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4th April 2002
5th Annual British Silent Cinema Weekend
The Constant Nymph 1928

1928's The Constant Nymph - one of the film's under discussion at this year's festival

Silent movie enthusiasts for across Britain and the rest of the world are set to head to Nottingham this weekend.

The Broadway Media centre is hosting a festival of talks and screenings of films from the silent era.

Called ‘Scene Stealing: Investigating British Silent Cinema and its Sources’, the event runs from 4-8th April 2002.

The festival aims to promote the appreciation of British Cinema before 1930, and investigates the origins of film-making in this country.

The Man Without Desire
Ivor Novello in The Man Without Desire from 1922

It puts Nottingham in a prestigious position in the film world, being one of only a handful of film festivals of its kind around the world; there are two other silent cinema celebrations in Bologna and Sacile, Italy.

Over the 5 days there'll be screenings, illustrated talks, discussions and social events.

A scene from Anthony Asquith's Underground, filmed in 1928

Amongst the varied programme on offer will be tempting rare screenings of features such as The Ghost Train and Tom Brown’s Schooldays, along with live musical accompaniment from acclaimed international pianists including Neil Brand and Phil Carli.

Highlights of the programme include a special ‘Dickens Day’ exploring silent Dickens films, led by Canadian author and professor Graham Petrie, and presentations by Michael Eaton.

Underground in production
Asquith's Underground in production

Laraine Porter, Director of Broadway, says: "The festival was set up 5 years ago to redress the lack of research that has been undertaken in this country into British film pre-1930 and our collaboration with the National Film and TV archive has brought to light material that has lain dormant for 60 years!

It’s a rich resource that has been explored by scholars in the United States and Europe but far less here in its country of origin."

See full details of screenings and talks during the British Silent Cinema weekend.

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