Underground (1928), from http://www.guardian.co.uk
One of the features I regularly get asked to include on the Bioscope is a list of silent film screenings. I’ve always said no because the subject is too broad (particularly given the Bioscope’s international scope) and I wouldn’t want to offer an inadequate and incomplete service. Instead I point people to Nitrateville’s Silent Screenings list or the Silents in the Court site (for US screenings), and keep information on screenings on the Bioscope to festivals and prestige events of more than local interest.
However, that still leaves a gap, and I’m delighted to report that someone has stepped in to provide such a service for silent films in London. Silent London is a blog dedicated to silent film screenings in London. It’s only been running for a couple of months, and already it’s proving to be informative and thorough – indeed looking beyond London for its inspiration on occasion. There is also an active Twitter feed, @Silent_london.
Though the site maintains anonymity, the person behind it is Guardian subeditor Pamela Hutchinson. She has the contacts, and she has the enthusiasm – Silent London is certainly a site to keep an eye on.
Definitely there is wide interest in this sort of screening. If only enough of the people could be in a given location!
Thanks for the kind words of encouragement. I’m definitely enthusiastic about this project, but I always need more information, so if anyone reading this is planning a silent film screening in London, please do get in touch on the site, on Twitter or on firstname.lastname@example.org
And David, maybe webcasting is the future!