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South West Silents was founded in 2015 to share it’s founders’ passion for silent film with wider cinema-going audiences and to celebrate the history of cinema.

We produce eye opening silent film events by sourcing the latest restorations, historic film prints and collaborate with some of the worlds leading silent film musicians to stage one of a kind, live performance events in the South West and throughout the United Kingdom.

In 2018 and 2019 SWS was voted “Silent Film Heroes of the Year” in a national public poll held by Pamela Hutchinson’s esteemed blog Silent London. 

 

Upcoming Events

  • The Mark of Zorro (1920)
    Thu, 24 Jun
    Clevedon
    24 Jun, 19:30 – 21:55
    Clevedon, 46 Old Church Rd, Clevedon BS21 6NN, UK
    Classed as the world’s first action adventure film, Fred Niblo’s The Mark of Zorro (1920) not only gave birth to a genre but established a new persona for star Douglas Fairbanks.
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  • The Kid (1921)
    Fri, 23 Jul
    Bristol
    23 Jul, 19:30 – 21:15 BST
    Bristol, 16 Narrow Quay, Bristol BS1 4QA, UK
    Celebrating the 100th Anniversary of Chaplin's ground breaking first feature film. With special intro by official Chaplin biographer David Robinson.
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  • The Eagle (1925)
    Fri, 20 Aug
    Arnolfini
    20 Aug, 19:30 – 21:00 BST
    Arnolfini, 16 Narrow Quay, Bristol BS1 4QA, UK
    Based on the novel “Dubrovsky” by Alexander Pushkin the great silent-era sex symbol Rudolph Valentino departs from his onscreen persona of a Latin lover and delivers one of the most nuanced and powerful performances of his career.
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  • The Last of the Mohicans (1920)
    Time is TBD
    Bristol Cathedral
    Time is TBD
    Bristol Cathedral, College Green, Bristol BS1 5TJ, UK
    A season of silent film screenings celebrating 100 years since the beginning of the 1920s, the final decade of the silent era, continues with this unique and rare screening of the brand new restoration of the action-packed drama, The Last of the Mohicans (1920).
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‘South West Silents has re-energised the local silent film scene and set a model for creative, well-planned repertory cinema screenings.’

Pamela Hutchinson, Writer, Critic and Film Historian

 

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