Watershed Recommends: Fri 29 May - Thu 4 June

Watershed Recommends: Fri 29 May - Thu 4 June

Season

Please note: this season finished in June 2020

Although the Watershed building may be closed we are still sharing different ways for you all to enjoy and experience highlights from across our activity - cinema, creative tech, the Pervasive Media Studio, Rife Magazine and many more Watershed projects.

There's a focus on Japanese cinema this week. Here's a word from our Cinema Curator Mark Cosgrove:

"Before this Covid crisis we were excited to be working in partnership with the BFI on a forthcoming Japan 2020 season in celebration offs the impact and influence of Japanese culture as we counted down to the Tokyo Olympics.

"We were looking to bring a Benshi performance to Cinema Rediscovered - Benshi was the art of live narration/performance in the silent era. We were also working up a samurai season as well bringing back classic and rarely screened Japanese cinema. Unfortunately none of this was to be, however the BFI have continued the Japan 2020 spirit by making some films from the season available on their Player and we have curated a Watershed selection. Hope you enjoy!"


Previous events in this season

#shortitout with Åsa Lucander

Watershed Recommends Week 10
#shortitout with Åsa Lucander
Streaming in June 2020
Streaming + Live stream
Join us for our next Filmmaker Frontroom Q&A with director, illustrator and animator Åsa Lucander.
Come The Revolution Watch Party: What Happened, Miss Simone?
Streaming in May 2020
Streaming + Live stream
Using never-before-heard recordings, rare archival footage and her best-known songs, this is the story of legendary singer and activist Nina Simone.
Lunchtime Talk: I Heard It Through The Grapevine
Streaming in May 2020
Streaming + Live stream
Studio Residents Lily & Tim will be talking us through how Grapevine works, how you can get involved and some insight into transforming an R&D project into an inclusive company.

Japan 2020: Yojimbo

Watershed Recommends Week 10
Japan 2020: Yojimbo
Streaming in June 2020
Streaming
Kurosawa’s classic about a drifting samurai who plays two gangs off against each other, famously remade as A Fistful of Dollars.

White Riot

Watershed Recommends Week 10
White Riot
Streaming in June 2020
Streaming
Rubika Shah’s vital prize-winning documentary, expanded from her 2017 short film of the same name, explores how 70s London protest movement Rock Against Racism (RAR) confronted British fascists head-on.

Japan 2020: Audition

Watershed Recommends Week 10
Japan 2020: Audition
Online
Considered one of the best horror films of all times, a deeply disturbing tale of a deadly young woman who turns the tables on her middle-aged suitor

Red Front: 75 Years of Russian War Cinema

Watershed Recommends Week 10
Red Front: 75 Years of Russian War Cinema
Streaming in June 2020
Streaming
Earlier in the year we partnered with the Kino Klassika Foundation to bring you a season of Russian musicals. We're thrilled to partner with them again to celebrate their season Red Front - 75 Years of Russian War Cinema.

Japan 2020: Seven Samurai

Watershed Recommends Week 10
Japan 2020: Seven Samurai
Streaming in June 2020
Streaming
Farmers hire a band of samurai to defend them against marauding bandits in Kurosawa’s influential epic, a touchstone for action movies ever since.

Japan 2020: The Hidden Fortress

Watershed Recommends Week 10
Japan 2020: The Hidden Fortress
Streaming in June 2020
Streaming
Akira Kurosawa’s thrilling mix of fairy story and samurai movie - a story of rival clans, hidden gold and a princess in distress - was famously a key inspiration for George Lucas’ Star Wars.

Japan 2020: Tetsuo - The Iron Man

Watershed Recommends Week 10
Japan 2020: Tetsuo - The Iron Man
Streaming in June 2020
Streaming
Shinya Tsukamoto's wild cyberpunk tale of a businessman's agonising transformation into a walking scrap heap is a jaggedly dehumanised vision of the future.

Japan 2020: Tokyo Story

Watershed Recommends Week 10
Japan 2020: Tokyo Story
Streaming in June 2020
Streaming
A constant fixture in critics' polls, Yasujiro Ozu's most enduring masterpiece is a beautifully nuanced exploration of filial duty, expectation and regret.