Filmic 2018

March - May 2018
Filmic 2018
Image: Ex Machina

Film + Music = Filmic

Filmic, our ongoing exploration of the creative connections across film and music returns in March and April for an immersive and stimulating selection of screenings, live performances and events here at Watershed, St George’s Bristol and Colston Hall.

Mark Cosgrove, Watershed's Cinema Curator introduces us to the season:

The power of music to create suspense is one of the tingling joys of the cinema experience. It is as much Bernard Herrmann’s haunting swirling score as Hitchcock’s directing that draws us into the vortex of Jimmy Stewart’s madness in Vertigo or Hans Zimmer's music weaving together the multiple layered worlds of Christopher Nolan’s Inception...and how many of us have audibly hummed those two notes from Jaws, terrifying ourselves when swimming?

Filmic 18 kicks off with the Sound of Suspense film season at Watershed with Don't Look Now, Vertigo, Sorcerer and Inception and climaxes with two great opportunities to see and hear live music to screenings of Spielberg classics Raiders of the Lost Ark and Jaws at Colston Hall.
Later in the season in a one-off special event on Sun 15 April Geoff Barrow and Ben Salisbury will give an insight into their collaboration on the increasingly influential Ex Machina as we explore how musicians have created the otherworldly sounds of Sci-fi. From that maestro Bernard Herrmann’s experimental use of the theremin in The Day the Earth Stood Still to the ominous low tones and vocal harmonies of Jóhan Jóhannsson’s score to Arrival. News of Jóhann Jóhannsson ’s sudden death reached us as we were putting the final touches to our Filmic programme. Arrival was one of the first films I planned to screen when thinking about the Sound of Sci-Fi. I could never have imagined that we would now be showing it in memory of this hugely talented composer.

For Filmic 18's launch event on Fri 16 March we combine with St George’s own relaunch to present the unique immersive sound and vision experience from the Hidden Orchestra and Limbic Cinema. St George’s continue their exploration of Filmic possibilities with celebrated Bristol jazz musician Andy Sheppard partnering with Norwegian guitarist Eivind Aarset who will ‘play the building’. Filmic 18 closes with a live audio visual mix of improvised music from local heroes Eyebrow and visuals from artist Kathy Hinde, followed by a specially commissioned AV set from cult jazz-meets-minimalism trio Mammal Hands.

Also during March here at Watershed we also present the stunning new score from sitar maestro Anoushka Shankar to the gloriously restored Shiraz (1928) which tells the story behind the construction of the Taj Mahal and the fascinating Treasures from the Turin Film Museum with live musical accompaniment.

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Filmic 2018 programme

Christopher Nolan’s smart, moving and intellectual thriller about dream invasion set a new bar for cerebral blockbusters and with Hans Zimmer’s score a new sonic direction in what we think of as the sound of suspense.

Read More - Inception

The quintessential alien visitation tale of its era, Robert Wise’s Sci-Fi classic has had an incalculable influence on big-screen science-fiction with its state of the art effects and its otherworldly and indispensable, theremin-laced score by composer Bernard Herrmann.

Read More - The Day the Earth Stood Still

Composer Jerry Goldsmith’s seminal score for this sci-fi classic, about three astronauts marooned on a futuristic planet where apes rule and humans are slaves, has quite rightly passed into legend and set a standard for sci-fi film scores that has rarely been bettered.

Read More - Planet of the Apes

Performing new album Skeleton Tree’s exquisitely moving compositions alongside their essential catalogue, the band’s first shows in three years provoked an ecstatic and passionate response.

Read More - Distant Sky - Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds Live in Copenhagen

The iconic, dissonant soundscape to Ridley Scott’s landmark sci-fi horror is considered one of the best and most visceral of the many iconic scores by composer Jerry Goldsmith despite it suffering from a controversial post-production fallout between the pair.

Read More - Alien

Musicians Geoff Barrow and Ben Salisbury will share their experience of developing the score for Alex Garland’s visually stunning sci-fi masterpiece followed by a screening of the film.

Read More - Scoring Ex Machina

Composer Brad Fiedel’s metallic, percussive score functions as a robotic heartbeat throughout James Cameron’s original hi-tech nightmare about a violent cyborg who is time-warped from the future to alter the course of history.

Read More - The Terminator

Join us for a rare screening of Italian silent films on 35mm with live musical accompaniment by Stephen Horne, plus Q&A.

Read More - Treasures from the Turin Film Museum

Best known for blending the electronic with the classical, the recent tragic death of Icelandic composer Jóhann Jóhannsson has robbed us of one of the world's most talented contemporary exponents of the film score. His otherworldly score to Denis Villeneuve's richly textured sci-fi drama Arrival is was just one of many iconic scores he composed that he will rightly be revered and remembered for.

Read More - Arrival

Previous Screenings

An exceptionally unsettling score by Italian composer Pino Donaggio underlies Nicholas Roeg’s haunting adaptation of Daphne du Maurier's supernaturally charged short story about a couple who relocate to Venice in an attempt to come to terms with the accidental death of their young daughter.

Read More - Don't Look Now

An immortal masterwork of music composition, composer Bernard Herrmann’s peerless score for Alfred Hitchcock’s timeless thriller set such a high watermark for cinematic suspense it’s left everything that’s followed feeling a dizzyingly long way down in comparison.

Read More - Vertigo

Sorcerer William Friedkin’s breathtakingly visceral thriller is a supremely tense study in psychological breakdown and contains a soundtrack by German electronic outfit Tangerine Dream that has the ability to ratchet-up the suspense with every turn of its synthesized screw.

Read More - Sorcerer

Based on the romance between 17th-century Mughal ruler Shah Jahan and his queen this epic silent film is the ravishing, romantic tale behind the creation of the Taj Mahal.

Read More - Shiraz: A Romance of India