Harking back to a special time in the history of cinema when characters came alive in the audience’s imagination without CGI and multi-million dollar budgets or even dialogue, Gateshead Silent Film Festival aims to take you back to the golden age of cinema with some special screenings, accompanied by live piano from Side By Side Arts performer Stuart Angus and some great grub too.
Taking place at St. Mary’s Heritage Centre on Friday 25th and Saturday 26th January, the event kicks off on the Friday with ‘Horror Night’ and a screening of the 1925 film, ‘The Phantom of the Opera’, starring Lon Chaney. This classic tale set in a Paris opera house follows a young opera singer whose career is helped along by a mysterious masked stranger, leading to lots of spooky opera house mayhem.
Saturday afternoon replaces the suspense of Friday night with comedy, providing a mix of classic silent gems more suitable for the kids. Doors open at 16:30, with tickets for this event priced at a very reasonable £5.00.
The Saturday evening event showcases Harold Lloyd who must be one of the most iconic silent film stars. This 1924 film, ‘Girl Shy’, is a feast for the eyes; not only does it demonstrate Harold Lloyd’s ability to captivate an audience with his acting but it also includes some amazing and incredibly dangerous stunts and car chases, back when the actors did it all for real! As with Friday night, the film is accompanied with piano, Scream for Pizza and a licensed bar.
Tickets for the evening shows are £10.00 each and are available from gateshead.gov.uk/whatson or by calling 0191 433 4699.