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Watershed - Bristol

Bristol Watershed’s cinema curator, Mark Cosgrove, takes a very personal journey through two cities that have shaped his life: Bristol and Glasgow. A compelling mix of archive footage and fictional worlds, oddly familiar but also alien.

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Watershed - Bristol


View Jamaica Street Glasgow
Jamaica Street Glasgow
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Jamaica Street Glasgow 1901

A flood of pedestrians and horse-drawn traffic in Edwardian Glasgow.

2 mins United Kingdom

View Nine, Dalmuir West
Nine, Dalmuir West
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Nine, Dalmuir West 1962

Kevin Brownlow's atmospheric homage to Glasgow's tram system follows the last tram to run in September 1962.

12 mins United Kingdom Director. Kevin Brownlow

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Glasgow Gets to Work
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Glasgow Gets to Work 1935

Hold on tight for a joyous ride around 1935 Glasgow's bustling road, rail and river transport network in this Scottish educational film.

8 mins Scotland

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Under the Skin
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Under the Skin 2013 15

An alien Scarlett Johansson prowls the streets of Glasgow in Jonathan Glazer’s astonishing, mind-bending mixture of existential sci-fi and inner-city realism.

108 mins United Kingdom Director. Jonathan Glazer

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City of Glasgow
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City of Glasgow 1950

Experience Glasgow as you’ve never seen it before, in this wonderful early 1950s sponsored road safety film with bustling city streets, vintage cars and a startling warning.

3 mins Scotland


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Bristol Fashion
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Bristol Fashion 1959

The Labour Party takes a heartfelt look at Bristol council’s social(ist) housing and education agenda, spinning a 'new story from an old city'.

27 mins United Kingdom

View Bristol, British City
Bristol, British City
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Bristol, British City 1951

How a thousand years of history have helped the West Country capital to emerge from the blitz as a modern city of art and industry.

19 mins United Kingdom Director. Mary Francis

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The Blitzed Cities of Bristol and Bath
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The Blitzed Cities of Bristol and Bath 1942

Vivid colour footage of the wartime devastation wreaked on Bristol and Bath - and the barely affected village of Chew Magna.

51 mins United Kingdom

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Some People
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Some People 1962 PG

Cult 1960s musical drama about a leather boy who forms a Shadows-style guitar band.

89 mins United Kingdom

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Bristol 1920

Bristol landmarks look both ancient and familiar when seen through the patina of time in this American cinemagazine.

1 mins USA

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