Anthropocene: The Human Epoch (2019) Dir. Jennifer Baichwal, Nicholas de Pencier and Edward Burtynsky

Some of you may remember the Edward Burtynsky photography exhibition we visited whilst in Berlin and 'Manufactured Landscapes' film. This is the third film in the trilogy.

‘A cinematic meditation on humanity’s massive reengineering of the planet, Anthropocene: The Human Epoch is feature documentary film, four years in the making, from the multiple-award winning team of Jennifer Baichwal, Nicholas de Pencier and Edward Burtynsky.

Third in a trilogy that includes Manufactured Landscapes (2006) and Watermark (2013), the film follows the research of an international body of scientists, the Anthropocene Working Group who, after nearly ten years of research, are arguing that the Holocene Epoch gave way to the Anthropocene Epoch in the mid-twentieth century because of profound and lasting human changes to the earth.

From concrete seawalls in China that now cover 60 percent of the mainland coast, to the biggest terrestrial machines ever built in Germany, to psychedelic potash mines in Russia’s Ural Mountains, to metal festivals in the closed city of Norilsk, to the devastated Great Barrier Reef in Australia and surreal lithium evaporation ponds in the Atacama desert, the film-makers have traversed the globe to document evidence and experience of human planetary domination.

At the intersection of art and science, Anthropocene: The Human Epoch witnesses a critical moment in geological history — bringing a provocative and unforgettable experience of our species’ breadth and impact. Narrated by Alicia Vikander.

Screening at Wateshed, Bristol, October 14th 2019 from 18:00

A panel after the showing on 14 October explores what climate change in the Anthropocene means for us and especially for cities in the week of Festival of the Future City.

This film is part of Festival of the Future City – an initiative of Festival of Ideas. Festival of the Future City takes place every two years in Bristol celebrating and debating the future of cities with talks, walks, debates, arts projects and new books. The 2019 Festival of the Future City includes classic utopian films about cities; cities in silent cinema; documentaries on New Towns, democracy, the housing crisis and the anthropocene in the series: Cities, Future Cities and Film. We are grateful to BFI for their support for this programme.’

BAIT (2019) - Dir. Mark Jenkin

‘Stunningly shot on a vintage 16mm camera using monochrome Kodak stock, Mark Jenkin’s remarkable new film is a timely and funny, yet poignant tale that gets right to the heart of a Cornish community facing an unwelcome change.’ Watershed

Modern-day Cornish fisherman Martin (Edward Rowe) is struggling to buy a boat while coping with family rivalry and the influx of London money, holiday-homes and stag parties to his harbour village. The summer season brings simmering tensions within the community to boiling point, with tragic consequences.
Mark Kermode reviews Bait. A fisherman without a boat - his brother having repurposed it as a tourist tripper - is displaced to the estate above the harbor after his childhood home becomes a getaway for holidaying Londoners. Please tell us what you think of the film -- or Mark's review of the film.

SORRY TO BOTHER YOU (2018) - Dir. Boots Riley

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Director Boots Riley talks to Kaleem Aftab about capitalism, race and resistance in his fabulous absurdist comedy Sorry to Bother You, while Hannah McGill examines Hollywood’s long history of workplace satires.

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‘In 2012, The Coup's frontman Boots Riley completed the first draft of the screenplay for the 2018 film Sorry to Bother You. While he would later direct the film from that screenplay, Riley had no way to produce the film in 2012. As such, The Coup made the album of the same name, which was inspired by the screenplay.[12]Wikipedia

All Tomorrow's Parties (2009)

‘A kaleidoscopic journey into the parallel musical universe of cult music festival All Tomorrow's Parties.’ IMDB

All Tomorrow's Parties is a 2009 documentary film directed by All Tomorrow's People and Jonathan Caouette covering the history of the long running All Tomorrow's Parties music festival. Described as a "post-punk DIY bricolage", the film was created using footage generated by the fans and musicians attending the events themselves, on a multitude of formats including Super8, camcorder and mobile phone. All Tomorrow's People is a name representing the contributions of these attendees.

