Hippodrome Festival of Silent Cinema

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Scotland’s only silent film festival runs over five days with events, screenings, new commissions and workshops, featuring live music and storytelling by national and international musicians and performers. The programme is a mix of rare, recently re-discovered and classic silent films with live accompaniment, and also revives the tradition of the Film Explainer (part narrator/part actor).

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Where Movies & Music Come Alive! Scotland’s only festival dedicated to silent cinema accompanied by live music and storytelling returns for its fifth birthday showcasing classic films and forgotten gems in the glorious Hippodrome cinema. Features new commissions from a glittering line-up of surprise performers to be announced early February.

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Highlights of 2015's Hippodrome Festival of Silent Cinema

12 Feb 2015

The Dodge Brothers, Neil Brand and Synthetic Sin are top picks at silent film festival

If you thought silent film was all about damsels in distress roped to railway lines and melodramatic piano accompaniment – well, admittedly some of it is. But Bo’ness’ Hippodrome Festival of Silent Cinema sets out to put a whole new slant on this…

Hippodrome Festival of Silent Cinema announces its 2015 programme

10 Feb 2015

The annual celebration of music and movies presents its most ambitious programme yet

Highlights include three world premieres commissioned by the festival. The first is a new score for Salt for Svanetia written by Edinburgh-based Moishe's Bagel. The band mix klezmer and Balkan dance music to complement this rarely-seen example of 1930s…

The Hippodrome Festival of Silent Cinema extended for 2013

5 Feb 2013

Festival screenings will feature Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton, Laurel & Hardy and more

Scotland’s only silent film festival is ready for its third year in the beautiful Hippodrome ‘picture palace’ in Bo’ness. The Hippodrome Festival of Silent Cinema has been extended to a five day event for the first time, with a flurry of musical…

Hippodrome Festival of Silent Cinema 2012

17 Feb 2012

Programme includes The First Born, Another Fine Mess, The Black Pirate and Safety Last!

Shhh...! Whisper it quietly, but it’s fair to say that 2012 is likely to be the biggest year in silent cinema for nearly eight decades. The global success of Michel Hazanavicius’ glowing tribute The Artist means that silent films currently have their…

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