What's on this week Thu 19 - Wed 25 Oct

From Pervasive Media Studio Residents, Raucous who gave us The Stick House in 2015 comes Ice Road: fusing performance, creative technology, original music, film and aroma to tell the story of the children war leaves behind.  

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Director Denis Villeneuve delivers big with this stylish, hallucinatory and utterly breath-taking sci-fi spectacle of gigantic proportions - the hugely anticipated follow up to the 1982 cult classic, which critics are already saying might actually be better than the original.

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The world's first fully painted feature film brings together the paintings of Vincent van Gogh to tell his extraordinary life story - and every one of the 65,000 frames of the film is an oil-painting hand-painted by a small army of 125 professionals.

Read More - Loving Vincent Book Tickets for Loving Vincent

British director and screenwriter Sally Potter's (Orlando, Ginger & Rosa) eighth feature is a dark, political comedy served up at a dinner party gone very wrong.

Read More - The Party Book Tickets for The Party

This workshop looks at the lessons learned about the commercialisation of city spaces and the impact this has on the built environment.

Read More - Urban Speculations: Imagining Alternatives to the Built Environment

Michael Heseltine has always been a strong supporter of cities and devolution. He talks now about his vision for cities for the future and where devolution can go next.

Read More - Giving Power to the People: The Future of Devolution

This panel explores how the UN Sustainable Development Goals (which cover 17 areas where major progress is needed by 2030) are being implemented across the world.

Read More - Sustainable Development Goals and Cities: An International Perspective

This session brings together researchers, their partners and funders with the public to identify what has been learned about cities; identify strategies and programmes of work that will see cities transformed in the future; and identify where research is needed next.

Read More - New Approaches to Urban Living

How do we create sustainable cities? What powers must central government part with to allow cities to be free to act? How radical can cities be?

Read More - Sustainability and the Future of Cities

Andrew Moore will be in conversation with Nick Pearce about the current horizon for artificial intelligence, robotics and Big Data and the social, economic and political implications of technological change.

Read More - Artificial Intelligence, Innovation and US Cities in the Age of Trump

What are the benefits of this locally-focused financial ecology and what makes Bristol a centre for it all?

Read More - Keeping it Circular: The Opportunity of Locally Focussed Money

In the wake of the decision to leave the EU following the 2016 referendum this session asks how might immigration change after Brexit? What are the risks or opportunities? And can a common ground be found or will there be further polarisation?

Read More - Immigration and Future Cities

How different would cities be if women built them? How do we extend the rights to the city to all?

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This series of short presentations highlights local projects that are creating a healthier and more environmentally sustainable future city. 

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What does Bristol think about immigration, past, currently and for the future? People from the Bristol community come together to discuss and debate attitudes to immigration.

Read More - National Conversation on Immigration Workshop

The British love the idea of social mobility, but Britain fails to make it a reality for many today. This panel discusses the role of cities in social mobility and how we can make major change happen.

Read More - Social Mobility, Immobility and the Future of Cities Book Tickets for Social Mobility, Immobility and the Future of Cities

In this Harbourside walk Peter Madden describes Bristol’s history and suggests how we can plan effectively for the future.

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The health concerns associated with urban living are not new, but they are challenges that are growing in significance. In this session a number of key topics will be outlined in presentations by experts and then explored further in a chaired panel discussion.

Read More - Future Cities Catapult: Healthy Cities Book Tickets for Future Cities Catapult: Healthy Cities

This session brings together innovators from across the UK who are experimenting with new ways in which the citizen sector can play a bigger role in making the homes we want and need.

Read More - We Can Make: Affordable Citizen-Led Housing

Bringing together cutting-edge research into inclusive growth and city leadership the panel addresses how future cities can avoid the problems of past growth and become places for all.

Read More - Building Integrated and Inclusive Cities Book Tickets for Building Integrated and Inclusive Cities

The #ThereISBlackInTheUnionJack project looks at race in Bristol through the generations, including women of colour.

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The growing importance of cities provides a great opportunity to radically rethink how we live and how we can improve health in the built environment. But how do we make cities and towns healthier places to be?

