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 to the same hysteria, or ‘witch madness’ as turn of the century psychiatric patients. The film is no scientific treatise, however – instead it’s a witches brew of horror and humour that became adopted by countercultural movements of the sixties for its extraordinary depiction of deviance and illicit behaviour.
This film will be accompanied by a live score, performed by singer songwriter Josephine Oniyama. Josephine tells us more about the project, here:
We gratefully acknowledge support from PRS for Music Foundation.
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 brand new live electronic/acoustic score from singer-songwriter Josephine Oniyama and musicians from the University of Salford.
An ensemble comprising synthesisers, drum machines and samplers will accompany Josephine’s soulful voice and skilful guitar playing. This live experience promises to bring to life a cult classic of silent cinema in a completely new way.
Music & Film is produced by HOME in collaboration with the University of Salford and is supported by Film Hub North West Central, a partner in the BFI Film Audience Network, which aims to build audiences for film and present cinema in new and exciting ways.