Apollo 11  U  

Apollo 11
Fri 28 June - Thu 25 July
Film
An unmissable cinematic experience fifty years in the making, featuring out of this world, never seen before footage from the 1969 moon landing.

Midsommar  18  PS

Midsommar
Fri 5 - Thu 25 July
Film
Ari Aster follows up last year's terrifying Hereditary with this Scandinavian-tinged horror about a midsummer festival that gets very disturbing indeed.

The Dead Don’t Die  15  

The Dead Don’t Die
Fri 12 - Thu 25 July
Film
Set in the fictitious sleepy middle-America town of Centerville, acclaimed director Jim Jarmusch assembles his largest celebrity cast yet to take on the undead in this zombie-comedy.

Only You  15  

Only You
Fri 12 - Wed 24 July
Film
This tender debut from director Harry Wootliff centres on a couple whose relationship is put under immense strain after undergoing IVF treatment.

Tell it to the Bees  15  

Tell it to the Bees
Fri 19 - Thu 25 July
Film
Anna Paquin and Holliday Grainger star as two very different women who fall in love in this 1950s-set romantic drama.

Varda by Agnes  15  PS

Varda by Agnes
Fri 19 - Thu 25 July
Film
In what proved to be her final film, Feminist icon, pioneer and legendary French filmmaker Agnes Varda’s brand new self-portrait is a rewarding and highly charming journey through her imaginative life's opus.

Reframing Film Heritage Reframing the Archives

Reframing Film Heritage
Thu 25 July 12:00
Talk
In this free event for BFI Film Audience Network (FAN) Members, some of the most distinctive voices in curation and archiving open up a conversation on the potential of reclaiming and reframing archives.

New Towns, Our Town  U   Reframing the Archives

New Towns, Our Town
Thu 25 July 15:30
Film
A collection of rare archive films that shed light on the New Towns movement and the experiences of their early pioneers. Presented by Heather McIntosh, Independent Cinema Office.

Philip French Memorial Lecture: Simran Hans Film Criticism

Philip French Memorial Lecture: Simran Hans
Thu 25 July 18:30
Talk
What is the future for film criticism? To opens the 4th edition of Cinema Rediscovered (25 - 28th July) Simran Hans, film critic for the Observer, responds to some of the most pressing concerns about the role of the critic in uncertain times.

Notorious  U   Bristol UNESCO City of Film

Notorious
Thu 25 July 20:30
Film
Cary Grant and Ingrid Bergman pair up in Hitchcock’s post-war spy thriller, film noir – with just a dash of screwball dialogue and some serious romance – and the results are electric.

It's Alive  18   Scala Rediscovered

It's Alive
Thu 25 July 23:00
Film
A late night screening of B movie director, writer and producer Larry Cohen’s best known works featuring a mutant baby, a score by Bernard Herrmann, and special effects and make up from Rick Baker.

Cinema Walk Bristol UNESCO City of Film

Cinema Walk
Fri 26 - Sat 27 July
Walking tour
Join Dr Peter Walsh, South West Silents Co-Director, on a guided tour through the city centre, and reflect on Bristol born filmmakers and actors, discover cinema related establishments, and look at the crumbling ruins of Bristol’s filmic past.

World Premiere: Filmfarsi  15  PS Reframing the Archives

FilmFarsi
Fri 26 - Sat 27 July
Film
Il Cinema Ritrovato Co-director and filmmaker Ehsan Khoshbakht presents his found-footage essay, Filmfarsi salvages low budget thrillers and melodramas suppressed following the 1979 Islamic revolution.

Muriel Box: Simon & Laura  PG   Cinema Innovators

Muriel Box: Simon & Laura
Fri 26 July 11:30
Film
Muriel Box's critically acclaimed 1955 film anticipated reality television by half a century, and spoofed the BBC with tongue-in-cheek humour.

Walkabout  12A   Nic Roeg

Walkabout
Fri 26 July 11:40
Film
Nicolas Roeg’s classic plunged two white children (teenager Jenny Agutter and Roeg’s six-year-old son Luc) into the harsh environment of the Australian outback.

Make Me Up  15   Gluttony, Decadence and Resistance

Make Me Up
Fri 26 July 12:00
Film
This darkly-comic film by multimedia artist Rachel Maclean takes a satirical look at how TV and social media can be fun spaces to explore identity, but simultaneously a gilded prison that encourages women to conform to strict beauty ideals.

