Bristol’s annual film-meets-music celebration returns throughout March and April for a mix of screenings, concerts and special events across the city, programmed collaboratively by Watershed, Colston Hall and St George’s, Bristol.


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This year Filmic looks at iconic soundtracks – from block-busting films by film-scoring heavyweights Hans Zimmer and John Williams, to celebrating the outstanding work of female composers – and new re-imaginings of classic films.

Era-defining soundtracks and celebrating female composers

Watershed across two seasons of screenings will be revisiting some Era-Defining Soundtracks – iconic film soundscapes that have become etched into the cultural zeitgeist, including Easy Rider, Reservoir Dogs and Saturday Night Fever; and presenting some of the finest films of recent years featuring outstanding scores by female composers including Hildur Guðnadóttir’s 2020 Oscar-winning score to The Joker.

Re-imagined scores of classic films

At St George’s folk favourites Moishe’s Bagel will be opening with a Klezmer-meets-Balkan set followed by a specially commissioned live score for Mikhail Kalatozov’s 1931 Soviet documentary Salt for Svanetia (Wed 25 March); cult instrumental group Haiku Salut will perform an original contemporary live score to Buster Keaton’s 1926 legendary comedy classic, The General (Thu 2 April); and later in the year Norwegian electronic musician Jan Bang and Matt Calvert of London avant-rockers Three Trapped Tigers will be performing a live score of Sergei Eisenstein’s masterpiece of early cinema, Battleship Potemkin (Thu 18 June).

Hollywood Head-to-Head

On Fri 27 March at Bath Forum, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra performs a Hollywood Head to Head featuring some of the phenomenal soundtracks from two of the world’s greatest living film composers – Hans Zimmer and John Williams. Brought to life by the full orchestral force you can expect to feel everything from the rush of Gotham City with Batman Begins to new pieces and fan favourites from the likes of Jurassic Park, Star Wars and more.

Join us for all this and more as we seek out and celebrate the creative connections across film and music.

How to book for Filmic20

To book for Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra’s Hollywood Head to Head, click here.

To view and book events taking place at Watershed, click here.

To view and book events taking place at St George’s Bristol, click here.

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Filmic is a festival that draws parallels between film and music created in partnership with Watershed, St George’s Bristol and Colston Hall.

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On Wednesday 23 September 2020 Colston Hall changed its name to Bristol Beacon.

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