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Yorkshire Silent Film Festival Double-Bill: People on Sunday & The Great White Silence

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Date:
October 20
Time:
5:00 am - 9:30 pm
Website:
https://www.facebook.com/events/528761914611962/

Organiser

Yorkshire Silent Film Festival
Website:
http://www.yorkshiresilentfilm.com/

Venue

Abbeydale Picture House
387 Abbeydale Road
Sheffield, South Yorkshire S7 1FS United Kingdom
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A double-bill of live-scored silent film at Sheffield’s most atmospheric cinema

PEOPLE ON SUNDAY (1930), 5pm
THE GREAT WHITE SILENCE (1924), 7.30pm
with live music by Jonny Best Music (People on Sunday) and Frame Ensemble (The Great White Silence)

PEOPLE ON SUNDAY is a breezy, dreamy blend of documentary and fiction. Described at the time as “a film experiment” and “a film without actors”, People on Sunday features five amateurs who play roles based on their real lives, none of whom would ever star in a movie again. Directed by Robert Siodmak and Edgar G. Ulmer from a screenplay by Billy Wider (and an uncredited contribution from fellow future Oscar winner Fred Zinnemann), the film follows the lives of these five Berliners over the course of one weekend. The premise couldn’t be simpler: In the heart of the city, near the Bahnhof Zoo subway station, a chance encounter between two young, slightly aimless urban strollers results in a serendipitous scheme for a Sunday outing. When each shows up with a best friend in tow, however, the rendezvous becomes a frolicsome double date at one of Berlin’s nearby lakes.

‘Enduringly great’ The New Yorker
With live, improvised piano accompaniment by Jonny Best
Germany 1930 | Black & white | 73 mins

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THE GREAT WHITE SILENCE (1924)

Captain Scott’s doomed 1910 race to the South Pole was filmed by cinematographer Herbert Ponting; the images that he captured have fired imaginations ever since. Ponting filmed almost every aspect of the expedition: the scientific work, life in camp and the characterful Adélie penguins, and, most importantly, the preparations for the assault on the Pole itself. In 1924 he re-edited the footage into this haunting feature, complete with vivid tinting and toning. Ponting’s dramatic record of Scott’s inspirational, yet ultimately tragic, adventure is accompanied by Frame Ensemble’s improvised score, complementing the stark, alien landscapes of Antarctica.

‘A deeply moving account’ Daily Telegraph on The Great White Silence

With live, improvised score by Frame Ensemble
Directed by Herbert Ponting
UK 1924 | Colour | 106min

Frame Ensemble is Irine Røsnes (violin), Liz Hanks (cello), Trevor Bartlett (percussion) & Jonny Best (piano). Frame Ensemble made its debut at the Abbeydale in October 2018 with Fritz Lang’s METROPOLIS.

TICKETS
Tickets for each individual film are available – but why not save money on a discounted double-bill ticket? Early Bird rates until 22nd September. There are NO BOX OFFICE FEES on our tickets – the stated ticket price is the price you pay.

DOUBLE BILL TICKETS
£20 (£22 from 23rd September)
£13.50 (£15 from 23rd September)
18 and unders are FREE

TICKETS FOR PEOPLE ON SUNDAY (5pm) ONLY:
Tickets £10, £8 concessions
18 and unders are FREE

TICKETS FOR THE GREAT WHITE SILENCE (7.30pm) ONLY:
Tickets £15, £10 concessions
18 and unders are FREE

There are NO BOX OFFICE FEES – the stated ticket price is the price you pay.

Doors open 4.30pm for PEOPLE ON SUNDAY. Double-bill ticket holders will be asked to exit the cinema for about ten minutes after the first film, at about 6.20pm. The doors will open again for THE GREAT WHITE SILENCE at 6.30pm.

Soft drinks, popcorn and cake will be on sale. You are welcome to bring your own wine or beer – plastic glasses and bottle openers will be available. We ask that everyone takes their empty bottles away with them, please!