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.


 "Are you going to show Roma?" 

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.

 Film Culture in the era of Netflix 

My Beautiful Laundrette
Posted on Wed 26 Sept 2018 by Mark Cosgrove
In this Netflix dominated era, with more films bypassing cinema releases to go straight to streaming on demand, are we in danger of missing opportunities to promote, profile and discover the next generation of great films and filmmakers? What is the role of cinemas like ours in championing film culture? Mark Cosgrove, Watershed’s Cinema Curator, reflects on the changing nature of film exhibition and the value of cinema.

 Bazin 100: Celebrating a cinephile activist 

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.

 Curate, collaborate and connect 

Still from The Florida Project by Sean Baker
Posted on Mon 20 Nov 2017 by Mark Cosgrove
Watershed's approach to cinema – when everything about it is changing

 On Sofia Coppola's The Beguiled and its whitewashing controversy 

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?

 The Future of Cinema is its Past 

Still from Man All Seasons
Posted on Mon 20 June 2016 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...

 A Manifesto for Independent Cultural Cinema 

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.

 Mark's Filmic Mixtape 

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.

 The Renewed Passion of Joan of Arc 

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.

 Cultural Cinema Exhibition in the 21st Century 

Close up of 35mm film projector
Posted on Tue 25 Jan 2011 by Mark Cosgrove
An examination of the cultural significance of cinema and its status as an artform.

 Cannes 2010 or... of Godard and Cinephiles 

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.