Yorkshire Silent Film Festival

List of screenings

There are several ways to explore the festival programme on this website. Scrolling down this page will show you a chronological list of all forty screenings. Click on the pictures or the green buttons to find out more about any event.

You can also explore the festival by place here or see the festival calendar here.

The festival brochure can be read online here.

 
Buster Keaton in Sherlock Jr.
May
22
8:30 pm20:30

Buster Keaton in Sherlock Jr.

  • Trinity Church

Buster is the projectionist in a small-town cinema but he dreams of being a detective. Dozing off beside his projector one day, he finds himself inside the film! With astounding stunts and gags, this dazzling, absurd comedy is Buster Keaton at his magnificent best. 

Buster Keaton’s third and shortest feature ranks among his best. An ironic comment on social injustice, it’s a deceptively serious study of fantasy and reality, life and art.
— Empire Magazine

Plus a selection of early cartoons including Walt Disney's Oswald the Lucky Rabbit!

With live piano accompaniment.

Tickets £10, £8 concessions 

The House on Trubnaya Street
May
23
6:30 pm18:30

The House on Trubnaya Street

  • Showroom Cinema

The second of two rarely-seen Soviet comedies in this year's festival, this is a visually ingenious and utterly charming comedy. The story hinges on a petit bourgeois hairdresser who tries to hire a non-union housemaid. The camerawork is remarkably agile, craning up and down the crowded tenement and roaming the streets of Moscow.

Performing live: Jonny Best (piano)

Blackmail
May
26
8:00 pm20:00

Blackmail

  • Square Chapel Centre for the Arts

Alfred Hitchcock’s sinister, suspenseful tale of crime and romance is one of the last British silent films to be made. With his traditional cameo appearance in the first reel, to a spectacular chase through the British Museum by moonlight in the final reel, Blackmail is a classic thriller from the Master of Suspense.

Performing live: Meg Morley (piano)

Tickets £10

Sherlock Jr.
May
27
5:30 pm17:30

Sherlock Jr.

  • Square Chapel Centre for the Arts

Buster is the projectionist in a small-town cinema but he dreams of being a detective. Dozing off beside his projector one day, he finds himself inside the film! With astounding stunts and gags, this dazzling, absurd comedy is Buster Keaton at his magnificent best. 

Buster Keaton’s third and shortest feature ranks among his best. An ironic comment on social injustice, it’s a deceptively serious study of fantasy and reality, life and art
— Empire Magazine

With live piano accompaniment.

Tickets £10

Ben Hur
May
27
7:00 pm19:00

Ben Hur

  • Square Chapel Centre for the Arts

Betrayed by his boyhood friend, Massala, Ben Hur is imprisoned as a galley slave on a Roman ship and left to die. Saved by a sympathetic general, he sets out to find his lost family. And one day, many years later, Ben Hur and Massala meet once more for a final, violent reckoning as competing Roman charioteers in the Circus Maximus...

The most epic silent film of them all, Ben Hur is a gripping tale of love and revenge. At its premiere in 1925 nothing like it had ever been seen before. The dazzling special effects, thrilling action, glorious technicolour sequences and a cast of thousands helped Ben Hur make MGM’s reputation as the blockbuster studio. The famous chariot race is jaw-dropping even today - captured by forty two cameras, with hundreds of horses and thousands of extras, the sequence was recreated almost shot-by-shot for the 1959 remake with Charlton Heston.

With a lavishness virtually beyond compare and enriched with thrills and romance...‘Ben-Hur,’ is a supreme effort of the motion-picture industry
— Los Angeles Times

Performing live: Jonathan Best (piano) and Trevor Bartlett (percussion)

Tickets £10

Cartoon Carnival (free screening)
May
28
12:00 pm12:00

Cartoon Carnival (free screening)

  • Hyde Park Picture House

A day of silent film at the lovely Hyde Park Picture House, Leeds, begins with a FREE programme of cartoons. Come and meet Dinky Doodle, Felix the Cat and Oswald the Lucky Rabbit! 

Performing live: Jonny Best (piano) and Trevor Bartlett (percussion)

No booking necessary.

Part of A Day of Silent Film at Hyde Park Picture House including: Soviet comedy The House on Trubnaya Street, crime thriller The Four Just Men, twisted revenge drama Behind the Door and Cecile B DeMille's smash hit Chicago.