The Next Seven Billion AI Programs, a For Sceptics talk with studio resident Tim Kindberg Lunchtime Talk

The Next Seven Billion AI Programs, a For Sceptics talk with studio resident Tim Kindberg
Fri 26 July 13:00
Talk
Join us for our last Lunchtime Talk before we take our summer break. We are delighted to finish our Lunchtime Talk series with another of Studio Resident's Tim Kindberg's for sceptics talks, this time he's tackling AI.

A Lost World Made New: Victorian Cinema in VR Cinema Innovators

A Lost World Made New: Victorian Cinema in VR
Fri 26 July 13:30
Talk
BFI National Film Archive collaborate with Bristol-based company BDH to represent Victorian filmmakers' early experiments via Virtual Reality.

Focus on Moustapha Alassane  12A  S Restored and Rediscovered

Focus on Moustapha Alassane
Fri 26 July 14:30
Film
A focus on the playful, incisive work of Nigerien filmmaker Moustapha Alassane, including UK premieres of brand new restorations of some of his most celebrated films.

Bad Timing  18  PS Nic Roeg

Bad Timing
Fri 26 July 14:40
Film
Nic Roeg's masterful, unflinching and deeply disturbing foray into the dark world of sexual obsession.

Alice Guy-Blaché Screening  PG   Cinema Innovators

Alice Guy-Blaché  Screening
Fri 26 July 14:45
Film
A selection of films by Alice Guy-Blaché, one of the first filmmakers to direct a narrative fiction film, and the first known woman filmmaker.

Anthology Film Archives: Jonas Mekas Reframing the Archives

Anthology Film Archives: Jonas Mekas
Fri 26 July 17:00
Event
Join Helen De Witt, curator and lecturer in Film Studies at Birkbeck University of the Arts London, writer/curator Karen Alexander, and filmmaker, author and academic Vicky Smith for a conversation on the inspirational legacy of Anthology Film Archives.

Performance + Q&A  18   Nic Roeg

Performance
Fri 26 July 17:30
Film
Nic Roeg’s first feature film co-directed with art world bohemian Donald Cammell produced an era-defining portrait of swinging 60s decadence meets brutal east end underworld.

Fruit of Paradise  12A  S Gluttony, Decadence and Resistance

Fruit of Paradise
Fri 26 July 18:00
Film
Take a bittersweet bite from the tree of transgression. Made at the height of the Czech New Wave cinema, Vera Chytilová's film is a direct and subversive response to the political struggle in the former Czechoslovakia.

Scala Rediscovered Scala Rediscovered

Scala Rediscovered
Fri 26 July 20:00
Talk
Post-punk and pre-digital, the Scala was London’s most infamous repertory cinema. Join author, film exhibitor (and previous programme manager for The Scala) Jane Giles in conversation with Watershed Cinema Curator Mark Cosgrove for a discussion on the Scala's influence.

Marianne and Leonard: Words of Love  18 (CTBA)  PS

Marianne and Leonard
Fri 26 July - Thu 1 Aug
Film
Veteran documentarian Nick Broomfield’s (Kurt and Courtney, Whitney: Can I Be Me?) latest tells the beautiful yet tragic love story between musician Leonard Cohen and his Norwegian muse Marianne Ihlen.

Society  18   Gluttony, Decadence and Resistance

Society
Fri 26 July 20:30
Film
From Brian Yuzna, the filmmaker behind Re-Animator, comes yet another gross out B-movie, but this time it's dripping with salty satire. Shelved for three years after its debut on the festival circuit, first at Cannes, the film finally gained a US theatrical release in 1992.

Don't Look Now  15   Nic Roeg

Don't Look Now
Fri 26 July 21:00
Film
If ever evidence was to be presented for filmmaking as a unique art form then Nic Roeg's masterpiece Don't Look Now, a film about love and grief wrapped up in a psychological thriller, could be used to mount the case.

Mr Bongo's 30th Birthday Bash Scala Rediscovered

Mr Bongo's 30th Birthday Bash
Fri 26 July 21:45
Event
Join us in the Café and Bar for a special take over to celebrate 30 years of Mr Bongo, the iconic record shop and film label, before a late night screening of Mexican/Italian cult classic Santa Sangre.

Santa Sangre  18   Scala Rediscovered

Santa Sangre
Fri 26 July 23:20
Film
A violent, bloody, dream-like work like no other, Alejandro Jodorowsky's unsettling, troubling and oddly rewarding Santa Sangre follows a boy who grows up in the circus and whose strange experiences mark his life.

Projection Tour Analogue Rules

projection
Sat 27 July 09:00
Event
Join Film and Media Archivist and Historian Rosie Taylor on a tour of Watershed’s projection booth and discover how the films screening at the festival make it to the screen during a festival like Cinema Rediscovered.

