What’s on This week

Little Women

 Classified 
Little Women
Fri 27 Dec - Wed 22 Jan
Film
Writer/director Greta Gerwig (Lady Bird) returns with a fresh interpretation of Louisa May Alcott's beloved 1868 novel, the Civil War era story of the March sisters, four young women each determined to live life on their own terms - and the result is extraordinary.

Jojo Rabbit

 Classified 12A  PS  
Jojo Rabbit
Wed 1 - Tue 21 Jan
Film
Writer/director Taika Waititi (Thor: Ragnarok, Hunt for the Wilderpeople) brings his signature irreverent comedy to this smart anti-hate World War II satire.

1917

 Classified 15 
1917
Fri 10 - Thu 23 Jan
Film
Award-winning director Sam Mendes (American Beauty, Spectre) teams up with renowned cinematographer Roger Deakins (Blade Runner 2049, Sicario, Skyfall) for this elaboratively choreographed WWI drama.

Uncut Gems

 Classified 15 
Uncut Gems
Fri 10 - Thu 23 Jan
Film
Acclaimed filmmakers Josh and Benny Safdie (Good Time) return with an electrifying crime thriller about a charismatic New York City jeweller and compulsive gambler Howard (Adam Sandler) who's on the lookout for the next big score.

A Hidden Life

 Classified 12A  PS  
A Hidden Life
Fri 17 - Thu 23 Jan
Film
Based on the true story of Franz Jägerstätter, an Austrian farmer who refused to join the army during World War II, Terrence Malick's latest is a spiritual epic on convictions in times of crisis.

Waves

 Classified 15 
Waves
Fri 17 - Thu 23 Jan
Film
Cracks begin to show in the perfect façade of a young athlete’s life in Trey Edward Shults’ (Krisha, It Comes at Night) palpable and unexpected drama about one family's dramatic unravelling and redemption. It's one of the year's most dazzling cinematic achievements.

West Side Story + Poetry

 Classified PG  Musicals, Rewritten?
West Side Story + Poetry
Sat 18 Jan 12:00
Film
An electrifying musical, with an astonishing score written by masterful composer Leonard Bernstein and legendary Stephen Sondheim, Westside Story sets the tragedy of Romeo and Juliet in 1950s New York City.

Cary Grant: She Done Him Wrong

 Classified PG  Slapstick 2020
Cary Grant : She Done Him Wrong
Sat 18 Jan 13:00
Film
Slapstick is celebrating Cary Grant’s birthday with one of his earliest screwball comedies. Mae West stars alongside the Bristol-born star in the 1933 bawdy crime comedy She Done Him Wrong that's chock full of double-entendres, witty one-liners and bold carnality.

Musical Spoken Word Workshop

Musicals, Rewritten?
Musical Spoken Word Workshop
Sat 18 Jan 15:15
Event
Join the brilliant Beth Calverley and Malaika Kegode for a not-to-be-missed musical inspired spoken word workshop for anyone aged 15 – 24.

Hairspray + Poetry

 Classified PG  Musicals, Rewritten?
Hairspray + Poetry
Sat 18 Jan 18:00
Film
Set in Baltimore in 1962, Adam Shankman’s glittering production of Hairspray - adapted from the 2002 stage production and John Waters’ gloriously kitsch 1988 film is a celebratory call for equality and acceptance.

Milk Poetry Musical Showcase

Musicals, Rewritten?
Milk Poetry Musical Showcase
Sat 18 Jan 20:30
Event
Join us for an evening of spoken word with Milk Poetry featuring Caroline Teague, Beth Calverley and Asmaa Jama performing work inspired by some of the greatest musicals hosted by Malaika Kegode. Expect speed poems, politics and show tunes.

Cheryomushki

 Classified  S   Melodia! Musicals from Russia and the Caucasus
Cheryomushki
Sun 19 Jan 12:00
Film
A unique and wonderfully upbeat musical comedy adapted for the screen in 1963, Cheryomushki is set in the suburbs of Soviet Moscow, where young couples find dream homes provided by the state.

Keaton: Restored!

 Classified  Slapstick 2020
Keaton: Restored!
Thu 23 Jan 11:00
Film
Celebrate The Great Stone Face as you’ve never seen him before with these three pristine, newly-restored Buster Keaton classic silent comedy shorts.

Pierre Étaix: Yoyo

 Classified PG  S   Slapstick 2020
French Clowns: Pierre Etaix
Thu 23 Jan 13:30
Film
The elaborately conceived and brilliant comedy Yoyo is the most beloved movie of Oscar® winner and recipient of the 2012 Aardman Slapstick Visual Comedy Award, Pierre Étaix.