All Day Passes are available; £22 (adults), £20 (conc.), £17 (members) - please telephone on 0113 275 2045 to purchase.

Cartoon Carnival includes cartoons from Tommy José Stathes' Cartoons On Film and The Bray Animation Project. 

 

 

The House on Trubnaya Street
May
28
1:00 pm13:00

The House on Trubnaya Street

  • Hyde Park Picture House

Discover the lighter side of early Soviet film with this visually ingenious and completely charming tale of a petit bourgeois hairdresser who tries to hire a non-union housemaid.

Performing live: Meg Morley (piano)

Part of A Day of Silent Film at Hyde Park Picture House including: Cartoon Carnival, crime thriller The Four Just Men, twisted revenge drama Behind the Door and Cecile B DeMille's smash hit Chicago.

SINGLE TICKETS: £8.50 (adults), £7.50 (conc.), £7.00 (members)
AS PART OF DAY PASS: £22 (adults), £20 (conc.), £17 (members) - please telephone on 0113 275 2045 to buy a pass.

The Four Just Men
May
28
2:30 pm14:30

The Four Just Men

  • Hyde Park Picture House

Based on Edgar Wallace’s book, this rarely-seen British crime thriller tells the story of four gentlemen vigilantes who take on international terrorism and seek justice on behalf of a grateful British public.

Part of A Day of Silent Film at Hyde Park Picture House including: Cartoon Carnival, Soviet Comedy The House on Trubnaya Street, twisted revenge drama Behind the Door and Cecile B DeMille's smash hit Chicago.

SINGLE TICKETS: £8.50 (adults), £7.50 (conc.), £7.00 (members)
AS PART OF DAY PASS: £22 (adults), £20 (conc.), £17 (members) - please telephone on 0113 275 2045 to buy a pass.

Performing live: Jonny Best (piano)

Directed by George Ridgwell, UK, 1921, 70 mins approx. Screening in 35mm

Behind the Door
May
28
4:15 pm16:15

Behind the Door

  • Hyde Park Picture House

This gruesome and bizarre shocker of a film is one of the most notorious in all of silent cinema. Part brutal tabloid drama of rape and retribution and part WW1 propaganda, it pits Hobart Bosworth, a German-American sailor, against Wallace Beery, a sadistic German U-boat commander. The violence is graphic and disturbing.

Until recently, Behind the Door existed only in an incomplete print together with some outtakes preserved in Library of Congress in Washington D.C. and some decayed sections of the film held in the Russian National Film Archive. Led by Rob Byrne of San Francisco Silent Film Festival, Behind the Door has been reconstructed from these two sources and the finished version, complete with its original tintings, premiered in 2016. 

Part of A Day of Silent Film at Hyde Park Picture House including: Cartoon Carnival, Soviet comedy The House on Trubnaya Street, crime thriller The Four Just Men and Cecile B DeMille's smash hit Chicago.

SINGLE TICKETS: £8.50 (adults), £7.50 (conc.), £7.00 (members)
AS PART OF DAY PASS: £22 (adults), £20 (conc.), £17 (members) - please telephone on 0113 275 2045 to buy a pass.

Performing live: Meg Morley (piano)

Directed by Irvin Willat, USA, 1919, 70 mins. 

Chicago
May
28
5:50 pm17:50

Chicago

  • Hyde Park Picture House

Boozy, jazz-loving Roxie Hart kills her deceitful boyfriend in cold blood and winds up in prison with fellow murderess Velma Kelly. Based on a real life 1924 crime, the legendary Cecil B. DeMille created one of the 1920s most entertaining, vivacious films - fifty years before Kander & Ebb would go on to use the same story for their Broadway musical.

Phyllis Haver gives an astoundingly fine performance as the redoubtable Roxie Hart. This film may deal lightly with trials and juries, but there is throughout an element of truth in the action..it is a production that makes the most of the predicaments of a woman who has fired off a pistol in the heat of temper.
— New York Times, 1927

With live musical accompaniment by a trio of Yorkshire Silent Film Festival musicians - Jonny Best (piano), Trevor Bartlett (percussion), Richard Ormrod (winds, guitar, accordian).

