On Friday 29th of November 2013, Watershed customers became guests at Stephen King's Overlook Hotel for a special interactive screening of the newly-restored thriller The Shining, widely considered to be the most terrifying film of all time. This short film documents the one-off three hour event, which attracted a sell-out audience.
Immersive and interactive screenings add to the magic of the big screen by bringing characters and scenes out of a film to life. For this event, Watershed's young Future Producers worked with staff, volunteers and Bristol-based Compass Presents to transform the café-bar and unsettle and unnerve cinema-goers with a paper-strewn Colorado Lounge, a fortune-teller, a cast of hotel staff, and the mysterious Twins. The blood-filled elevator however, had to be left to Stanley Kubrick's on-screen masterpiece.
Future Producers is Watershed's talent development programme for 18-25 year olds, and participants took on the British Film Institute's challenge to re-launch this 1980 classic. This new digital transfer is 24 minutes longer than the original UK release and The Shining is one of 150 films restored and re-released as part of the BFI Gothic season.
Through the Future Producers programme, young people have worked with Watershed to produce a wide range of public events and workshops. Watershed is continuing to work with young people to produce more high quality cultural events.
As part of BFI Gothic, Watershed also held a special gothic installment of our 'What's The Score' composition workshops. A group of 18-25 year old musicians composed a haunting new soundtrack for The Mistletoe Bough, recently restored from the BFI National Archive. You can watch the film along with its new score here.
Posted on Fri 29 Nov 2013.