Now here’s a commendable thing. The third Wiveliscombe Silent Film Festival (aka Silents in the Hills i.e. the Quantocks) takes place in the small Somerset town on 14-16 November.
The festival opens with Louise Brooks in Diary of a Lost Girl, with musical accompaniment by Devon-based harpist Elizabeth-Jane Baldry (fresh from her star turn at Pordenone). On Saturday 15th they are showing Metropolis, with accompaniment by Reflektor (Jan Kopinski and Steve Iliffe), and on the Sunday there’s Buster Keaton in Sherlock Junior and Lon Chaney Snr in The Phantom of the Opera, accompanied by Alan Eason and Andy McFarlane, guitarist and violinist from D.A.T.A. All films will be shown at the New Hall at Wiveliscombe Primary School, North Street, Wiveliscombe (where a special free show of comedy shorts for the children will be put on before the main Festival begins.)