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Silent Stars in Scotland Exhibition

Commissioned by HippFest

The advent of talkies in the late 1920s hit Hollywood like an earthquake. So said sultry silent star Pola Negri in a Scottish newspaper in 1931.

One of the biggest screen stars of her day, she was now treading the boards on the British variety circuit – paving the way, it turned out, for her fellow "silent" players who would follow her to Scotland’s theatres. During the 1930s, stars who had only existed on celluloid for movie fans here in Scotland materialised on their very doorsteps, with voices. 'Silent Stars in Scotland' presents Glasgow Herald archive press photographs unseen for over 70 years of legendary actors and actresses from the silent era including some of this year's HippFest stars: Lillian Gish ('Annie Laurie'), Laurel & Hardy ('Another Fine Mess'), and Anna May Wong ('Piccadilly').

Curated and researched by award-winning Scottish journalist Alison Kerr, this fascinating exhibition reveals the stories behind the pictures.

If you're interested in displaying the exhibition in your venue, please contact Nicola Kettlewood, HippFest Producer: nicolahippfest@gmail.com

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Last updated: 06 February 2019 at 16:54