Join Yorkshire Silent for a double-bill of silent cinema at the atmospheric Abbeydale Picture House – featuring People on Sunday and The Great White Silence each with a live soundtrack performance from Jonny Best and the Frame Ensemble.
People on Sunday (1930) – 5pm
A breezy, dreamy 76 minutes of disarmingly authentic filmmaking, following the lives of five Berliners over the course of one weekend. Described at the time as "a film experiment" and "a film without actors", it features five amateurs who play roles based on their real lives, none of whom would ever star in a movie again. The film will feature a live, improvised piano soundtrack accompaniment by Jonny Best.
The Great White Silence (1924) – 7:30pm
Centring on Captain Scott's doomed 1910 race to the South Pole, The Great White Silence is made up of footage filmed by cinematographer Herbert Ponting. Ponting documented almost every aspect of the expedition: the scientific work, life in the camp, the characterful Adélie penguins, and the preparations for the voyage to the Pole. In 1924 he edited the footage into this remarkable feature, complete with vivid tinting and toning. Accompanied by Frame Ensemble's improvised score, complementing the stark, alien landscapes of Antarctica.
People on Sunday £8-10 / The Great White Silence £10-15 / both £15-22.
- Words by
- Joe Harris