YORKSHIRE SILENT FILM FESTIVAL – Hull Truck Theatre – May 25 & 26

This May, Hull Independent Cinema is bringing the Yorkshire Silent Film Festival to Hull with three superb screenings at Hull Truck Theatre on Friday 25 and Saturday 26 May. The Festival is the UK’s largest celebration of live-scored silent film, featuring classics of early cinema accompanied by live music performances to create a unique experience.

Hull Independent Cinema first hosted Yorkshire Silent Film Festival in 2016 and have since worked frequently with the Festival team to make silent film with live music a regular – and hugely popular – part of the Hull Independent Cinema programme.

The Hull leg of Yorkshire Silent Film Festival 2018 opens on Friday 25 May at 7pm with South: Sir Ernest Shackleton’s Glorious Epic of the Antarctic. This groundbreaking documentary film of 1918 tells the story of Shackleton’s heroic but ill-starred attempt to cross Antarctica in 1914-1916. As well as being a unique historical document, it contains some of the most spectacular images in early cinema.

On Saturday 26 May at 3.30pm, the Festival continues with a matinee screening of Professor Vanessa’s Performing Wonders. The film, gathered from archives around the world, celebrates 250 years of circus with a journey through some incredible footage of late Victorian and early Edwardian performance including dancing pigs, daredevil acrobats and many other wonderful sights.

Finally, a screening of Speedy, the Harold Lloyd comedy from 1928, rounds things off at 7pm on Saturday 26 May. This film was Lloyd’s final silent comedy, and one of his best. Shot on location in New York, it is an eye-opening look at a great city in a bygone age, as well as featuring one of early cinema’s most breathtaking chase scenes. A surprise Laurel and Hardy short film will get the evening underway.

All the films will be accompanied by the bravura live piano playing of Festival Director Jonny Best, with live percussion also featuring in South and Speedy.

We’re proud to be working once more with Yorkshire Silent Film Festival to bring these incredible films to Hull. The chance to watch these classic titles on a big screen with live music is a unique experience that simply can’t be recreated anywhere else. We know that Hull audiences love our regular silent film events, so having three in two days as part of the Festival is going to be a real treat!


Tickets are available via Hull Truck Theatre’s Box Office, online, in person or over the phone via (01482) 323638, priced at £9, or £8 for students and HIC members. Discounts are available for those buying tickets for more than one film.

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