It's nearly July and here at Watershed we are reaching the climax of four years of RELAYS activities and the start of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. To mark these momentous times we are presenting a celebration and reflection on sport, culture and cinema throughout the whole of July.
We turned 30 last Thursday and celebrated in true Bristol fashion, throwing open our doors and sharing films, food, art, music and magic with our lovely customers - all for free.
Like all birthday hosts, we were a little nervous that the Jubilee weekend, half term and the dreary weather might prevent people from coming but goodness, were we wrong...
Last Wednesday members of the REACT Team joined Charlotte and Jo to test the prototype site of special interest element of their City Strata app. We met at Boston Tea Party on a beautiful sunny day and, smoothies in one hand and iphones in the other, set off to the historic Whiteladies Picture House. This was the first ‘actual thing’ that Heritage Sandbox (or REACT) has produced for us to play with so it was a significant moment for us and for the project team.
The world was a very different place 30 years ago. No mobile phones, no internet, no iPhone apps, Facebook or touchscreen technology, not even digital cameras or video game consoles. Yet with an uncanny sense of foresight, Watershed media centre was established in 1982, the same year that Channel 4 and the Barbican Arts Centre were born, the year that saw the launch of the Commodore 64 and Sony’s first CD player, and the only year in history that Time Magazine’s Person of The Year was a computer.
We will be celebrating our 30th birthday on 7th June by showcasing some of the extraordinary creativity that comes out of Bristol, screening 30 hours of creative work Made in Bristol – films, television, pop promos, wildlife docs, Morph and more. It will all be free, and a great opportunity to raise a glass not only to us, but to the work of this great city.
And to show how much great television continues to be Made In Bristol, the city has this year been nominated for a whopping 14 BAFTA Awards!