Watershed to screen 30 hours of Bristol produced output to celebrate 30th anniversary

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By The Drum Team | Staff Writer

June 7, 2012 | 2 min read

To celebrate the 30th anniversary of its opening, the team behind the Bristol media and creative hub, Watershed is to open its doors for 30 hours of art, television and creative work.

The Made in Bristol programme, which will run today and tomorrow, aims to highlight a number of productions that people didn’t know were produced within the city, including work by film makers John Boorman and Michael Moore, as well as output from the BBC Natural History unit and Aardman Animations.

Free entry is available to over 30 hours of screening public commissioned and produced within Bristol, which includes Michael Moore’s Emmy Award winning series TV Nation, Aardman’s work from its first character Morph and the video for Peter Gabriel’s Sledgehammer.

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Mark Cosgrove, head of Programme for Watershed, commented: “This has been a real voyage of discovery for us with constant exclamations of "I didn't realise that had been made in Bristol! We hope you will share that sense of discovery, joy and a little pride when you see the range of work we have uncovered; everything from Michael Moore to Sylvain Chomet, Maureen the Learner driver to Morph. It should be pointed out that this selection of 120 titles is by no means a comprehensive or definitive guide, rather it is but a sample of the creative riches that have come out of Bristol over the decades and which continue to be made. Everyone knows about Aardman, of course, but there are so many Bristol connections to cinema and TV, many of which you probably wouldn't even realize - we're showing Citizen Kane for example, because producer John Houseman went to Clifton College.”

The Pervasive Media Studio will also open its doors to showcase its work, while visitors will also be given the opportunity to become part of a paper pop-up book called The Ice Book.

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