Part of A Day of Silent Film at Hyde Park Picture House including: Cartoon Carnival, Soviet comedy The House on Trubnaya Street, crime thriller The Four Just Men and twisted revenge drama Behind the Door.

SINGLE TICKETS: £8.50 (adults), £7.50 (conc.), £7.00 (members)
AS PART OF DAY PASS: £22 (adults), £20 (conc.), £17 (members) - please telephone on 0113 275 2045 to buy a pass.

Directed by Frank Urson, USA, 1927, 112 mins

Marlene Dietrich in The Woman Men Desire presented by Neil Brand
May
31
8:00 pm20:00

Marlene Dietrich in The Woman Men Desire presented by Neil Brand

  • St Paul's Hall, University of Huddersfield

Charles, just about to marry, glimpses the beautiful Stascha (Marlene Dietrich) on a train and sets in motion a chain of obsessive, destructive events. Shot in Berlin in 1928, this was Marlene Dietrich's first leading role and her first great femme fatale character. 

Celebrated pianist, composer and broadcaster Neil Brand brings the second Yorkshire Silent Film Festival to a red-blooded climax with this rarely-seen classic of German silent cinema.

Tickets £9 (Students are FREE to this screening - please bring current ID with you.)

Directed by Curtis Bernhardt, Germany, 1929, 75mins


The Lodger
May
21
8:00 pm20:00

The Lodger

  • Ritz CInema

A serial killer is on the loose in London and the city is on high alert. Meanwhile, the mysterious new lodger at the home of Mr and Mrs Bunting starts to attract suspicion. Could he be the man police are hunting for? 

With live piano accompaniment.

Tickets £7 / £5 concessions

Buy a joint ticket for this and Hitchcock's The Lodger (8pm) for £12 / £9 concession

Tickets are available from Ritz Cinema box office when the cinema is open. They will also be available from Thirsk Tourist Information Centre, Market Place, Thirsk which will be open shop hours. Telephone 01845 518187.

Cartoon Carnival
May
21
6:30 pm18:30

Cartoon Carnival

  • Ritz Cinema

A cavalcade of animation from the early days of cinema, with Krazy Kat, Dinky Doodle and Walt Disney’s Oswald the Lucky Rabbit. 

With live piano accompaniment.

Tickets £7 / £5 concessions

Buy a joint ticket for this and Hitchcock's The Lodger (8pm) for £12 / £9 concession

Tickets are available from Ritz Cinema box office when the cinema is open. They will also be available from Thirsk Tourist Information Centre, Market Place, Thirsk which will be open shop hours. Telephone 01845 518187.

7th Heaven
May
20
5:00 pm17:00

7th Heaven

  • Hebden Bridge Picture House
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Janet Gaynor won the Best Actress award at the very first Academy Awards for her role in this gorgeously romantic drama of star-crossed Parisian lovers. With beautiful sets, stunning camerawork and a live harp score, 7th Heaven is silent-era Hollywood at its most powerful.Oscar winning 2012 silent The Artist borrowed from 7th Heaven for several of its scenes.

Tickets: Adults £10, Over 60s / Passport to Leisure Card holders: £9, Under 26s / Full Time Students: £8. PICTURE THIS members £1 off the applicable price.

Doors open at 4.15pm

Performing live: Jonathan Best (piano)

7th Heaven tracks the transformational love of Farrell and Gaynor from the sewers to the stars, across time and space, and beyond death itself, affirming triumphantly that melodrama can mean much more than just an excuse for a good weep.
— Time Out Magazine

7th Heaven is the second of two Yorkshire Silent Film Festival screenings at the Picture House. On May 13 at 5pm we're showing Hitchcock's classic chiller The Lodger. Why not save money by buying a joint ticket for both films?

Joint tickets for The Lodger and 7th Heaven
Adults £18, Over 60s / Passport to Leisure Card holders: £16,  Under 26s / Full Time Students: £14, PICTURE THIS members £2 off the applicable price.

Alfred Hitchcock's Blackmail
May
19
6:30 pm18:30

Alfred Hitchcock's Blackmail

  • The Old School House

Alfred Hitchcock’s sinister, suspenseful tale of crime and romance is one of the last British silent films to be made. With his traditional cameo appearance in the first reel, to a spectacular chase through the British Museum by moonlight in the final reel, Blackmail is a classic thriller from the Master of Suspense.

