30th birthday celebrated at Watershed with the best of Bristol’s film and music

June 7, 2012

From Bristol 24-7

Bristol’s Watershed celebrated its 30th birthday yesterday with a free open day including 30 hours of the highlights in film, television and creative work directed, produced, or filmed in the city.

The iconic media centre, in the Grade-II* listed building at the entrance to Bristol’s Harbourside, was born in 1982, proclaiming itself to be Britain’s First Media Centre.

It now includes a three-screen cinema and, in the Pervasive Media Studio, a world-leading research space to explore the future of mobile and wireless media.

Yesterday's celebrations ended with a free party with music spanning 30 years of the Bristol Sound, taking in Massive Attack and Portishead.

The opening 15 minutes included a specially commissioned Watershed Birthday present from Scott Hendy (Malachai/Boca 45) and Bristol filmmaker John Minton (the man behind Portishead’s distinctive videos) followed by an eclectic mix of music from the past 30 years – mostly with roots in Bristol.

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