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!
Watershed's super-short filmmaking competition DepicT! proves it's a genuine springboard to success with the news that previous winner Tim Bassford has won the top prize in The Pitch: a £25,000 budget to turn his film idea into a 20 minute short, and a once in a lifetime chance to go to Hollywood.
The University of Exeter’s College of Humanities has been awarded funding for a range of exciting new research projects under the REACT banner. These projects are designed to change the way we interact with culture and enhance our experience of artefacts, manuscripts and other cultural works.
Designing experiences that will connect audiences with places is at the heart of what the National Trust does. Since I joined the NT 7 years ago I think its fair to say we have developed a richer understanding of these audiences, their interests, motivations, drivers, and barriers.
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.