Yorkshire Silent Film Festival

Multiple locations
- , 2017

Tickets cost £6 - £25 (for full day on 6 May)

A month of early cinema and live music.

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Take a trip back to the earliest days of cinema this May, when Yorkshire Silent Film Festival returns for a second year. The festival will unearth rarely seen films from cinema's silent era, screening them alongside live scores and improvisations from some of the finest musicians around today.

The festival is bringing silent film to cinemas, theatres, arts centres and community venues across Yorkshire – including Scarborough's Stephen Joseph Theatre to the north, Hull's Middleton Hall to the east, and Hebden Bridge Picture House to the west. In South Yorkshire, meanwhile, the venues are the beautiful old Abbeydale Picture House, which has recently once again become a home for film, and landmark indie cinema the Showroom.

The films in Sheffield's lineup range from Soviet comedies to a Japanese gangster masterpiece to fantastical animated shorts filled with ingenious effects and hand-drawn colour. And the varied programme extends into the music, with screenings accompanied by everything from full orchestras to solo harpists to duos made up of pianists and percussionists.

The Sheffield programme:

The Lodger: A Story of London Fog
5 May, 7pm, Abbeydale Picture House, £17.50
A serial killer is on the loose in London, targeting young blonde women in Hitchcock's third feature film – and Mr and Mrs Bunting's new lodger is starting to look suspicious. The film will be accompanied by the world premiere performance of Neil Brand's new score, performed by Orchestra of St Paul's.

A day of silent film
6 May, 11am-10pm, Abbeydale Picture House, £6 per film (except Flesh and the Devil, £9)/£25 for full day
11am – early animations in Cartoon Carnival
12pm – Buster Keaton in The Cameraman
1:45pm – Soviet comedy in The Girl with a Hat Box
4pm – Ivor Novello-starring romance Man Without Desire
5:45pm – Tall Tales and Incredible Journeys: the fantasy cinema of Georges Méliès and Segundo de Chomon
8pm – Greta Garbo in lavish melodrama Flesh and the Devil

Ben Hur
7 May, 3pm, Abbeydale Picture House, £9
Roman epic Ben Hur is a gripping historical tale of love and revenge. With dazzling special effects, thrilling action, glorious technicolour and a cast of thousands, nothing like this had been seen before when the film premiered in 1925.

Dragnet Girl
10 May, 6:15pm, Showroom
Yasujiro Ozu's cool and clever gangster film is one of Japanese cinema's masterpieces. This screening will be accompanied by a new score for harp by celebrated silent film harpist Elizabeth-Jane Baldry.

The House on Trubnaya Street
23 May, 6:30pm, Showroom
A rarely-seen, visually ingenious and utterly charming Soviet comedy about a petit bourgeois hairdresser who tries to hire a non-union housemaid – featuring agile camerawork, craning up and down the crowded tenement and roaming the streets of Moscow.

The Golden Clown
30 May, 8pm, Showroom
Somewhere between the lovelorn and the macabre, The Golden Clown is a masterpiece of Danish cinema. This rare screening will be accompanied by one of the world's leading silent film musicians, Neil Brand.

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