Saturday 5th November | 20:00 | The Poly, Falmouth

Kevos presents: Sound & Cinema Live Music and Film Performances.

I was born, But…

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Dir: Yasujirō Ozu | Japan  | 1932 | 100min | Indie film/Drama

We are delighted to welcome some of Cornwall’s most established musicians, part of KEVOS group to perform live to the classic silent feature I was born, But…  One of Ozu’s most popular films, I Was Born, But . . . is a blithe portrait of the financial and psychological toils of one family, as told from the rascally point of view of a couple of stubborn little boys. For two brothers, the daily struggles of bullies and mean teachers is nothing next to the mortification they feel when they realize their good-natured father’s low-rung social status. Reworked decades later as Ozu’s Technicolor comedy Good Morning, it’s a poignant evocation of the tumult of childhood, as well as a showcase for Ozu’s expertly timed comedy editing. A masterpiece from the silent era accompanied live by a glittering score from Ed Hughes.

Kevos is a group of some of Cornwall’s finest musicians with a passion for performing contemporary classical music, including Philip Montgomery-Smith, Violin/Viola; Barbara Degener,  Cello; William Sleath, Flutes; David White, Clarinets; Stella Pendrous, Piano; James Robinson, Percussion led by the conductor Patrick Bailey.  Kevos performs a wide range of the best of new music including cross-art collaborations with film, visual arts, spoken word and dance from the past 70 years.

About the feature – The story of two brothers, Keiji (Tomio Aoki) and Ryoichi (Hideo Sugawara), who move to a new neighborhood in the Tokyo suburbs after their father, an office clerk, gets a promotion. The boys join the local gang as lowly new kids and emerge as natural leaders after defeating a bully. While visiting the home of their father’s boss, the brothers witness the ridicule their father has endured to please his superior. Angry and embarrassed, the boys find their naive ideas about power being challenged.

Wedneday 9th Nov | The Poly

Thursday 10th Nov | Calstock Arts

Silent Horror Shorts with live accompaniment by Paul Shallcross

Various Programme | 65 mins

The return of the popular comic spoofs of horror situations from the silent short horror films from the dawn of the 20th century, featuring brand new scores especially commissioned by the Abertoir Horror Festival. Composed and performed by pianist Paul Shallcross, and featuring introductions about each film. 65mins.

Paul Shallcross began his career as a composer while he was still working as a music and drama teacher. “It’s so much more electric, the live performance,” he explains, “when you record a film you haven’t got that feeling that the audience is there behind you and your music is generating a response.”

Four troublesome Heads – Melies (1896) – 1 min.

An Incoherent Excursion – Segundo de Chomon (1909) – 9 mins

Prelude – Castleton Knight (1928) – 6 mins

Prelude is a very dark and original film based on Rachmaninov’s famous Prelude in C sharp minor and is about being buried alive but rated 12.

The Thieving hand – John Stuart Blackton (1909) – 6 mins

The Haunted House – Buster Keaton (1921) – 23 mins