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.