The film features music and performances from Belle And Sebastian, Grizzly Bear, Sonic Youth, Battles, Boards of Canada, Portishead, Daniel Johnston, Grinderman, Lightning Bolt, David Cross, Animal Collective, The Boredoms, Les Savy Fav, Mogwai, Octopus Project, Slint, Dirty Three, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, the Gossip, GZA, Roscoe Mitchell, Seasick Steve, Iggy and the Stooges, A Hawk and a Hacksaw, Fuck Buttons, Micah P Hinson, Two Gallants, The Mars Volta, Akron/Family, Jah Shaka, Saul Williams, Shellac, Patti Smith and John Cooper Clarke. ‘ Wiki

a documentary about the All Tomorrow's Parties festival held yearly in England. features interviews and performances by Animal Collective, Grinderman, Battles, Belle and Sebastian, Dirty Three, comedian David Cross, and more

I for India - Sandhya Suri (2005)

‘The myth of return. In 1966, Yash and Sheel Suri leave India for a temporary stay in England while he burnishes his resume as a doctor. He buys projectors, tape recorders, and movie cameras, and sends one set to India beginning a 40-year exchange of tapes and Super 8 movies between his family in India and his household near Manchester. We watch their three daughters grow and we hear increasingly plaintive calls from Yash's parents and sister to return home. In 1982, it's back to India where Yash sets up a practice. A return to England, one daughter's marriage, another's move to Australia, and the third's film project complete the 40-year story. Yash still loves his homeland.’ IMDB

Director: Sandhya Suri

A chronicle of immigration, from the Sixties to the present day, as seen through the eyes of one Asian family and their 40 years worth of Super 8mm home movies.
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Cobain: Montage of Heck


Hailed as one of the most innovative and intimate documentaries of all time experience Kurt Cobain like never before in the only ever fully authorized portrait of the famed music icon. Academy Award® nominated filmmaker Brett Morgen expertly blends Cobain’s personal archive of art, music, never seen before movies, animation and revelatory interviews from his family and closest friends. Wildly creative and highly acclaimed, follow Kurt from his earliest years in this visceral and detailed cinematic insight of an artist at odds with his surroundings. Fans and those of the Nirvana generation will learn things about Cobain they never knew while those who have recently discovered the man and his music will know what makes him the lasting icon that he still is today

A Woman's Epic Journey to Climb 7 Mountains—Shot on a Phone | Short Film Showcase

‘National Geographic Emerging Explorer and Adventurer of the Year Wasfia Nazreen doesn't just climb for the thrill; she climbs for a cause. The first Bangladeshi to scale the Seven Summits, Wasfia has made it her purpose to brave these climbs for the sake of something larger - for the women of Bangladesh. Lyrical and poetic, this short documentary, shot entirely on an iPhone 6S, is a reflective character portrait that takes us from the depths of Wasfia's struggles to the highest peaks on the planet, as we explore what it means to pursue the unknown.’
Read more about Emerging Explorer Wasfia Nazreen
About Short Film Showcase: A curated collection of the most captivating documentary shorts from filmmakers around the world. Know of a great short film that should be part of our Showcase? Email to submit a video for consideration. See more from National Geographic's Short Film Showcase at

BlacKkKlasman (2018) Spike Lee

In cinemas August 24. Follow us on Facebook at From visionary filmmaker Spike Lee comes the incredible true story of an American hero. It's the early 1970s, a time of great social upheaval as the struggle for civil rights rages on.

Adam Curtis - Bitter Lake

'Politicians used to have the confidence to tell us stories that made sense of the chaos of world events. But now there are no big stories and politicians react randomly to every new crisis - leaving us bewildered and disorientated.

Bitter Lake is an adventurous and epic film by Adam Curtis that explains why the big stories that politicians tell us have become so simplified that we can’t really see the world any longer.

