I am delighted to share some very welcome news. Personally, I was really sorry that Hippfest had to be cancelled this year – a week or two earlier and it would have been fine. It’s no secret that it’s one of my favourite festivals, so I am already excited about returning to Bo’ness in 2021.
So I am chuffed to my boots to let you know that on Saturday 4 July, at 8pm (BST) Hippfest will be screening a classic silent horror movie with live accompaniment by the maestro Neil Brand on YouTube. That’s what I call a Saturday night.
The film is … Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde (1920), starring the Great Profile himself John Barrymore in – spoiler alert – both title roles. It’s a fantastic film and I am honoured to be scribbling the screening notes and delivering a short introduction before the movie. Big thanks to Kino Lorber for supplying the film.
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Right now, I have to go write those notes, but so much has happened since we last spoke. Here is some of the silent-related stuff that I have been up to.
- Welcoming the second edition of my Pandora’s Box book, with a very exclusive launch party, eg a cup of tea at my desk.
- Writing about the wonderful screenwriter Frances Marion for the Criterion Collection.
- Appearing on the Evolution of Horror podcast to chat about Un Chien Andalou.
- Tackling Ryan Murphy’s Hollywood revisionism for the Guardian.
- Writing and producing a newsletter for Sight & Sound, the Weekly Film Bulletin. Which isn’t all silent, admittedly. One day …
- If you want to support Hippfest, you can text ‘HIPPFEST’ to 70460 to donate £10. Or you can opt to give any whole amount up to £20, eg Text ‘HIPPFEST 5’ to donate £5 or ‘HIPPFEST 20’ to donate £20 (standard rate message costs apply).
- In case you missed the Bologna news, Il Cinema Ritrovato has been postponed to 25-31 August, although the full details are yet to be announced.
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