31 Jan 2018

Close-Up: Music & The Movies

Between now and the launch of our Spring series in March, we will be posting a series of ‘close-ups’ on our various series. Bristol Film Festival runs 10 key series throughout the year, which cover a range of differently themed film events. This week, take a look at the series that celebrates the relationship between Music and The Movies. 

‘Music and the Movies’ is a series that came about due to a desire to celebrate the relationship between music and film – one of the most complex and complementary relationships in entertainment. The series encompasses a wide variety of films and talks, from discussions with composers and musicians, to our recent development of bringing event cinema to pop-up cinema.

Talks in the ‘Music and The Movies’ series have included a Q&A with composer Ilan Eshkeri, who has composed for films including Kick-AssStardust and the Shaun The Sheep Movie. There have also been explorations of how music, and the lives of musicians, translate onto the screen, as seen in Get Better, a documentary about English musician Frank Turner. The documentary’s director, Ben Morse, participated in a Q and A following the screening about the process of filming and the challenges he faced.

In March 2018, we’re delighted to be introducing a new strand of ‘event cinema’ to this series, following our partnership with CinemaLive. On the 13th March, we will be screening Verdi’s La Traviata, performed by Opera Australia against the stunning backdrop of Sydney Harbour. With an introduction from local musician and academic David Bednall, and set in Bristol Cathedral’s stunning Norman Chapter House, it’s sure to be an intimate and unique way to experience this classic opera – whether you’re a long-time fan or recent convert! You can find out more here.