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Norsewood’s Old Dairy Factory to host silent films under the stars

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Charlie Chaplin's The Kid is one of two films presented at the festival.

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Charlie Chaplin’s The Kid is one of two films presented at the festival.

Silent cinema lovers and beginners alike will have the chance to attend two classics under the stars.

Two Charlie Chaplin silent films will be screened, accompanied by live music, outside The Old Dairy Factory in Norsewood from Thursday to Sunday.

David Selfe and Jeremy Fitzsimons will provide the live music, which they themselves composed to work in tandem with the films.

Selfe said it would be a very entertaining evening of community entertainment.

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A poster advertising Charlie Chaplin's 'A Dogs Life' (1918).

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A poster advertising Charlie Chaplin’s ‘A Dogs Life’ (1918).

The arts and entertainment world was going through a very difficult time right now and it was a good opportunity to put together something safe and fun.

“It’s purely community stuff, we’re aiming for it not-for-profit… we’re here to do something for the community. “

The doors would open at 6 p.m. with food from a local cafe and live music on hand to keep everyone entertained until it got dark and the movies rolled around.

The first movie, A life of dogs by Charlie Chaplin, would start at 9 p.m. and be followed by The child, another photo of Chaplin, at 9.45 p.m.

Selfe and Fitzsimons studied the films and then linked musical themes to the different characters so that a character appearing on the screen would change the theme.

They played percussion, piano and even a musical saw.

There was also improvisation. Selfe said playing out of the blue was something he had been doing for most of his life.

He expected around 200 to 250 people each evening and people would have to bring their own seats and blankets if it was cool at night.

Passes for the Covid-19 vaccine were required and tickets could be purchased at the door or online on Eventfinda for $ 10.

Selfe said he never let anyone leave after the performance without appreciating it.

“Come on, it’s a great family night out.”