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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 Epping Baptist Church 1 Ray Road Epping (cnr Carlingford Road and near station): four Saturdays at 3pm. All different films in classic shorts' programs. Live music with the mighty Christie theatre organ: July 19 Cliff Bingham presents Laughter and thrills...Charlie Chaplin double, Harold Lloyd and Australia's Billy Bevan.  August 16 Cliff Bingham presents the Kings of Comedy... Charlie Chaplin, Harold Lloyd and Charley Chase.  September 20 John Batts presents Silents are Golden.... D W Griffith, Charlie Chaplin double and Buster Keaton.  October 18 John Batts presents Silent comedies.....priceless!... Charlie Chaplin, the animated Gertie the Dinosaur, Buster Keaton and Laurel and Hardy.  Tickets at Festival website on this page right hand side.  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 War 1 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 War 1 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. Two sessions Thursday 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;  and Friday at 2pm November 7 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 Annual fundraiser 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 Japanese master director Ozuís silent film, Passing Fancy, with English sub-titles.  November 9 The Australian premiere of the digital high definition restoration of the astonishing Hunchback of Notre Dame with Lon Chaney.  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.
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    Newcastle Museum Auditorium 6 Workshop Way Saturday September 13 at 2pm The Genius of Charlie Chaplin 4 classic shorts with live music Greg Smith; and Sunday September 14 at 2pm, Oscar winning World War 1 themed film with soundtrack, All Quiet on the Western Front.  Tickets at Festival website on this page right hand side. Discounted pass to both sessions available. Details about sessions Click Here

    Bowral St Jude's Bendooley Street Saturday October 4 at 2pm The Genius of Charlie Chaplin.  Anniversary shorts 100 Years in film. 4 classic shorts with live music Dr. Paul Paviour OAM. Tickets at Festival website on this page right hand side.  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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