Watershed Podcast



Watershed staff, and guests give their take on some of the upcoming Watershed highlights including films, festivals, events and cross-artform developments and debates.


  • May 2021 Cinema Podcast

    May 2021 Cinema Podcast

    29/04/2021 Duración: 30min

    In May's podcast Mark Cosgrove, Watershed Cinema Curator, is joined by Dave Taylor of legendary Bristol video shop 20th Century Flicks.They reflect on the year that forgot cinema, the autobiographical viewing habits of the shop's customers through lockdown, and a history of the shop – it opened in the same year as Watershed in 1982 – and how it has managed to endure.They also look forward to the return of cinema screenings in May at Watershed, and the shop's screening rooms, and the clutch of superb Oscar winning independent films arriving on the big screen very, very soon.

  • April 2021 Cinema Podcast

    April 2021 Cinema Podcast

    30/03/2021 Duración: 29min

    For April's podcast Mark Cosgrove, Watershed Cinema Curator, is joined by film & music critic and broadcaster Adam Murray.They discuss Adam's love of horror and research for a season of horror films, hopefully screening at Watershed this Autumn, exploring identity and fitting-in – and their relationship to Black representation and the Black experience. Adam also shares the two films he is looking forward to seeing at Watershed when it re-opens in May.

  • March 2021 Cinema Podcast

    March 2021 Cinema Podcast

    25/02/2021 Duración: 36min

    This month Mark Cosgrove, Watershed Cinema Curator, is joined by historian, writer and curator Edson Burton and Matchbox Cine producer Megan Mitchell.They share how their cultural consumption has changed and adapted over the last several months, and some of the things they have been enjoying and found themselves unexpectedly watching – New York Independent cinema, Tom Cruise films, TickTock Film and the Small Axe series.

  • February 2021 Cinema Podcast

    February 2021 Cinema Podcast

    01/02/2021 Duración: 37min

    With the Watershed building and cinemas still closed, Mark Cosgrove (Watershed Cinema Curator) talks with Watershed friends to share their recent small screen highlights from film and TV series old and new.Malaika Kegode – writer, performer, producer and Roger Griffith MBE – writer, producer, educator, social activist, consultant and CEO of Creative Connex – join Mark to share their recent film and television watching highlights from lockdown.Between them they discuss their recommendations for essential lockdown viewing, and reflect on the cultural resonances and rediscoveries they encounter along the way.

  • January 2021 Cinema Podcast

    January 2021 Cinema Podcast

    21/12/2020 Duración: 02min

    In January's short podcast Mark Cosgrove, Watershed Cinema Curator, leaves 2020 behind and hopes that this coming year we can look forward to more regular screenings in the cinema and a return to the unique social experience that is at the heart of cinema. He shares films to look forward that would have screened in 2020 and a hint of plans and optimism in the air for 2021.

  • December 2020 Cinema Podcast

    December 2020 Cinema Podcast

    30/11/2020 Duración: 28min

    While the halcyon days of films being released into the cinema seem a distant memory and Watershed Cinemas were more closed than open, this month's podcast still finds a rich array of fantastic films to remember from 2020.This month Mark Cosgrove, Watershed Cinema Curator, Tara Judah, Watershed Cinema Producer and Thea Berry, film programmer and producer, share their highlights of the year. Albeit some were only available through Watershed online and lacking in the convivial community of the shared viewing experience, they conclude there was still plenty to enjoy in film in 2020.

