What's on this week Sat 28 May - Fri 3 June

In this spiritual sequel to his much loved slacker hit Dazed and Confused, US indie master Richard Linklater (Boyhood) cuts loose with an achingly perceptive and riotously funny look back at 1980s college dorm life, as a group of rowdy young freshmen take their first (not so tentative) steps into the freedoms and responsibilities of unsupervised adulthood.

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This Oscar®-nominated knockout first feature from director Deniz Gamze Ergüven is a heady, emotional and deeply personal paean to female power that centres on five young orphaned sisters subjected to draconian steps to safeguard their marriage prospects.

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Leading Australian theatre director Simon Stone makes his debut feature with this radical adaptation of Henrik Ibsen's The Wild Duck, about the inhabitants of a small town where an old secret threatens a seismic shift in all their lives.

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The cattier, comic side of Jane Austen comes to life in a return to form for director Whit Stillman, adapting Austen’s long-unpublished novella Lady Susan, he creates a period piece whose spirit is unmistakably modern.

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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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Celebrated cinéphile and Watershed favourite Mark Cousins (A Story of Film: An Odyssey) writes and directs this dreamlike evocation of Belfast, beautifully shot by Wong Kar-Wai's cinematographer Christopher Doyle and featuring a powerful soundtrack from DJ and composer David Holmes.

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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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Find the perfect escape for some half term family fun in this joyous animated tale of friendship against all odds as hilarious adventure ensues when a castaway human washes up on an remote island inhabited with quirky animals.

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John Carpenter's first big studio film came with a big studio composer. The legendary Ennio Morricone’s icily monochrome score added memorably to the uneasy atmosphere engulfing the inhabitants of an Antarctic research station when they are confronted by a shape-shifting alien that assumes the appearance of the people that it kills.

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Watershed's first ever Gin Festival arrives in our airy Café/Bar this summer. Join us for our special free Tasting Event on to kick off the Festival in style, bringing in the best juniper-based spirits, alongside the perfect serve and a wealth of information.

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We're looking for curious and playful participants to come and take part in a one off and groundbreaking live research event that might just get everyone dancing.

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The Met Office Informatics Lab combines scientists, engineers, technologists and designers to make environmental science and data useful. Join us this week to hear what they have been up to in their first year.

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An intense and moving documentary, Streetdance Family tells the captivating story of Entity, the UK’s most successful and controversial under-16 street dance crew and their epic journey to the Hip Hop world championship.

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Vincent Lindon (winner of Best Actor at least year's Cannes) gives a superb performance as a laid-off factory worker battling to fend for his family and retain compassion and integrity at the bottom of the heap in this gripping, fiercely intelligent drama.

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Documentarian Louise Osmond (Dark Horse, Deep Water) delivers a funny, provocative and revealing account of the life and career of British director Ken Loach, looking back at over 50 years of filmmaking.

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Sat 4 - Fri 10 June

Leading Australian theatre director Simon Stone makes his debut feature with this radical adaptation of Henrik Ibsen's The Wild Duck, about the inhabitants of a small town where an old secret threatens a seismic shift in all their lives.

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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.

Read More  Book Tickets

The cattier, comic side of Jane Austen comes to life in a return to form for director Whit Stillman, adapting Austen’s long-unpublished novella Lady Susan, he creates a period piece whose spirit is unmistakably modern.

Read More  Book Tickets

An intense and moving documentary, Streetdance Family tells the captivating story of Entity, the UK’s most successful and controversial under-16 street dance crew and their epic journey to the Hip Hop world championship.

Read More  Book Tickets

Vincent Lindon (winner of Best Actor at least year's Cannes) gives a superb performance as a laid-off factory worker battling to fend for his family and retain compassion and integrity at the bottom of the heap in this gripping, fiercely intelligent drama.

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Documentarian Louise Osmond (Dark Horse, Deep Water) delivers a funny, provocative and revealing account of the life and career of British director Ken Loach, looking back at over 50 years of filmmaking.