The narrative goes all over the world, America, Britain, Russia and Saudi Arabia - but the country at the heart of it is Afghanistan. Because Afghanistan is the place that has confronted our politicians with the terrible truth - that they cannot understand what is going on any longer.

The film reveals the forces that over the past thirty years rose up and undermined the confidence of politics to understand the world. And it shows the strange, dark role that Saudi Arabia has played in this.

But Bitter Lake is also experimental. Curtis has taken the unedited rushes of everything that the BBC has ever shot in Afghanistan - and used them in new and radical ways.

He has tried to build a different and more emotional way of depicting what really happened in Afghanistan. A counterpoint to the thin, narrow and increasingly destructive stories told by those in power today.'

Adam Curtis - Hyper Normalisation

'We live in a time of great uncertainty and confusion. Events keep happening that seem inexplicable and out of control. Donald Trump, Brexit, the War in Syria, the endless migrant crisis, random bomb attacks. And those who are supposed to be in power are paralysed - they have no idea what to do.

This film is the epic story of how we got to this strange place. It explains not only why these chaotic events are happening - but also why we, and our politicians, cannot understand them.

It shows that what has happened is that all of us in the West - not just the politicians and the journalists and the experts, but we ourselves - have retreated into a simplified, and often completely fake version of the world. But because it is all around us we accept it as normal.

But there is another world outside. Forces that politicians tried to forget and bury forty years ago - that then festered and mutated - but which are now turning on us with a vengeful fury. Piercing though the wall of our fake world.'


As the analogue age draws to a close, eight men sit in an Irish bar and battle to remain relevant in the digital world; the TV in the corner a harbinger of this technological future.

It is the day of the analogue to digital switchover of television transmission. Conversations about life, death and quantum physics mix with pints to create a surreal document of the switchover day and of people caught between two worlds.

Taking inspiration from that little piece of information that is lost in the transfer from analogue to digital, the film examines who and what is lost in the relentless rush forward.

This film was made as part of the Irish Film Board/Bord Scannán na hÉireann Reality Bites short documentary scheme 2013.

CREDIT LIST Director: Keith Walsh Producer: Jill Beardsworth Camera: Keith Walsh Sound: Jill Beardsworth Editor: Keith Walsh Dubbing Mixer: Killian Fitzgerald, Avatar Post Production Online: Cillian Duffy Colourist: Eugene McCrystal Post production supervisor: Ciara Walsh Editing Advisor: John Murphy Graphic Artist: Marco von Knobloch Transport: Neil Felton Promo Stills: Ceiteach Breathnach Stills Assistant: John E. Maher Stills Transport: Shane O’Malley Irish Film Board Production Executive - Emma Scott Shorts Co-ordinator - Jill McGregor Solicitor: Brian Gormley at Philip Lees solicitors Insurance: Media Insurance Equipment Hire: Camera Kit

The Front Written & Performed by Conor Walsh Courtesy of Conor Walsh

Intermittent Haiku Written and performed by Tim Story & Hans Joachim Roedilius From the Album ‘Inlandish’ Courtesy of Groenland Records

Red Haired Mary Written by Sean McCarthy Performed by Foster and Allen Courtesy of Asdee music Ltd. & CMR Records Ltd.

News footage courtesy of RTÉ Libraries and Archives

Extract from the poem ADONAÏS by Percy Bysshe Shelley

The Internet's Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz

The Internet's Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz


  • When Thu 19 Nov 2015
  • Time 10:30
  • Where Curzon Community Cinema, 46-48 Old Church Road, Clevedon, N. Somerset, BS216NN

This saddening and eye-opening documentary is a portrait of Aaron Swartz – a brilliantly gifted thinker and internet information freedom activist who challenged the power of corporate interests and the state before ending his life at the age of 26 after being charged with fraud for downloading millions of journal articles from a subscription-only online service. Unapologetically partial, the film combines home movie footage of Swartz in his youth with interviews with his friends and family, and experts such as World Wide Web inventor Tim Berners-Lee who question the motives of the prosecutors and a pursuit of Swartz that many feel was unwarranted or at best grossly disproportionate.


