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Hip Fest Launches programme for 2019 Festival

HippFest 2019 will run from Wednesday 20 to Sunday 24 March 2019

Wednesday 20th March 2019, 10:00 to 22:00
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Tickets for the 9th Hippodrome Silent Film Festival, held at Scotland’s oldest purpose-built cinema in Bo’ness, are now on sale.

Affectionately known as ‘HippFest’ this annual event produced by Falkirk Community Trust, is Scotland’s only festival dedicated to silent film and runs from Wed 20 – Sun 24 March 2019.

The Festival’s five day programme is packed with feature screenings, world-class live music accompaniment, talks, workshops and tours. One of this year’s highlights is the UK premiere of the restoration of Conan Doyle’s Hound of the Baskervilles (1929) – the final Sherlock Holmes made in the silent era and missing, believed lost for decades. Boasting a truly international cast – six leads from six different countries, German director, Danish cinematographer and Scottish author – this film has all the mystery and fun an audience would expect, including spooky suits of armour, a dastardly villain creeping about the shadowy ancestral Baskerville home, foggy moors and of course, Watson alongside the world’s most popular detective in deerstalker hat.

The 35mm nitrate print of this version of Hound of the Baskervilles was discovered 10 years ago in the basement of a Polish priest and had long been the holy grail of the silent film world. The film was directed by German director Richard Oswald and this surviving print had only Czech intertitles. It was fully restored by the San Francisco Silent Film Festival and Poland’s National Film Archive last year and premiered at the San Francisco Silent Film Festival in June 2018. During HippFest the film will be screened twice with live piano accompaniment from musician Mike Nolan and with English intertitles.

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