Note postponed to late October 2020 due to public health situation.
Scotland’s first and only festival of silent cinema, the Hippodrome Silent Film Festival or HippFest, was inaugurated in 2011 and celebrates silent film and live music with an ambitious programme of rare or unique screenings, often accompanied by new commissions by established and emerging artists. Centred on the Bo’ness Hippodrome – Scotland’s oldest cinema – the Festival features an imaginative programme of workshops, partnerships, talks, and pop-up satellite events at partner venues across the district.
Highlights include welcome return appearances by skiffle-blues band the Dodge Brothers featuring Mark Kermode, musician and broadcaster Neil Brand at the screening of Murnau’s City Girl (1930), actor Paul McGann narrating 1920 silent L’Homme du Large, a champagne gala evening for the screening of The Mark of Zorro, Going to the Pictures – an exhibition of film posters, plus behind-the-scenes tours of the cinema and a glorious open-to-all ‘Custard’ Pie-Fight.
A downloadable brochure is available via the Hippfest website.
Image: Filibus: The Mysterious Air Pirate – 14th and 20th March
Bo’Ness Hippodrome cinema:
10 Hope Street Bo’ness
Poster Exhibition at Bo’ness Library:
Bo’ness EH51 0AH
‘Custard’ Pie Fight, Glebe Park (Bo’ness Town Hall),
Bo’ness, EH51 9NJ