The Passion of Remembrance  15   The Films of Maureen Blackwood

Passion of Remembrance
Sat 27 July 10:30
Film
Maureen Blackwood and Isaac Julien co-directed the first full-length feature by Sankofa Film and Video. A radical commentary on race, gender and sexuality.

Analogue Room Analogue Rules

Analogue Room
Sat 27 July 10:30 - 18:00
Drop-in
Join us at one of these free drop-in sessions to have a go at making up a 35mm film print and projecting it yourself.

La Grande Bouffe  18  S Gluttony, Decadence and Resistance

La Grande Bouffe
Sat 27 July 11:00
Film
Feast your eyes on this seminal tale of greed, hedonism and excess, just don't get tempted to take a bite!

Journey into the Archive: Rosie Taylor Analogue Rules

Journey into the Archive: Rosie Taylor
Sat 27 July 12:30
Talk
Join Film and Media Archivist, Historian and South West Silents Co-Director Rosie Taylor for a Lunchtime Talk about her passion for film and her journey into the BFI National Film Archive.

Maureen Blackwood Shorts  15   The Films of Maureen Blackwood

Maureen Blackwood Shorts
Sat 27 July 13:20
Film
A selection of Maureen Blackwood's award-winning short films presented by writer/curator Karen Alexander.

The Murder of Mr Devil  15  S Gluttony, Decadence and Resistance

The Murder of Mr Devil
Sat 27 July 14:00
Film
Released the same year as Chytilová's Fruit of Paradise, and as an unofficial sequel to Daisies, Krumbachová The Murder of Mr Devil is another outrageous and acerbic tale of provocative moral anarchy.

Film Critics' Insights Film Criticism

Film Critics' Insights
Sat 27 July 15:30
Talk
Join Cinema Rediscovered Film Critics workshop alumni and critic and film historian Pamela Hutchinson for a reflection on the current state of film criticism and the contemporary issues facing working critics in the UK and beyond.

UK Premiere: Oldboy  18   Restored and Rediscovered

Old Boy
Sat 27 July 15:45
Film
Park Chan-wook's classic revenge thriller Oldboy returns to cinema screens in stunning 4K.

Ouaga, capitale du cinéma  12A  S Restored and Rediscovered

Focus on Moustapha Alassane
Sat 27 July 16:00
Shorts package
Join us for a special screening of documentary Ouaga, capitale du cinéma straight from Il Cinema Ritrovato's celebration of the 50th anniversary of FESPACO, one of the most important Pan-African film festivals in the world.

Croupier + Q&A with Mike Hodges  15   Bristol UNESCO City of Film

Croupier
Sat 27 July 16:20
Film
Join Bristol-born director Mike Hodges for a 20th anniversary screening of his sophisticated noir thriller, starring Clive Owen as a croupier who gets sucked into the world of a corrupt casino.

The Invisible Machine Analogue Rules

The Invisible Machine
Sat 27 July 18:00
Talk
Join Graeme Hogg from the Cube Cinema and Nachleben Experimental Film Archive for a free talk about the processes involved in digitising some nitrate film that was found at the Curzon Cinema & Arts in Clevedon.

The Final Girls present: Eyes of Laura Mars  18   Restored and Rediscovered

The Final Girls present: Eyes of Laura Mars
Sat 27 July 18:40
Film
Fresh off her Oscar® win for Network (1976), Faye Dunaway stars as Laura Mars, a renowned yet controversial fashion photographer, haunted by psychic visions of a serial killer stalking the fashion community.

The Man Who Fell To Earth  18   Nic Roeg

The Man Who Fell To Earth
Sat 27 July 19:30
Film
The fatalistic story of a crash-landed alien outsider and aid mission gone disastrously wrong, Nic Roeg's idiosyncratic exploration of the sci-fi genre has stood the test of time. Now gorgeously restored, this stranger than science fiction tale can be enjoyed by audiences all over again.

45s & 35 Analogue Rules

45s & 35
Sat 27 July 21:45
Event
Join us in the Café/Bar for a night of 35mm projection and a live vinyl set loosely themed around The Man Who Fell To Earth brought to you by Graeme Hogg and Mr Hopkinson.

Black Rainbow  15   Bristol UNESCO City of Film

Black Rainbow
Sat 27 July 23:20
Film
Mike Hodges directs this thriller starring Roseanna Arquette as a spiritualist who becomes a disembodied witness to a brutal killing.

