Watershed staff, and guests give their take on some of the upcoming Watershed highlights.
January 2022 Cinema Podcast
A brief note from Mark Cosgrove, Cinema Curator, ahead of January 2022
December 2021 Cinema Podcast
For the last podcast of the year, Mark Cosgrove, Watershed Cinema Curator, shares his own experience of cinema – both personal and professional.As part of a book of essays, Opening Up the Magic Box, Mark was asked to reflect on the role of cinema in his life. Mark's essay, A Life Cinematic – the Early Years, presents a 10-year-old from the fringes of Glasgow enamoured with Cagney, Bogart and Wayne to the student years, and a first taste of selecting a film for others to see.
November 2021 Cinema Podcast
November's Cinema Podcast celebrates a return of audiences to the cinema, renewed partnerships through the fantastic Afrika Eye film festival, and a season of films and discussions challenging Myth and Masculinity in the Western. Mark Cosgrove is joined by Annie Mentor, director Afrika Eye Festival and Lola McKinnon MA Curation Student.Annie shares what Afrika Eye Film Festival is and what impassions it to explore multi-faceted Africa through film, culture and collaboration. Plus all the highlights from a rich programme of stories; of lives lived and lives imagined, created by remarkable filmmakers from Africa and the diaspora. Coming to Watershed 12-14 November.As part of her placement Lola shares a little about life as an MA Curation Student, but more about her season exploring the new generation of female filmmakers from all over the world challenging the masculinist mythologies of the Western. And breathing new life into a genre synonymous with fistfights, gun-slingin’ and tough, white men.
October 2021 Cinema Podcast
In October's cinema podcast Mark Cosgrove, Watershed Cinema Curator, is joined by Lisa Harewood and Jonathan Ali from The Twelve30 Collective who showcases classic and contemporary films from the Caribbean and its diaspora. They discuss the Caribbean film scene and the tensions between looking to Hollywood and foregrounding the territories' own identities, the lack of independent cinemas and the challenges of screening films across multiple countries.Twelve30 Collective are also distributors of this month's screening of long-lost, Jamaican-set film No Place Like Home. Lisa and Ali share the films amazing backstory of its devastating loss for more than two decades; and its powerful, lightly fictionalised window into rural Jamaica of 50 years ago.
September 2021 Cinema Podcast
With screenings at Watershed now back up to 6 days a week a look ahead at September highlights coming up.Mark Cosgrove, Watershed Cinema Curator, talks to Gary Thompson, founder of Cables & Cameras, about their Watershed takeover weekend at the end of September – Cables & Cameras Presents:INSPIRED. The weekend features a whole range of conversations, screenings and events that will explore Black/POC culture and talent both in front of and behind the camera.Mark is also joined by Adam Murray from Bristol Black Horror Club. Adam talks about his positive experiences of working with Gary and Cables & Cameras, his upcoming illustrated talk on the history of Black representationin horror films and behind the camera and why he is looking forward to Cables & Cameras Presents:INSPIRED.
August 2021 Cinema Podcast
A quick and summery August podcast from Mark Cosgrove, Watershed Cinema Curator introducing the upcoming The World of Wong Kar Wai season.Mark introduces the seasons and shares how the films have been restored and reworked; and celebrates finally being able to re-introduce audiences to the lush and sensual visuals, pitch-perfect soundtracks, and soulful romanticism of Wong Kar Wai's contemporary cinema.