Filmic20

Filmic20

Please note: this event finished in March 2020

Bristol’s annual film-meets-music celebration returns throughout March and April for a mix of screenings, concerts and special events across the city, programmed collaboratively by Watershed, Colston Hall and St George’s, Bristol.

Here at Watershed across two seasons of screenings we’ll be revisiting some Era-Defining Soundtracks - iconic film soundscapes that have become etched into the cultural zeitgeist; and presenting some of the finest films of recent years featuring outstanding scores by female composers. Plus, veteran Hollywood sound editor Midge Costin’s debut documentary Making Waves: The Art of Cinematic Sound explores the extraordinary power of sound in cinema.

At St George’s folk favourites Moishe’s Bagel will be opening with a Klezmer-meets-Balkan set followed by a specially commissioned live score for Mikhail Kalatozov’s 1931 Soviet documentary Salt for Svanetia (Wed 25 March); cult instrumental group Haiku Salut will perform an original contemporary live score to Buster Keaton’s 1926 legendary comedy classic, The General (Thu 2 April); and later in the year Norwegian electronic musician Jan Bang and Matt Calvert of London avant-rockers Three Trapped Tigers will be performing a live score of Sergei Eisenstein’s masterpiece of early cinema, Battleship Potemkin (Thu 18 June).

On Fri 27 March at Bath Forum, Colston Hall presents Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra performing a Hollywood Head to Head featuring some of the phenomenal soundtracks from two of the world's greatest living film composers - Hans Zimmer and John Williams. Brought to life by the full orchestral force you can expect to feel everything from the rush of Gotham City with Batman Begins to new pieces and fan favourites from the likes of Jurassic Park, Star Wars and more.

Join us for all this and more as we seek out and celebrate the creative connections across film and music.

Presented in partnership with Colston Hall and St George's Bristol.

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Filmic20 programme

Previous Screenings in this programme

Easy Rider

 Classified 18  Era-Defining Soundtracks
Easy Rider
Please note: This was screened in March 2020
Film
Film soundtracks rarely get more iconic than this. A truly groundbreaking counterculture odyssey, Dennis Hopper's Easy Rider remains the definitive cinematic portrait and soundscape of its era.

The Harder they Come

 Classified 15  Era-Defining Soundtracks
The Harder they Come
Please note: This was screened in March 2020
Film
A revolutionary and ground-breaking film about music and the underbelly of Jamaican life, Perry Henzell’s cult classic and influential reggae movie starring singer Jimmy Cliff is powered by one of the most infectious scores in cinema history.

Saturday Night Fever

 Classified 18  Era-Defining Soundtracks
Saturday Night Fever
Please note: This was screened in March 2020
Film
John Travolta stars as a Brooklyn shop assistant who escapes the harsh realities of working-class life when he embarks on a reckless, yet thrilling road to becoming the king of the New York disco scene.