Film + Music = Filmic Festival 2013

We all know that music can be at its most powerful when it’s cinematic - think Bristol stalwarts Massive Attack and Portishead - and that cinema soundtracks produce some of the most poignant pieces of music known to man.

Imagine our excitement then, when we heard about some of the line-up for this year’s Filmic Festival at Watershed and St George’s in Bristol. Starting the proceedings is a film and a talk with John Parish, long time collaborator of PJ Harvey and the man behind the musical partnership that brought us Let England Shake and To Bring You My Love. Soon to release his own film-inspired album ‘Screenplay’ this April, Parish will discuss his music and film work.

The rich programme spanning March, April and May will also feature Douglas Hart, from The Jesus and Mary Chain and a prolific film maker in his own right, behind cult music videos for My Bloody Valentine, The Pet Shop Boys, and The Horrors, and making a rare appearance at Bristol’s Watershed to screen his latest short film Long Distance Information and to play an exclusive DJ set later in the bar.

Will Gregory from Goldfrapp and Geoff Barrow from Portishead will also make an appearance with a rare live set, and the festival will close with an unmissable double bill featuring the film music icon that is Philip Glass. The man behind The Truman Show and The Hours film scores, Glass is a peerlessly versatile composer also known for his Opera Satyagraha that tells the story of Gandhi’s life and his evolving series Etudes, which he will perfom solo at St Georges in May, following a conversation with British conductor Charles Hazlewood.

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