CineScore Live is a unique project, supported by Film Hub Scotland, which brings silent films accompanied by specially commissioned-scores performed live to venues across the country.
The first CineScore Live tour took place in 2016 when three spectacular silent films were selected to tour the country alongside new scores from Scotland’s most talented musicians.
CineScore Live 2016
CineScore Live opened in April 2016, with screenings of Lost Treasure (1956), a rediscovered lost film by Glasgow socialist collective the Dawn Cine Group, fresh from it’s world premiere at Glasgow Short Film Festival. A heartfelt and deeply timely look at displacement and land ownership in Scotland, the film was given a new lease of life by filmmaker Minttu Mäntynen and musicians Drew Wright (Wounded Knee) and Hamish Brown, who created a beguiling live soundtrack weaving personal testimony with traditional folk songs and new music. Filmed in the far North of Scotland, a highlight of the tour was Lost Treasure ‘coming home’ to Thurso on Thursday 21 April, as the film screened in the area that inspired it 60 years later.
Another treasure which found new audiences through CineScore Live was Wunder der Schöpfung (1925), an extraordinary German documentary exploring the wonder of space. Literally translated as ‘Wonder of Creation’, this fascinating document about human knowledge of the universe is a spectacular production, utilising fifteen special effects experts and nine cameramen. An enchanting mix of fiction, fact, history and animation, Wunder der Schöpfung (1925) was accompanied by a brand new electronica and acoustic soundscape by acclaimed Edinburgh jazz duo Herschel 36. After a world premiere at The Hippodrome Silent Film Festival, the film toured to music festivals and city arts centres alike from April – August 2016 , with highlights including screenings at Outskirts Festival, Glasgow and Doune the Rabbit Hole Festival.
The final film selected for the debut CineScore Tour was The Adventures of Prince Achmed (1926), the oldest surviving feature length animation, which hit the road from September 2016. Based on One Thousand and One Nights, the delightful family-friendly film created by Lotte Reiniger in 1926 was bought to life with an irresistible live soundtrack by Edinburgh’s multi-instrumental Sink. Produced in partnership with the Filmhouse in Edinburgh, the film toured to venues including SEALL at Sabhal Mòr Ostaig in Sleat, Skye, An Lanntair in Stornoway, Lewis and Eden Court in Inverness.
Audience and venue responses to the CineScore Live tour were overwhelmingly positive. There are a selection of their responses below:
Audience members said:
"Totally unique, inspired me to do more research on traditional music and issues raised in film. Loved the archive audio."
"Loved the film, loved the story behind it, especially enjoyed the music and words"
“Beautiful combination of film and music - manages to blend archive film and contemporary sound very well”
“Unique, powerful film. Music and sound - sensitive and evocative. Q&A - example of living memory.”
“Very absorbing - fantastic to see/hear the live accompaniment, very special experience. Good to have Q&A after also.”
“Best cinematic experience I have had in over 2 years”
“Absolutely blown away!!! Such a fantastic, awe-inspiring screening”
Participating venues said:
“A good audience for us for something a bit different and in the middle of a hectic series of promotions. Personally I was impressed with the quality and style of music and would like to see the band up again sometime. Our large screen gave an impressive film screening and the whole presentation excellent.”
“We were delighted with this event and really don't have anything we would change about how it was administered, managed or delivered.”