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
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
Composer Jane Gardner (piano), Nico Bruce (double bass), Beth Morrison (accordion),
and Hazel Morrison (percussion).
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|Wednesday, 22nd March 2017|
Doors open 18:45