Festival’s silent film treatment

Silent stars Reagan Anderson, Chloe Whyte, Karen Dickson and Stella, Caitlin Wright and Abbie Hodge
Silent stars Reagan Anderson, Chloe Whyte, Karen Dickson and Stella, Caitlin Wright and Abbie Hodge
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Scotland’s only silent film festival is returning to the Bo’ness Hippodrome.

From March 16-18 Scotland’s oldest purpose built cinema will host classic and rare films backed by some of the country’s top musicians.

Films to be shown include three Laurel and Hardy capers and the Scottish premier of ‘The First Born’, an unsettling melodrama written by legendary director Alfred Hitchcock’s wife Alma Reville, which has been restored by the British Film Institution.

Alison Strauss, arts development officer with Falkirk Council said since launching the tickets on Tuesday, demand has been huge.

“With silent film ‘The Artist’ doing so well in the box offices and tipped for Oscar glory, there is more interest in silent films than ever before.

“We have already had strong tickets sales, with many visitors getting them early after being left disappointed when we sold out shows last year.”

Also showing during the weekend long event is the chilling British film ‘A Cottage on Dartmore’ and swashbuckling ‘The Black Pirate’ which will be accompanied by percussionist Hazel Morrison.

Alison continued: “The festival generates a lot of tourism to the local area and gives people a chance to see extremely rare films right on their doorstep.

“One of my most eagerly anticipated films has to be ‘Safety Last’. It’s a comic caper that featured in the recent Martin Scorsese film ‘Hugo’ and so is proving very popular with our younger audience members.

“There is a great selection of films to enjoy as well as talented performers and special commissions.”

For a full programme visit www.falkirkcommunitytrust.org/silentcinemafest or visit the Steeple box office on Falkirk High Street.