HippFest on Tour
The Penalty (1920)
With live music from Graeme Stephen and Pete Harvey
Leading Scottish composer Graeme Stephen's brand-new score for guitar and cello for silent film The Penalty premiered at The Hippodrome Silent Film Festival in March 2018 to great acclaim from critics and audience members alike.
The Penalty (1920) stars the great American actor Lon Chaney as 'Blizzard' a double-amputee crime lord intent on looting San Francisco for his evil ends. As a young boy, Chaney has both his legs needlessly amputated by an inexperienced surgeon and grows up to be a man driven by revenge, envy and loss.
This film is full of psychological twists, ambiguities and moral dilemmas and cemented Chaney's reputation as master of the gruesome and grotesque ahead of his best known defining performance in the Hunchback of Notre Dame.
"Stephen's luscious, lyrical music... emphasised the film's underlying melancholy... conjuring remarkably rich, subtle textures." (THE SCOTSMAN)
With live accompaniment from Raymond MacDonald and Christian Ferlaino (saxophone
Tour Dates 2017/18
Raymond MacDonald and Christian Ferlaino perform their new score written to accompany
Italian-born Lorenza Mazzetti’s dialogue-free film ‘Together’ set in London’s East
End. The film was made without synchronised sound as part of the British ‘Free Cinema’
movement whose manifesto celebrated freedom for filmmakers from orthodoxy and conservatism.
It follows two deaf dockers in the midst of the wary, hearing community and stars
the then unknown 32 year-old Scottish artist Eduardo Paolozzi in the lead.
Introductions and post-screening Q&As will be enhanced by BSL interpretation
and electronic note-taking.
Dir Lorenza Mazzetti | UK | 1956 | b&w | 52m | cert PG
With: Eduardo Paolozzi, Michael Andrews
Raymond MacDonald is a saxophonist and composer who has released over 60 CDs and
toured and broadcast worldwide and has written music for film, television, theatre,
radio and art installations. Collaborating with musicians such as Marilyn Crispell,
George Lewis, Evan Parker, David Byrne and Jim O'Rourke, he plays in many collaborative
free improvisatory contexts and his roots in jazz and pop music can also be heard
in his playing and writing. He is also Professor of Music Psychology and Improvisation
at Edinburgh College of Art and lectures, publishes and runs workshops internationally.
Italian-born saxophonist, improviser, composer and ethnomusicologist Christian Ferlaino
focuses on the intersection between composition and improvisation. His recent work
focuses on the use of sound materials of Calabrian folk music, his birthplace in
the South of Italy, in a contemporary jazz and improvised music realm.