BV Studio Tour Analogue Rules

BV Studio Tours
Sun 28 July 09:30
Walking tour
Join Graeme Hogg, co-founder of the Cube Cinema in Bristol and Nachleben Experimental Film Archive on a tour of his Bedminster Studio. This is for anyone interested in film and the machines and techniques used to project, print, and shoot it.

The Cook, The Thief, His Wife & Her Lover  18   Gluttony, Decadence and Resistance

The Cook, The Thief, The Wife & Her Lover
Sun 28 July 11:00
Film
Given an X rating in the US, and creating a furore on home shores for its allegory on Thatcherism, Peter Greenaway's infamous avant-garde crime dramedy is a foul feast on Britain's social, moral and political carcass.

Trip to Curzon: Soylent Green  15   Gluttony, Decadence and Resistance

Trip to Curzon: Soylent Green
Sun 28 July 11:00
Film
Join us on a day trip to Curzon Cinema and Arts in Clevedon for a tour of one of the oldest running cinemas in the UK, followed by a screening of iconic sci- fi Soylent Green.

UK Premiere: For All Mankind  PG   Restored and Rediscovered

For All Mankind
Sun 28 July 11:10
Film
Twenty years after the July 1969 Apollo 11 space landing this documentary brought to a wider public the extraordinary human achievements involved. With a specially composed score by Brian Eno.

UK Premiere: Adoption  15  S Restored and Rediscovered

Adoption
Sun 28 July 11:30
Film
Celebrated as the first Berlinale Golden Bear awarded to a female director, Márta Mészáros’ Adoption is a powerful meditation on agency and womanhood in a world that waits to give permission.

Robert Who? Rediscovering Britain's Forgotten Film Pioneer Cinema Innovators

Robert Who? Rediscovering Britain's Forgotten Film Pioneer
Sun 28 July 13:30
Talk
Join Professor Ian Christie for an illustrated talk on early film pioneer Robert Paul, who co-created the first movie camera in Britain and built England's first film studio, amongst many other things!

UK Premiere: Hoop Dreams  12A   Restored and Rediscovered

Hoop Dreams
Sun 28 July 14:30
Film
Twenty five years after its premiere at the 1994 Sundance Film Festival, revist Steve James' newly restored landmark documentary Hoop Dreams, which tells the story of two African-American dreamers determined to one day play professional basketball.

Eureka  18   Nic Roeg

Eureka
Sun 28 July 14:40
Film
Three decades after being overlooked by critics, Eureka returns to reclaim a place among both the front ranks of Nic Roeg's work and as one of the most extraordinary studio films of the 1980s.

Kind Hearts and Coronets + Q&A with Terence Davies  U   Restored and Rediscovered

Kind Hearts and Coronets
Sun 28 July 15:00
Film
Perhaps the darkest of the Ealing comedies, this coolly elegant, subversive masterpiece was originally billed as "a hilarious study in the gentle art of murder." Followed by a discussion with Terence Davies.

Victorian Film Inventor: Friese-Greene Cinema Innovators

Victorian Film Inventor: Friese-Green
Sun 28 July 17:30
Talk
How on earth did Willie Green, a working-class kid from Bristol, become William Friese-Greene, the first person to present a movie camera to the world?

Hale County This Morning, This Evening  18 (CTBA)   Restored and Rediscovered

Hale County, This Morning, This Evening
Sun 28 July 18:20
Film
An innovative, impressionistic portrait of contemporary life in Hale County, Alabama, chronicling a small community of people who come up against ordinary and uncommon odds.

UK Premiere: Une Femme Douce  15  S Restored and Rediscovered

Une Femme Douce
Sun 28 July 18:30
Film
A piercing and unforgettable film, we are pleased to present this very special premiere of the UK theatrical re-release of Une Femme Douce. Returning to the big screen with greater potency than before, Robert Bresson's film is the final word on the impact of the male gaze.

Park Circus Presents: 20th Century Flicks Film Quiz

Park Circus Presents: 20th Century Flicks Film Quiz
Sun 28 July 20:30
Event
For one night only, the infamous 20th Century Flicks Film Quiz comes to Watershed. Test your knowledge across a wide range of film geekery with hosts Dave "Herzog" Taylor and Mr Bags as they rediscover movie trivia in the bar.

Marianne and Leonard: Words of Love  18 (CTBA)  PS

Marianne and Leonard
Fri 26 July - Thu 1 Aug
Film
Veteran documentarian Nick Broomfield’s (Kurt and Courtney, Whitney: Can I Be Me?) latest tells the beautiful yet tragic love story between musician Leonard Cohen and his Norwegian muse Marianne Ihlen.