Jonathan Best, Director of Yorkshire Silent Film Festival and tonight's pianist, will give a talk 6.30pm-7pm. The film will start shortly afterwards. 

Performing live: Jonathan Best (piano)

Tickets £6.50 including interval tea/coffee and cake. Book by telephone on 01969 624510 or by emailing admin@oldschoolhouseleyburn.com

Also screening at The Old School House (May 9) is the Oscar-winning Hollywood melodrama 7th Heaven, starring Janet Gaynor and with a live harp score. 

Chicago
May
18
7:15 pm19:15

Chicago

  • Stephen Joseph Theatre

Before Kander and Ebb's great Broadway musical, the true life story of boozy murderess Roxie Hart was told by producer Cecil B DeMille in this classic 1920s silent film. 

Phyllis Haver gives an astoundingly fine performance as the redoubtable Roxie Hart. This film may deal lightly with trials and juries, but there is throughout an element of truth in the action..it is a production that makes the most of the predicaments of a woman who has fired off a pistol in the heat of temper
— New York Times, 1927

With live piano accompaniment.

Tickets £7, £6 concessions, £5 SJT+ cardholders

Buster Keaton in Sherlock Jr.
May
18
1:45 pm13:45

Buster Keaton in Sherlock Jr.

  • Stephen Joseph Theatre

Buster is the projectionist in a small-town cinema but he dreams of being a detective. Dozing off beside his projector one day, he finds himself inside the film! With astounding stunts and gags, this dazzling, absurd comedy is Buster Keaton at his magnificent best. 

Buster Keaton’s third and shortest feature ranks among his best. An ironic comment on social injustice, it’s a deceptively serious study of fantasy and reality, life and art
— Empire Magazine

With the Buster Keaton short The Goat

With live piano accompaniment by Colin Sell

Tickets £7, £6 concessions, £5 SJT+ cardholders

Total running time 1hr 15 mins

Blackmail
May
17
7:45 pm19:45

Blackmail

  • Stephen Joseph Theatre

Alfred Hitchcock’s sinister, suspenseful tale of crime and romance is one of the last British silent films to be made. With his traditional cameo appearance in the first reel, to a spectacular moonlit chase through the British Museum in the final reel, Blackmail is a classic thriller from the Master of Suspense.

“So good you’ll watch it twice!” The Guardian

With live piano accompaniment

Tickets £7, £6 concessions, £5 SJT+ cardholders

Dir. Alfred Hitchcock, 1929, 84min

The Lodger
May
14
6:30 pm18:30

The Lodger

  • National Centre for Early Music

A serial killer is on the loose in London and the city is on high alert. Meanwhile, the mysterious new lodger at the home of Mr and Mrs Bunting starts to attract suspicion. Could he be the man police are hunting for? 

Performing live: Elizabeth-Jane Baldry (harp)

£10.00 (concs £8.00; students £5.00)
Double Bill to include 'Tall Tales and Incredible Journeys' 4.00pm - 5.15pm £18.00 (concs £14.00; students £8.00)

Directed by Alfred Hitchcock

UK, 1927, 90 mins

The Lodger with new harp score by Elizabeth-Jane Baldry
May
13
5:00 pm17:00

The Lodger with new harp score by Elizabeth-Jane Baldry

  • Hebden Bridge Picture House

A serial killer is on the loose in London and the city is on high alert. Meanwhile, the mysterious new lodger at the home of Mr and Mrs Bunting starts to attract suspicion. Could he be the man police are hunting for? 

The Lodger is the first thriller in the Hitchcock style and this screening will be accompanied by harpist Elizabeth-Jane Baldry whose performance in Hebden Bridge was one of the highlights of the 2016 festival.

Tickets: Adults £10, Over 60s / Passport to Leisure Card holders: £9, Under 26s / Full Time Students: £8. PICTURE THIS members £1 off the applicable price.

Doors open at 4.15pm

Performing live: Elizabeth-Jane Baldry (harp)

The Lodger is the first of two Yorkshire Silent Film Festival screenings at the Picture House. On May 20 at 5pm we're showing 7th Heaven, the classic Hollywood melodrama starring Oscar-winning Janet Gaynor. Why not save money by buying a joint ticket for both films?

