Conversations about Cinema
Photo of Mark Cosgrove, Watershed Cinema Curator, Tara Judah, Watershed Cinema Producer. Photo by Jon Aitken.

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We think cinema is the start of a conversation. Talking to you at our Box Office, in the café/bar, before and after the films, online on social media, and reading your comments on our noticeboard deeply enriches the way we all understand the films we’re watching.


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 2018 on screen: celebrating, supporting, revising and exploring 

9-5
Posted on Thu 13 Dec 2018
As 2018 draws to a close, we cast our eye back over the year that was; from celebrating women in cinema and workers' rights, to reclaiming the canon, revising generic tropes and exploring the liminal spaces between fiction and reality. It's been a powerful year in film, and one worth remembering, Cinema Producer Tara Judah writes.

 Discussing Disobedience: agency, resistance and reclaiming the self 

Disobedience
Posted on Tue 27 Nov 2018
A careful and considered study of ritual and religion, Sebastian Lelio's Disobedience was this year's most personally affecting film for Cinema Producer Tara Judah.

 Against the Odds: building Palestine's film industry under occupation 

The Reports on Sarah and Saleem
Posted on Thu 22 Nov 2018
Modern-day Palestine is scarcely a place where you would expect to find a burgeoning film industry and yet, somehow, despite the occupation, politics, and resulting lack of resources, Palestinian film is blossoming, journalist and filmmaker Aphra Evans writes.

 The lost credit of Margarethe von Trotta 

The Lost Honour of Katharina Blum
Posted on Tue 30 Oct 2018
Margarethe von Trotta was one of the key figures of the New German Cinema movement, and yet she has constantly been overlooked by the cinematic history books. With four stunning new restorations of her most remarkable films back on the big screen, it's time to celebrate - and credit - this talented and strikingly political filmmaker, Cinema Producer Tara Judah writes.

 Touch Me Not: fusing forms and breaking borders 

Touch Me Not
Posted on Tue 23 Oct 2018
Winner of the Berlinale Golden Bear, Adina Pintilie's Touch Me Not is a unique fusion of fiction and reality, breaking down borders and opening up bodies on screen, Cinema Producer Tara Judah writes.

 Something wicked this way comes! Reclaiming the witch on screen 

Glinda the Good Witch, The Wizard of Oz
Posted on Thu 4 Oct 2018
Once banished to woods, caves and deserted islands, witches have made a comeback to mainstream popular culture. Thea Berry, UWE's MA Curating student based at Watershed this year, has curated a wicked season of films exploring and reclaiming the role of the witch in film.

 Film Culture in the era of Netflix 

My Beautiful Laundrette
Posted on Wed 26 Sept 2018
In this Netflix dominated era, with more films bypassing cinema releases to go straight to streaming on demand, are we in danger of missing opportunities to promote, profile and discover the next generation of great films and filmmakers? What is the role of cinemas like ours in championing film culture? Mark Cosgrove, Watershed’s Cinema Curator, reflects on the changing nature of film exhibition and the value of cinema.

 Conversations About Cinema: A new series of in-cinema discussions 

Utoya
Posted on Wed 12 Sept 2018
Starting in October with Utøya, UWE and Watershed are partnering on a series of screenings and discussions that brings together a multi-disciplinary team of philosophers, political theorists, and cinema curators and producers to unpick some of the most exciting and challenging ideas in contemporary cinema, Senior Lecturer in Philosophy at UWE, Francesco Tava writes.

 Matangi, Maya or M.I.A. - just who is this problematic pop star? 

Matangi/Maya/M.I.A.
Posted on Wed 12 Sept 2018
Everyone wants to know who's behind star persona M.I.A., and if there's more than meets the eye to the outspoken Sri Lankan born, London raised refugee bringing politics to pop music. Candid, confident and clever, Matangi "Maya" Arulpragasam speaks, sings and raps from the heart, Cinema Producer Tara Judah writes.

 Of shimmering twilight on the horizon: where fiction and reality meet in The Rider 

The Rider
Posted on Fri 7 Sept 2018
Horse trainer Brady Jandreau gives the performance of a lifetime, against the blinding twilight of a South Dakotan horizon, where fiction and reality meet in The Rider, Cinema Producer Tara Judah writes.

 "That's the Thing About Memory": Unreliable Narrators in Bart Layton's American Animals 

American Animals
Posted on Wed 5 Sept 2018
Talking to writer-director Bart Layton about his hybrid beast of a movie, American Animals, offered fascinating insight into his thrilling heist hybrid, told by a pack of unreliable narrators, Cinema Producer Tara Judah writes.

 What's fair in love and Cold War? 

Cold War
Posted on Tue 28 Aug 2018
Where love and war are concerned, it's all just shades of grey. Paweł Pawlikowski's Cold War romance hits the big screen with striking polemic and a full palette of black and white, Cinema Producer Tara Judah writes.

 The Riddles of Film History in 360 degrees 

Riddles of the Sphinx
Posted on Mon 20 Aug 2018
Laura Mulvey and Peter Wollen's Riddles of the Sphinx showed us a 360 degree alternative view to the so-called 'male gaze' of mainstream cinema. Revealing a riddle of hetero-patriarchal film history, our Summer of rediscovery with restorations from amazing women filmmakers paves the way for an Autumnal change, Cinema Producer Tara Judah writes.

 Spike Lee and the Klansman 

Spike Lee
Posted on Sun 5 Aug 2018
Spike Lee is a political artist, and one with a particular comic sensibility. Artists may not be able to resolve social issues, but Lee's satire is responsible, Come the Revolution's Edson Burton writes.

August 2018 Cinema Podcast

August 2018 Cinema Podcast
August brings an embarrassment of cinematic riches gathered together under the broad headline of seriously playful, or indeed playfully serious, filmmaking.

 Enter the Dragon: Celebrating Bruce Lee 

Enter the Dragon
Posted on Mon 25 June 2018
Forty-five years since the death of Bruce Lee, author of the forthcoming book Born to be Bad: Talking to the greatest villains in action cinema, Timon Singh, reflects on the life and legacy of one of cinema and martial arts' greatest warriors.

 André Bazin: Reflections from the video shop 

20th Century Flicks Video Shop
Posted on Sun 17 June 2018
We asked David Taylor and Daisy Steinhardt from 20th Century Flicks video shop to share short reflections on the words of cinephile and activist André Bazin, ahead of their illustrated talk during Cinema Rediscovered.

 Why is a fish a car? Learning to love Zama 

Zama
Posted on Tue 29 May 2018
"Beautifully short but bizarre..." Our comments board gets Cinema Producer Tara Judah thinking about the beguiling beauty of new release Zama and how it led to loving the work of Lucrecia Martel.

 Whose responsibility? On Coralie Fargeat's Revenge 

Revenge
Posted on Thu 17 May 2018
Tara Judah, Watershed Cinema Producer, reflects on a Q&A she hosted with film academic and author, Dr Tanya Horeck, after a screening of Coralie Fargeat’s debut feature film Revenge, on Sat 12 May. The pair and the audience discussed the interplay of morality and ethics in visual representations of violence and lots more.

 On Sofia Coppola's The Beguiled and its whitewashing controversy 

Colin Farrell and Kirsten Dunst in The Beguiled
Posted on Wed 19 July 2017
A reflection on Sofia Coppola's film The Beguiled in the wake of its whitewashing controversy. Mark asks – after the arguments raised – is it appropriate to rethink my initial reaction to the film?