“One of the city’s most essential events” –Scene Creek
RIP David Shepard 1940-2017
Silent films are not just sound films without the talking. They reach us
through the poetry of motion, of metaphor, of meaning expressed through visual
subtlety and magnification of detail. Although there were successful silent-era
film experiments in 3-D, wide screen, color and sound, early film artists
learned to convey ideas and emotions through inference and suggestion with
tremendous emotional impact and in ways which sound would render unnecessary at
best; obvious or clumsy at worst.
As you will see, the innovators and masters of this art raised visual
storytelling to a level that remains valid, moving, and even awe-inspiring in
the 21st century. One would not pity Scarlatti who composed without benefit of
the modern piano, or Mozart who never had the resources of the modern symphony
orchestra; similarly, the brains and sensibilities behind these silent films
understood the potency they could achieve with what they had - moving pictures.
Treat their work with kindness and respect and it will reward you by casting
its own magic spell."-David Shepard for The Australian Silent Film
Festival programme notes
Thank you to the 2016 volunteers!
You're the best, and we couldn't do the festival without you.