NOW BOOKING: Kennington Bioscope Online Ep. 14 (27 JAN 19:30 – FREE!)

Silent cinema stalwarts Kennington Bioscope present DARING DEEDS (1927) with live accompaniment by John Sweeney + supporting programme.


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The wonderful online editions of the Kennington Bioscope continue into 2021, commencing with a programme courtesy of the archives of the Library of Congress for KBTV Episode 14 on 27 JAN 19:30. It’s free and open access to the whole wide world via YouTube, at their KBTV Channel.

Join the Bioscope as they fly high with a featured presentation of comedy-drama, DARING DEEDS (1927). Directed by Duke Worne, the film is about William Gordon, Jr. (Billy Sullivan), the rebellious heir to a million-dollar airplane business. He leaves home in search of adventure and falls in love with Helen (Molly Malone), the daughter of an eccentric, destitute inventor. William enters an air race using a souped-up plane. The film’s thrilling aerial shots will be accompanied by a live score from John Sweeney (and viewable on the live stream thanks to the glories of piano-cam).

Supporting the feature will be two short films, H20 (1929), a “mesmerising documentary” by cinematographer Ralph Steiner, and THE DAY AFTER (1909), an American Biograph comedy detailing the dangers of alcoholic refreshment imbibed by the hosts of a New Year’s party. Directed by D.W. Griffith and written by Mary Pickford, THE DAY AFTER features several familiar faces from the studio’s stable, among them Mack Sennett and Blanche Sweet.

If you haven’t witnessed KBTV, you’re missing a serious lockdown treat. Read our writeup of Episode 6 HERE (have there really been that many…?). For the background to the Bioscope and much more about silent cinema besides, read our interviews with KBTV host Michelle Facey (Part One / Part Two).


How to get involved…

With the Bioscope’s usual home venue, the Cinema Museum, closed due to COVID-19, they’ve relocated online.

You can find all their past episodes and this new live one (when the time comes!) on their YouTube channel, KBTV.

If you’ve got a YouTube account, set a reminder and you won’t miss a thing. You can also join in the live chat with their super-friendly, expert host Michelle Facey.

Also, you can show the Bioscope some love by subscribing to their channel and donating to their Ko-Fi account.




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