Horror film festival for Hippodrome

Poster promo for Dr Cagliari
Poster promo for Dr Cagliari

September is an exciting month for cinema when film organisations, programmers and film fans come together to celebrate cinema in all its forms.

This collective of enthusiasts goes by the name ‘Scalarama’, or ‘Scaledonia’ for Scotland.

At the Hippodrome in Bo’ness, they will be hailing Scaledonia with a line-up of three quirky film classics: ‘The Glitterball’ – one of the Children’s Film Foundation’s most memorable features, ‘Sidewalk Stories’ – a contemporary silent echoing Chaplin’s ‘The Kid’, and ‘The Cabinet of Dr Caligari’, a celebrated 1920 horror featuring, for one night only, live piano accompaniment from improviser Mike Nolan.

One of the most iconic masterpieces in cinema, Robert Wiene’s ‘The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari’ shook film-goers worldwide and changed the direction of the art form.

Alison Strauss, Hippodrome programmer said: “The Scalarama season, and this special screening in particular, is not just about a film show, it’s about the experience, about championing the special magic of watching a film as part of an audience, made even more wonderful by a live improvised score.”.

‘The Cabinet of Dr Caligari’, will be shown at 7.30pm on Saturday, September 20, tickets £10 (£8 concessions); ‘Sidewalk Stories’, at 6.30pm on Thursday, September 25, tickets £6.30 (£4.80 concessions); ‘The Glitterball’ at 11am on Saturday, September 27, tickets £2.50, available from the box office on 01324 506850 or www.falkirkcommunitytrust.org.

For a chance to win a pair of tickets for ‘The Cabinet of Dr Cagliari’ just answer this question: Who produced the film?

Send your entry on a postcard to Film Competition, Journal and Gazette, Unit 4a Gateway Business Park, Beancross Road, Grangemouth, or drop it into our postboxes.