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HippFest Online - Underground (1928)

Friday, 19 Mar 21 at 14:00 PM

FRI 19 March

Music by Neil Brand 
Performed by BBC Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Timothy Brock
Introduction 14:00 with Bryony Dixon (5m)
FILM 14:05, 1H 44M (ava 48hrs)

Post Screening Q&A starts at 16:15 (on Zoom)


A thrilling tale of romance, jealousy and murder transporting you to the bustling tube system beneath the lively streets, pubs, and parks of 1920s London.

The lives of four young working people become dangerously entangled when two men fall in love with the same woman, on the same day, in the Underground. The unsuccessful suitor draws his erstwhile sweetheart into his ruthless scheme for revenge.

This pacey film moves swiftly from jolly romance to dark drama, showcasing the director Antony Asquith’s confident facility for conjuring up the era’s vibrant London street-life, as well as the dramatic emotional states of his characters. This impressive late silent is seen here to its best advantage thanks to the BFI National Archive’s fine restoration and Neil Brand’s definitive score, performed by the BBC Symphony Orchestra, recorded live in 2012 and conducted by Timothy Brock.

Dir. Anthony Asquith | UK | 1928 | BBFC cert PG | b&w and tinted | 1h 33m | English intertitles
With: Brian Aherne, Elissa Landi, Cyril McLaglen, Norah Baring
Music Accompaniment: BBC Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Timothy Brock Screening material courtesy of British Film Institute

Post Screening Q&A with composer and broadcaster Neil Brand and Bryony Dixon Curator of Silent Film at the BFI National Archive

Neil Brand is one of the UK’s most established silent film accompanists, composers, writers, and broadcasters. His achievements are too extensive to list, but recent touring work includes Neil Brand presents Buster Keaton and Neil Brand presents Laurel and Hardy. Neil presented the highly acclaimed BBC 4 series The Sound of TV with Neil Brand in 2020, and regularly performs at silent film festivals worldwide.

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