What's on this week Sun 25 Sept - Sat 1 Oct

Viggo Mortensen stars as an idealistic survivalist father raising his six children off the grid and away from contemporary civilisation - until events force them into the outside world - in this charming, energetic and eccentric comedy drama.

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Guillermo Francella (The Secrets in Their Eyes) turns in a performance for the ages as the charismatic patriarch of a seemingly normal middle-class family who descend into criminality in this disturbing and utterly electric true-crime drama.

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The hilarious latest from What We Do In The Shadows director Taika Waititi is a goofy mash up of coming of age tale, buddy comedy, boys adventure and survivalist film about a foster kid who triggers a massive manhunt when he escapes to the New Zealand bush.

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Catch the best new short and animated films from across the globe, right here in Bristol. Encounters is the UK’s leading short film festival combining film screenings, special events, industry masterclasses and workshops in a jam packed programme of activity.

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Chris Pine and Ben Foster are bank-robbing brothers pursued by Jeff Bridges’s Texas ranger in British director David Mackenzie’s (Starred Up) bracingly smart and darkly funny foray into classic Americana.

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A first feature of fragile beauty from Bristol-based BAFTA-winner Esther May Campbell, this lush British drama centres on three children, one of whom goes on an odyssey to reach their distant mother (singer/songwriter Beth Orton).

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This month Rife Magazine are hosting The Link - another one of its free networking events for young creatives in Bristol, to discover the latest creative opportunities in Bristol and to get advice from creative professionals.

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In this week's Lunchtime Talk we welcome our new Artist in Residence Edson Burton who will explore the gestation of the idea behind his residency and what he hopes to achieve during his time here.

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Two New York boys fight to keep their parents’ personal business from sabotaging their connection in Ira Sachs’ (Love is Strange, Keep The Lights On) perfectly drawn and achingly sympathetic drama set against the gentrification of a Brooklyn neighbourhood.

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This politically charged, spine-chilling debut from Iranian director Babak Anvari is a tense and atmospheric thriller set in a haunted Tehran apartment during the terrifying final days of the Iran-Iraq War.

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Rachel Lang’s hopeful portrait of a girl who's down but not yet out follows her attempts to get her life back together after an impulsive decision.

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Tibetan director Pema Tseden’s beguiling fable explores identity, clashes of culture and the daily rituals of sheep herding amidst the changing face of Tibet.

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Sun 2 - Sat 8 Oct

Two New York boys fight to keep their parents’ personal business from sabotaging their connection in Ira Sachs’ (Love is Strange, Keep The Lights On) perfectly drawn and achingly sympathetic drama set against the gentrification of a Brooklyn neighbourhood.

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This politically charged, spine-chilling debut from Iranian director Babak Anvari is a tense and atmospheric thriller set in a haunted Tehran apartment during the terrifying final days of the Iran-Iraq War.

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Rachel Lang’s hopeful portrait of a girl who's down but not yet out follows her attempts to get her life back together after an impulsive decision.

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Tibetan director Pema Tseden’s beguiling fable explores identity, clashes of culture and the daily rituals of sheep herding amidst the changing face of Tibet.

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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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Dennis Hopper’s groundbreaking counterculture odyssey remains the definitive cinematic portrait of its era and the most iconic road movie of them all.

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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 diverse and thought-provoking programme from the shortlisted artists selected for this year’s Jarman Award provides an important insight into the country’s very best moving image artists.

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Join us for this unique opportunity to meet with our four New Talent Residents, all of whom have been developing their ideas and practice, through an intensive three-month research and development programme.

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The inspirational true story of Jonny Benjamin global search to find 'Mike', the stranger who talked him out of jumping off Waterloo Bridge in 2008, when he was diagnosed with schizoaffective disorder. Followed by a Q&A with Jonny himself.

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Are you Deaf or hard of hearing? Would you like to explore new ways of ‘feeling’ sound with flavour, colour and texture? How about getting to co-design a bone conducting gobstopper? Take part in this free creative workshop exploring how you can 'digest' sound.

