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Step back to 1982 this Friday night at Watershed

Posted on Wed 20 Mar 2013
Scene from Ton - a  couple dressed in neon headgear kissing.

At 20:00 on Friday night (22 March) Watershed will step back in time to 1982 for a screening of the cult classic Tron followed by a spectacular Man Vs Machine After Party.

A group of talented 16-19 year old film enthusiasts taking part in the BFI Film Academy Bristol, a programme that will help open the doors for a career in the film industry, have been challenged to put their knowledge into practice by hosting a night of film and music at Watershed and the result of their work is this fabulous event which promises to be an evening of retro sci-fi wonder.

The group were challenged to create this event as part of Filmic, Watershed and St George’s season celebrating the bond between music and cinema. The 1982 sci-fi Tron has an iconic soundtrack and stunning visuals, and tied in very neatly with other 80s-inspired Filmic events: Tron’s composer Wendy Carlos also created some of the electronic music being performed by the Will Gregory Moog Ensemble at St George’s on Thu 21 March.

After a screening of the film at 20:00 the Academy members will help turn the Café/Bar into a retro day glow-styled neon haven, welcoming Bristol DJ Bronnt Industries Kapital on stage to spin some electronic tunes.

The Academy members’ creativity doesn’t stop there. They’ve also planned retro games, a futuristic photo booth, glow in the dark make up, a fancy dress competition and more surprises than you can shake a glow stick at. These are all ideas that the group have come up with after more than eight weeks of planning and managing designed to create a night of neon film, music, fun and games – the perfect start for the Easter holidays.

BFI Film Academy Member Zoe Rachel Davies said:

“We’re incredibly excited to put our ideas into action for the Tron night at Watershed. We wanted to create an event that not only celebrated music and film, but allowed you to do lots of fun extra immersive things too, so you can get involved on many different levels. It’s what Watershed is great at and we’ve been able to embed our ideas from the very beginning – the BFI Film Academy has been a great experience and I’m looking forward to taking Watershed back to the future on Friday!”

This is just the start of the journey for the BFI Film Academy members, as three of the Bristol cohort have been selected to take part in the much-prized BFI Residential Talent Campus, a two week course that will bring the very best young talent from all over the country to the National Film and Television School in April.

The BFI Film Academy is made up of 35 passionate young people aged between 16-19 from all across Bristol, giving them a chance to develop their talents alongside industry professionals. FFI see bfifab.org.uk