Where Movies and Music Come Alive
'Six years old and in ruder health than ever, Bo'ness' Hippodrome Festival of Silent Cinema just seems to get bigger and better every time. This year festival director Alison Strauss cast her net impressively wide to discover little-known early movies from Germany, Poland, Ukraine, China and elsewhere. And the musicians Strauss involved felt more unexpected, more of a gamble, but more revelatory as a result.' – The Scotsman on HippFest 2016
The 6th Hippodrome Festival of Silent Cinema was our most ambitious festival yet - with over 2000 tickets sold, 7 shows completely sold out, and a string of 4 and 5 star reviews.
HippFest 2017 will take place from Wed 22nd to Sun 26th March 2017.
HippFest on Tour
Following the successful tours of 'The Lost Art of the Film Explainer' (2012), 'Dragnet Girl' (2014) and 'Salt for Svanetia' (2015), HippFest 2016 presented '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 was delivered as part of CineScore Live, a touring season of live music and film events supported by Film Hub Scotland. From April to November 2016, the tour went to Platform, Glasgow; Doune the Rabbit Hole; An Tobar, Mull; Dundee Contemporary Arts; Filmhouse, Edinburgh; the Planetarium at Glasgow Science Centre; and Glasgow Film Theatre.
"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
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).
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 – performed 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 at the Barbican. The film will screen at a prestigious Hollywood film festival in 2017 (details currently under embargo).
'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').
Annie Laurie (1927)
We are delighted that HippFest 2015 commission, 'Annie Laurie' screened as part of Glasgow Film's St Andrew's Day celebrations on 26th November 2016.
Award-winning fiddle player, Shona Mooney performed 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).