Oscar-winner to open Hippodrome Silent festival

Jonathan Melville 22 January, 2014 0
Oscar-winner to open Hippodrome Silent festival

Oscar-winning filmmaker and leading silent cinema historian Kevin Brownlow will introduce his acclaimed documentary, Lon Chaney: A Thousand Faces, on the opening night of the fourth Hippodrome Festival of Silent Cinema.

The Festival, which takes place between 12-16 March 2014, promises to be packed with rare films, much-loved classics and innovative live musical accompaniment at Scotland’s oldest purpose-built cinema.

Though the full programme isn’t released until Tuesday 4 February, the organisers have announced Kevin Brownlow’s appearance on Opening Night. Brownlow will introduce his documentary and take part in a Q&A after the screening.

Famed today for his pioneering make-up techniques and the physical contortions he deployed in his performances, Chaney was once celebrated as cinema’s most versatile and accomplished character actor. Kevin Brownlow’s tribute to the craft of this screen icon is packed with rare and previously lost footage celebrating the versatility and genius of the man whose 150+ movie career left a profound legacy on Hollywood cinema.

“We are so very pleased that Kevin Brownlow accepted our invitation to be part of the Hippodrome Festival this year,” says Alison Strauss, Festival Director and Arts Development Officer (Film & Media) at Falkirk Community Trust.

“His charming modesty as a person belies his enormous significance as a director and film historian. He has himself taken on restoration and preservation projects for countless films ensuring that audiences of the future can enjoy films that would otherwise have been lost, and we are fortunate enough to have screened some of these beautiful restorations at the Hippodrome over the last three years.”

Tickets for the screening of Lon Chaney: A Thousand Faces at 7pm on Wednesday 12th March are on sale now from the official website or by calling the Hippodrome Box Office 01324 506850.