Joint tickets for The Lodger and 7th Heaven
Adults £18, Over 60s / Passport to Leisure Card holders: £16,  Under 26s / Full Time Students: £14, PICTURE THIS members £2 off the applicable price

Tall Tales and Incredible Journeys
May
12
8:00 pm20:00

Tall Tales and Incredible Journeys

  • Square Chapel Centre for the Arts

Fantasy films by Georges Melies, Segundo de Chomon and RW Paul

Take a journey into the impossible with this collection of short fantasy films, some exquisitely hand coloured, by some of early cinema's most extraordinary talents. Includes George Méliès' famous 1902 adventure, A Trip to the Moon.

Performing Live: Elizabeth-Jane Baldry (harp), Trevor Bartlett (percussion), Jonathan Best (piano)

Tickets £12.00 (£10 concessions)

Blackmail
May
11
7:00 pm19:00

Blackmail

  • Saltburn Community Theatre

Alfred Hitchcock’s sinister, suspenseful tale of crime and romance is one of the last British silent films to be made. With his traditional cameo appearance in the first reel, to a spectacular moonlit chase through the British Museum in the final reel, Blackmail is a classic thriller from the Master of Suspense.

“So good you’ll watch it twice!” The Guardian

With live piano accompaniment

Tickets £6 (£3 to film society members). See both films for £10.

Book online at saltburnarts.co.uk or telephone 01287624997

Doors open 30 mins before each film.

Dir. Alfred Hitchcock, 1929, 84min

Chicago
May
11
2:00 pm14:00

Chicago

  • Saltburn Community Theatre

Boozy, jazz-loving Roxie Hart kills her deceitful boyfriend in cold blood and winds up in prison with fellow murderess Velma Kelly. Based on a real life 1924 crime, the legendary Cecil B. DeMille created one of the 1920s most entertaining, vivacious films - fifty years before Kander & Ebb would go on to use the same story for their Broadway musical. 

With live piano accompaniment.

Phyllis Haver gives an astoundingly fine performance as the redoubtable Roxie Hart. This film may deal lightly with trials and juries, but there is throughout an element of truth in the action..it is a production that makes the most of the predicaments of a woman who has fired off a pistol in the heat of temper
— New York Times, 1927

Tickets £6 (£3 to film society members). See both films for £10.

Book online at saltburnarts.co.uk or telephone 01287624997

Doors open 30 mins before each film.

Dir. Frank Urson, 1927, 112 min

The Battle of the Somme
May
10
8:00 pm20:00

The Battle of the Somme

  • Picturedrome

Shot and screened in 1916, The Battle of the Somme was the first feature length documentary about war. In the first three months of its release the film was seen by around 20 million people in Britain and Ireland. To mark the centenary of the Somme, a hundred screenings of the film are taking place around Britain, each one accompanied by a live orchestra performing Laura Rossi’s haunting score. We're thrilled to welcome Musica Kirklees Youth Orchestra and their conductor Thom Meredith who will perform the score live. 

Tickets £5 (18 and unders are free)

Dragnet Girl
May
10
6:15 pm18:15

Dragnet Girl

  • Showroom CInema

Yasujirō Ozu'’s cool and clever take on the American gangster genre, Dragnet Girl follows tough-talking good-time gal Tokiko and her small-time hoodlum boyfriend Joji through the smoky pool halls and boxing clubs of Yokohama. This is a great introduction to Ozu's distinctive and visually beautiful style of film making. This screening will be accompanied by the premiere performance of a new score for harp by celebrated silent film harpist Elizabeth-Jane Baldry.

Directed by Yasujiro Ozu, Japan, 1933, 100 mins. 

 

 

7th Heaven
May
9
2:15 pm14:15

7th Heaven

  • The Old School House

Janet Gaynor won the Best Actress award at the very first Academy Awards for her role in this gorgeously romantic drama of star-crossed Parisian lovers. With beautiful sets, stunning camerawork and a live harp score, 7th Heaven is silent-era Hollywood at its most powerful.

7th Heaven tracks the transformational love of Farrell and Gaynor from the sewers to the stars, across time and space, and beyond death itself, affirming triumphantly that melodrama can mean much more than just an excuse for a good weep.
— Time Out Magazine

Performing live: Elizabeth-Jane Baldry (harp)

Tickets £6 (£5 concessions) by telephone on 01969 624510 or by emailing admin@oldschoolhouseleyburn.com

Also showing at The Old School House (May 19) is Alfred Hitchcock's sinister thriller, Blackmail, with live piano. 

