Drifters (Dir. John Griersen, UK, 1929) (Screening format – not known, 61 mins) Drifters, the story of the North Sea herring fleets from Yarmouth and Lowestoft to Shetland, broke new ground in 1929. Filmed mainly at sea in all weathers, but with studio sets for some interior scenes, it established Grierson’s style of “creative interpretation of actuality” which came to characterise the British school of documentary film-making. Directed and edited by Grierson and photographed by Basil Emmott. The film was successful both critically and commercially and helped kick off Grierson’s documentary film movement. Find out more at imdb.com . With atmospheric live vocal score by internationally renowned beatboxer and sound artist Jason Singh. Screening alongside Drifters in this special event will be rare archive films of Leith dating from 1918 accompanied live by Leith-based female singing group Davno. Destiny Church , Leith Link
18-22 August (5 Performances)
Nosferatu (Dir. F W Murnau, 1922) (Screening format – not known, 81mins) A German Expressionis horror masterpiece starring Max Shreck as the vampire Count Orlok. The film was an unauthorised adaption of Bram Stoker’s ‘Dracula’ with names and other details changed because the studio could not obtain the rights to the novel. Stoker’s heirs sued over the adaption and a court ruling ordered that all copies of the film be destroyed. However, a few prints survived and the film came to be regarded as an inspirational masterwork of the cinema. In the film, Count Orlok travels across Europe leaving a trail of death in his wake. Brilliantly eerie, with imaginative touches which later adaptions never achieved. Find out more at wikipedia.org . With live musical accompaniment from Tess Said So. St Vincent’s (Fringe Venue 197), Edinburgh Link
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