Video Interview: Neil Brand on the Hippodrome Festival of Silent Cinema

I've been writing about the Hippodrome Festival of Silent Cinema on the site since last July, when I first spotted an announcement that something was in the works over in Bo'ness, near Falkirk.

This weekend finally saw the event take place in the 99-year-old Bo'ness Hippodrome and yesterday I spent the day in the town, having attended the gala opening the previous evening.

Over the course of the day I watched a range of classic comedy films and listened to a talk on Scotland's cinema heritage before catching silent film pianist, Neil Brand, for five minutes following his own one-man show, The Silent Pianist Speaks.

Though I've spoken to Neil before for ReelScotland, this interview was specifically about the Hippodrome's decision to mount a silent film event and the way that the cinema seems to have found its feet with the Festival.

Visit the Festival website at www.falkirk.gov.uk/silentcinemafest

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Listen to Festival producer, Shona Thomson, preview the Hippodrome Festival of Silent Cinema