Silent Films at Filmic 2018

As 2018 continues to march on we are very happy to announce another key new collaboration which gives you even more opportunities to see unique and rare silent film titles on the big screen in the south west.

March 2018 will see the return of Filmic, a unique season of events which showcases the rich relationship between film and music. As part of Filmic 2018 we have been able to bring you two very unique silent film events over the course of March and April 2018.

We are also offering a chance to win tickets to one of the screenings. Check out information at the bottom of this post about this competition. Don’t forget we have plenty of other events throughout the region.

Shiraz: A Romance of India (1928) Recorded Score by Anoushka Shankar
Watershed, 1 Canon’s Rd, Bristol BS1 5TX
Fri 16 – Sun 18 March (Daily screenings at 15:30)

Based on the romance between 17th-century Mughal ruler Shah Jahan and his queen Mumtaz Mahal, this epic silent film (with a new score) is the ravishing, romantic tale behind the creation of one of the world’s most iconic structures: the Taj Mahal.

Produced by and starring Indian film legend Himansu Rai, the film is performed by an all-Indian cast, featuring Rai as humble potter Shiraz, who follows his childhood sweetheart Selima (Enakshi Rama Rau) when she’s sold by slave traders to the future emperor (Charu Roy).

Directed by Franz Osten (A Throw of Dice (1929) and 1925’s Light of Asia) Shiraz is a sumptuous 1928 silent classic has been meticulously restored by the BFI National Archive. Shot entirely on location in India, it features lavish costumes and gorgeous settings – all the more impressive in this sparkling restoration which features a specially commissioned score by the Grammy Award-winning Anoushka Shankar. Shankar was taught by her father, the celebrated Ravi Shankar, a pivotal figure in the popularisation of the sitar, introducing the instrument to many Western ears, and she continues to open up new possibilities for this instrument.

It’s a film as remarkable and ornate as the Taj Mahal itself – and Shankar’s new score is magnificent.

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Sunday 22nd April: Treasures from the Turin Film Museum
(Live Music by Stephen Horne)
Watershed, 1 Canon’s Rd, Bristol BS1 5TX
Various Ticket Prices, 15:00,

Join us for a rare screening of Italian silent films on 35mm with live musical accompaniment by Stephen Horne.

The silent period was a golden era for Italian cinema, with pioneer directors like Giovanni Pastrone, whose 1914 epic Cabiria influenced filmmakers such as DW Griffith. Historical epics were particularly popular. This event features five restored films from the collections of the Turin Film Museum, all with a classical theme. They include Pastrone’s Fall of Troy (1911) and The Last Days of Pompeii (1910), from the novel by Edward Bulwer-Lytton, which was the first Italian historical epic.

The programme also includes Hero and Leander and Dido Abandoned from 1910; and Judas from 1911.

Followed by a Q&A featuring Stella Dagna from the Turin Film Museum.

The event is generously supported by a grant from the Institute for Greece, Rome and the Classical Tradition at the University of Bristol.

To win two tickets for one of the three screenings of Shiraz at Watershed all you need to do is to answer this simple question:

What was the name of Franz Osten’s 1929 silent film which was also filmed in India?

Simply email the answer to with the answer in the subject header by the afternoon on Friday 9th March 2018. The lucky winner will then be announced on the following morning. Good Luck!La caduta di Troia 1

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