Film festival gets the silent treatment

In the photo we can see the interior of the church, a lot of public sitting, enjoying the reproduction of a film, In the background we see a big screen projecting the film.
Photo by Nico Hall

Story by Mick Nott and Alex Hodgson | Photo by Nico Hall

On Friday 12th May around 100 people gathered to enjoy the Zero Budget Film Festival at Christ Church, Pitsmoor.

Having been asked to dress as if we were going to the Oscars we were met by a red carpet. The indefatigable Martin Currie, who curates the Zero Budget Film Festival, greeted us in a golden frock coat. Martin had asked for short silent films and received hundreds of entries from all over the world. Martin’s final selection had films that were poignant, funny, emotional, melodramatic, quirky, and even some animations. We also saw a British 9mm silent slapstick film projected – it was very nostalgic to hear the rattle of the projector as the film wound from reel to reel.

Musicians accompanied the silent films on keyboards, ukuleles, banjos, washboards, flutes, guitars with specially written songs; there was even a sound effects ‘artist’ providing the sound effect of coin dropping in a can – he got an encore! Laughter, gasps, sighs, appreciative chat and profound applause rose, fell and erupted as the programme unfolded before our eyes.

In the photo we can see the interior of the church, a lot of public sitting, enjoying the reproduction of a film, In the background we see a big screen projecting the film.
Photo by Nico Hall

14 year old Alex Hodgson writes:

All the films were unique but some stood out from the rest as beautiful works of art. The whole evening had us all laughing, and mesmerised at the real creativity and talent of the films. The music was also incredibly well done with the film-makers always knowing what tunes were best fit for their videos.

I’m so glad we have something like this event in our area and such great members of our community to share it with.

Roll on Zero Budget Film Festival 2018!