Hippodrome Festival of Silent Cinema announces its 2015 programme

The fifth Hippodrome Festival of Silent Cinema announces its programme

The annual celebration of music and movies presents its most ambitious programme yet

Bo'ness' Hippodrome Festival of Silent Cinema has announced its programme for 2015. The annual festival takes place this year from Wednesday 18 to Sunday 22 March, and is held at the Hippodrome, Scotland's oldest purpose built cinema.

Highlights include three world premieres commissioned by the festival. The first is a new score for Salt for Svanetia written by Edinburgh-based Moishe's Bagel. The band mix klezmer and Balkan dance music to complement this rarely-seen example of 1930s Soviet propaganda cinema. On Sun 22 Mar, Andy Cannon, accompanied by musical collaborators Wendy Weatherby and Frank McLaughlin, takes a look at excerpts from John Barrymore's Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, with discussion and chat in between, breathing new life into a well-established tale. To finish the festival with a bang, BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the Year, fiddler Shona Mooney, presents her newly-commissioned score for Lillian Gish's battle epic Annie Laurie.

Added into the mix are a whole host of innovative events, including a pop-up railway cinema event in Bo'ness and Kinneil railway station (Mind the Gap, Sat 21 Mar), the chance to mix food and film at the silent dinner party, where guests can discover recipes from Joan Crawford's cookbook (while sipping Shirley Temples, of course) and learn more from film historian and food blogger Jenny Hammerton (Silver Screen Suppers, Sun 22 Mar), and the debut HippFest Speakeasy (Sat 21 Mar), a late-night cabaret showcasing the best musical acts from across the festival.

As well as the special events, there's no shortage of good, old fashioned silent cinema to take in. From the Western adventure of Hell's Hinges (Thu 19 Mar) with musical accompaniment from Neil Brand and Mark Kermode's skiffle band, the Dodge Brothers, to the little-known silent screen drama centring on Berlin's unwanted children, Children of No Importance (Fri 20 Mar). There's also the ever-popular Saturday morning Jeely Jar screening, which this year is Buster Keaton's 1924 masterpiece The Navigator (Sat 21 Mar).

The full programme can be found at www.hippfest.co.uk. Tickets are on sale from noon on Tues 10 Feb.

Hippodrome Silent Film Festival (HippFest)

Scotland's only silent film festival runs over five days with events, screenings and workshops, featuring live music and storytelling by national and international musicians and performers.