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Here’s mud in your eye

Posted in FILM with tags , , , , on April 5, 2016 by dcairns


My programme notes from the Hippodrome Festival of Silent Cinema’s screening of EARTH are now up at The Chiseler, and can be read by clicking on this word: THINGY.

A Stately Hippodrome

Posted in FILM with tags , , on March 19, 2016 by dcairns

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Big head of Pola

My visits to the Hippodrome Festival of Silent Cinema seem jinxed this year! On Wednesday I missed EARTH, which I wrote the programme notes for, Thursday my train was cancelled and I made it to the venue with seconds to spare (only thanks to meeting a Lithuanian who knew a shortcut) and on Sunday I’ll miss one show due to being in the edit for my film, which at least is a fairly positive, noble-sounding excuse. So I hope nothing goes wrong today — planning to see four shows. Wish me luck.

There will be a piece at The Chiseler very soon about the one film I’ve so far managed to see…

While waiting endlessly for a bus to take me from Linlithgow to Bo’ness on Thursday, I photographed Mary Queen of Scots standing in the grounds of Linlithgow Castle at magic hour. So that was good.


The Sunday Intertitle: Land (and Freedom?)

Posted in FILM with tags , , , , , on February 21, 2016 by dcairns


The program for the 2016 Hippodrome Festival of Silent Cinema has been announced. Happy to say I’m writing notes for two of the films showing, Dovzhenko’s EARTH (pictured) and Dupont’ VARIETE.

Also showing are the enchanting EXIT SMILING with Beatrice Lillie, Pola Negri in MANIA (her perpetual state, some would say), Chinese classic DAYBREAK with Li Lili, British spectacular THE WRECKER, PETER PAN and STELLA DALLAS, plus shorts with Buster Keaton, Laurel & Hardy and Anita Garvin & Marion Byron. Plus much more!


I haven’t bought my tickets yet because I’m a SLUGGARD. And you?

Nevertheless, I shall be acquiring said tickets and attending in my multitudes — I shall, of course, report back.