  • November 2020 Cinema Podcast

    November 2020 Cinema Podcast

    28/10/2020 Duración: 32min

    In November's podcast Mark Cosgrove (Watershed Cinema Curator) and Tara Judah (Watershed Cinema Producer) ponder and refute October's news of the delay in the new James Bond film and how, as reported by some newspapers, its a harbinger of the death of cinema.With cinema alive and well at Watershed, Mark and Tara share the films they are looking forward to in November. There are two films from Cronenbergs – a new restoration of the notorious Crash from David Cronenberg and Possessor from son Brandon Cronenberg. Crash was much attacked at the time, much to author J.G. Ballard's surprise as the novel was published 23 years earlier, even leading to statements in the UK parliament at the time and a life long ban from being shown in the London borough of Westminster. Mark and Tara retell the impact of this extraordinary 'depraved' sci-fi film at the time it was initially released and look forward to seeing it again on the big screen. Possessor shows that son Brendan has not chosen to break the Cronenberg mould too

  • October 2020 Cinema Podcast

    October 2020 Cinema Podcast

    30/09/2020 Duración: 39min

    This month Mark Cosgrove, Watershed Cinema Curator, welcomes Cinema Producer Tara Judah back from maternity leave to discuss their highlights for the month ahead and a packed programme of new films and cinematic opportunities.Mark and Tara share their thoughts on much anticipated new British horror Saint Maud; cliché free, debut feature Miss Juneteenth, with its incredible cast and focus on a mother and her daughter facing the wider issues of many African-American communities in the US; the reflective and cinematic Rialto in which a middle-aged family man undergoes a crisis of masculinity and sexuality; and the inspirational force of nature that is Greta Thunberg and the impact that her actions have not only on the world but on her personally, intimately portrayed in documentary I Am Greta.But there's more as the BFI London Film Festival comes to Watershed this month with 11 exclusive previews from the Festival and a programme of both cinema and virtual screenings, making the festival for the first time simul

  • September 2020 Cinema Podcast

    September 2020 Cinema Podcast

    27/08/2020 Duración: 08min

    This month Mark Cosgrove, Watershed Cinema Curator, shares the background to his thinking about the films he is putting on for Watershed's reopening in September, and shares upcoming highlights.With this century's version of mainstream cinema – in which the blockbuster is all – currently going through some serious contortions, he reiterates how there is more to cinema and film culture than Hollywood. And how that has led to an opening programme of films which speak to an essential cinematic quality.

  • August 2020 Cinema Podcast

    August 2020 Cinema Podcast

    09/07/2020 Duración: 26s

    This month we take a pause in our monthly podcast as we prepare for re-opening.We look forward to seeing you in the cinema again soon.

  • July 2020 Cinema Podcast

    July 2020 Cinema Podcast

    30/06/2020 Duración: 12min

    In July's podcast Mark Cosgrove, Watershed Cinema Curator, looks forward to welcoming audiences back to Watershed in September – but wonders what films will be available and how different cinema going will be.Despite the uncertainty there are new film releases ahead and Mark shares some of the titles to look forward to and highlights two films in particular to look out for online this month.

  • June 2020 Cinema Podcast

    June 2020 Cinema Podcast

    26/05/2020 Duración: 08min

    In June's podcast Mark Cosgrove, Watershed Cinema Curator, considers whether, when people talk of the acute challenges now facing the arts sector, whether film is included in that?When does film become art; and what is the relationship between film and commerce?Mark also looks forward to the upcoming Japan 2020 film season hosted on the BFI website, whilst still hoping that the real world value of film does not get lost on the way

  • May 2020 Cinema Podcast

    May 2020 Cinema Podcast

    29/04/2020 Duración: 09min

    In May's cinema podcast Mark Cosgrove, Watershed Cinema Curator, considers the existential crisis at the heart of cinema & film under the current situation. Delving into the past for insight, Mark wonders – what does cinema mean when there is no cinema? Also Mark shares a handful of his film picks for the coming month to help you cut through the current explosion of online film viewing opportunities.

  • April 2020 Cinema podcast

    April 2020 Cinema podcast

    30/03/2020 Duración: 10min

    In these extraordinary times which have seen Watershed close its building and cancel all film screenings, Mark Cosgrove, Watershed Cinema Curator and Thea Berry, Watershed Cinema Producer, share some of the immediate responses from the filmmaking community to the current situation and offer pointers to some of the films that are currently exciting them – films which are easily available online and more often than not free to view.

