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GRASS: A Nation's Battle for Life (1925)

Saturday, 25 Sep 21 at 15:30 PM

In accordance with updated Scottish Government guidance, screenings will have no physical distancing requirements, although face masks will still be required (except when eating/drinking).

With live accompaniment by Mike Nolan (piano)

Sat 25 Sep 15:30

£10 | £8 conc. | £4.50 (16-25 years)

GRASS / EPIC OF EVEREST ticket deal  – enjoy both screenings for just £15 | £12 conc.

Pre-screening introduction supported by BSL and summarised on screen. There will also be a BSL interpreter present in the foyer to answer any questions and provide support for buying tickets and drinks. 

A spectacular ethnographic record, reprised due to popular demand after its rapturous reception earlier this year as part of HippFest online and in 2019 by all those fortunate enough to attend the Festival's community screening at the Barony Theatre in Bo'ness.

This film was intended for the lecture circuit but was snapped up by Paramount for theatrical distribution on the strength of its powerful dramatic punch. It's easy to see how the character of Denham in King Kong was modelled after the adventurer Cooper, whose daredevil real-life exploits were the stuff of Hollywood adventure films.
A highlight for most people at HippFest online, is your chance to experience live the subjects' near-mythic odyssey, the staggering beauty of the scenery, and the endearing moments of intimacy and warmth, all heightened by Mike Nolan's extraordinary accompaniment.
Performing Live: Mike Nolan (piano)
Dir. Merian C. Cooper and Ernest B. Schoedsack I US I 1925 | N/C U | 1h 3m
Screening material courtesy of Milestone Films and Kino Lorber
Mike Nolan
Mike works across Scotland as a composer, choral conductor and performer and is a regular at HippFest where his accompaniments for features and shorts are always warmly received. He has accompanied silent film screenings for over 20 years including several commercial releases and live performances for the National Library of Scotland Moving Image Archive. Mike is also a Nordoff-Robbins trained music therapist.

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