Bristol’s annual film meets music celebration returns in its eight edition through March and April for a mix of concerts, screenings, special events and after-show parties, programmed by St George’s Bristol, Colston Hall and Watershed.

This year, the programme will explore themes of minimalism, diverse composition and specially commissioned new shows. Launching at Watershed on Wednesday 6 March with the first in a series of three film-related AV commissions from DJ Cheeba and DJ Food, highlights include:

St George’s Bristol:

The Jocelyn Pook Ensemble perform Music for Film and Voices (Saturday 16 March) featuring scores composed by Jocelyn Pook. This Filmic commission includes this renowned composer’s music from Golden Globe winner The Wife, Stanley Kubrick’s final film Eyes Wide Shut, and Netflix true crime hit The Staircase.


Cult pianist Hauschka (Thursday 11 April), composer for the film Lion, is followed by a free VJ set in the Café Bar with DJ Cheeba. Fans of Nils Frahm-esque minimalism can look forward to a concert which features music from Hauschka’s latest Sony Classical album A Different Forest.


Legendary founder of minimalism Terry Riley (Saturday 13 April), is followed by a Filmic commission from cult Bristol soundscapers Eyebrow. This after show (free to concert bookers) is inspired by Terry Riley’s experiments with jazz trumpeters Chet Baker and Don Cherry.


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COLSTON HALL full listings here

Colston Hall Foyer:

On Sunday 21 April, orchestral duo Neil Leiter and Margaret Hermant, aka Echo Collective recreate Radiohead’s iconic album Amnesiac in the Colston Hall Foyer.

Colston Hall Presents at Bristol Hippodrome:

Composer John Williams’ early work is revisited with the special live music/big screen treatment of Steven Spielberg’s E.T. The Extra Terrestrial: In Concert, at Bristol Hippodrome on Wednesday 24 April.

WATERSHED  full listings here

Two film seasons turn the focus on the film soundtrack work of Radiohead musicians Jonny Greenwood and Thom Yorke as well as legendary film composer John Williams.

Screenings of The Wife include an introduction by composer Jocelyn Pook on Saturday 16 March and a screening of BBC documentary Tones, Drones and Arpeggios which examines the key attributes of minimalism with an introduction by composer Charles Hazlewood on Saturday 13 April.

Filmic co-founder and producer Phil Johnson, who also programmes for St George’s, says:

“With Radiohead’s Thom Yorke now following Jonny Greenwood into composing for the screen, the interesting crossovers between cinema and music seem to get more numerous with each passing year.

“Now in its eighth edition, Filmic is Bristol’s annual celebration of film-meets-music, programmed collaboratively by Watershed, St George’s Bristol and Colston Hall and dedicated to exploring the creative interplay between the two art-forms in as many ways as possible.

He added: “Bristol has such a great heritage of moody and atmospheric music, and is such a visually distinctive city, that it’s the perfect place for a series that’s about both sound and vision. It’s also great that the city’s arts organisations can work together to produce something that’s broader and more inclusive than separate programming is able to provide.”

Mark Cosgrove, Watershed Cinema Curator, says:

“Filmic is a unique programming partnership across three of Bristol’s best arts venues to explore the creative connections between film and music. We are delighted to announce that this year’s programme includes a special commission of DJs Cheeba and Food to present their responses to Filmic’s rich themes – I can’t wait to see what they create.”

Todd Wills, Artistic Director at Colston Hall, says:

“This year’s Filmic programme is an eclectic mix to say the least, which spans the gamut of music and cinema: from minimalism to the master of the blockbuster film score, John Williams, Filmic continues to explore and celebrate the rich, multi-faceted worlds that are created when film and music collide. Not only that, with new commissions and special one-off performances, we see how these works in turn can take on a whole new dimension when re-interpreted by other artists, and reach whole new audiences in the process.”

Join us throughout March and April as we seek out and celebrate the creative connections across film and music throughout Bristol. Browse St George’s FILMIC19 events here, check venues’ websites for latest announcements, and search for #Filmic19