Yorkshire Silent Film Festival kicks off today

Ivor Novello in Hitchcocks 'The Lodger', screening in York on Sunday 14th May

Now in its second year, the Yorkshire Silent Film Festival is back. From today until the last day of May, the festival is bringing silent films back to life across the region by accompanying them with a live orchestral score, just as they would have been seen on release.

YSFF is the UK’s biggest celebration of silent film with live accompaniment. Most screenings are accompanied by silent film pianists, and the festival also has a harpist, percussion and woodwind players, an electronic musician, two orchestras and a community jazz band.

The festival will be visiting venues all across Yorkshire, including the National Centre for Early Music in York for two screenings in Sunday 14th May. The films shown will be: Tall Tales and Incredible Journeys, a selection of fantasy films by renowned filmmakers Georges Méliès and Segundo de Chomón; and The Lodger, one of Alfred Hitchcock’s first films, a silent crime drama starring Ivor Novello (pictured).

Films screened in other locations include classics such as Ben Hur, The Battle of the Somme and a special selection called Buster Keaton & Yorkshire On Film. 

With reduced-price tickets available for students, it’s not a festival to miss! View the full programme here, or to buy tickets for the York screenings go here.

Image courtesy of Jonathan Best, Festival Director