Read More - People, Healthy Towns and Cities Book Tickets for People, Healthy Towns and Cities

This is a participative session, allowing attendees to share their vision for the city and shape Bristol’s future on topics such as health and well-being, education and skills, growth, communities and transport and infrastructure.

Read More - Bristol: One City - Shaping the Future

What is a child-friendly city? How does this link to other city visions for healthy, green, resilient, connected and fair places? What policy changes need to be achieved to make cities truly child-friendly?

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Journalist and activist Jane Jacobs's fight to save historic New York architecture.

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Based on the graphic novel by Fabien Nury, writer/director Armando Iannucci (The Thick of It, In The Loop) is in his element with this acerbic send-up of the Soviet dictator and his band of scheming bootlicks who vie for power after his sudden demise.

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Based on the graphic novel by Fabien Nury, writer/director Armando Iannucci (The Thick of It, In The Loop) is in his element with this acerbic send-up of the Soviet dictator and his band of scheming bootlicks who vie for power after his sudden demise.

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Nearly 52 per cent of people in the UK voted to leave the EU in the referendum of 2016. However, most major cities voted to remain. A panel will discuss this split and what it means for the future of the UK.

Read More - Brexit and the Future of Cities Book Tickets for Brexit and the Future of Cities

The beautiful and strange debut from Zambian-born Wales-raised writer/director Rungano Nyoni is an African satire about beliefs in sorcery, revolving around a 9 year old who is accused of being a witch.

Read More - I Am Not a Witch Book Tickets for I Am Not a Witch

A screening of this film and history project by Black South West Network (BSWN) which looks at the relationships between heritage, race, identity and belonging for the Black and Ethnic Minority community in Bristol.

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Join local drag queen Alyssa Van Delle for a morning of stories and sing alongs celebrating the imagination and fun of gender fluidity for all the family.

Read More - Family Arts Festival: Drag Queen Storytime Book Tickets for Family Arts Festival: Drag Queen Storytime

Journey to a land of giant rodents and Spanish swordsmen with our family screenings of the 1987 cult classic The Princess Bride - a comical fantasy tale of beautiful princesses, foul villains and dashing heroes from director Rob Reiner.

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Unrest VR is an interactive non-fiction experience inspired by Jennifer Brea’s feature documentary Unrest (Sundance 2017 Special Jury Award).

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Before becoming known for his sweeping epics with casts of thousands, director David Lean (Lawrence of Arabia) shot this sumptuous Technicolor Venice-set romance in which Katharine Hepburn has a close encounter of the Italian kind.

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Jennifer Brea’s Unrest is an unflinching first person documentary about ME-CFS (myalgic encephalopathy or chronic fatigue syndrome) and the devastating effects it wrecks on the human body.

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Dawkins take over all five of our ale taps in the Café/Bar from Mon 23 - Sun 29 Oct. Come and try some of their ales!

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Based on Neil Gaiman’s best-selling book and helmed by The Nightmare Before Christmas director Henry Selick, this ace stop-motion family fantasy follows an adventurous girl who, after moving into a new home with her family, discovers a portal to a strange and seemingly better world.

Read More - Coraline Book Tickets for Coraline

Watershed and Raise the Bar invite you to an extra special spoken word event for families, with performances by professional poets Sara Hirsch and MiKo Berry and a chance for families to create and share their own works too.

Read More - Family Arts Festival: Spoken Word Family Hour with Raise The Bar

Grace Jones and Friends Live promises to be thrilling and enlightening evening (via Satellite) with the inimitable icon, as she discusses her life and work with some of her closest collaborators, from the worlds of music, fashion, art and film, after an exclusive preview of Sophie Fiennes’ highly anticipated new film Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami.

Read More - Grace Jones: Bloodlight & Bami - Live with Friends Book Tickets for Grace Jones: Bloodlight & Bami - Live with Friends

Raise the Bar is back for the October edition of its acclaimed spoken word event, and this month also marks Raise the Bar’s 3rd birthday!

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Thu 26 Oct - Wed 1 Nov

From Pervasive Media Studio Residents, Raucous who gave us The Stick House in 2015 comes Ice Road: fusing performance, creative technology, original music, film and aroma to tell the story of the children war leaves behind.  

