As you’re no doubt aware we’re moving our online presence from the old website to the new blog here. Not wanting to lose our archive of events we’re transferring them over too. We were just going to add them quietly as a drop-down at the top of the page but we thought you may enjoy a trip down memory lane so we’re going to add them as posts, one a day probably, year by year. Then we’ll link them into a drop-down afterwards. Unfortunately our records only go back to 2003. We may try & sort something out for earlier events at a later date (ie after Slapstick 2012).
6 June 2003 Watershed
This screening of King Vidor’s silent classic was an event hosted in collaboration with both Watershed & our friends at Bristol 2008 as part of their Celebration of the City season.
Listening (With Kenneth Branagh)
18 September 2003 Watershed
The film’s Director, Kenneth Branagh and it’s Executive Producer Simon Mosley introduced the film and took questions from the audience following the screening.
Starring Bristol-based actor Paul McGann and Frances Barber, “Listening” is a departure for Kenneth Branagh best known for his reworkings of Shakespearean classics and major literary epics. Not a silent film but with “limited dialogue”. This film launched a season that celebrated pioneering filmmakers and actors. The 23 minute film itself took six days to shoot.
“I wanted to see if I could tell a story in a compressed way…to convey an accelerated intimacy that comes from not having words.” “I wanted to show a sense of lives passing and missing each other, and layers of meaning culminating in a beautiful melancholy.”
On the films stars Paul McGann and Frances Barber Branagh said “Both found it interesting in a concentrated way to convey the truth of a character without words, I also wanted his face to have what Paul has, a beatific, otherworldly quality like James Cagney – a far away fella.”
2 November 2003 Watershed
At the time when Japanese cinema seemed to be dominated by theatrical acting convention and the bravura acting often associated with the silent screen, Kinugasa and his film crew produced a film which bears comparison with the very best of 1920s European avant garde.
Its exploration of dreams and madness was a thematic trait it shared with the contempory avant-garde almost anywhere. Kinugasa utilises an incredible battery of experimental formal devices in order to present the world through the eyes of his disturbed characters to make the spectator experience the world through their eyes.
This screening was accompanied by a live performance from Left Hand Right Hand with a new specially composed score.
23 November 2003 Watershed
Introduced by Andrew Kelly – author of “All Quiet On the Western Front: The story of a Film” and Director of Creative Bristol. Recently restored by the Library Of Congress and premiered at Bologna’s Cinema Ritrovato film festival to great acclaim earlier this year.
Universal prepared a silent version of Milestone’s classic anti-war film for overseas release and for theatres that hadn’t yet converted to sound. The silent version was shown in France and Australia but never in Britain. Two silent versions exist and this print is accompanied by a synchronised score by David Broekman (who scored the sound version) and sound effects. The film works extraordinarily well as a silent and offers a unique opportunity to see the UK premiere of the silent version of this classic. There are few opportunities to see how a silent is developed out of a sound version let alone a film of this standing.
7 December 2003 Watershed
Eric Sykes came to Watershed’s cinema on Sunday 7th December to talk about his work and introduce a screening of his classic ‘Silent’ comedy THE PLANK.
In his 80th year Eric discussed his own comedy films, and those of his comedy heroes including Laurel and Hardy and Hatti Jacques.
21 December 2003 Watershed
Mr H Is Late
Dir: Eric Sykes UK 1987
Cast: Spike Milligan, Freddie Starr, Roy Kinnear
Sykes is in charge of a team of undertakers moving a coffin from a home to the church. The home is on the 26th floor of a skyscraper; the stairs are narrow; the lift is small and prone to breaking down. Chaos ensues.
It’s Your Move
Eric Sykes UK 1969
Cast: Tommy Cooper, Richard Briers, Jimmy Edwards
A classic ‘Sykes Silent’ packed with classic comedy and great British comedians. A newly married couple move into their first house, then the removal men (led by Sykes) arrive, bringing the house and the whole street into chaos.