A new independent silent film called London Symphony begins screening this week. It is a modern day ‘city symphony’, a genre of filmmaking that flourished in the 1920s, and consisted of films that attempted to build poetic portraits of city life.
Shot in black and white at over 300 locations around the capital and with an original soundtrack by the Convent Garden Sinfonia, it shows glimpses of the vibrance and diversity of Greater London and will be screened in over 35 venues around the UK from September 3rd. This includes three special events taking place amongst the diverse communities that inspired the production: at the Barbican Centre (on September 3rd), the Alexandra & Ainsworth Housing Estate (on September 17th), and the Shree Ghanapathy Temple in Wimbledon (on October 28th). These three events, which are supported by the Arts Council England, will include live performances of the soundtrack, as well as a panel discussion featuring the filmmakers and a local history expert unique to each venue.
The film was nominated for the Michael Powell Award for Best British Film at the Edinburgh International Film Festival 2017.
The London Society has secured some tickets for the London Symphony screening at Southwark Cathedral on 23 February. After the film there will be a Q+A with the director. More details here.