The University of Southampton have teamed up with Turner Sims Concert Hall to present Silent Film Fortnight. The series features 3 silent films representing the cinema of the Great War with live music to accompany them. The films will be screened at Turner Sims Concert Hall from Sunday February 11th till Thursday February 22nd.
The three films are The Guns of Loos (1928), Dawn (1928) and 1918, At Home, At War. The films form part of the University's Great War: Unknown War, a series of events commemorating one hundred years since the end of World War I.
The Guns of Loos contrasts the battlefield of Loos with the world of a factory owner back home whose iron fist crumbles when he's faced with the realities of war. Upon its release in 1928 it was considered one of the best war films ever made.
The film is accompanied by a score by Stephen Horne, performed by Stephen Horne on piano and Martin Pyne on percussion.
Dawn follows the story of Edith Cavell, a British nurse who helped to smuggle allied soldiers out of German-occupied Belgium during the war. Eventually she was caught, tried for treason, and executed.
The film is accompanied by a improvised ensemble performance led by pianist Andrew Fisher. The performance is free, but tickets are still required.
Prior to the screening of Dawn, the University of Southampton will be hosting a seminar with two experts presenting lectures related to Dawn. Rebecca Harrison from the University of Glasgow will present 'Stretchers, Screens and Cinema Day: How Medicine and Film Shaped Caregiving in the First World War' while Lawrence Napper from Kings College London presents '"Patriotism is Not Enough": Edith Cavell on Film'.
This is a special presentation from Neil Brand that features wartime footage from the battlefront and at home in Britain, accompanied by readings and contemporary music to present the full picture of both the war and life at home. 1918, At War, At Home is performed by Neil Brand on piano.
Under 16s: £8
Tickets for all of the screenings are available from the Turner Sims website. For more information about the University of Southampton's program for The Great War: Unknown War, visit the website.