Silence please for film festival

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Yorkshire Silent Film Festival arrives in Halifax and Hebden Bridge next month as it brings the magic of a golden era of film with live music to cinemas, theatres and community venues across the county.

With 40 screenings, ten solo musicians, two orchestras and a jazz band, Yorkshire Silent Film Festival is the UK’s biggest festival of silent film with live musical accompaniment.

The 2017 festival will visit Halifax, Hebden Bridge, Holmfirth, Huddersfield, Hull, Leeds, Leyburn, Ossett, Saltburn by the Sea, Scarborough, Sheffield, Settle, Thirsk and York.

Some of Yorkshire’s most historic and beautiful cinemas are taking part, including Leeds’ Hyde Park Picture House, Sheffield’s Abbeydale Picture House, Thirsk’s Ritz and Hebden Bridge Picture House.

Every Yorkshire Silent Film Festival screening is a live musical event.

The programme is full of legendary names; Buster Keaton, Greta Garbo, Cecil B. DeMille, Alfred Hitchcock, Georges Melies, Ivor Novello, There are films from the USA, UK, Denmark, Soviet Russia, Japan, Spain, France and Germany.

An audience at Square Chapel will be treated to Tall Tales and Incredible Journeys - a series of fantasy films by Georges Méliès and Segundo de Chomón at 8pm on Friday, May 12 (tickets £12 from 01422 349422.

The following day (May 13) at 5pm, Hebden Bridge Picture House will show Hitchcock’s The Lodger with Ivor Novello. Tickets £10 from www.hebdenbridgepicturehouse.co.uk