Artistry of movies from the silent film era to screen at Sutherland

The heritage Sutherland School of Arts will be the perfect setting to enjoy the artistry of the great movies from the silent film era.

Australia’s Silent Film Festival is hosting a series of digitally restored classic silent films accompanied with live music just like the originals.

Matinee sessions (11.30am) include two Charlie Chaplin films and a classic by Buster Keaton:

The Bank (1915): Charlie Chaplin plays the janitor in love with a pretty bank secretary but her sweetheart is another Charles, the cashier. Charlie dreams he saves Edna in an attempted bank robbery.

Shanghaied (1915): Charlie Chaplin plays The Tramp who is shanghaied on to a ship that is destined to be scuttled unless the captain’s stowaway daughter can stop her father and save her lover, the Tramp.

Three Ages (1923): This silent comedy of truly epic proportions follows Buster Keaton’s hard-luck romantic adventures throughout world history: from the dawn of man in the Stone Age, through the gladiatorial arenas of Ancient Rome, to the city streets of the American Jazz Era.

The evening session (7.30pm) will feature a wondrous multi-award winning love story:

7th Heaven (1927): Starring Janet Gaynor and Charles Farrell. Director: Frank Borzage. As the title of this beautiful film implies, it is a love story about a couple who are ‘in seventh heaven’ together – but also while apart, when World War I calls all men to arms for several years.

Australia’s Silent Film Festival is on at the Sutherland Memorial School of Arts, Saturday, February 17.

  • Bookings: 9521 8888.


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