Hippfest 2016 to open with Earth, along with new live accompaniment

Hippfest 2016 to open with Earth, along with new live accompaniment

Alexander Dovzhenko’s Earth

Alexander Dovzhenko’s 1930 classic kicks off 2016's Hippodrome Festival of Silent Cinema

Word on the street is that Hippfest, the annual festival of silent cinema, will open with a screening of Earth, Alexander Dovzhenko's 1930 classic.

Earth is widely regarded to be one of the most important works of Soviet cinema and it explores the process of collectivisation and the hostility of Kulaklandowners.

The film is being shown in partnership with the National Oleksander Dovzhenko Centre and the State Film Agency of Ukraine, and will be presented alongside a live score from Jane Gardner and Hazel Morrison.

The musicians are no strangers to the festival, having performed together for a screening of The Black Pirate (1926) in 2012, and again in 2013 for The Goose Woman (1925). In 2014 they accompanied Dragnet Girl (1933), which was followed by a Scottish tour.

Jane Gardner said: 'I’m delighted to be invited back to the festival, and to work on such a poetic and challenging film. The accompaniment to Earth will be a new score, devised and performed live by myself (on piano) and Hazel Morrison (percussion). Semi-improvised, the music will follow the film’s emotional, visual and structural poetry, as Dovzhenko explores themes suc as love, death, violence and sex.'

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.


  • 1930
  • Soviet Union
  • 1h 15min
  • U
  • Directed by: Aleksandr Dovzhenko
  • Written by: Aleksandr Dovzhenko
  • Cast: Stepan Shkurat, Semyon Svashenko, Yuliya Solntseva

A film poem exploring communist ideals, just before the rise of Stalinism.