Hitchcock Silent Films at the BFI Southbank
From the 20th September the BFI will be showing a selection of newly restored silent films by the master of suspense – Alfred Hitchcock. Five Hitchcock films will be screened with newly composed scores as part of The Genius of Hitchcock season.
Among the five films on show, Downhill on September 20th, will feature a newly composed vocal score by beatboxing artist Shlomo.
Shlomo gave up a career in astrophysics to become a beatboxer, using his own vocal pyrotechnics to create astonishing musical performances. He has worked with some of the biggest names in music including Bjork, Damon Albarn, Jarvis Cocker, Martha Wainwright, Imogen Heap, The Specials and DJ Yoda.
He has written an original score for five vocalists in what promises to be a unique cinematic experience.
Downhill (1927) is one of Hitchcock’s lesser known films starring matinee idol Ivor Novello in a fascinating story of honour, sex and betrayal which begins in a boarding school, and features many of Hitchcock’s trademark obsessions. More Details
Also on September 27th is a screening of Hitchcock’s restored Champagne with a live score created by electronic and classical artist, Mira Calix.
Mira Calix is a major figure on the contemporary music scene as a musician, composer and sound artist. She is an award-winning exponent of contemporary electronica and vocals who has recently found new directions in opera and classical orchestral work which she has increasingly incorporated into her work for dance, film, theatre, opera and installations.
Mira’s new score represents something of a departure from her previous musical practice with a boldly classical approach to this sparkling Hitchcock comedy about a young “flapper” (Betty Balfour) in search of a fortune.
All of these screenings offer a fantastic fusion between stunning silent films with scores created by contemporary and upcoming artists. More Details
Buy two full price tickets to any silent Hitchcock event at BFI Southbank and get 25% off. Quote promo code ‘SilentHitch’ online, by phone or in person.
Tickets for these special musicial presentations
price £13.80/ £10.50 concs. BFI members play £1.50 less
Box Office tel: 020 7928 3232