Directed by Frank Borzage

USA, 1927, 110 mins

 

Ben Hur
May
8
7:30 pm19:30

Ben Hur

  • Middleton Hall

Betrayed by his boyhood friend, Massala, Ben Hur is imprisoned as a galley slave on a Roman ship and left to die. Saved by a sympathetic general, he sets out to find his lost family. And one day, many years later, Ben Hur and Massala meet once more for a final, violent reckoning as competing Roman charioteers in the Circus Maximus...

The most epic silent film of them all, Ben Hur is a gripping tale of love and revenge. At its premiere in 1925 nothing like it had ever been seen before. The dazzling special effects, thrilling action, glorious technicolour sequences and a cast of thousands helped Ben Hur make MGM’s reputation as the blockbuster studio. The famous chariot race is jaw-dropping even today - captured by forty two cameras, with hundreds of horses and thousands of extras, the sequence was recreated almost shot-by-shot for the 1959 remake with Charlton Heston.

With a lavishness virtually beyond compare and enriched with thrills and romance...‘Ben-Hur,’ is a supreme effort of the motion-picture industry
— Los Angeles Times

Tickets £9 (£8 for members of Hull Independent Cinema)

Performing live: Jonathan Best (piano) & Trevor Bartlett (percussion)

Directed by Fred Niblo, USA, 1925, 2 hours 23 min

Presented with Hull Independent Cinema

Behind the Door
May
6
10:30 pm22:30

Behind the Door

  • Abbeydale Picture House

This gruesome and bizarre shocker of a film is one of the most notorious in all of silent cinema. Part brutal tabloid drama of rape and retribution and part WW1 propaganda, it pits Hobart Bosworth, a German-American sailor, against Wallace Beery, a sadistic German U-boat commander. The violence is graphic and disturbing.

Until recently, Behind the Door existed only in an incomplete print together with some outtakes preserved in Library of Congress in Washington D.C. and some decayed sections of the film held in the Russian National Film Archive. Led by Rob Byrne of San Francisco Silent Film Festival, Behind the Door has been reconstructed from these two sources and the finished version, complete with its original tintings, premiered in 2016. 

Tickets £6.

This screening is part of A Day of Silent Film at Abbeydale Picture House, from 11am on Sat 6 May. Save money with an All-Day Saturday Pass; seven films for £25.

Playing live: Stephen Horne

Directed by Irvin Willat, USA, 1919, 70 mins

TICKETS AVAILABLE ON THE DOOR AT ABBEYDALE PICTURE HOUSE, CASH ONLY PLEASE

Flesh and the Devil
May
6
8:00 pm20:00

Flesh and the Devil

  • Abbeydale Picture House
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Greta Garbo, John Gilbert and Swedish heartthrob Lars Hanson star in MGM's lavish melodrama about boyhood friends torn apart by love for the same woman, the mesmerising Countess Felicitas von Rhaden. 

John Gilbert was the greatest romantic star of the late 20s and Greta Garbo was only recently arrived from Sweden and in only her sixth film. Their pairing in Flesh and the Devil by director Clarence Brown was mirrored in real life: Garbo and Gilbert were madly, excessively in love with each other. Their scenes together are extraordinary and the film as a whole is a perfect example of the sort of intoxicating, sensual romance that silent cinema can achieve.

With live music and on the huge Abbeydale Picture House screen, Flesh and the Devil will carry you away.

Performing live: Jonathan Best (piano) and Trevor Bartlett (percussion)

Compelling...there are scenes in this film which one will not readily forget
— New York Times

This screening is part of A Day of Silent Film at Abbeydale Picture House, from 11am on Sat 6 May.  Tickets £9 or £25 for a Saturday Pass for seven films.

Directed by Clarence Brown, USA, 1926, 1 hour 55 min, screening in 35mm. This presentation of Flesh and the Devil by arrangement with Photoplay Productions and Warner Brothers.

