The Cinema Museum, London

Silent Film Calendar’s 2018 Review of Silent Screenings

January 2019 · News

Clara BowNick Lamb from the Silent Film Calendar website has produced a fascinating overview of the year in silent screenings, with incredible statistics of the UK scene & films shown. And again the Kennington Bioscope garners major plaudits and praise for our programming and variety.

The full review can be read here, but this is what they say about the Bioscope:

“When it comes to good programming, it is the Cinema Museum and its resident Kennington Bioscope that continued to excel in 2018 (deservedly picking up Silent London’s ‘Best Venue’ award). They retained their second most significant screening venue slot, with the number of films screened increasing from 42 in 2017 to 58 last year. Not only did they stage their regular ‘Silent Film’ and ‘Comedy Film’ weekends but there was also a ‘Silent Train Film Day’ and a ‘Silent Films of World War One’ day. However the significance of KenBio isn’t so much in the number of films shown but in their range and quality. Their mantra remains the little known, the rarely screened and the long forgotten, but always with an emphasis on quality. Particular delights this year included The Bride of Glomdal (Dir. Carl Theodor Dreyer, Nor, 1926), The Ghost Train (Dir. Geza von Bolvary, UK/Ger, 1927), Sam’s Boy (Dir. H Manning Haynes, GB, 1922), Miss Lulu Bett (Dir. William C De Mille, US, 1921), The Golden Butterfly (Dir. Michael Curtiz, Aust-Ger, 1926) and oh, so many more. All accompanied by top notch piano accompaniment and knowledgeable introductions, including from renowned silent film historian Kevin Brownlow who also provides many of the rare titles screened.”