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FROM THE VAULTS: THE SOUND OF SILENTS 2016

This film was released 9th April 2016, and is no longer screening.

Reuniting Bottlenote with the treasures of the IFI Irish Film Archive, Sound of Silents presents a new programme of silent films, dating from 1897 to 1970, accompanied by six musicians working between the fields of Irish traditional, jazz and electronic music.

Seán Mac Erlaine (woodwind/electronics), Seán Carpio (percussion/guitar/voice), Jack McMahon (turntables), Eoghan Neff (fiddle) and Shane Latimer (guitar/electronics) will improvise solo and ensemble accompaniments to the programme which takes Dublin city as its theme.

A selection of factual and fictional films, many not seen before in a public arena, includes the earliest moving images of Dublin filmed by Alexander Promio for the Lumière Bros in (1897); remarkable scenes of inner-city church-goers at St Francis Xavier’s Church and the Pro-Cathedral in 1901; a sweeping panorama of College Green in 1902; wry commentary on the streets of Dublin from US comedian Will Rogers (1927); a day in life of the Masonic Girls’ School in Ballsbridge (now the Clayton, formerly Bewleys Hotel) in the late ’30s; a rural idyll filmed by amateur enthusiast Conway Maxwell in Lusk in the late ’30s; and an enigmatic drama about a boy whose life is transformed at the Holy Ghost Youth Club in Dun Laoghaire in the early ‘70s.

Presented in association with MusicTown 2016.

Tickets: €12 (€10 Concessions).

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