Silent film is reaching out

Glasgow's Phoenix Choir
Glasgow's Phoenix Choir

The Silent Film Festival held annually at the Hippodrome Cinema in Bo’ness is engaging local young people in film-making.

Local firm Caledonian Produce is also sponsoring an education event for local young people, who will learn about the early pioneering days of film when soundtracks were performed live as the film played.

But it’s far from a simple history lesson – participants will be working with Jason Singh, a leading beatboxer and vocal sculptor, to create a soundtrack. They will also hear from representatives of the Scottish Screen Archive and Glasgow University’s ‘‘Early Cinema in Scotland’’ team.

Ian Scott, chairman of Falkirk Community Trust, said: ‘‘We’re delighted the festival’s youth engagement team is receiving continued sponsorship from key local employers Caldeonian Produce.”

The festival runs from March 18-March 22. The full programme is announced on Tuesday, February 10.