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  • Date: Saturday, 8 August 2009, 8pm
  • Venue: Astor Cinema, Mt Lawley — 659 Beaufort St, Mt Lawley, WA
  • Tickets: $25 — Tickets can be purchased by phone on (08) 9370 6636

Event Details

Since 1895 when the Lumière brothers used live piano music to accompany the first-ever public film screening, music has been an integral part of the cinema experience. From then through the age of ‘talkies’ to today’s computer-generated films, music has remained an essential part of the film-making process.

Now Perth composer Christopher de Groot is giving a modern musical twist to a classic French silent film. Ménilmontant, a 1927 silent film by Dimitri Kirsanoff, will be screened in the beautiful art deco setting of Mt Lawley’s Astor Cinema, accompanied by the 19-piece Annexia Ensemble performing an original score by de Groot.

Hailed as a striking, disturbing masterpiece, Ménilmontant follows the lives of two young sisters who witness the brutal murder of their parents in the family home. Fleeing to Paris, the sisters struggle to survive in the seedy neighbourhood of Ménilmontant.

'Chris de Groot is a Western Australian composer who represents the new breed: a jazz and classical background, moving into film and electronic music – Chris’s music is exciting, interesting and rewarding,' says Cat Hope, Lecturer in Classical Music (Composition) at WAAPA.

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