European Silent Clowns

 Classified PG  S   Slapstick 2020
European Silent Clowns
Thu 23 Jan 16:00
Film
From the early subtle humour of Georges Méliès, through Max Linder to discoveries across Europe’s film archives, film preservationist and founder of Lobster films Serge Bromberg presents this magical collection of rarely seen archive comedies.

Suffragettes in Silent Comedy

 Classified PG  Slapstick 2020
Suffragettes in Silent Comedy
Thu 23 Jan 18:00
Film
Join award-winning journalist Samira Ahmed (Radio 4, Front Row) and stand-up comedian Lucy Porter for a fascinating glimpse at a series of early British silent comedies depicting attitudes towards the suffragette movement.
Slapstick Divas
Thu 23 Jan 20:00
Film
Join comedian and writer Shappi Khorsandi for an evening of rarely seen silent comedies in Bristol’s magnificent cathedral as we celebrate the outstanding leading women in some of the funniest on-screen examples from the golden age of silent comedy.

Douglas Maclean: One a Minute

 Classified PG  Slapstick 2020
Forgotten Clowns: Douglas Maclean
Fri 24 Jan 09:30
Film
Rediscover Douglas Maclean- one of the biggest forgotten stars of light comedies in American silent film.

Rediscoveries and Revelations with David Robinson

 Classified PG  Slapstick 2020
Rediscoveries and Revelations with David Robinson
Fri 24 Jan 11:30
Film
Join us for more discoveries by the indefatigable film collector and Slapstick stalwart Anthony Saffrey.
The Personal History of David Copperfield
Fri 24 - Thu 30 Jan
Film
Master satirist (and avid Dickens fan) Armando Iannucci (The Thick of It, In The Loop, The Death of Stalin) brings David Copperfield fizzing to life with this gloriously frenetic, hilarious adaptation.

So This is Paris

 Classified PG  Slapstick 2020
So This is Paris
Fri 24 Jan 13:40
Film
This clever American silent comedy from Germany’s master director Ernst Lubitsch stars Monte Blue and Patsy Ruth Miller.

Stan or Ollie: Restored!

 Classified PG  Slapstick 2020
Stan or Ollie: Restored!
Fri 24 Jan 16:00
Film
Join Serge Bromberg and Lobster films as he weaves together tales of his finds and restorations of rare and lost solo Laurel & Hardy films.

Weathering With You

 Classified 12A  S  
Weathering With You
Fri 24 - Thu 30 Jan
Film
Makoto Shinkai follows up his global sensation Your Name with another stunning anime with heart - this time about a girl who has the power to change the weather.

Serge Bromberg's Retour de Flamme

 Classified PG  Slapstick 2020
Serge Bromberg's Retour de Flamme
Fri 24 Jan 18:00
Film
Join film historian and impresario Serge Bromberg as he presents discoveries that he and other devoted film enthusiasts have recently made, including a special Laurel & Hardy surprise!
Silent Comedy Gala at the Cathedral
Fri 24 Jan 20:00
Event
Join us for a mesmerising gala evening of live music to film showcasing your all-time favourite comedy stars.

Marie Prevost: On to Reno

 Classified PG  Slapstick 2020
Forgotten Clowns: Marie Prevost: On To Reno
Sat 25 Jan 09:30
Film
Directed by the great epic silent film director James Cruze, On to Reno is a divorce rom-com, starring Marie Prevost and Cullen Landis.

Chaplin at First National

 Classified PG  Slapstick 2020
Chaplin at First National
Sat 25 Jan 11:30
Film
Two exceptional examples from Chaplin’s First National period that are not to be missed! Introduced by Chaplin’s biographer David Robinson.

At Last the 1948 show: Almost Complete!

 Classified PG  Slapstick 2020
At Last the 1948 show: Almost Complete!
Sat 25 Jan 13:30
Event
The often surreal sketches of the 'At Last the 1948 Show' triggered a revolution destined to change the face of TV comedy forever. Join series star and Slapstick patron Tim Brooke-Taylor for long overdue re-evaluation.
Clowning with the Classics
Sat 25 Jan 16:00
Event
Join writer and comedian Robin Ince, senior Lecturer in Art & Visual Culture at Bristol University Dr Shelley Hales, and Britain's foremost comedy historian Robert Ross in an archive-plundering discussion on this fascinating thread of humour.