  • March 2020 Cinema Podcast

    March 2020 Cinema Podcast

    27/02/2020 Duración: 30min

    In this month's podcast Watershed Cinema Curator Mark Cosgrove and Cinema Producer Thea Berry look ahead to a packed month with plenty to get your eyes and ears into it.March sees the start of Watershed's two month cinematic celebration Filmic. In this podcast Mark and Thea share insights, stories and anecdotes on the inextricable link between film and music through Filmic's two seasons of upcoming films – Era-Defining Soundtracks and FILM SC♀RES: Celebrating Female Composers.They also talk about some of the month's upcoming new releases from the stark and compelling The Painted Bird to unique Brazilian near future sci-fi Bacurau.

  • February 2020 Cinema Podcast

    February 2020 Cinema Podcast

    30/01/2020 Duración: 19min

    February maybe the shortest month of the year yet it contains a compelling wealth of cinematic joy, and a little bit of despair too. Mark Cosgrove, Watershed Cinema Curator, and Thea Berry, Watershed Cinema Producer share their recommendations and highlights for the month ahead.First up they discuss why the long anticipated, sensational, Palme d'Or winning comedy thriller Parasite, is just so good. Also much anticipated is Portrait of a Lady on Fire in which they say something really special happens in they way it tells female stories.Then they shine a light on Japan with highlights from the Japan Foundation season of films which search for happiness in Japanese society and prolific filmmakerTakashi Miike's brutal, bloody, and brilliantly over the top First Love.On to the fast fashion world of Greed starring Steve Coogan which Mark suggests could be called Carry on Capitalism – a laugh packed critique of capitalism, which still manages to pointedly highlight its inherent inequalities.They also recommend Mr Jo

  • January 2020 Cinema Podcast

    January 2020 Cinema Podcast

    19/12/2019 Duración: 28min

    This first podcast of the new decade gets off to a hop skip and jump as we look forward to the start of the year in cinema at Watershed.Mark Cosgrove, Cinema Curator and Thea Berry, Cinema Producer, plus guests, discuss our upcoming weekend of musicals exploring race, identity and politics – busting the myth that musicals are all just jazz hands and frippery. Mark and Thea also discuss their start of the year highlights including in February the brilliantly cinematic Portrait of a Lady on Fire andthe totally unpredictable journey ofParasite. The year starts off though with the the rip roaring salty dog sea tale that is The Lighthouse, Jo Jo Rabbit's brilliantly satirical exploration of nationalism and fascism and Armando Iannucci's Dickens with a contemporary sensibility, in the hilarious The Personal History of David Copperfield.

  • December 2019 Cinema Podcast

    December 2019 Cinema Podcast

    28/11/2019 Duración: 39min

    Cinema Curator, Mark Cosgrove, and Cinema Producers Thea Berry and Tarah Judah, share some of their stand out films of the year plus discuss the year in film – the films that didn't get the attention they deserved, the wealth of world cinema and strong British cinema in 2019 – and share their top 5 films of the year.

  • November 2019 Cinema Podcast

    November 2019 Cinema Podcast

    30/10/2019 Duración: 21min

    Festival season continues this month at Watershed as Mark Cosgrove, Cinema Curator, and Thea Berry, Cinema Producer, look forward to the eighth Afrika Eye Film Festival – bringing remarkable artists and filmmakers to Watershed and beyond; two films from UK Jewish Film Festival on Tour representing the best of contemporary Jewish cinema from around the world; two films from the London Korean Film Festival showcasing both the old and new of Korean cinema, and finally two films from the UK Green Film Festival which brings the very best environmentally themed films from around the world.Alongside all the festival fun Mark talks with MA Curating student Julia Rae about the value of being on placement at Watershed and We Are Here – a season of films and events she has put together that celebrate and portray positivity in Queer and LGBTQ+ communities.And to finish off Mark implores you to immerse yourself in Scorsese's latest masterpiece of power and control The Irishman.

  • October 2019 Cinema Podcast

    October 2019 Cinema Podcast

    01/10/2019 Duración: 22min
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