Filmic is back…

Our annual celebration of all things ‘filmic’ returns with gigs and screenings that highlight the symbiotic relationship between music and the moving image.  This is not simply in the ways in which they are used together, but also how each one can inspire the other.  This is music for the movie in your mind, or the soundtrack in your head.  This year we focus largely on ideas of technology in sound and vision, from the breath-driven atmospherics of Colin Stetson (8 March) to the role the theremin the film soundtracks of Alfred Hitchcock and Tim Burton (21 April) and the digital mapping of film and music in ‘Places of Worship’ (12 May).  Watershed will play its part as usual, offering up a smorgasbord of engaging and entertaining films (details coming soon), and this year we’re joined by Colston Hall, which hosts Moogmemory (4 Mar) and the brilliant Tindersticks (7 May).

Filmic at St George’s Bristol

Experimental saxophone soundsculptor Colin Stetson works in the touring bands of Arcade Fire and Bon Iver and his recordings for other artists include three albums by Tom Waits.  His music has also been used on the soundtracks to 12 Years a Slave, Rust and Bone, Blue Caprice and The Rover.

Tuesday 8 March, 8pm / Tickets £18, £5 Students (limited availability) (*plus fees)

Lydia Kavina is the world’s foremost ‘thereminist’ and a regular collaborator with Danny Elfman, Howard Shore and director Tim Burton.  In the first part of this show Lydia will present a short demonstration of this most unusual instrument, while in the second she will join members of The Lochrian Ensemble to perform a special programme of music, including Milos Rosza’s ‘Fantasy’ from Hitchcock’s Spellbound, Martinu’s ‘Fantastia for Theremin, Oboe, Piano and String Quartet’, plus music from the Tim Burton films Mars Attacks! and Ed Wood.

Thursday 21 April, 8pm / Tickets £16, £5 Students (limited availability) (*plus fees)

This landmark sounds and vision project features Norwegian trumpeter/soundscaper Arve Henriksen and his long-term musical collaborators Eivind Aarset (guitar) and Jan Bang (electronics) as they perform to a film by the video artist Anastasia Isachsen, mapped live onto the walls of St George’s.

Thursday 12 May, 8pm / Tickets £20, £5 Students (limited availability) (*plus fees)

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Filmic at Colston Hall

Genre-bending pianist Matthew Bourne joins forces with graphic genius Michael England (Autechre, Demdike Stare) to combine analogue electronics, minimalism and video synthesis. Together they explore the resonant, spacey qualities of iconic audio and video synthesisers. The result is a beautifully atmospheric landscape of sound and image, taking audiences on a journey from Montauk, New York to the Yorkshire Moors.

Friday 4 March, 7.30pm / Tickets £13.50 (*incl. booking fee)

In February 2016 Tindersticks release their 10th studio album The Waiting Room, their first studio album since 2012’s acclaimed The Something Rain.  Each song will have a specially commissioned film to accompany it with the series produced by La Blogoteque and directed by a host of different international film directors including Christoph Girardet (Germany), Claire Denis and Pierre Vinour (France), Gabriel Sanna (Brazil) and Rosie Pedlow and Joe King (UK).

Saturday 7 May, 8pm / Tickets £22 (*incl. booking fee)

*All prices include a 7.5% booking fee


Filmic at Watershed

April Brunches
A history of electronic music in film in four parts…
Sun 3, Midday  The Bride of Frankenstein (PG)
Sun 10, Midday  Spellbound (PG)
Sun 17, Midday  The Birds (15)
Sun 24, Midday  Chariots of Fire (PG)
May Brunches – On sale soon
John Carpenter: redefining the film score…
Sun 1, Midday  Assault on Precinct 13
Sun 8, Midday  Halloween
Sun 15, Midday  The Fog
Sun 22, Midday  Escape from New York
Sun 29, Midday  The Thing
Live performances and Filmic one offs…
Sun 10 April, 3pm Classic early soviet silent film Arsenal with live score by Bronnt Industries Kapital.
Sun 8 May 2pm Ron Geesin – An Improvised Life followed by screening of Sunday Bloody Sunday which Ron scored
and finally Laurie Anderson’s Heart of a Dog opens on 20th May.
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