The Silent London Poll 2012 – we have a winner

Nosferatu (1922)
Nosferatu (1922)

It’s enough to rekindle your faith in democracy. This year’s Silent London Poll was our biggest ever – with more than 1,500 votes cast and, I suspect, some hard lobbying on behalf of your favourite shows.

I can now reveal that this year’s winner was … the performance of Nosferatu scored by Minima with Paul Ayres’ Queldryk Choral Ensemble at Spitalfields Market as part of the East End Film Festival. A great film, an atmospheric venue and what sounds like a killer soundtrack from one of our favourite bands. Were you there? Or did you take part? If so – congratulations, and I hope we see some more similarly ambitious outdoor screenings in 2013.

The Nosferatu event gathered a massive 42% of the vote (and there were votes cast for some of Minima’s other performances this year) but an honourable second place goes to the stunning screening of Faust at the Royal Festival Hall with its romantic orchestral score by Aphrodite Raickopoulou.

Tied in third place were two screenings from the BFI’s Hitchcock season: The Manxman with music from Stephen Horne, and The Pleasure Garden with a score by Daniel Patrick Cohen.

Thanks for your votes  and for sharing the poll – it all adds evidence to the impression that it has been a great year for silent film in the country. Happy new year!

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