How about a gelato and a nice cool air conditioned dark room?
For those of you not heading off to a field or beach, look out for the inaugural Cinema Rediscovered taking place at Watershed from THU 28 - SUN 31 JULY with a packed programme of great films, sounds and music icons! Inspired by Bologna’s Il Cinema Ritrovato, this is the first of its kind in the UK, opening with the World Premiere of a restored The Lion in Winter featuring a great score by legendary composer John Barry.
On Thu 28 July, we also show one of the first fictional feature films written and directed by black female American director, the late Kathleen Collins’ Losing Ground Hardly screened at all in cinemas when it was released in the early 80’s, the film, now digitally restored remastered through the efforts of Collins’ daughter Nina, reveals itself as a masterpiece of African American and women's cinema (starring Bill Gunn, director of Ganja and Hess - also showing - see below.)
On Fri 29 July, we go analogue with a vinyl set from Bristol’s Hellfire Video DJs in the bar from 8pm whilst cult classic Ganja & Hess screens in glorious 35mm courtesy of Autograph ABP’s Black Atlantic Cinema Club which went on to inspire Spike Lee’s Da Sweet Blood of Jesus...
There’s also a late night Check The Gate 35mm screening of the subversive Mick Jagger-starring Performance (with a soundtrack by Jack Nitzsche, featuring the inimitable Ry Cooder) There’s also Christopher Harris' dreamlike cine-poem on his hometown, St. Louis, still/here showing on 16mm and the rarely seen 60s classic Dutchman (Fri 29 July 5.50pm) based on LeRoi Jones's award-winning 1964 play.
On Sat 30 July, celebrate 40 years of punk with the UK premiere of the reissue of Alex Cox’s explosive chronicle of eighties punk excess Sid & Nancy (Cox was introduced to the punk scene through his time studying film at Bristol University). There’s also David Bowie in arguably his finest film role in Merry Christmas Mr Lawrence, soundtracked by renowned experimental composer Ryuichi Sakamoto. We also show Pietra Brettkelly’s recent award-winning documentary A Flickering Truth (Sat 30 July 11am), which follows a group of dedicated Afghan cinephiles' journey rebuilding Afghanistan’s film history and culture, after years trying to protect it from the Taliban.
For those of you with little people or refuse to grow up, drop by for a free Hands-on Film children’s workshop led by expert puppeteer and magic maker Emma Powell (Puppet Place) and a showing of much loved classic Wizard of Oz 3D on the big screen in 3D.
There’s also a programme of films specially selected by Bologna’s Cineteca di Bologna including the striking Fists in The Pocket / I Pugni in Tasca which features a haunting score by Ennio Morricone and In Search of Colour, a programme of shorts celebrating the debut of colour film with a live piano accompaniment by John Sweeney.
On Sun 31 July, Bristol Record Archivist Nicky Sugar will introduce a selection of Home Movies from Africa, India and the Middle East from the largest archive collections of amateur film shot in the British Empire and Commonwealth, held here in Bristol.
To see the full programme, and to book tickets, visit http://www.watershed.co.uk/cinema-rediscovered
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ALSO SHOWING AT WATERSHED IN JULY (Cinema Rediscovered Pass holders get £2.00 discount) Tarkovsky Pix (Nostalgia)
- Barry Lyndon (Fri 29 July - Thu 4 Aug) the new BFI re-issue of Stanley Kubrick’s ground-breaking classic
- Celebrating Slocombe Sunday Brunches (every Sunday in July at 12:00 except Rollerball on Sun 31 July, which is included in the Pass)
- Sculpting Time: Andrei Tarkovsky Season (a retrospective of the influential Russian filmmaker throughout July and August)
We hope to see you there,