I’ve been doing my research and I can see some great events coming up for artists, film makers and film lovers. I’m mainly sharing this so I have more people to discus the events with. Because there are SO many events, I’ve divided my post into two… stay tuned for part two!
As part of the first part of this two-part post, I’ll be looking at the Stick House spanning across most of September because I’m obsessed with the video and I can’t wait to see it and I’ll also be picking out some careful selections from the Encounters Film Festival. Hey, if you’re going don’t forget to tweet me – I want to see your face!
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When and where? 7th September – 17th October, Underneath The Passenger Shed, Bristol
The Stick House is a dark and foreboding creative performance, merging technology, art and suspense to keep you wanting more. Raucous was setup by Sharon Clark & Maggie Dunning who have both worked with the National Theatre and Bristol Old Vic in theatrical productions and describe themselves as an “ever growing collective of theatre makers, scientists and technologists” – incredible! Backed with a team of directors, advisors and a preference to collaborate, Raucous are making quite the noise in the arts scene.
The Stick House is a dark and foreboding concept, a theatrical performance which intertwines music, performance, film and digital technology to tell a narrative as visitors are asked to step underground into the mysterious confines of the tunnels underneath Bristol. What stories are going to be unearthed? What horrors of love and heartbreak are going to emerge from the shadows?
The information surrounding The Stick House is kept to a minimum, the surprise factor is looming over my head like a cloud of intrigue which isn’t shifting – ticket buyers are warned that they won’t receive a seat so the visitor is encouraged to walk through the performance. Even the thought of this gives me chills as I reminisce walking through the London Dungeon and yet I am excited by the tension of it all, Raucous are going to put on a show.
I’ve got my tickets and I can’t wait! Find more about the event here or watch the promo video below
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When and where? 15th – 20th September, Watershed
For those of you film obsessives out there, there is a magnitude of short films, talks and general film-based events spanning across the 6 days which Encounters is here in Bristol for. Now, if like me, you missed the Edinburgh Fringe Festival boat this year then take comfort in knowing you can delve into the plots of hundreds of films, long and short.
I’ve picked out some highlights which I’ve got my eye on…
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When and where? Wednesday 16th September, Watershed “Pro Creations” night
From the writers and producers of Dust starring Alan Rickman & Jodie Whittaker (video below), Ben Ockrent & Jake Russell bring Winds of Change, a 5 minute short film showing on Wednesday
“There is a Portuguese expression that suggests that when one is in love, one would suck the farts from one’s lover’s posterior. Well, Winds Of Change explores the time when such emotion and devotion is on the wane.” Secure a ticket for £5 here.
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When and where? Wednesday 16th September, Watershed “Shorts to features” night
Not for the faint hearted, I am the faint hearted but I’m determine to plough on through with this one. For anyone who is familiar with the moors you will know that on an overcast day, the atmosphere is grey and foreboding. Film director, Peter Nicholson, has picked a stunning location to play into a narrative of friendship, betrayal and unearthing a dark, sinister and buried past. Since watching this trailer I can’t help but think about how the plot will unfold in this film, secure a ticket by going onto the Watershed site (£5)
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Where? Wednesday 16th September, 3:30pm
Rich Pickings looks at the way film directors using vision and cognition in the context of film, I can think of alot of people who would love to see this fascinating review of psychocinematics. Stephen Hinde from Bristol’s School of Experimental Psychology will be leading discussion of the power of immersion with cinema audiences. How can we test these boundaries when we look into the window’s of the soul?
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Keep an eye out for part two…