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Remixing the Archives

On 18, Jul 2017 | In Adrian Utley, Asian Arts Agency, PunjabTronix, Watershed | By JM

Sat 29 July 11:00am

Get insights from musicians and creatives about working with archives to create new works. Guests include Bristol-based filmmaker John Minton, known for his experimental, lo-fi, and hallucinatory style of filmmaking working with the likes of Portishead, Noel Gallagher and most recently with Get the Blessing and DJ Swami on Punjabtronix, a new commission by Asian Arts Agency in partnership with Watershed to promote international collaborations between artists from England and India to respond to Reimagine India 2017.




In Get The Blessing


3CW – At the Pictures

On 18, Apr 2017 | In Get The Blessing, Live, Watershed | By JM

Bristol’s favourite multi-instrumental trio Three Cane Whale has always been evocative of particular atmospheres and landscapes, both real and imagined. In the second half of the gig, the band unveil a series of world premieres in the form of films created by ten different filmmakers to accompany their live performance. These include works by feature-film director Brett Harvey, BAFTA-winning animator Emma Lazenby, installation artists Kathy Hinde and Reuben Knutson, TV director Mark Taylor, cinematographer Adam J Laity, acclaimed visual artist John Minton (who’s worked with Portishead and Get The Blessing, amongst many others), cutting-edge Finnish-based dance-filmmaker John Collingswood, award-winning scriptwriter and filmmaker Ollie Cullen, and ‘architectural’ animator Peter Northcott.

The gig also sees the launch of the band’s long-awaited first VINYL release (of the album Palimpsest, recorded at Real World Studios and produced by Adrian Utley), some brand-new as-yet-unrecorded tunes, and the continuation of their collaboration with the ‘Kelston Laureate’, aka poet Jon Hamp.



In Watershed


Films at the Fringe

On 10, Feb 2016 | In Watershed | By JM

At the Watershed BBC Introducing in the West will be showing a selection of current music videos made by alternative Bristol acts. There will be live performances by SJ Esau,Wenonoah & ICHI and a little chat with video directors John MintonSam WisternoffJames Hankins & Harry Wright.




In Live


Watershed 30th Party

On 13, Jun 2012 | In Live, Promotion, Watershed | By JM

Open Day

Join us for the climax of the Open Day and see us herald our 31st year in style from 22:00 til midnight with a mash up of image and music celebrating 30 years. Delve into our collective audio/visual past in a night of remixes, memories and killer tunes from across the decades…

The opening 15 minutes will be a specially commissioned Watershed Birthday present from Scott Hendy (Malachai/Boca 45) head honcho of BEAM (Bristol Exchange of Arts and Music) and Bristol filmmaker John Minton (the man behind Portishead’s distinctive videos and much more) followed by some outrageously danceable music – all drawn from the past three decades of the Bristol Sound.

As with everything today, entrance to the party is free!



In Portishead


What’s that Sound? 2

On 12, Jun 2012 | In Portishead, Promotion, Watershed | By JM

Made in Bristol

The Bristol music scene and sound is renowned worldwide – here we celebrate its strength and diversity. Steve Haley ran the Vision Factory on Zetland Road in Redland and was a video and filmmaker who provided Bristol’s musical luminaries with many visual backdrops. We screen his ground-breaking video for Fresh Four’s Wishing on a Star, which made it onto the Chart Show and TOTP, alongside Just A Matter Of Time (otherwise known as “Where’s Tricky?”), an early Massive Attack promo and a selection of work by John Minton, the man behind distinctive videos for Portishead. Plus Radiohead’s There There and small rhythmic gems from DepicT! and Electric December.