Bill’s Animated Flicks

 Classified PG  Slapstick 2020
Bill’s Animated Flicks
Sun 26 Jan 09:30
Event
In conversation with Robin Ince, Bill Oddie shares his passion for visual comedy and reflects on his favourite moments and shorts from classic animations and his beloved cartoons.
Okido Art & Science Workshop (Coding)
Sun 26 Jan 10:00, 10:45
Workshop
We’re delighted to have teamed up with Bristol-based independent arts organisation Let’s Make Art and OKIDO Magazine for a series of fun family workshops. The next one is all about Coding…

We Are from Jazz

 Classified 18 (CTBA)  S   Melodia! Musicals from Russia and the Caucasus
Jazzman
Sun 26 Jan 12:00
Film
This unforgettable comedy musical follows the story of the young musician Konstantin and his burning ambition to bring jazz to the Soviet Union in the 1920s.
Preview: Queen & Slim + Discussion and Poetry
Wed 29 Jan 17:50
Film
This hotly anticipated, stylish love story is the feature film directorial debut from Melina Matsoukas (Insecure, Beyoncé's Formation) as well as the feature screenwriting debut of Lena Waithe (Master of None, The Chi).
Limited access to Café & Bar until 17:00
Thu 30 Jan 17:00
Event
Our main Café & Bar will be closed from 17:00 on Thu 30 Jan.

The Lighthouse

 Classified 15 
The Lighthouse
Fri 31 Jan - Thu 6 Feb
Film
This psychological thriller from Robert Eggers (The Witch) follows the slow descent into madness of two lighthouse keepers (Willem Dafoe and Robert Pattinson) on a remote New England island at the turn of the 19th century.
BBC R&D Present Their Tools for Interactive and Responsive Storytelling
Fri 31 Jan 13:00
Talk
We are partnering with Digital Cities Bristol for this lunchtime talk where BBC R&D will present their tools for interactive and responsive media experience and how you can get free access to them.
We Are Parable Presents The Art of the Black Visual Album: Sampha - Process
Fri 31 Jan 19:30
Event
We've teamed up with We Are Parable for a unique screening of Process, the visual album from award-winning UK artist Sampha, directed by video artist Kahlil Joseph (Beyonce: Lemonade, Kendrick Lamar: good Kid, m.A.A.d city).

Queen & Slim

 Classified 15 
Queen and Slim
Fri 31 Jan - Thu 6 Feb
Film
This hotly anticipated, stylish love story is the feature film directorial debut from Melina Matsoukas (Insecure, Beyoncé's Formation) as well as the feature screenwriting debut of Lena Waithe (Master of None, The Chi).
The Windrush Journey of Mental Health
Sat 1 Feb 13:00
Film
Director Clive Smith’s revealing documentary offers personal accounts of Afrikan Caribbean people living in Bristol who have experienced the many sides of the mental health system and its traumatic impacts.

Us

 Classified 15  Hell Is Other People
Us
Sun 2 Feb 12:00
Film
Jordan Peele’s shocking comic-horror makes hay with the scenario of our other half rising, its use of shadow versions of ourselves serving as canny metaphors to explore our hidden desires and darker impulses.

Organ

 Classified PG  S   Japan Season
Organ
Mon 3 Feb 17:50
Film
Director Emiko Hiramatsu tells the heart-warming untold true story of a group of teachers who evacuated their infant students from a burning Tokyo at the end of WWII.
Parasite + satellite Q&A with Bong Joon Ho
Mon 3 Feb 18:00
Film
From the imagination of Bong Joon-Ho (Okja, Snowpiercer, The Host), this must-see blackly comic thriller (already the most successful Palme d'Or winner ever) finds a family of grifters worming their way into an upper-class family’s perfect world.
Cinéphiles
Mon 3 Feb 19:30
Event
Cinéphiles is a film discussion group that meets once a month to discuss films chosen from Watershed's programme. All are welcome.

Parasite

 Classified 15  PS  
Parasite 
Fri 7 - Thu 13 Feb
Film
From the imagination of Bong Joon-Ho (Okja, Snowpiercer, The Host), this must-see blackly comic thriller finds a family of grifters worming their way into an upper-class family’s perfect world.

Funny Games

 Classified 18  S   Hell Is Other People
Funny Games
Sun 9 Feb 12:00
Film
A stomach-churningly real home-invasion thriller, Michael Haneke’s most notorious provocation spares no detail in its depiction of the agony suffered by a bourgeois family at the hands of two strangers.

Finis Terræ

 Classified PG 
Finis Terræ
Sun 9 Feb 14:00
Film
Visionary filmmaker Jean Epstein’s 1929 silent French drama blends documentary authenticity with rich cinematic invention to create a subtle homoerotic tale, the echoes of which can be heard in Mark Jenkin’s Bait and Robert Eggers’ The Lighthouse.

Jesus

 Classified 12A  S   Japan Season
Jesus
Mon 10 Feb 18:00
Film
Winner of the New Directors competition at San Sebastian, Hiroshi Okuyama's strikingly original and playful debut follows a young Yura who makes friends with an imaginary Jesus.