Read More - Ice Road Book Tickets for Ice Road

The world's first fully painted feature film brings together the paintings of Vincent van Gogh to tell his extraordinary life story - and every one of the 65,000 frames of the film is an oil-painting hand-painted by a small army of 125 professionals.

Read More - Loving Vincent Book Tickets for Loving Vincent

British director and screenwriter Sally Potter's (Orlando, Ginger & Rosa) eighth feature is a dark, political comedy served up at a dinner party gone very wrong.

Read More - The Party Book Tickets for The Party

Based on the graphic novel by Fabien Nury, writer/director Armando Iannucci (The Thick of It, In The Loop) is in his element with this acerbic send-up of the Soviet dictator and his band of scheming bootlicks who vie for power after his sudden demise.

Read More - The Death of Stalin Book Tickets for The Death of Stalin

The beautiful and strange debut from Zambian-born Wales-raised writer/director Rungano Nyoni is an African satire about beliefs in sorcery, revolving around a 9 year old who is accused of being a witch.

Read More - I Am Not a Witch Book Tickets for I Am Not a Witch

Dawkins take over all five of our ale taps in the Café/Bar from Mon 23 - Sun 29 Oct. Come and try some of their ales!

Read More - Tap Takeover: Dawkins

Based on Neil Gaiman’s best-selling book and helmed by The Nightmare Before Christmas director Henry Selick, this ace stop-motion family fantasy follows an adventurous girl who, after moving into a new home with her family, discovers a portal to a strange and seemingly better world.

Read More - Coraline Book Tickets for Coraline

In this special event to mark Black History Month, Roger Griffith (author and Chair of Ujima Radio) takes us through his journeys to justice followed by a special screening of Britain on Film: Black Britain.

Read More - My Journey for Justice: In Search of a King Book Tickets for My Journey for Justice: In Search of a King

This Halloween, we’re on a mission to demystify moths! Come and meet the Butterfly Conservation team and see their not-so-spooky-specimens, hear the truth about the “butterflies of the night” and craft your very own moth.

Read More - Family Arts Festival: Magic Moth Creations

This gorgeous and moving adaptation of André Acriman's acclaimed novel, directed by Luca Guadagnino (I Am Love, A Bigger Splash), is a sun-kissed queer love story about the relationship between a 17-year-old and an older man.

Read More - Call Me By Your Name Book Tickets for Call Me By Your Name

This gorgeous and moving adaptation of André Acriman's acclaimed novel, directed by Luca Guadagnino (I Am Love, A Bigger Splash), is a sun-kissed queer love story about the relationship between a 17-year-old and an older man.

Read More - Call Me By Your Name Book Tickets for Call Me By Your Name

A moving and meaningful insight into the life and work of The The's Matt Johnson as he struggles with creative inertia whilst facing the challenge of writing new work.

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An intimate and electrifying journey that moves between four cinematic layers – performance, family, artist and gypsy – to explore the fascinating world of pop cultural phenomenon Grace Jones.

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Come the Revolution pays tribute to the genre defying icon, muse, comic, singer Grace Jones with a post screening musical journey spanning her disco, reggae, electronica classics served up by the selector par excellance DJ Kid Sis.

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Zhang Yimou seduces with this visually ravishing and artfully directed martial arts spectacle and complex love story about two officers and a blind dancer who are charged with capturing the leader of a mysterious rebel group.

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This Halloween, The Finals Girls film collective present a selection of shorts from some of the most exciting new female voices in genre cinema.

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Thu 2 - Wed 8 Nov

From Pervasive Media Studio Residents, Raucous who gave us The Stick House in 2015 comes Ice Road: fusing performance, creative technology, original music, film and aroma to tell the story of the children war leaves behind.  

Read More - Ice Road Book Tickets for Ice Road

This gorgeous and moving adaptation of André Acriman's acclaimed novel, directed by Luca Guadagnino (I Am Love, A Bigger Splash), is a sun-kissed queer love story about the relationship between a 17-year-old and an older man.

