A great honour to be asked to speak on the opening night of the Toronto silent film festival. It’s just a pity that geography was against us. But the speech was recorded ahead of time, and looked very smart, thanks to a colleague in the multimedia department generously helping me out. I spoke about intertitles – the often unsung heroes of silent cinema.
Shortened to #hippfest on social media, the Hippodrome festival of silent cinema is one of the most welcoming and charming events on the silent movie calendar – not to mention one of the most ambitious. I travelled to Bo’ness, Falkirk for the weekend to visit the festival, then came home and wrote this report for the Guardian film blog.
The Hippodrome Festival of Silent Cinema, or #hippfest for short, is an amazing event that takes place each March in the teeming metropolis of Bo’ness, Falkirk – its programme is wide-ranging, ambitious and creative. Last year, they asked me to write some notes for a screening of The Artist; this year, they asked me to do the same for a very special show: Beggars of Life, with music from the Dodge Brothers and Neil Brand. Here they are:
These screening notes contain spoilers.
For the April 2014 issue of Sight & Sound, I wrote the Primal Screen column on Edward Curtis’s slippery ethnographic drama In the Land of the Headhunters, set among the Kwakwaka’wakw people of British Columbia. I also wrote a short review of the wonderful Masters of Cinema box set Lubitsch in Berlin. More details of the issue here.
They’re releasing the gorgeous Audrey Hepburn musical Funny Face. Cue a post for the Guardian fashion site on its impeccable fashion credentials.
Better late than never, the Sight & Sound Best DVDs and Blu-rays of 2013 poll is here, including my own contribution
The March 2014 issue of Sight & Sound contains the magazine’s annual obituaries roundup. I contributed a short piece on Joan Fontaine, star of Rebecca and Letter from an Unknown Woman, who died last year.