What's on this week Fri 5 - Thu 11 Feb

From Italian auteur Paolo Sorrentino - director of The Great Beauty (a Watershed audience favorite from 2013) – comes this delicious, bittersweet drama set amongst the world of film and music, featuring a tour de force performance by Michael Caine.

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One of the most eagerly awaited films of the year, this star-studded, highly effective and tense procedural drama tells the true story of the Pulitzer Prize-winning investigation by a team of Boston Globe reporters who uncovered a widespread scandal of child abuse and cover-ups within the local Catholic Church.

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Bryan Cranston gives a cracking performance as Dalton Trumbo, the Hollywood screenwriter who was blacklisted after refusing to testify in the House Committee on Un-American Activities in 1947.

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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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The power of love to transform and the resilience of the human spirit in the face of adversity are at the forefront of this studio Ghibli classic.

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Brian Neve, author of Film and Politics in America and joint editor of "Un-American” Hollywood: Politics and Film in the Blacklist Era, presents an illustrated talk on this dark time for tinsel town and provides more context to the release of the Trumbo story on screen.

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This slow-burning, but gripping and meticulously observed picture about the 1882 murder of legendary outlaw Jesse James marked a high point for the modern western in its tremendously stylish, intelligent retelling of the archetypal western myth.

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Director Yoruba Richen adeptly documents the story of an African-American community grappling with the issue of gay and civil rights in light of the historic fight to win marriage equality, and charts the evolution of this divisive issue at the heart of the black community.

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Fearless in its examination of hot-button topics like transgressive sex and cyber-age voyeurism, Director Yuki Tanada confirms herself as one of Japan’s most talented filmmakers with this emotionally engaging drama and bold expression of the inner lives, hardships and cooped-up feelings of individuals in modern day Japan.

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A night of the best alternative music films Bristol has to offer, plus live music performances from SJ Esau, Wenonoah and Ichi, and interviews with music video directors including John Minton, Sam Wisternoff, James Hankins and Harry Wright.

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A documentary project exploring what has shaped the musical sounds in Bristol we hear today - beginning with The Pop Group's first album in the post-punk era of the 70s through to more recent movements in drum and bass and trip hop. With an introduction from The Pop Group's Mark Stewart.

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Billy Fuller (BEAK>), DJ Cheeba (Solid Steel/Ninja Tunes) and Scott Hendy (Malachai/Boca 45) play Bristol Sounds from 19:30 – 00:00

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A darkly funny, very moving tale of a Scottish couple who quite literally live in a hole in the woods - with a woozy, subliminal score from Bristol band BEAK>. With an introduction from director Tom Geens and BEAK>'s Geoff Barrow and Billy Fuller.

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Fri 12 - Thu 18 Feb

Drop into the Café/Bar for an exclusive free opportunity to play Fabulous Beasts, a brand new physical-digital-connected-party-stacking-game (oh yes) that challenges you to create the most fabulous world possible before your tower collapses!

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Bryan Cranston gives a cracking performance as Dalton Trumbo, the Hollywood screenwriter who was blacklisted after refusing to testify in the House Committee on Un-American Activities in 1947.

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The power of love to transform and the resilience of the human spirit in the face of adversity are at the forefront of this studio Ghibli classic.

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This week's Lunchtime Talk is the culmination of a two day workshop at Watershed, exploring RAM - a new kind of choreographic motion capture tool. Come along to hear more from the Japanese team who developed the tool, see it in action and hear from those who have had a chance to try it out.

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This new feature from I am Love director Luca Guadagnino sees a rock star, her lover, a producer and his daughter clash in the Sicilian sunshine.

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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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Winner of the Un Certain Regard prize at last year’s Cannes festival this is a compassionate drama about rival sheep farmers that's laced with moments of beautifully deadpan comedy.

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John Parish, known for his work with PJ Harvey, and Scott Hendy (Malachai/Boca 45) play 60s/70s psych, rock and soundtracks from 19:30 – 00:00 in the Café/Bar.

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An intimate, insightful portrait of the complicated, driven, and iconic Janis Joplin from Oscar®-nominated director Amy Berg (West of Memphis, Deliver Us From Evil).

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We celebrate the chameleonic legend that was David Bowie by bringing one of his best acting roles to the big screen: Jareth the Goblin King in Jim Henson's fantasy - all big hair, tight trousers, loads of puppets, and super cool contact juggling. Dance, magic dance!

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Can what you listen to affect your tastebuds? Can music alter how food tastes to you? Join chef, musician, 'neuro-gastronomer’, and resident at Watershed’s Pervasive Media Studio James Wheale for an afternoon adventure into food and music.

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Set in early 19th century Japan, and based on the original 1980’s manga series Sarusuberi by female artist Hinako Sugiura, this award-winning animation brings to life the story of O-Ei, a free-spirited woman overshadowed by her larger-than-life artist father - the ukiyo-e master and printmaker, Katsushika Hokusai.

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John Stapleton (Wanted Records) and Scott Hendy (Malachai/Boca 45) play soul, funk and gospel from 19:30 - 00:00 in the Café/Bar.

