We all think we know Bob Marley: the face on the t-shirt, the voice on an album. He's the last king of reggae, and a music legend. But do we really know anything deeper about the man and his life?
This was a man who suffered years of prejudice as the child of an elderly white father and who himself fathered 11 children by seven different women. He used to conquer his stage fright by practicing in the local cemetery to sing for the evil spirits and was the target of an attempted murder.
Getting lost under the debris of Easter egg packaging and sitting in front of the television is not an option this Easter break here at Watershed: we've been cooking up some ace free workshops for kids and fun films for families to enjoy. The hardest thing you'll have to do is decide whether your young ones will be junior chocolatiers - or amateur Aardman animators.
Most filmmakers are lucky to have even one film in a career be considered a masterpiece. Carl Theodor Dreyer has made several, and is consistently ranked alongside the likes of Bresson, Ozu and Renoir as one of the cinema greats. How is it, then, that Dreyer and his films have escaped the public consciousness, why are they important, and is his influence still alive?
Six projects have been commissioned out of the South West to unlock histories, hauntings and happenings in all kinds of UK heritage attractions, unraveling rich experiences through the use of cutting edge technologies.
‘A Future for British Film - it begins with the audience’ is the new Film Policy Review report published earlier this year by Dept for Culture Media and Sport.
‘What has this to do with Watershed?’ you may ask. The short answer is everything.
Our Managing Director Dick Penny elaborates:
Cinema can be so much more than entertainment.
Last week Oliver Pratt, our Executive Chef, was invited to be a mentor as part of Your Green Future, a range of talks, workshops and exhibitors designed to engage young people with opportunities in the green economy.
Local school children were challenged to create a sustainable ready meal or an environmentally friendly fashion item, and Oliver was one of the group of professionals - which included the founder of one-pot-meal company Stewed!, the head of the Better Food Company, and a Fairtrade Ambassador - who were on hand throughout the workshops to offer their advice.
Young filmmakers of the future descended upon Watershed last week for a workshop designed to get them inspired to create short films for Electric December, Watershed’s annual online film showcase.
The students, aged 11-18, from eight different schools came together with industry professionals to make eight short films. Watch their mini-westerns, noirs and slapsticks here.