21st December 2019 Ecosse Films’ six-part drama The Trial of Christine Keeler, which takes a fresh look at the 1960s ‘Profumo Affair’, will premiere on BBC One on Sunday 29th December, following its extensive shoot at The Bottle Yard Studios and a host of Bristol locations earlier this year.
4th December 2019 Watershed was one of only two cinemas in the UK to host this year’s edition of European Cinema Night with last night’s special free preview of the German arthouse hit System Crasher followed by a Q&A with the film’s producer Frauke Kolbmüller.
31st October 2019 On 23rd October, legendary animator Nick Park sat down for a special interview marking 30 years of Wallace & Gromit, with film critic Mark Kermode and Professor of Film Studies at Exeter University Linda Ruth Williams.
31st October 2019 Blak Wave, spearheaded by Michael Jenkins and Dr Mena Fombo, will be the first of Bristol’s 140 TV production companies to be black owned.
29th October 2019 After a public ticket ballot that saw more than 80,000 people apply for tickets, it was a packed auditorium of 300 that settled in for the Bristol preview of Seven World One Planet at Showcase Cinema de Lux on 23 October, introduced by Sir David Attenborough.
17th October 2019 Eddie Bingham, Communications and Fundraising Lead at Bristol-based social enterprise Babbasa, describes the Hear Our Stories short film, which tells the stories of ethnic minority individuals who are excelling in Business and Entrepreneurship.
3rd October 2019 The new academic year may be well underway for students, but this October teachers from ten Bristol primary schools are beginning their own learning journey that will see them become professionally trained to use film as a teaching tool.
2nd October 2019 This year’s Festival of the Future City (16-18 October 2019) features a fantastic film programme featuring “classic utopian films about cities; cities in silent cinema; and documentaries on New Towns, democracy, the housing crisis and the anthropocene”, plus a season of classic film noirs.
4th September 2019 James Durie, chief executive of Bristol Chamber & Initiative at Business West, reflects on the growth of Bristol’s TV & film economy.
18th July 2019 Wildscreen, the Bristol-based conservation charity behind the internationally-renowned Wildscreen Festival, has partnered with Back from the Brink to launch a new competition inviting the public to grab their cameras and share the nature that lives around them.
20th June 2019 Bristol City of Film’s Natalie Moore has returned from the XIII Unesco Creative Cities Network Annual Conference (10-15 June 2019), which was this year hosted by Fabriano, City of Crafts and Folk Art. The conference was opened on 10 June by the President of the Italian Republic Sergio Matterella, who welcomed UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador for Creative Cities Monica Francesca Merloni ... Read More
14th June 2019 The BFI has released the official trailer for Bristol-produced feature Bait, which is due to premiere in the UK on Friday 21 June at Edinburgh International Film Festival where it is nominated for the 2019 Michael Powell Award for Best British Film. Directed by Mark Jenkin and produced by Bristol company Early Day Films, Bait was the only UK film selected ... Read More
7th June 2019 The Guardian University 2020 League tables have been released and it’s great news for Bristol’s two Universities in the subject area of Film Production and Photography! University of Bristol is ranked as the number one place to study the subject in the UK, whilst UWE Bristol is ranked in third place. Congratulations to both Universities on this fantastic achievement!
30th May 2019 Cinema Rediscovered returns with its 4th edition from 25-28 July 2019, with a packed programme that explores the invention, innovation and mystery of cinema, diving deep into the legacy of revered filmmakers such as Nic Roeg, Alfred Hitchcock, Robert Bresson and Bristol born Mike Hodges as well as shining a spotlight on lesser known cinematic voices including Maureen Blackwood, Márta ... Read More
9th May 2019 Dr Amy Genders’ new report, ‘An Invisible Army: The Role of Freelance Labour in Bristol’s Film & Television Industries’, examines the role of the self employed in this sector and how their contribution could be better recognized, valued, supported and enhanced. Launched at Watershed on 30 April 2019, it explores a range of topics including barriers to entry, diversity and ... Read More
9th April 2019 Paul Hamlyn Foundation have announced four years of funding for education charity Into Film’s Film for Learning project, a new 4-year teacher and senior leader professional development project aiming to improve young peoples’ engagement, participation and attainment in literacy by supporting teachers and senior leaders to use film as a tool for teaching and learning. Bristol is one of three ... Read More
2nd April 2019 Bristol’s film and moving image sector gathered at Watershed Media Centre on 1 February 2018 to celebrate Bristol’s new chapter as a UNESCO City of Film status. Opened by Mayor of Bristol Marvin Rees, the event was attended by UNESCO UK, fellow UK City of Film Bradford, and representatives from national partners including the BFI, Production Guild, BBC and Channel ... Read More
31st March 2019 On 31 October 2017, the Director-General of UNESCO confirmed that Bristol had succeeded in its bid to join the likes of Sydney, Galway, Rome and Bradford as a City of Film. We take a look back on some of the reactions from the city: “This is fantastic news and a ringing endorsement of Bristol’s position as a world leader in ... Read More