TICKETS ALSO AVAILABLE ON THE DOOR AT ABBEYDALE PICTURE HOUSE, CASH ONLY PLEASE

Tall Tales and Incredible Journeys
May
6
5:45 pm17:45

Tall Tales and Incredible Journeys

  • Abbeydale Picture House

The fantasy cinema of Segundo de Chomon, Georges Melies and RW Paul

Take a journey into the impossible with this selection of short fantasy films from the earliest days of cinema. Full of ingenious effects and beautiful, hand-drawn colours, these tales of flying cars, rockets to the sun and magical goings on are as astounding today as they must have been more than a century ago. Includes Georges Melies' famous 1902 adventure A Trip to the Moon.

TICKETS AVAILABLE ON THE DOOR AT ABBEYDALE PICTURE HOUSE, CASH ONLY PLEASE

Tickets £6. This screening is part of A Day of Silent Film at Abbeydale Picture House, from 11am on Sat 6 May. Save money with an All-Day Saturday Pass; seven films for £25.

Ivor Novello in Man Without Desire
May
6
4:00 pm16:00

Ivor Novello in Man Without Desire

  • Abbeydale Picture House

Count Vittorio Dandolo (Ivor Novello) is grieving for his lover who has been cruelly murdered by her husband. Unable to bear the pain, his magician friend puts him into suspended animation. Awaking 200 years later, he finds the experiment has had unexpected consequences. This sumptuous drama of love and frustrated desire in 18th century Venice is also one of the most odball films you'll ever see. 

TICKETS AVAILABLE ON THE DOOR AT ABBEYDALE PICTURE HOUSE, CASH ONLY PLEASE

This screening is part of A Day of Silent Film at Abbeydale Picture House, from 11am on Sat 6 May. Save money with an All-Day Saturday Pass; seven films for £25.

You can see Ivor Novello in The Lodger at Abbeydale Picture House the evening before, complete with the premiere of Neil Brand's new orchestral score played live by Orchestra of St Paul's. 

Yorkshire Silent Film Festival is grateful to Moving Image Communications Ltd for permission to screen this film. 

Directed by Adrian Brunel, UK, 1923, 79 mins, screening in 35mm

TICKETS AVAILABLE ON THE DOOR AT ABBEYDALE PICTURE HOUSE, CASH ONLY PLEASE

 

 

The Girl with a Hat Box
May
6
1:45 pm13:45

The Girl with a Hat Box

  • Abbeydale Picture House

One of two wonderful Soviet comedies at this year's festival, Anna Sten plays a mischievous milliner who enters into a marriage of convenience with a homeless college student so that he can use her Moscow apartment. Soviet cinema of the 20s may be best known for its massive political epics like Battleship Potemkin, but the popular movie entertainment of the era is worth discovering as well.

TICKETS AVAILABLE ON THE DOOR AT ABBEYDALE PICTURE HOUSE, CASH ONLY PLEASE

This screening is part of A Day of Silent Film at Abbeydale Picture House, from 11am on Sat 6 May. Save money with an All-Day Saturday Pass; seven films for £25.

With live piano accompaniment by Meg Morley

Also screening in the festival is The House on Trubnaya Street, another delightful and visually striking Soviet comedy. See it at Showroom Cinema (Sheffield) and Hyde Park Picture House (Leeds).

Directed by Boris Barnet, USSR, 1927, 65 mins, screening in 35mm

Buster Keaton in The Cameraman
May
6
12:00 pm12:00

Buster Keaton in The Cameraman

  • Abbeydale Picture House

Buster Keaton falls in love with Sally, the receptionist at the MGM newsreel department. Determined to impress her, he applies for a job shooting live news with his rickety hand-cranked camera. With top-drawer slapstick comedy and a beautifully acted love story at its centre, The Cameraman is the last of Keaton's great comedies and, with Sherlock Jr, one of his love letters to the joy and mystery of film making. 

TICKETS AVAILABLE ON THE DOOR AT ABBEYDALE PICTURE HOUSE - CASH ONLY PLEASE

The Cameraman is right up there with Sherlock, Jr. as one of Keaton’s most impressively self-reflective films and an ode to the unexpected and elusive lightening-in-a-bottle nature of filmmaking.
— Slant Magazine

This screening is part of A Day of Silent Film at Abbeydale Picture House, from 11am on Sat 6 May. Save money with an All-Day Saturday Pass; seven films for £25.

Tickets £6 or £25 for Saturday Pass for all seven films.

With live piano accompaniment.

