Photo of Mark Cosgrove, Watershed Cinema Curator

Mark Cosgrove

Cinema Curator

Mark joined Watershed in 1994 and has worked in Independent Cultural Cinema Exhibition for over 20 years.  He has curated seasons and touring programmes ranging from New Portuguese Cinemas to a retrospective of French filmmaker Claire Denis. He has been on juries at film festivals including Cannes and Berlin. He is also the Creative Director of Encounters International Film Festival in Bristol. In November 2010 he collected the Europa Cinemas award for Entrepreneur Cinema of the Year.

Listen to Mark’s monthly podcast and follow him on Twitter @msc45.


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Exterior shot of Watershed Building and the harbour with a yellow ferry boat going past
Posted on Thu 30 Nov 2023 by Mark Cosgrove

On the day that one of the commercial cinema spaces in the city is sadly closing, Mark Cosgrove, Watershed Cinema Curator reflects on the changing cinema exhibition landscape...

Film still from A Song of Two Humans
Posted on Mon 18 July 2022 by Mark Cosgrove

Cinema Rediscovered Founder and Watershed Cinema Curator Mark Cosgrove takes us through the films that make up the When Europe Made Hollywood: From Sunrise to High Noon strand - part of Cinema Rediscovered 2022.

The Story of a Three-Day Pass
Posted on Thu 23 Sept 2021 by Mark Cosgrove

A tribute to Melvin Van Peebles from Mark Cosgrove, Watershed Cinema Curator

Cinema poster for 1971 season of films
Posted on Thu 22 July 2021 by Mark Cosgrove

Mark Cosgrove (Cinema Rediscovered Co-Founder) shares insights into how 1971: The Year Hollywood Went Independent came about and how that period relates to mainstream film culture today.

Reservoir Dogs (1992)
Posted on Wed 31 July 2019 by Mark Cosgrove

Mark Cosgrove, Cinema Curator at Watershed, pre-empts the “why are you not showing...” question with Once Upon A Time in Hollywood and explains the rationale for not showing Quentin Tarantino’s new film.

Dr Aboubakar Sanogo at Il Cinema Ritrovato
Posted on Mon 22 July 2019 by Mark Cosgrove

Cinema Rediscovered founder and co-curator Mark Cosgrove sat down with Dr Aboubakar Sanogo, assistant professor of Film Studies at Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada and North American Secretary of FEPACI, to discuss the challenges and vision for African film heritage.

Nicolas Roeg
Posted on Mon 22 July 2019 by Mark Cosgrove

Festival Founder and Co-curator Mark Cosgrove caught up with Bristol based musician, producer and composer Adrian Utley (Portishead) to talk about his experience of collaborating with director Nic Roeg on the BBC project Sound on Film (2000).

Posted on Wed 19 June 2019 by Mark Cosgrove

Taking a chance on a double bill in a dodgy cinema on Jamaica Street in Glasgow as a teen, Cinema Rediscovered's founder and co-curator Mark Cosgrove reflects on his discovery of the unique and mesmeric cinematic world of Nicolas Roeg.

Mati Diop Cannes 2019
Posted on Sun 2 June 2019 by Mark Cosgrove

Fresh from the Cannes Film Festival, Cinema Curator Mark Cosgrove reflects on the best and most anticipated titles he saw. From almost thirty films, Mark says this was the year when Cannes successfully put film back in the cinema, and vice versa.

Alfonso Cuarón's Netflix film Roma
Posted on Tue 11 Dec 2018 by Mark Cosgrove

Watershed's Cinema Curator Mark Cosgrove explains why - although we would very much like to! - Watershed is currently not able to screen Alfonso Cuarón's Netflix film Roma.

My Beautiful Laundrette
Article by Mark Cosgrove

Mark Cosgrove, Watershed’s Cinema Curator, reflects on the changing nature of film exhibition and the value of cinema.

Le Crime de Monsieur Lange
Posted on Wed 18 July 2018 by Mark Cosgrove

Ahead of our Bazin 100 celebration screenings and discussions at Cinema Rediscovered, Cinema Curator Mark Cosgrove reflects on the passion and curiosity of prototype cinephile activist, André Bazin.

Colin Farrell and Kirsten Dunst in The Beguiled
Posted on Wed 19 July 2017 by Mark Cosgrove

A reflection on Sofia Coppola's film The Beguiled in the wake of its whitewashing controversy. Mark asks – after the arguments raised – is it appropriate to rethink my initial reaction to the film?

Still from Man All Seasons
Article by Mark Cosgrove

What is the future for the cinema? And what future for films, being shown in the cinema to appreciative audiences? Introducing Cinema Rediscovered...

Watershed cinema audience
Posted on Mon 16 Jan 2012 by Mark Cosgrove

A "manifesto" outlining the work and ambition of the independent Cultural Cinema Exhibition sector.

Photo of Mark Cosgrove
Posted on Thu 12 Jan 2012 by Mark Cosgrove

Filmic co-creator Mark Cosgrove shares his 'Filmic Mixtape': his selection of inspirational film and music collaborations.

Still from 'The Passion of Joan of Arc' by Carl Dreyer
Posted on Tue 19 April 2011 by Mark Cosgrove

Following the continued success of 'The Passion of Joan of Arc', the new score to Carl Dreyer's classic silent film of the same name, Watershed's Mark Cosgrove details the beginnings of the project, Watershed's involvement, and how the score has developed a life of its own.

Cannes 2010 Festival Poster
Posted on Thu 3 June 2010 by Mark Cosgrove

A round up of thoughts on the films he saw and the state of cinema from Cannes 2010.