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The first documentary on gospel/soul music legend and civil rights icon Mavis Staples and her family group, The Staple Singers, reveals the struggles, successes, and intimate stories of her journey.

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An intimate, insightful portrait of the complicated, driven, and iconic Janis Joplin from Oscar®-nominated director Amy Berg (West of Memphis, Deliver Us From Evil).

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Intimate in detail but epic in implication, Kelly Reichardt’s beautiful and eerily poetic alt-Western defied the abiding Western mythology to privilege women’s experience in its telling of the tale of a 19th century wilderness guide who led three young couples and their children toward the new frontier of America's West.

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Catch Scott Hendy (Malachai/Boca 45) and guests in the Café/Bar for an all day session as part of the BBC Radio 6 Music Fringe. He is joined by special guests DJ Krust, DJ Suv and Flynn for a classic Fresh 4 set after the Fresh 4 in conversation event with Gilles Peterson.

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A double bill of documentaries focusing on Knowle West boy Tricky: Naked and Famous, the story of his life thus far which sees him return to the school and streets of his youth, and Tricky Live, a unique record of Tricky at full throttle at an iconic 1997 gig at Shepherds Bush Empire.

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It's now 25 years since Fresh 4's Wishing on a Star changed the Bristol music landscape and influenced a generation of artists. At this special event they are joined by Gilles Peterson for an evening of music and conversation discussing their past, present and future.

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A moving, nostalgic drama about the actors behind the golden age of chanbara cinema (the distinctive samurai sword-fighting genre for which Japan is famous), this award-wining film tells the admirable story of Seiichi, a veteran kirareyaku (or sliced-up) actor whose main job is to be dramatically and convincingly killed-off by the lead star.

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Join us in the Café/Bar from 20:25 for an informal discussion on Trumbo, the true story of blacklisted Hollywood screenwriter Dalton Trumbo. We will be joined by author Brian Neve plus a BSL (British Sign Language) interpreter, so that both Deaf and hearing members of the audience can join in the conversation.

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Janine di Giovanni has reported on war for over 20 years and is considered one of her generation's finest foreign correspondents. In May 2012, she travelled to Syria and began reporting from both sides of the conflict, witnessing its descent into one of the most brutal, internecine wars in recent history.

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Fri 19 - Thu 25 Feb

This new feature from I am Love director Luca Guadagnino sees a rock star, her lover, a producer and his daughter clash in the Sicilian sunshine.

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Winner of the Un Certain Regard prize at last year’s Cannes festival this is a compassionate drama about rival sheep farmers that's laced with moments of beautifully deadpan comedy.

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In this week's talk Studio Resident and vlogger Jon Aitken will be discussing the current landscape around the website YouTube, how traditional media is coping with the meteoric rise of prominent YouTubers, and just what is vlogging?

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Kurt Russell heads an unlikely team of gunslingers tasked with rescuing a group of settlers kidnapped by a group of man-eating creatures in this wholly unpredictable and often shocking fusion of Western and horror.

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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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The first documentary on gospel/soul music legend and civil rights icon Mavis Staples and her family group, The Staple Singers, reveals the struggles, successes, and intimate stories of her journey.

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Guaranteed to whet your appetite, this is a heartfelt human drama traces a single mother’s journey to independence after an appetising revelation sees her decide to pursue the opening of her own bento shop.

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Mads Mikkelsen does what a man’s gotta do in Kristian Levring’s gripping Western tale of hate, murder and revenge on the pioneer trail, which injected a Danish twist on that most American of genres.

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Based on the popular magazine series by Hitomi Yamaguchi and falling within the popular genre of Salaryman Comedies, this Japanese classic depicts the life of everyman Eburi (played by Keiju Kobayashi in a career-defining role), and his mixed feelings about Japan’s social and economic outcome of the Second World War.

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Director Stu Maddux’s delightful documentary connects with the queer community of the past as it explores the old archive films, tapes and home videos that are languishing in the closets and attics of so many LGBT people and their families.

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On Wed 24 Feb in the Café/Bar the team at Rife Magazine, our online platform written for young people by young people, are hosting The Link – an informal networking event for young creative people looking to widen their network.

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Fri 26 Feb - Thu 3 March

Join us for an afternoon of film, discussion, talks, poetry and refreshments as we embark on a road trip exploring mental health and the movies.

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Drawing on social issues in Japan surrounding it’s ageing population and based on the autobiographical comic by Yuuichi Okano, this heart-warming comedy depicts a middle-aged comic artist’s humorous and touching relationship with his elderly, dementia-suffering mother.

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Scottish director John Maclean’s gloriously off-kilter western looked at the classic American genre through the eyes of an outsider with its jack-rabbit caught in a den of wolves tale about a young man’s travels from the cold shoulder of Scotland into the baking heart of America, to find his love.

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Following a screening of Richard Fleischer’s eerily prescient 60s sci-fi classic Soylent Green a panel including Bristol Museum Curator Lisa Graves will take part in a discussion about the film and the current thinking about the future of death and the dead body.

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