Hippodrome Silent Film Festival 2017

Where Movies and Music Come Alive

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The 2017 Festival opens with a rare screening of this 1923 action adventure film directed by and starring Nell Shipman as a feisty young woman, who is lured to the Yukon with false promises of marriage and gold. Shocked to learn of her lover’s deception, she sets off across the snowy mountains on dog sleighs in search of gold, with the villains in hot pursuit. Fist-fights and a dramatic chase follow as the tale twists and turns, ending with a breath-taking cliff-hanging finale.

Nell Shipman was a visionary, yet largely overlooked director, actress, writer and producer who left Hollywood stardom seeking creative freedom. A fearless and true pioneer of silent cinema she did all her own stunts, campaigned for animal welfare in films (expertly training her own wild menagerie) and succeeded outside the Studio industry.

This thrilling adventure is accompanied live by a newly commissioned score composed and performed by Jane Gardner and her musical team whose previous HippFest accompaniments include ‘Earth’, ‘The Black Pirate’, ‘The Goose Woman’ and ‘Dragnet Girl’.

Dir. Nell Shipman/Bert Van Tuyle, USA, 1923, 1h 40m + short, recommended PG With Nell Shipman, Hugh Thompson, Alfred Allen, Lillian Leighton

Performing live:

Composer Jane Gardner (piano), Nico Bruce (double bass), Beth Morrison (accordion), and Hazel Morrison (percussion).

For a flavour of the Festival, please visit our 2016 page

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Event Time
Wednesday, 22nd March 2017
Doors open 18:45
Hippodrome, Bo'ness

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Last updated: 11 January 2017 at 15:17