Read More - Call Me By Your Name Book Tickets for Call Me By Your Name

An intimate and electrifying journey that moves between four cinematic layers – performance, family, artist and gypsy – to explore the fascinating world of pop cultural phenomenon Grace Jones.

Read More - Grace Jones : Bloodlight and Bami Book Tickets for Grace Jones : Bloodlight and Bami

Director Yorgos Lanthimos (director of Bristol favourite The Lobster) returns with another wildly original, deliciously twisted film - an astonishing mix of Greek tragedy, surrealism and supernatural thriller starring Colin Farrell as a surgeon whose relationship with a teenage boy turns very strange indeed.

Read More - The Killing of a Sacred Deer Book Tickets for The Killing of a Sacred Deer

Director Yorgos Lanthimos (director of Bristol favourite The Lobster) returns with another wildly original, deliciously twisted film - an astonishing mix of Greek tragedy, surrealism and supernatural thriller starring Colin Farrell as a surgeon whose relationship with a teenage boy turns very strange indeed.

Read More - The Killing of a Sacred Deer Book Tickets for The Killing of a Sacred Deer

Partly inspired by Michael Antonioni's Blow-Up and the winner of the 1974 Palme d’Or at Cannes, Francis Ford Coppola’s immaculate thriller about a surveillance expert who gets drawn into the devious lives of those he eavesdrops, is a masterful study of paranoia and loneliness.

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Co-winner of the Palme d’Or at the 1972 Cannes Film Festival, Francesco Rosi’s (Salvatore Giuliano) landmark investigative thriller is a brilliant interrogation into the enigmatic life and disputed death of one of Italy’s most controversial figures - businessman Enrico Mattei.

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Cinéphiles is a film discussion group that meets once a month to discuss films chosen from Watershed's programme. All are welcome.

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The Into Film Festival – the world’s largest free film and education event for all UK schools and 5 - 19 year olds – is back offering local school children the chance to immerse themselves in the magic of cinema.

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Thu 9 - Wed 15 Nov

From Pervasive Media Studio Residents, Raucous who gave us The Stick House in 2015 comes Ice Road: fusing performance, creative technology, original music, film and aroma to tell the story of the children war leaves behind.  

Read More - Ice Road Book Tickets for Ice Road

Director Yorgos Lanthimos (director of Bristol favourite The Lobster) returns with another wildly original, deliciously twisted film - an astonishing mix of Greek tragedy, surrealism and supernatural thriller starring Colin Farrell as a surgeon whose relationship with a teenage boy turns very strange indeed.

Read More - The Killing of a Sacred Deer Book Tickets for The Killing of a Sacred Deer

The Into Film Festival – the world’s largest free film and education event for all UK schools and 5 - 19 year olds – is back offering local school children the chance to immerse themselves in the magic of cinema.

Read More - Into Film Festival

Sean Baker follows up his incredible iPhone-shot hit Tangerine with another visionary take on the wild ups and dangerous downs of life in America's underbelly, this time focusing on a spirited six year old's carefree summer juxtaposed with the harsh realities of the adults in her orbit.

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Sean Baker follows up his incredible iPhone-shot hit Tangerine with another visionary take on the wild ups and dangerous downs of life in America's underbelly, this time focusing on a spirited six year old's carefree summer juxtaposed with the harsh realities of the adults in her orbit.

Read More - The Florida Project Book Tickets for The Florida Project

One of the best films of the 80s, Dutch director George Sluizer's supremely disturbing and truly unsettling psychological thriller follows a young man’s obsessive search for his girlfriend who mysteriously disappears whilst on vacation, and her abductor, a mild-mannered professor with a clinically diabolical mind.

Read More - The Vanishing Book Tickets for The Vanishing

Legendary computer scientist, visionary and artist Jaron Lanier tells the extraordinary story of how in just over three decades Virtual Reality went from being a dream to a reality – and how it will transform us and our world.

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One of the very best political thrillers of the 1970s, Fred Zinneman’s serious spy drama explores the attempts of a cold, suave British-hired hitman to assassinate French President General De Gaulle, and a Paris detective’s desperate race to stop him.

Read More - The Day of the Jackal Book Tickets for The Day of the Jackal

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