Directed by Edward Sedgwick, USA, 1928, 67 mins, screening in 35mm

A day of silent film at Abbeydale Picture House, Sheffield
May
6
11:00 am11:00

A day of silent film at Abbeydale Picture House, Sheffield

  • Abbeydale Picture House

There'll be seven screenings, including films from the UK, USA, France, Spain and the USSR - from comedy to fantasy films, surreal British sci-fi and one of Hollywood's greatest romantic dramas.

Each film is £6, except Flesh and the Devil which is £9. An all-day Saturday Pass giving entry to all seven films is £25.

TICKETS ARE AVAILABLE ON THE DOOR AT ABBEYDALE PICTURE HOUSE TODAY, SATURDAY 6 MAY - CASH ONLY PLEASE

Cartoon Carnival (11am)

Start the day off with Krazy Kat, Oswald the Lucky Rabbit and more from the earliest days of animation.  

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Buster Keaton in The Cameraman (12pm)

Keaton stars as a wannabe news cameraman trying to make his mark in the MGM newsreel department. One of Keaton's last films as director and one of his very best. 

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The Girl with a Hat Box (1.45pm)

The first of two wonderful Soviet comedies at this year's festival, Anna Sten plays a mischievous milliner who enters into a marriage of convenience with a homeless college student so that he can use her Moscow apartment.  

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Man Without Desire (4pm)

This sumptuous drama of love and frustrated desire in 18th-century Venice sees the tragic Count Vittorio Dandolo (played by Ivor Novello) venture into suspended animation. Waking 200 years later, Vittorio finds he’s not the man he was before. A deeply strange and oddly compelling film. 

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Tall Tales and Incredible Journeys - the fantasy cinema of Georges Melies and Segundo de Chomon (5.45pm)

Take a journey into the impossible with this selection of short fantasy films from the earliest days of cinema. Full of ingenious effects and beautiful, hand-drawn colours, these tales of flying cars, rockets to the sun and magical goings on are as astounding today as they must have been more than a century ago. Includes Georges Melies' famous 1902 adventure A Trip to the Moon.

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Greta Garbo in Flesh and the Devil (8pm)

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Greta Garbo, John Gilbert and Swedish heartthrob Lars Hanson star in MGM's lavish melodrama about boyhood friends who each fall in love with the same woman. This is the film that made Garbo a star in the USA and it's silent cinema at its most lush and intoxicating. 

Tickets £9 or £25 for a Saturday Pass for all seven screenings

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Late night horror - Behind the Door

This gruesome and bizarre little shocker of a film will bring your day at Abbeydale Picture House to a somewhat disturbing finish - a brutal tabloid drama of rape and retribution that pits Hobart Bosworth, a German-American sailor, against Wallace Beery, a sadistic German U-boat commander. 

Playing live - Stephen Horne.

Tickets £6 or £25 for a Saturday Pass giving entry to all seven Saturday films.

TICKETS AVAILABLE ON THE DOOR AT ABBEYDALE PICTURE HOUSE

The Lodger : A Story of London Fog, with premiere of new orchestral score by Neil Brand
May
5
7:00 pm19:00

The Lodger : A Story of London Fog, with premiere of new orchestral score by Neil Brand

  • Abbeydale Picture House

A serial killer is on the loose in London and the city is on high alert. Meanwhile, the mysterious new lodger at the home of Mr and Mrs Bunting starts to attract suspicion. Could he be the man police are hunting for? The second Yorkshire Silent Film Festival gets off to a flying start at Sheffield's finest old cinema, the beautiful Abbeydale Picture House. To make the evening really special, we're thrilled to announce that the film will be accompanied by the world premiere performance of Neil Brand's new score, performed live by Orchestra of St Paul's. 

Come to the film with an open mind, and be amazed by all the early-cinema roughness that Hitchcock would spend his career successfully smoothing away...electrifying...simply extraordinary
— Andrew Pulver, The Guardian

Tickets £17.50

The festival's opening weekend at the Abbeydale Picture House continues on Saturday 6 May with seven films including another chance to see Ivor Novello, this time in the rarely-screened and deeply odd fantasy-science-fiction-romance Man Without Desire, the Soviet comedy Girl With a Hat Box, Buster Keaton in The Cameraman and Greta Garbo in the lavish Hollywood drama Flesh and the Devil