Silence from the golden era of cinema at the Hippodrome

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Audiences at the Hippodrome in Bo’ness will be transported back to the Edwardian era this March, as the Festival of Silent Cinema hits the screen.

Now in its fourth year, the festival promises to be the biggest yet - with highlights including an introduction by an Oscar-winning film maker, a newly commissioned classical soundtrack - and a live beatboxer.

With 13 events across five days, from March 12-16, organisers are hoping to attract visitors from across the country to Scotland’s only celebration of silent film.

Films include ‘Dragnet Girl’, accompanied by a score written by Jane Gardner who will be performing on the night. ‘Another Fine Mess’, ‘Buster and Friends’ and ‘The Ghost Train’ are also part of the programme.

The Friday night gala, sponsored by the Corbie Inn, will be a showing of Lucky Star, a rarely screened drama about a poor farm girl torn between her love of a war wounded veteran, and the bullying self regarding attentions of his sergeant. The film will be accompanied by world class improvising pianist Neil Brand.

Closing the festival will be a showing of Visages d’Enfants (Faces of Children), accompanied by Stephen Horne.

Ian Scott, chairman of Falkirk Community Trust, said: “As all those who have experienced the beautiful space of the Bo’ness Hippodrome know it is the perfect setting for the classic films of the silent era, and this year the Festival team has arranged yet another feast for your entertainment.”

As well as the main events at the Hippodrome, there are a number of community outreach and public participation events. Secondary pupils from across Falkirk have been working to compose and perform music to accompany short films from the Scottish archives.

TIckets are on sale now at www.hippfest.co.uk or by calling (01324) 506850. Book before February 24 for a 10 per cent discount.