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HippFest 2018 Breaks Box Office Record


• Call of the North voted ‘best overall event’ by HippFest audiences
• 3% increase in sales with 5 complete sell-outs
• Festival commission ‘The Penalty’ to tour Scotland later this year

The Hippodrome Silent Film Festival, affectionately known as ‘HippFest’ enjoyed a 3% increase in ticket income and 5 complete sell-outs this year, with silent film fans travelling from as far away as California to attend this award-winning 5-day Festival in Bo’ness. (21-25 March 2018)

Voted ‘best overall event’ by audiences was ‘Call of the North’ which included a selection of short silent films by pioneering Scottish filmmaker Isobel Wylie Hutchison whose documentary records of her travels are preserved by the National Library of Scotland’s Moving Image Archive. The evening featured song settings of Hutchison’s poetry from award-winning writer, actor and singer Gerda Stevenson, accompanied by Rob MacNeacail, and music written and performed live by Japanese composer Atzi Muramatsu whose composition was inspired by the life and work of this intrepid Scottish explorer.

Second place went to the New Found Sound event which is part of HippFest’s wider youth engagement programme. The event showcased new film scores by local school pupils from St Mungo’s High School, performed by Falkirk Schools Senior Orchestra as well as live accompaniment by the Junior and Senior Trad Bands from the area. This innovative event also included a short, modern-day silent film created by Falkirk’s Champions Board (young people who have been, or are currently in care) made possible through funding from Cashback for Creativity.

‘The Penalty’ starring the great American actor Lon Chaney as a criminal mastermind bent on sadistic revenge is to tour Scotland this year thanks to support from Film Hub Scotland - a member of the BFI Film Audience Network. This film is accompanied by a new score commissioned by HippFest and performed by Scottish jazz guitarist and composer Graeme Stephen and cellist Pete Harvey. (5 stars from The Scotsman 2018)

Finally, the Bo’ness Fair Queen awarded the much sought after Shop Window Display Cup to The Ivy Tea Room who were outright winners for the second year in a row. This competition is supported by Bo’ness Town Centre Management.

HippFest is organised by Falkirk Community Trust with key funding from Falkirk Council. HippFest is supported by BFI Audience Fund, using money from the National Lottery, through Creative Scotland’s Open Project Fund to engage more audiences across the UK with silent cinema.


Published on Monday, 23rd April 2018

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