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Upcoming Silent Film Events 2014

 

A CELEBRATION

 
CHARLIE CHAPLIN'S 100 YEARS IN THE MOVIES 1914-2014

Australia's Silent Film Festival salutes Charlie Chaplin's start in film 100 years ago in 1914.

Charlie's genius captivated and enchanted audiences around the world within a very short period of time.  That relationship has never ended.  The whole world claims Charlie as its own: the qualities in his roles as director, actor and composer are timeless and universal.

There are a number of exciting shows planned.  The Festival invites you to join in the celebration.

Please note that tickets can be bought online (unless otherwise advised) through this website on the lower right hand side: click on Buy Tickets banner. 

  • Sydney State Library NSW Three Sundays March 16, 23 and 30 at 2pm: Charlie Chaplin classic films with soundtracks City Lights; Modern Times; The Great Dictator. Discounted pass to all three sessions available.  Tickets at Festival website on this page. Details about sessions Click Here
  • Sydney Mosman Presbyterian Scots Kirk Church March-May Three Sundays March 9, April 13 and May 11 at 3pm all different films. Live music accompaniment March 9 Comedy shorts in Laughter and thrills for the Young at Heart!  With Heather Moen Boyd.  April 13 The Son of the Sheik with Rudolph Valentino and Dr Paul Paviour OAM. May 11 Silent comedies...? Priceless with Heather Moen Boyd and Buster Keaton, Australia's Billy Bevan and Laurel and Hardy. Tickets at Festival website on this page right hand side. Details about sessions Click Here
  • Sydney: Lindfield Uniting Church 33 Tryon Road (Corner Nelson and Tryon Roads): March 22, April 26, May 17.  Three Saturdays at 3pm all different films.  Live music with Dr Paul Paviour OAM Jackson Heritage organ and piano.  March 22 Silent comedies...? Priceless comedy shorts with Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton, Roscoe Arbuckle, Hairbreadth Harry and others. April 26 Laughter is the best medicine! Comedy shorts with Charlie Chapin, buster Keaton, Rowdy Ann and Australia's Billy Bevan.  May 17 with the comic genius of Harold Lloyd: Grandma's Boy and Haunted Spooks. Tickets at Festival website on this page right hand side. Discounted pass to all 3 sessions in March-May available.  Details about sessions Click Here
  • Sydney Epping July-September Four Saturdays at 3pm: live music accompaniment on the mighty Christie theatre organ at the Epping Baptist Church, 1 Ray Road Epping: Comedy shorts Laughter and thrills ...for the Young at Heart! With Cliff Bingham 19 July 3pm and 16 August 3pm.  And 20 September 3pm and 18 October 3pm with John Batts.  Tickets at Festival website on this page.  Discounted pass to all 4 sessions available.  Details about sessions Click Here
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  • Sydney: Lindfield Uniting Church 33 Tryon Road (Corner Nelson and Tryon Roads): June 21, July 26 and August 23.  Three Saturdays at 3pm all different films.  Live music with Dr Paul Paviour OAM Jackson Heritage organ and piano in June; John D'Arcy in July and August; John Batts will welcome patrons on the Jackson heritage organ in JUly and August.  June 21 the great Australian silent film, The Sentimental Bloke.  July 26 the acclaimed Chinese silent film with English subtitles and starring the wondrous Ruan Lingyu and Jin Yan in The Peach Girl.  August 23 the silent film superstar Mary Pickford in the Sydney premiere of the restored Sparrows.  Tickets at Festival website on this page right hand side.  Discounted pass to all 3 sessions in June-August available.  Details about sessions Click Here
  • Sydney: State Library NSW July 13  Sunday at 2.00pm World War1 themed silent film. The Sydney premiere of the restored The Big Parade with soundtrack. Tickets at Festival website on this page right hand side.  Details about sessions Click Here.
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  • Sydney: State Library NSW August 31 Sunday at 2.00pm World War1 themed silent film.  The Australian premiere of the restored All Quiet on the Western Front with soundtrack. Tickets at Festival website on this page right hand side.  Details about sessions Click Here
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  •  Sydney: State Library NSW Free films celebrating remembering and restoring cinema. Sessions Thursdays at 12 noon, October 23.  Donít Call Me Girlie  acclaimed documentary that tells the fascinating story of Australiaís movie heroines from the birth of cinema to World War 2.  November 6 The Australian premiere of the restored high definition Frank Sinatra 1954 drama, Suddenly.   Details about sessions Click Here.
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  • Sydney: 220 Pitt Street Tuesday at 6.30pm October 28 in the Wesley Theatre with its large screen projection. In Charlie Chaplinís Centenary year 1914-2014 Australian premiere of the digital high definition restoration of the Genius of Charlie Chaplin: The Floor walker: The Fireman: The Vagabond. Live accompaniment by acclaimed theatre organist David Bailey. Fundraiser. Details about session Click Here.
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  • Sydney: State Library NSW November 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30 Five Sundays at 2pm  all with live music November 2 The Australian premiere of the digital high definition restoration of the astonishing Hunchback of Notre Dame with Lon Chaney. November 9 Japanese master director Ozuís silent film, Passing Fancy, with English sub-titles. In Charlie Chaplinís Centenary year 1914-2014 Australian premieres of the digital high definition restorations of the Genius of Charlie Chaplin: November 16 One AM: The Count: The Pawnshop. November 23 Behind the Screen: The Rink: Easy Street. November 30 The Cure: The Immigrant: The Adventurer. Tickets at Festival website on this page right hand side. Discounted pass available to all 5 sessions or to all 3 Charlie Chaplin Genius sessions. Details about sessions Click Here.



David Shepard
Film Preservation Associates,
USA
Lobster Films, Paris

""How to explain that this Festival selection of eighty and ninety-year-old movies and their predecessor, the magic lantern show, will attract, engage and satisfy audiences in the 21st century? Above all, the organizers have selected excellent, valid works of film art.Ē

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