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Filmic 2016 from the Bristol Sound, via Nordic Noir, Hitchcock’s Birds and a theremin

Published on Tuesday, 15th March 2016

ICONIC trip-hop sounds are reworked as part of the Filmic 2016 season – the joint initiative from St George’s Bristol and Watershed.

Festival highlights include ‘Bristol’, a cinematic homage to the 1990s trip-hop scene made famous by Massive Attack, and the wonderfully weird trautonium for Hitchcock’s ‘The Birds’.

And Colston Hall is contributing to Filmic for the first time with Tindersticks’ landmark cine-concert and Matthew Bourne and Michael England’s ‘Moogmemory’.

Filmic is in its fifth year and fuses film and music, with reinterpretations, introductions from directors, and live performance, in Bristol.

Composer and record producer Marc Collin gives familiar beats, and new songs, a 1960s make-over – in the 25th anniversary year of Massive Attack’s Blue Lines album. The ‘Bristol’ sound is seen by many as seminal, marking a major cultural turning point for the city and one of the reasons BBC 6 Music chose the city for its annual festival.

Programmer for St George’s contemporary music, Phil Johnson, commented: “Filmic is now in its fifth year, and continues to bring Bristol audiences an exciting new take on music in film.

“We are delighted to be working with Watershed, and Colston Hall, to introduce some of the world’s most intriguing music-makers from a thereminist and a saxophone sound-sculptor to the digital mapping of a sound and vision installation, ‘Places of Worship’, projected on to St George’s walls.”

He added: “It is especially apt that we include Bristol, a reimagining of the trip-hop sound in the same year our city is marking the 25th anniversary of Massive Attack’s Blue Lines.”

Mark Cosgrove, Watershed Cinema Curator, said: “As part of this year’s Filmic we explore the influence of electronic instruments and instrumentation on films and filmmakers.

“At Watershed this will include early experiments with the other-worldly pitch of the theremin and the wild sounds created by Oskar Sala on a trautonium for Hitchcock’s ‘The Birds’ plus the groundbreaking simplicity of John Carpenter’s electronic keyboard scores for his films such as ‘Halloween’ and ‘Escape from New York’. We’ll also have live performances to rarely screened silent films which promise some real treats.”

Todd Wills, Head of Programme at Colston Hall commented: “Following its world premiere at the Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival, Tindersticks embark on a major tour presenting their new album The Waiting Room live with a specially commissioned film being screened to accompany each song.

“And Matthew Bourne and Michael England present their audio-visual journey Moogmemory in The Lantern.”

Events in the Filmic 2016 season are:

St Georges Bristol:

  • Experimental saxophone sound-sculptor Colin Stetson takes to St George’s on March 8. His music has featured in films ‘12 Days a Slave’ and ‘Blue Caprice’. His performance is followed by the Stetson-inspired Run Logan Run with a free after-show in the Crypt Bar;
  • ‘Theremin!’ with Lydia Kavina, for a performance on April 21 with the Lochrain Ensemble, commissioned by St George’s. Audiences can expect to experience enigmatic sounds from directors Hitchcock and Tim Burton;
  • ‘Places of Worship’, a landmark sound and vision project from Norwegian trumpeter and soundscaper Arve Henriksen on May 12. Musicians play to a film by video artist Anastasia Isachsen, inspired by religious buildings and mapped onto the walls at St George’s;
  • Collin, who launched cult French film and lounge-music specialists Nouvelle Vague, reworks Massive Attack, Tricky and Portishead for ‘Bristol’ on June 16. It follows an opening solo piano set by local legend Jimmy Galvin and ends with a DJ aftershow from Queen Bee in St George’s Crypt Bar.


  • A season of films that feature the earliest experiments with electronic instrumentation including 1935’s The Bride of Frankenstein and Hitchcock’s ‘The Birds’ (1963);
  • A retrospective of the early films of John Carpenter whose electronic score in Halloween influenced the use of the keyboard in filmmaking;
  • Live performances to silent film including Bristol-based musician Guy Bartell with Bronnt Industries Kapital playing to rarely screened classic of early Soviet cinema ‘Arsenal’ (1929) directed by Alexander Dovzhenko.

Colston Hall and The Lantern:

  • Genre-bending pianist Matthew Bourne joins forces with graphic genius Michael England to combine analogue electronics, minimalism and video synthesis for ‘Moogmemory’ on March 4;
  • Tindersticks perform songs from their 10th studio album on May 7, accompanied by a specially commissioned film, produced by La Blogoteque and directed by international film directors.

For more details on Filmic 2016 please go to or, and, and for more on musician and artist Jimmy Galvin see