Archive for Nell Shipman

Bear Lady

Posted in FILM with tags , , , , on March 30, 2017 by dcairns

This fortnight’s Forgotten visits a movie I revelled in at the Bo’ness Hippodrome, and now so can you do too, by the medium of word-writings! Nell Shipman stars, directs, produces, writes and wrangles THE GRUB-STAKE. Here.

It’s also on YouTube if you actually want to viscerally rather that vicariously experience it.


The Mother’s Day Intertitle: Young Things of Her Dreams

Posted in FILM with tags , , , on March 26, 2017 by dcairns

Don’t panic, Americans! We have Mother’s Day on a different day here. This one, in fact.

Suitably maternal image and intertitle from Nell Shipman’s THE GRUB STAKE, which opened the Hippodrome Silent Film Fest this year.

Today I caught up a bit — Buster Keaton’s THE HIGH SIGN and the very odd hal Roach comedy WHAT’S THE WORLD COMING TO started the day, which continued with Conrad Veidt in THE HANDS OF ORLAC, Chinese classic THE GODDESS, an episode of THE HAZARDS OF HELEN plus TEDDY AT THE THROTTLE, and finally, fuelled by ibuprofen and cola, BY THE LAW, a Jack London story adapted by Comrade Kuleshov. I hope to do something like justice to those later in the week.

Another packed day today — more on that later. Happy Mothers’ Day!


Call of the Yukon

Posted in FILM, MUSIC with tags , , , , , on March 22, 2017 by dcairns

I’m off to Bo’ness again, which can mean only one thing —

The Hippodrome Festival of Silent Cinema is once more upon us, and I’ll be checking out Nell Shipman & Bert van Tuyle’s THE GRUB STAKE, with a new score by my chum Jane Gardner (who scored THE NORTHLEACH HORROR for me).

I’ve never seen a Shipman film, but we have all come to trust the Hippodrome, so I’m quite sure it’s going to be excellent. I’ve also come to trust that Bo’ness won’t have any cafes with wi-fi, so you can expect to hear from me in about twelve hours.