The culmination of four years of activities comes to an end next month with a series of films, talks and events linking sport and culture marking the climax of Relays at Watershed. Relays focuses on the area where sport meets culture and media, and has developed sport-themed projects in media literacy for schools and and engaged young people with filmmaking and citizen journalism.
To mark the ending of Relays and the start of the London 2012 Olympics, events in July at the Watershed will pay particularly attention to sport, culture and cinema and the richness when they come together.
Highlights include Sunday brunch screenings of acclaimed sporting documentaries When We Were Kings, Senna, Zidane and Fire in Babylon; an illustrated talk on the famous rivalry between Seb Coe and Steve Ovett during the 1980s (right); and an in-conversation with 91-year-old cycling legend Tommy Godwin reflecting on his memories of the 1948 Games.
Watershed Relays coordinator Liz Milner said: “July’s Relays events are a great celebration of culture and sport. We feel very privileged to be welcoming Tommy Godwin to Watershed.
“Relays has been a brilliant opportunity for Watershed to work in partnership and to make links. We have been able to explore new platforms.
“I’m particularly pleased with the citizen journalism project, where sport and media really do meet. The Games are getting very close now, and the Olympic motto has been revealed: Inspire a Generation. Well, at Watershed we believe we’ve already been doing that with our Relays projects over the last four years.”
Relays screenings and events:
- When We Were Kings (PG) – Sun 1 July 12:00
- Elephant In The Arena Game – Mon 2 July 18:00
- Senna (12A) – Sun 8 July 12:00
- Olympic Rivalries Talk: Sebastian Coe and Steve Ovett – Sun 8 July 15:00
- The Athlete (Atletu) (PG S) Mon 9 – Thu 12 July – 15:00 each day
- Ping Pong (PG) – Mon 9 July 18:00
- Town of Runners + Director’s Q&A (PG) Sat 14 July 15:00
- The Cup (Phörpa) (PG S) – Sun 15 July 12:00
- Tommy Godwin and David Goldblatt: Cycling in the 1948 Olympics – Sun 15 July 15:00
- Personal Best + Q&A with Producer and Director – Tue 17 July 18:00
- A visual guide to the Olympics talk – Wed 18 July 18:00
- La Yuma (CTBA S) + Short: Counter Punch + Intro – Thu 19 July 18:00
- Zidane – A 21st Century Portrait (PG S) – Sun 22 July 12:00
- Cinékids – Asterix at the Olympic Games (PG S) – Sat 28 July 13:00
- Fire in Babylon (12A) – Sun 29 July 12:00
- A Hansel of Film + Intro by Mark Kermode & Linda Ruth Williams (CTBA) – Tue 31 July 18:00