Are you Proud?  15  

Are you Proud?
Mon 29 July - Thu 1 Aug
Film
Combining rare archive footage with interviews from leading campaigners, Are You Proud? charts the journey of the LGBTQ+ right movement, charting the joys and divisions toward equality.

Animals  15  

Animals
Fri 2 - Thu 8 Aug
Film
From Sundance Award-winning Australian director Sophie Hyde (52 Tuesdays), this beautifully nuanced comedy drama sees two hard-partying thirty-something best friends have their relationship strained by the realities of getting older.

Pauline at the Beach  15  S Eric Rohmer

Pauline at the Beach
Sun 4 Aug 12:00
Film
Come take a leisurely, relaxing trip to the sun-soaked, sandy beaches of Brittany in Eric Rohmer’s bewitchingly funny yet profoundly wise comedy which follows a holidaying teenager as she begins to navigate the messy adult world of love, lust, and deception.

Animals  15  

Animals
Fri 2 - Thu 8 Aug
Film
From Sundance Award-winning Australian director Sophie Hyde (52 Tuesdays), this beautifully nuanced comedy drama sees two hard-partying thirty-something best friends have their relationship strained by the realities of getting older.

Preview: Leto + Boca 45 DJ Set  15  PS

Preview: Leto + Boca 45 DJ Set
Thu 8 Aug 20:00
Film
Based on the true story of popular Soviet band Kino, Kirill Serebennikov’s vivid, playful evocation of the Russian underground music scene just before Perestroika, revolves around the musical rivalry between rocker Mike and newcomer Viktor, who clash over politics, influences and the affections of Mike’s wife Natasha.

Children of the Revolution: Boca 45 DJ Set

Boca 45 DJ Set: Children of the Revolution
Thu 8 Aug 22:00
Event
Following our 20:00 preview screening of Leto join us in the Bar for Children of the Revolution: DJ set by Boca 45 (Scott Hendy) - a revolution themed set featuring tunes from some of the counter-culture inspirations and influences from the period Leto portrays.

Blinded by the Light  12A  

Blinded by the Light
Fri 9 - Thu 15 Aug
Film
British director Gurinder Chadha (Bhaji on the Beach, Bend It Like Beckham) returns with this upbeat comedy, inspired by journalist Sarfraz Manzoor’s youthful obsession with US rock legend Bruce Springsteen whose music changes the life of one sensitive British teenager of Pakistani descent.

Notorious  U  

Notorious
Fri 9 - Thu 15 Aug
Film
Cary Grant and Ingrid Bergman pair up in Hitchcock’s post-war spy thriller, film noir – with just a dash of screwball dialogue and some serious romance – and the results are electric.

The Green Ray  12A  S Eric Rohmer

The Green Ray
Sun 11 Aug 12:00
Film
Fiction and actuality are seamlessly interwoven in Eric Rohmer’s funny and deeply moving account of a young woman’s quest for good company in this mysterious and beautiful study of solitude, depression and anxiety.

Blinded by the Light  12A  

Blinded by the Light
Fri 9 - Thu 15 Aug
Film
British director Gurinder Chadha (Bhaji on the Beach, Bend It Like Beckham) returns with this upbeat comedy, inspired by journalist Sarfraz Manzoor’s youthful obsession with US rock legend Bruce Springsteen whose music changes the life of one sensitive British teenager of Pakistani descent.

Notorious  U  

Notorious
Fri 9 - Thu 15 Aug
Film
Cary Grant and Ingrid Bergman pair up in Hitchcock’s post-war spy thriller, film noir – with just a dash of screwball dialogue and some serious romance – and the results are electric.

Transit  12A  PS

Transit
Fri 16 - Thu 22 Aug
Film
Pioneering German director Christian Petzold (Phoenix, Barbara) returns with this experimental historical thriller starring Franz Rogowski as Georg, a German refugee fleeing persecution from Nazi-occupied France by assuming the identity of a recently deceased author.

Leto  15  PS

Leto
Fri 16 - Thu 22 Aug
Film
Based on the true story of popular Soviet band Kino, Kirill Serebennikov’s vivid, playful evocation of the Russian underground music scene just before Perestroika, revolves around the musical rivalry between rocker Mike (Roma Zver) and newcomer Viktor (Teo Yoo), who clash over politics, influences and the affections of Mike’s wife Natasha.

My Girlfriend's Boyfriend  PG  S Eric Rohmer

Boyfriends and Girlfriends
Sun 18 Aug 12:00
Film
Set in the insular, ultra-modern Paris suburb of Cergy-Pontoise, Eric Rohmer’s cool, clever comedy of manners concerns a group of young, amorous professionals who harbour mismatched emotions for each other’s significant others.