to challenge our conceptions about love, truth, and humanity itself.

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The new cut of Mark Christopher’s glitter bomb of sex, drugs and debauchery in New York's 1970 party scene re-establishes itself as unmissable cult-classic with its tales of glorious hedonistic revelry amongst an underground utopia of the sexually liberated.

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With its winning combination of self-awareness, brash comedy and a refreshing attitude to bereavement, Adult Life Skills oozes offbeat eccentricity. It’s a rites-of-passage movie awash with dark humour and a distinctive poignancy, well worth a watch.

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Sun 10 - Sat 16 July

After losing his sight, theologian John Hull knew that if he did not try to understand his blindness it would destroy him. In 1983 he began keeping an audio diary, which forms the basis of this extraordinarily unique testimony of loss, rebirth and renewal that documents his discovery of 'a world beyond sight'.

Read More  Book Tickets

That fate keeps throwing Maggie (Greta Gerwig) curveballs matters not to a woman determined to control her own destiny in Rebecca Miller's (The Private Lives of Pippa Lee) smart, goofy and offbeat delight of a film.

Read More  Book Tickets

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

Read More  Book Tickets

Juliette Binoche gives one of the finest performances of her career as a grieving mother welcoming her son’s fiancée to her idyllic Sicilian home in this dazzling and emotionally rich debut feature from new Italian wunderkind Piero Messina.

Read More  Book Tickets

This vibrant documentary explores the life, times and music of piano legend James Booker, who Dr. John described as "the best black, gay, one-eyed junkie genius New Orleans has ever produced".

Read More  Book Tickets

With his adaptation of the novel by Stanislaw Lem, Tarkovsky created a brilliantly original science-fiction epic and brought a new compassion and artistic sensitivity to the genre. A spiritual odyssey retains its mysterious authority and continues to challenge our conceptions about love, truth, and humanity itself.

Read More  Book Tickets

With its winning combination of self-awareness, brash comedy and a refreshing attitude to bereavement, Adult Life Skills oozes offbeat eccentricity. It’s a rites-of-passage movie awash with dark humour and a distinctive poignancy, well worth a watch.

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A young couple inherit a run-down cinema and must turn it around with the help of the eccentric staff. Peter Sellers and Margaret Rutherford co-star in this funny but very much forgotten classic of British Cinema.

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A black and white bittersweet comedy that follows two 40-year-old former school friends who trudge out on to Bodmin Moore as part of a misguided stag do.

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From 19:50, please join us for Deaf Conversations About Cinema, 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 Maggie's Plan.

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A luminous lesbian romance begins in 1971 France when a young farm girl moves to Paris and becomes smitten with a charismatic radical feminist, only to discover that their love is not as easy, nor as accepted, when they return to the countryside.

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Danish director Anders Thomas Jensen reunites with star Mads Mikkelsen for a delightfully absurdist horror-come-comedy full of fist fights, bad haircuts, questionable progressive optimism and moving personal revelations.

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One of the most beautifully constructed films ever created, Andrei Tarkovsky’s semi-autobiographical and mesmerising composition of a dying man’s dreams and recollections really does make this masterpiece feel like something created from the bottom of his soul.

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An intimate documentary reflecting on the killing of Mark Duggan, a young, black British man, at the hands of London’s Metropolitan Police in 2011.

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Join us for two inspiring talks reflecting on Cary Grant's incredible journey from Bristol boy to global screen idol hosted by Laura Rawlings (BBC Bristol).

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An exclusive preview of work in progress extracts from a new documentary on Cary Grant, which looks at his journey from Bristol boy Archibald Leach to Hollywood legend.

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Sun 17 - Sat 23 July

That fate keeps throwing Maggie (Greta Gerwig) curveballs matters not to a woman determined to control her own destiny in Rebecca Miller's (The Private Lives of Pippa Lee) smart, goofy and offbeat delight of a film.

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A luminous lesbian romance begins in 1971 France when a young farm girl moves to Paris and becomes smitten with a charismatic radical feminist, only to discover that their love is not as easy, nor as accepted, when they return to the countryside.

Read More  Book Tickets

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

Read More  Book Tickets

Danish director Anders Thomas Jensen reunites with star Mads Mikkelsen for a delightfully absurdist horror-come-comedy full of fist fights, bad haircuts, questionable progressive optimism and moving personal revelations.

Read More  Book Tickets

One of the most beautifully constructed films ever created, Andrei Tarkovsky’s semi-autobiographical and mesmerising composition of a dying man’s dreams and recollections really does make this masterpiece feel like something created from the bottom of his soul.

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An intimate documentary reflecting on the killing of Mark Duggan, a young, black British man, at the hands of London’s Metropolitan Police in 2011.

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Adapted from a short story by Robin Maugham, Joseph Losey’s first collaboration with Harold Pinter is an incredible psychological class war drama starring Dirk Bogarde and James Fox, with BAFTA-award winning cinematography by Slocombe.

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Athina Rachel Tsangari follows Attenberg with a biting and strange dissection of the male ego, featuring six super-competitive men on a boat who all take part in an increasingly absurdist game.

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Winner of the Golden Lion at Venice last year, Lorenzo Vigas’ first feature is a slow-burn thriller and Venezuelan gay love story.

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Considered by many to be Tarkovsky’s magnum opus, this genre-defying evocation of a decayed post-industrial society is a brooding muse on human desires and the ambition we employ in order to achieve them.

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