Join us at St Giles’ THIS SATURDAY for a musical and cinematic treat! Alfred Hitchcock’s 1929 thriller, ‘Blackmail’, will be screened and brought to life with live music by Camberwell Community Choir and an 8-piece jazz band.
Set at the height of roaring 1920’s London, Blackmail tells the story of Alice White (Anna Ondra), the daughter of a Chelsea shopkeeper. After dinner ends in a quarrel with her boyfriend, Scotland Yard detective Frank Webber (John Longden), Alice finds herself at the centre of her very own crime scene. But with her boyfriend on the case, will Alice’s secret stay hidden and does anyone else know about the events of that fateful night..?
It’s our fourth silent film screening with live music and choir at St Giles’. Our first film, ‘The hunchback of Notre-Dame’ was followed by Hitchcock’s ‘The Lodger: A tale of the London Fog’ and last year’s ‘Piccadilly’ directed by E.A. Dupont. Blackmail is again set in London and there’s something enthralling about seeing the capital as it once was, before the disastrous effects of WW2 changed our city forever.
From a musical perspective, accompanying a silent film is a challenge and the community choir will be kept busy, singing 6 songs at various points throughout the film. Whilst two of the songs are period numbers, we learnt during our screening of ‘The Lodger’ that old and new can work surprisingly well together. The chase scene in ‘The Lodger’ was accompanied by ‘Mad World’ and we have a few 21st Century musical items we think will fit Blackmail just as well. The rest of the music will be played by a live jazz band with piano improvisation.
Period costumes are encouraged and a bar is available. Doors open at 7pm and the film will start at approximately 7.30pm – 7.45pm with a running time of 80 minutes plus a 20 minute interval. Families are welcome but the film is rated PG and some scenes may be unsuitable for younger children. Tickets bought online (limited number) at wegottickets.com will have spaces reserved in church but we are unable to reserve any other seats in advance. Tickets on the door will be on a first come, first served basis so please arrive early to avoid disappointment.
For those looking to extend their evening…a ‘Speakeasy Cabaret’ will take place afterwards in the crypt. Tickets are £5 on the door and the party will go on ’till late…
Any funds generated from this event will go towards St Giles’ organ restoration and our event is being held with the help of the Friends of St Giles’ Charity.