The Wind at Watershed

Posted on Thu 24 Apr 2014
Lola Perrin

We are delighted to be hosting a rare screening of The Wind, Victor Sjöström’s classic 1928 silent romantic drama with a specially commissioned live score by Lola Perrin, on Wed 30 April. Part of Filmic 14, The Wind is presented in partnership with Bristol Silents.

Lillian Gish 'first lady of the silent screen' is transcendent as the sweet, virginal Hetty, who moves out West to her cousin's remote ranch in the 'land o the winds'. Forced to marry Lige and inhabit his isolated shack, she is driven insane by the wild wind in this visually stunning classic, a seminal gothic drama of suppressed sexuality.

To accompany The Wind we are thrilled that jazz-influenced pianist Lola Perrin will be here to play her elemental live score, winner of Silent London Best Live Score Award. Lola Perrin has been widely published and recorded to critical acclaim for her imaginative jazz textures and minimalist themes, touring internationally and regularly featuring on BBC Radio 3.

Lola Perrin, composer and pianist says:

“In The Wind, there was so much there that I feel I’ve been through in my own life. I’m pretty sure this particular music just came to me; every time I sat down for the next composing session I didn’t have to re-write anything, I couldn’t get it down fast enough. It was like a form of channelling. I’ve never had that experience before. This particular film has deeply moved me, maybe even changed me.”

The Guardian has called the new score 'Hauntingly compelling.' Tickets are £8.00 full/£6.50 concessions.

Part of Filmic, Watershed and St George's annual celebration of the creative connections between film and music.