Music & Film

From early innovations in genre filmmaking to historical archive footage and experimental documentary, we present an eclectic season of silent cinema accompanied by soundtracks from the city’s most innovative musical talent.

Combining the immediacy and energy of live performance with the magic of the big screen, Music and Film sees Manchester musicians creating original scores for early 20th century silent cinema, archive footage and artist film.

Music and Film will continue to draw titles from international film archives across the world – from critically acclaimed classics to rarely-seen work by lesser known filmmakers – and give musicians, including singer songwriter Josephine, Dutch Uncles songwriter and bassist Robin Richards and Mercury Award nominees GoGo Penguin, the opportunity to explore the relationship between live sound and image, with many of them scoring and arranging for film for the first time.

Music and Film is produced by HOME in collaboration with the Royal Northern College of Music and is supported by Film Hub North West Central, part of the BFI Film Audience Network (BFI FAN).

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We gratefully acknowledge support from PRS for Music Foundation.

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Previously in this season

Lonesome + Live Score

Set in Coney Island over the Fourth of July weekend, Hungarian-born director Pal Fejos’ 1928 film Lonesome is a classic New York City romance, following…

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Celluloid History Songs with live score by Josephine Oniyama

Back at HOME in a new production with additional musical accompaniment, this live multimedia performance from singer-songwriter Josephine Oniyama takes place against a backdrop of historical footage…

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Lonesome with Live Score

As an award-winning neo-classical composer, and principal songwriter and bassist for the band Dutch Uncles, Robin Richards is one of the city’s most exciting musical…

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This special event features a screening of the stunning visual poem Koyaanisqatsi with a new and unique score from Manchester’s Mercury-nominated hard-hitting-jazz-meets-electronica three piece GoGo…

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Häxan: Witchcraft Through the Ages

Featuring grave robbing, possessed nuns and satanic rituals, Häxan uses a series of dramatic vignettes to explore the theory that witches of the Middle Ages were subject…

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Häxan: Witchcraft Through the Ages with live score by Josephine Oniyama

This special event features a screening of Häxan: Witchcraft Through the Ages, a 1922 Swedish-Danish silent film written and directed by Benjamin Christensen, with a…

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