Cromarty, UK: Outdoor Movies to be Screened on Cromarty Lighthouse
The white walls of Cromarty Lighthouse are to be used as a screen for a special outdoor film experience. On September 11 the Jean Epstein silent film Fall of the House of Usher will be projected on to the lighthouse accompanied by specially-composed music performed by the Southwell Collective, specialists in composing and playing music to accompany silent films.
Last year's Highland tour was such a success that they have decided to come back. The membership varies but this year they will be playing as a three-piece: Gary Southwell, composer and nine string guitar, Zoe Glossop on oboe and cor anglais and Sarah Watts on clarinet and bass clarinet, with an additional electronic soundscape by Jon Sampson.
Epstein's 1928 masterpiece based on the gripping classic story by Edgar Alan Poe is full of suspense as well as being visually stunning. The music is inspired by quotes found in Poe's original story. The organisers say the experience of live music being played with a silent film is an extraordinary one.
They compliment each other and heighten the emotional impact on the audience. And add to that the setting of the Cromarty Lighthouse, which is normally used as the marine research base for Aberdeen's Robert Gordons University. Tickets at ВЈ8 and ВЈ6 can be bought at the door or in advance from The Emporium, High Street, Cromarty.