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Louis Theroux’s first theatrical feature documentary, from the Oscar® winning producer of Searching For Sugarman, sees the renowned filmmaker delve into the world of Scientology, one of the world's most mysterious and powerful religions, in what he regards as ‘the Holy Grail of Stories’.

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Paul Dano discovers all the tools he needs for survival in Daniel Radcliffe’s multi-purpose corpse in this wildly weird desert island comedy from viral and music video oddballs the Daniels.

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One of the weirdest and absolutely most disgusting midnight movies in memory, The Greasy Strangler - about a lard-covered killer - is truly the most WTF film you will see this year (and maybe ever).

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Sun 9 - Sat 15 Oct

Louis Theroux’s first theatrical feature documentary, from the Oscar® winning producer of Searching For Sugarman, sees the renowned filmmaker delve into the world of Scientology, one of the world's most mysterious and powerful religions, in what he regards as ‘the Holy Grail of Stories’.

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Paul Dano discovers all the tools he needs for survival in Daniel Radcliffe’s multi-purpose corpse in this wildly weird desert island comedy from viral and music video oddballs the Daniels.

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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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Two nameless drifters roam Nowheresville USA unintentionally start a race against a yellow Pontiac. The rules are simple. The first car to Washington wins the others automobile – the ultimate racing grudge match.

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The Wildscreen Festival is back in Bristol and this year we're screening more than 40 amazing wildlife films from around the world!

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Werner Herzog’s newest film explores technology – both its triumphs and its existential pitfalls – through ten wildly fascinating stories, from the early days of the Internet to a town in which no wireless devices of any kind are allowed.

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Andrea Arnold (Fish Tank, Wuthering Heights) dazzles with her first film set in America, a Cannes Jury Prize-winner about a crew of hard-partying teenagers criss-crossing the Midwest while working as travelling magazine sellers.

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The late, great David Bowie stars in this cult 70s sci-fi about a ‘visitor’ who struggles with humanity’s excesses and desires.

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Join us for a free creative afternoon in Junction 3 Library in Easton, exploring the theme of people and places with a range of arts activities perfect for kids aged 6 - 12 years old.

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Sun 16 - Sat 22 Oct

Louis Theroux’s first theatrical feature documentary, from the Oscar® winning producer of Searching For Sugarman, sees the renowned filmmaker delve into the world of Scientology, one of the world's most mysterious and powerful religions, in what he regards as ‘the Holy Grail of Stories’.

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Andrea Arnold (Fish Tank, Wuthering Heights) dazzles with her first film set in America, a Cannes Jury Prize-winner about a crew of hard-partying teenagers criss-crossing the Midwest while working as travelling magazine sellers.

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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 Wildscreen Festival is back in Bristol and this year we're screening more than 40 amazing wildlife films from around the world!

Explore Season 

This road movie of family dysfunction sees an increasingly desperate father lead his eccentric family on a road trip across the States to help their young daughter achieve her dream of becoming a beauty queen

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Ken Loach’s Palme d'Or-winning tale of the friendship between an out-of-work carpenter and a young single mother forced to navigate the vagaries of the British welfare system will leave everyone moved.

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In this meditative documentary, director Patrick Shen explores our relationship with, sound, the impact of noise on our lives and the increasingly elusive notion of silence.

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Established soulstress Beyoncé and Oscar®-winning newcomer Jennifer Hudson fight it out for lead vocals in this all-star diva-thon based on the award-winning Broadway musical of the same name. Followed by live music from some of Bristol's most talented R&B singers.

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To celebrate the start of Black Star let's get in the Motown mood with this special Dreamgirls after party featuring some fierce female voices from Bristol.

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BAFTA Crew is delighted to welcome some of the UK’s leading camera operators to discuss the importance of camera technique for storytelling.

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An 11-year-old boy becomes an unlikely superhero when he discovers that he has the ability to leave his body and fly through walls, in this marvellous animated adventure from the creators of A Cat in Paris.

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Do you want to see more stories on the big screen about the reality of being young and black? Join us for a celebration of emerging black British talent at this showcase of shorts, panel discussion and networking event.

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