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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Sat 4 - Fri 10 June
Cinéphiles is a film discussion group that meets once a month to discuss films chosen from Watershed's programme. All are welcome.
Sat 11 - Fri 17 June
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).
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.
Sat 18 - Fri 24 June
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.