Hippodrome Festival of Silent Cinema 2015

In 2015 we celebrated our 5th birthday with a packed programme of rare and classic films from the world's archives embracing many genres, styles and nations. Our programme had a special Scottish focus and audiences enjoyed some real silent gems including 'Annie Laurie’ a romantic tartan Hollywood vision of Scotland, the Film Explainer unpacking Scottish author Robert Louis Stevenson’s ‘Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde’, and the life of so-called Scottish expat Eric Campbell in ‘Chaplin’s Goliath’. Our Silent Stars in Scotland photographic exhibition also went on tour presenting press photographs of legendary actors and actresses from the archive of the Glasgow Herald that hadn’t been seen for over 70 years.

Here’s a quick snapshot of some of our 2015 highlights:


  • "It's the sheer ambition of Bo'ness's Hippodrome Festival of Silent Cinema that marks it out as one of Scotland's true gems... The results can be a revelation" - * * * * * The Scotsman
  • "… the welcome was warm, the music was fabulous, the films magnificent and the crowds enthusiastic… I had a stonking time in Bo'ness this year and would recommend the festival to anyone who loves movies, music and merriment" – Silent London
  • "You can keep your 3D, IMAX and D-Box – going on the evidence of last night's sold out screening of 1916's Hell's Hinges in Bo'ness… silent cinema is the future of film-going" - WOW247 Edinburgh

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Last updated: 02 February 2017 at 10:16