Shhh! The Silent Film Festival is in Bo’ness

Andy Cannon will appear as 'The Film Explainer' on Sunday
Andy Cannon will appear as 'The Film Explainer' on Sunday

The Hippodrome Silent Film Festival is looking forward to an action packed weekend with storytelling, documentary and drama on the silver screen.

The celebration of silent movies runs until Sunday and there are still some tickets left for events.

‘Children Of No Importance’ on Saturday at 1.30 p.m. is a groundbreaking German neo-realist film about orphaned children living in post-war Berlin.

The event features the UK debut of the talented young German pianist Richard Siedhoff.

The HippFest Speakeasy @ Bo’ness Town Hall. also on Saturday from 9.30-11 p.m. is a late night cabaret style retreat. Enjoy live performances from talented musicians in town for the Festival including a wild mix of Middle Eastern and Eastern European sounds from Moishe’s Bagel, major folk talent Shona Mooney and other special guests.

The bar is fully licensed but the spirit rekindles the low lights of the prohibition era’s infamous speakeasy atmosphere enjoyed by U.S. silent film audiences.

Silver Screen Suppers on Sunday from 2 p.m. allows guests to eat and drink like the stars of yesteryear with a fun food session led by the founder of Silver Screen Suppers and flapper, Jenny Hammerton.

Jenny will inspire you to entertain guests Hollywood style at this cocktails and canapés workshop. Join us to make Joan Crawford’s favourite snack, Dorothy Sebastian’s delightful hors d’oeuvres and sample a Shirley Temple cocktail.

On Sunday from 4.30 p.m. it’s ‘The Film Explainer: Jekyll & Hyde’.

Performer and storyteller Andy Cannon and his two regular musical collaborators, return to the Hippodrome to present a new ‘Film Explainer’ interpretation of key scenes from the famed John Barrymore version of ‘Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde’ alongside selected shorts from the Scottish Screen Archive.

Tickets for all events are available from or by calling the Hippodrome Box Office on (01324) 506850.