On track for platform reels

Festive fun awaits at Bo'ness and Kinneil Railway
Festive fun awaits at Bo'ness and Kinneil Railway

The platform of Bo’ness and Kinneil railway will transform into an outdoor pop-up cinema for one of the most ambitious events hosted by the Hippodrome.

As part of the 2015 Festival of Silent Cinema, ‘Mind The Gap’ will feature railway-inspired silent movies with live musical accompaniment and bowls of authentic ‘ash rabbit stew’.

The one-night-only event is the first time two of the area’s major visitor attractions have collaborated for an event, with the award winning Bo’ness and Kinneil Railway beginning its season earlier than usual so festival-goers can 
experience the passenger service and railway museum.

And, one of Scotland’s leading storytellers and Hippodrome film explainer Andy Cannon will be making an appearance as well as a live music act.

Natalie Usher, director of film and media at Creative Scotland said: “We’re delighted to support the Hippodrome Silent Film Festival as it returns for its fifth year.

“The ‘Mind The Gap’ pop-up event is another great example of how the festival continues to offer unique 
cinema experiences to audiences.”

Organised by Falkirk Community Trust, with core funding from Creative Scotland and Falkirk Council, the Hippodrome Festival of Silent Cinema has become a key annual event with over 2500 people attending the 2014 festival.

Ian Scott, chairman of Falkirk Community Trust, said: “The Hippodrome Festival of Silent Cinema continues to get bigger and better every year.

“The first event of the 2015 fifth anniversary festival promises to be a unique and memorable collaboration between two of the area’s star attractions.”

Councillor Adrian Mahoney, Falkirk Council’s spokesman for culture, leisure and tourism, said: “I’m delighted the Bo’ness and Kinneil Railway is 
supporting the 2015 Hippodrome Festival of Silent Cinema, the organisers’ most ambitious to date.

“The pop-up film screening at Bo’ness Station is one of the highlights of the forthcoming programme.

“What’s more, the steam railway and other local attractions will also be running services during the festival, giving people even more reasons to visit Bo’ness for this must-see event in March.”

‘Mind The Gap’ will be held on March 21, but tickets, which are strictly limited, will go on sale at noon tomorrow (Friday).

As the screening will take place outdoors under the platform awning, ticket holders are encouraged to dress for the weather and bring a blanket.

The fifth annual Hippodrome Festival of Silent Cinema runs from March 18 to 22, 2015, with the full programme to be announced on Tuesday, February 10.

For tickets for ‘Mind The Gap’, priced £17/£15, call (01324) 506850.