Adelaide’s Silent Remasters live screen and musical experience returns, expanding to a two-day event from September 13th – 14th at the Mercury Cinema.
Silent Remasters commissions contemporary South Australian musicians to compose original feature length scores to perform live music to silent masterpieces, creating the loudest silent movies you’ll ever see.
Highly skilled in performance, improvising and composition, Belinda Gehlert will open Friday night scoring the originally notorious and now acclaimed psycho-sexual melodrama, Pandora’s Box (1929).
On Saturday, experimental composers and exuberant electronic performers Dan Thorpe and Mat Morison will score the imaginative swashbuckling adventure, The Thief of Baghdad (1924).
Followed by composer and internationally acclaimed multi-instrumentalist, Adam Page, who will score the prescient romantic drama, The Wind (1928), the last great studio silent film.
The Mercury Cinema is partnering with music festival programmer Anne Wiberg to ensure the silent masterpieces are matched with the best up-and-coming SA musicians.
“While many of the compositions are ephemeral, never to be repeated, there are also highly creative works resulting in striking and magical live performances. I am really excited by the pairings of musicians to films this year and I expect it to surpass last year’s event which was regarded as the best ever,” said Anne Wiberg.
Gail Kovatseff, Director of the film development agency the Media Resource Centre, which runs the Mercury Cinema, is thrilled to see music and screen unite once again in the city of music.
“Silent Remasters is part of the unique story of Adelaide as a city of music, which also has a flourishing screen sector. There are a growing number of partnerships between the sectors as evident by other initiatives such as Clip It, Clip Combat and She Scores, She Shoots. It is another feather in our cap as a UNESCO city of music.”
Established in 2003 by the Media Resource Centre, Silent Remasters provides an annual opportunity for a range of SA musicians from punk and heavy metal to jazz, classical, experimental and electronic musicians to develop their practice by composing a feature length score to a silent film.
Silent Remasters is assisted by a grant from the Music Development Office, Department of Innovation and Skills. Minister for Innovation and Skills David Pisoni will open the event.
Pandora’s Box (1929) performed by Belinda Gehlert – 7.00pm – Friday, 13th September
The Thief of Baghdad (1924) performed by Dan Thorpe and Mat Morison – 2.00pm – Saturday 14th September
The Wind (1928) performed by Adam Page – 4.00pm – Saturday 14th September
$16/$14 to a single performance OR $42/$33 to all three
All Adelaide Cinematheque pass holders are entitled to concession prices.