“The world was a very different place 30 years ago. No mobile phones, no internet, no iPhone apps, Facebook or touchscreen technology, not even digital cameras or video game consoles. Yet with an uncanny sense of foresight, Watershed media centre was established in 1982, the same year that Channel 4 and the Barbican Arts Centre were born, the year that saw the launch of the Commodore 64 and Sony’s first CD player, and the only year in history that Time Magazine’s Person of The Year was a computer.
Celebrating the beginnings of a digital revolution that was yet to happen, mixing film, music and art, we nurtured talent and enterprise that eventually allowed us to develop into the cultural and creative technologies hub it is today.
To celebrate our 30th birthday on Thu 7 June, we are opening the doors to all of Bristol and beyond, with 30 hours of art, television and creative work under the banner of Made in Bristol, and all for free. The Made in Bristol programme throws up a number of “I-had-no-idea-this-came-from-Bristol’ surprises, like work from John Boorman and Michael Moore, alongside the groundbreaking output of the BBC Natural History unit and Aardman Animations.
Highlights include Michael Moore’s Emmy Award winning TV Nation, commissioned by BBC TV Bristol, and two titles from Iain Canning, the Oscar®-winning producer behind The King’s Speech and Shame, whose film journey began while at school in Bedminster, Bristol. Aardman fans will be delighted to trace the animation studio’s journey from their first character Morph, through a video for Peter Gabriel’s Sledgehammer, MTV’s most watched music video in history, to their latest feature Pirates! all made here in the South West capital.”