HippFest 2016 on Tour

Following the successful tours of 'The Lost Art of the Film Explainer' (2012), 'Dragnet Girl' (2014) and 'Salt for Svanetia' (2015), HippFest is delighted to present 'Wunder der Schöpfung' (Wonder of Creation) with a newly commissioned score from Stu Brown and Paul Harrison aka Herschel 36.

This score was commissioned by, and premiered at, the Hippodrome Festival of Silent Cinema 2016, and is delivered as part of CineScore Live, a touring season of live music and film events supported by Film Hub Scotland.

"On a different level entirely, however, was Saturday's concluding show, featuring the strange but wonderful 1925 German semi-documentary Wunder der Schöpfung (Wonder of Creation) on the cosmos and our place in it, with a brand new score from Scottish-based jazz duo Herschel 36 – pianist Paul Harrison and percussionist Stuart Brown. The film was often as comic as it was illuminating – certainly in its speculations about life on the solar system's outer planets – but thrilling in its special effects. And the duo's moody, ambient score struck just the right balance between awe and alienation." – David Kettle, The Scotsman

Wunder der Schöpfung (Wonder of Creation) (1925)

This ground-breaking silent documentary is an extraordinary and unique document of human knowledge about the world and the universe in the 1920s literally translated as 'Wonder of Creation'. Fifteen special effects experts and nine cameramen were involved in the production of this beautifully tinted and toned film which combines documentary scenes, historical documents, fiction elements, animation scenes and educational impact.

Dir. Hanns Walter Kornblum | Germany | 1925 | b&w and tinted & toned | 1h 32m | German intertitles with English sur-titles | Recommended U | With Paul Bildt, Willy Kaiser-Heyl, Theodor Loos

Performing Live

Herschel 36 formed in 2011 as a collaboration between drummer, Stu Brown and keyboardist, Paul Harrison (both established jazz musicians, session players, composers and bandleaders in their own right, with a shared passion for electronic music).

Tour details

Stella Dallas (1925)

Celebrated silent film accompanist and composer Stephen Horne – voted best solo accompanist for silent film in 2014 and 2015 in the international poll by Silent London – performs his moving and intuitive new score for piano and harp (commissioned by and premiered at HippFest 2016 and performed at Il Cinema Ritrovato, Bologna) with Elizabeth-Jane Baldry.

'Stella Dallas' is the definitive tearjerker starring Belle Bennett as a mother who sacrifices everything for the sake of her daughter, adapted by renowned screenwriter Frances Marion from the novel by Olive Higgins Prouty ('Now Voyager').

"Horne and Baldry performed their accompaniment with tremendous skill and understanding, absolutely in the service of the film and there could be no better introduction or experience of 'Stella Dallas' than this performance of Horne’s new score. At its best Cinema humanely connects us all and that shared experience between filmmakers, accompanists and the audience is taken to a whole new level at HippFest. …in the hands of the best Silent Film accompanists in the world, the experience of what live Cinema can be is thrilling, inspirational and totally immersive."

Georgina Coburn's review of the 'Stella Dallas' premiere at HippFest 2016.

Tour details

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HippFest 2015

Annie Laurie (1927)

We are delighted that HippFest 2015 commission, 'Annie Laurie' will be screening as part of Glasgow Film's St Andrew's Day celebrations on 26th November 2016.

Award-winning fiddle player, Shona Mooney will perform her lilting score for this stirring epic starring Lillian Gish as the plucky Annie Laurie whose forbidden romance fuels the flames of hatred between the warring Macdonald and Campbell clans. Shona will perform the score, which was commissioned for HippFest 2015's Closing Night Gala with Amy Thatcher (accordion) and Alasdair Paul (guitar).

Details are currently being finalised, so keep an eye on www.glasgowfilm.org and our Facebook page for updates.

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Last updated: 23 August 2016 at 10:37