Live On-Line Events

Lock-down may be preventing us from getting out to see silent film events ‘in the flesh’.  But don’t forget that there are still opportunities to see films at live On-Line screenings.  Forthcoming events include;

 

Sunday 20 September

Episode 27 of the Silent Comedy Watch Party, live from New York and hosted by accompanist Ben Model and silent film historian Steve Massa.  The usual format is three silent comedies introduced by Steve and with Ben doing live piano accompaniment from his Upper West Side apartment.  This week’s films will be detailed shortly.  The event streams at 8pm UK time on You Tube. Further details here.       (NB  This event will be available to watch live but will also remain available on You Tube to watch later.)

Sunday 27 September

Episode 28 of the Silent Comedy Watch Party, live from New York and hosted by accompanist Ben Model and silent film historian Steve Massa.  The usual format is three silent comedies introduced by Steve and with Ben doing live piano accompaniment from his Upper West Side apartment.  This week’s films will be detailed shortly.  The event streams at 8pm UK time on You Tube. Further details here.       (NB  This event will be available to watch live but will also remain available on You Tube to watch later.)

Monday 28 September

Retroformat Silent Films, live from Los Angeles, presents a fortnightly silent screening. Tonight’s film is The Bargain (1914), Hollywood (and real) cowboy Willian S Hart’s first feature. The second Hart Western to be named to the National Film Registry (after Hell’s Hinges (1916) ), selected apparently on account of Hart’s charisma, the film’s authenticity and its realistic portrayal of the Western genre.  Find out more at  www.loc.gov. Watch here  on their You Tube channel (broadcast 7.30 pm US West Coast Time, 3.30am 4 Aug UK time!!).     (NB  This event will  also remain available on You Tube to watch later.)

Sunday 11 October

The London Film Festival in partnership with the Kennington Bioscope present The Cheaters (1930),  one of Australia’s major surviving silent films.  When embezzler Bill Marsh (Arthur Greenaway) emerges from jail he works with his daughter Paula (Marie Lorraine), who serves as bait, targeting wealthy victims. He is also seeking revenge on businessman John Travers (John Faulkner), who turned him into the police. However, Paula falls in love with Travers’ son and starts to doubt her future in a life of crime. Highly regarded for its set design – including some striking details – mood and atmosphere, and featuring stunningly vivid tinting, The Cheaters was also unusual in being a film produced, directed and starring Sydney’s Isabel, Phyllis, and Paulette McDonagh, who bucked a predominantly male film world and successfully produced four feature films between 1926 and 1933.  Find out more at wfpp.columbia.edu.  Film screens at 1pm UK time, here.  With live piano accompaniment from Cyrus Gabrysch.  (NB  This film will be available to watch on ‘catch-up’ until 1pm UK time on 14 October)

Episode 28 of the Silent Comedy Watch Party, live from New York and hosted by accompanist Ben Model and silent film historian Steve Massa.  The usual format is three silent comedies introduced by Steve and with Ben doing live piano accompaniment from his Upper West Side apartment.  This week’s films will be detailed shortly.  The event streams at 8pm UK time on You Tube. Further details here.       (NB  This event will be available to watch live but will also remain available on You Tube to watch later.)

3 – 10 October

With the ‘actual’ Pordenone Silent Film Festival now sadly cancelled, we do at least have a ‘virtual’ festival to look forward to in October.  Over eight days there will be opportunities to watch silent film offerings from some of the world’s leading film archives including the Library of Congress in Washington D.C., Lobster Films in Paris, Det Danske Filminstitut in Copenhagen, the China Film Archive in Beijing, EYE Filmmuseum in Amsterdam, the National Film Archive of Japan in Tokyo, together with the Cineteca del Friuli, co-founder with Cinemazero of the Pordenone Silent Film Festival.  Details of screenings should begin to be released in September.  Find out more information here