Director: Brian Knappenberger


Country of productionUSA

GenreCrime, Documentary - General


Film duration105 mins


This film looks an amazing portrait of Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Malala Yousafzai and her fight for education for all girls worldwide

HE NAMED ME MALALA is an intimate portrait of Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Malala Yousafzai, who was targeted by the Taliban and severely wounded by a gunshot when returning home on her school bus in Pakistan’s Swat Valley. The then 15-year-old was singled out, along with her father, for advocating for girls’ education, and the attack on her sparked an outcry from supporters around the world. She miraculously survived and is now a leading campaigner for girls’ education globally as co-founder of the Malala Fund.

Acclaimed documentary filmmaker Davis Guggenheim (An Inconvenient Truth, Waiting for Superman) shows us how Malala, her father Zia and her family are committed to fighting for education for all girls worldwide. The film gives us an inside glimpse into this extraordinary young girl’s life – from her close relationship with her father who inspired her love for education, to her impassioned speeches at the UN, to her everyday life with her parents and brothers.

"One child, one teacher, one book and one pen can change the world."
– Malala

The film is currently showing at Cineworld in Hengrove, Bristol.

go?: Thursday 19/11/2015 14:30

Power of ‘Cinema’ to transform ‘the everyday’

Power of ‘Cinema’ to transform ‘the everyday’

In film, a great director (& crew) can turn a usually normal scene and transform it into something completely different, something ‘cinematic’.

PROJECT: Style Brief

Think of an everyday activity i.e. Walking the dog, Meeting the parents of your partner, Eating chocolate, catching the bus...

Think how you could use the language and dynamics of ‘cinema’ to transform this scene. This could be to evoke drama/ adventure, enhance tension, be sensual, question ‘norms’, make a social/ political statement....

The project is a vehicle to experiment with and develop your Film Production Skills. The film will form part of your portfolio for Film Production Skills Module. FMAP4501 Assessment One.  Showcasing your Pre Production, Camera, Lighting, Sound Design and Editing Skills.

Consider: Mise en scene, Cinematography, Sound Design, Acting style. Mood, Genre, Style.

Sound design plays a key part in David Lynch’s surreal often unnerving debut film, Eraserhead. See DVD from around 13m50s or Ch.3 'Meet the Family'.

Big Shave (1967, USA, Dir. Martin Scorsese)

The Big Shave (1967) is well known for being the short that launched Martin Scorsese's career. Four decades later, it still stands as a powerful allegory of the Vietnam War and a study of aural and visual interaction, the gruesome bloody close-ups contrasting with the ironic use of upbeat rock music.’ BFI

‘Many film critics have interpreted the young man's process of self-mutilation as a metaphor for the self-destructive involvement of the United States in the Vietnam War, prompted by the film's alternative title, Viet 67.’ Wiki

More early Scorsese shorts

Big Shave - IMDB


In this scene from Lynne Ramsey’s Ratcatcher. James a young boy from an impoverished family in 1970’s Glasgow, attempts to escape the streets around his tenement home that are piled with rubbish because of a dustmen's strike.

The end of this scene (from 4.30) is particularly poetic.

Great article about British Cinema

Review of Ratcatcher

DelicatessenDirectors: Marc Caro, Jean-Pierre Jeunet

Great editing and sound design in this fun surreal Trailer for 'Delicatessen' introducing the characters living in an apartment block above a butchers.

This is the official trailer of Jafar Panahi's 2006 award-winning film "Offside". Deals with reality of women's life in Iran's patriarchal society. A group of women each attempted to get in the stadium to watch the live Iran-Bahrain World Cup qualifying match in Tehran but got busted and detained in a cordoned area at the back of the stadium.