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Warner Brothers imported the legendary German stage director Max Reinhardt to mount this lavish 1935 production, with co-director William Dieterle providing the cinematic know-how.

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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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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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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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Winner of the Golden Bear for Documentary in Berlin, Gianfranco Rosi's moving and powerful observational film could not be a more important or timely release, exploring as it does the chaos and despair of the ongoing migrant crisis.

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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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Oscar®-winning director Michael Moore is back with what might be his most provocative and hilarious film yet: Moore tells the Pentagon to 'stand down' - he will do the invading for America from now on.

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Sat 11 - Fri 17 June

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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Winner of the Golden Bear for Documentary in Berlin, Gianfranco Rosi's moving and powerful observational film could not be a more important or timely release, exploring as it does the chaos and despair of the ongoing migrant crisis.

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

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.

Read More  Book Tickets

Oscar®-winning director Michael Moore is back with what might be his most provocative and hilarious film yet: Moore tells the Pentagon to 'stand down' - he will do the invading for America from now on.

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Rife Magazine, Tomorrow’s People and Compass Presents bring you a special immersive screening of the Eminem/rap-classic 8 Mile, a film about rap, being trapped, and the boom bap. For the non-rap fans among you, the boom bap? It’s that classic sound. We present a special screening, followed by an open mic featuring local wordsmiths (including up-and-comers Teez and Mistafire).

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A must-see for fans of both the Bard and this thrillingly bold director, Roman Polanksi’s first film following the murder of his wife Sharon Tate was an atmospheric and gripping tale of ruthless ambition and inner turmoil that is among the most stark and authentic of all Shakespeare films.

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Two young women - one an Orthodox Jew, the other Muslim - become friends as students and discover they share much in common, not least of which is the prospect of arranged marriages and dealing with their families' expectations and preparations.

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Bleak and brutally honest, Lodge Kerrigan's brilliant drama chronicles the daily rituals of a disturbed man who feels responsible for the abduction of his daughter. An intense character study of a man whose life has been destroyed, leaving him mentally ill.

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Oscar®-winner Louie Psihoyos (The Cove) assembles a team of artists and activists to show the world never-before-seen images that expose issues around endangered species and mass extinction.

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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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A young medium and a hospital volunteer investigate a case of mass sleeping sickness that may have supernatural roots, in the gorgeous, mysterious, and gently hypnotic new film from Thai writer-director Apichatpong Weerasethakul (Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives).

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Sat 18 - Fri 24 June

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.

Read More  Book Tickets

Winner of the Golden Bear for Documentary in Berlin, Gianfranco Rosi's moving and powerful observational film could not be a more important or timely release, exploring as it does the chaos and despair of the ongoing migrant crisis.

Read More  Book Tickets

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.

Read More  Book Tickets

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.

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

A young medium and a hospital volunteer investigate a case of mass sleeping sickness that may have supernatural roots, in the gorgeous, mysterious, and gently hypnotic new film from Thai writer-director Apichatpong Weerasethakul (Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives).

Read More  Book Tickets

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.

Explore Season 

Brooding and darkly laden with symbolic imagery, Derek Jarman’s terrific, homoerotic adaptation of Shakespeare’s final play is considered by some to be the most evocative Shakespeare adaptation ever to reach the screen.

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French documentarist Nicolas Philibert (Être et Avoir, Land of the Deaf) sensitively filmed people suffering from mental illness at La Borde, a grand care centre located in a chateau in France.

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A funny wee film about music and death, Paul Fegan’s beautiful documentary is a warm-hearted journey through Scottish landscape, culture and music with cult-pop raconteur Aidan Moffat (formerly of Arab Strap) as its guide.

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The 1917 silent film Amleto (The Italian name for Hamlet) is regarded as one of the best Shakespeare films. Don’t miss this very rare screening of one of the cinema’s most celebrated adaptations of one Shakespeare most vital plays - with live piano accompaniment by composer Neil Brand, followed by a Q&A with film historian Luke McKernan.

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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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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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