Bristol's Filmic presents another great line up for a three-month mash-up of film, music, talks and special live events. A unique joint venture between St George's Bristol, a Georgian church turned leading chamber music venue (celebrated for the bell-like clarity of its acoustics), and Watershed, Filmic is a different kind of film and music festival, dedicated to pursuing the notion of 'the filmic', whether connected to an actual film or in a musician’s head.
March sees Filmic continue with a very special selection of films chosen by musician and composer Jocelyn Pook, whose work spans the worlds of pop, classical, dance, literature and film.
She has worked with amongst others Massive Attack, dance company DV8 and former poet laureate Andrew Motion, and first came to our Cinema Curator Mark Cosgrove's attention in her collaboration with artist filmmaker John Smith on the 1996 short film, Blight. Incorporating fragments of speech, natural sounds and her own compositions with beautifully framed footage and rhythmically edited visuals, the film documented the impact of a motorway development on the local community and won awards at film festivals across the world. It was her music for Stanley Kubrick's 1999 Eyes Wide Shut masked ball sequence that brought Pook to international attention and launched her career in making music for film, and she has gone on to work with a range of directors including Peter Kosminsky, Laurent Cantet and Martin Scorsese.
During March we present five films that have influenced and inspired this highly original musician and composer with their use of screen music. The programme includes Kieslowski's eerie Double Life of Veronique with its haunting operatic score, Lars von Trier's Dancer in the Dark, whose protagonist fantasises her life is a musical, and Paolo Sorrentino's gorgeous tribute to Rome in all of its splendour and superficiality, where a dazzling pop and orchestral soundtrack brings the actions to life. You can even experience Kubrick's unforgettable 2001 A Space Odyssey soundtrack which mixes modern and classical pieces to intense effects and you can catch his later film, Eyes Wide Shut, which uses screen music to track one man's unsettling descent into paranoia and showcases the work which gave Pook her big film break. Don't miss this opportunity to delve deeper into the fascinating world of screen music with this specially curated season guaranteed to hit all the right notes.
Jocelyn Pook will be here in person during Filmic on Sat 10 May at Watershed she will give a special illustrated talk and screen her short film Blight, she is also performing St George's in May when she will present music from throughout her career, arranged for a new version of her international ensemble.
Watershed Cinema Curator, Mark Cosgrove says:
'Over the next four months as Filmic unfolds across Watershed and St.George's you will be able to see some of the films Burnett has worked on and be able to hear some of his music performed live in O Bro: A Musical Celebration of the Coen Bros. You will also be able to hear Miles Davies' score in Louis Malle's Lift to the Scaffold, see films selected by musician Jocelyn Pook and hear her perform live, see and hear Neil Brand discuss his Sound of Cinema series and much more... so do join us in this celebration of the creativity across film and music.'
Up the road at St Georges's Bristol, they are also hosting live performances including Powerplant playing Will Gregory, you can browse St George's Senior Programme Producer Phil Johnson's musings on the notion of 'filmic' on their website.
We will be hosting more intimate talks and screenings later in the season, including Neil Brand's Sound of Cinema. More details coming soon!