THE MAN WHO LAUGHS
WITH BRAND NEW
Thursday 31 October, 2019. 7.30pm Doors
£10 Plus booking fee when booked online.
Based on the novel by Victor Hugo, the story of this silent classic centres on the adventures of Gwynplaine, whose wide and mirthless grin inspired legendary Batman villain, the Joker. Orphaned as a child, Gwynplaine is punished by the king, by having face carved into a hideous grin. It's a melodrama at it's core which plays out like a gothic horror.
Curated in collaboration with Calum Howard and local musicians, the screening will be accompanied live with a brand new, unique score created by some of the city's most creative musicians. This is a one off performance that must not be missed.
Calum Howard is a self-taught piano player, composer and music producer based in Newcastle upon Tyne. He has toured extensively across Europe with bands such as Smoove and Turrell, Beth Jeans Houghton, Rob Heron and the Tea Pad Orchestra and the critically acclaimed supergroup Minor Victories, founded by members of Slowdive, Mogwai and Editors. Through performing live on 6 Music, XFM and Virgin Radio, appearing on BBC 2’s Later with Jools Holland, and supporting Placebo (with Minor Victories) on their 2016 UK arena tour, Calum has gained a breadth of performative experience that has further inspired his compositional output and broadened the boundaries of his artistic practice.
He recently composed the soundtrack to Unity and Division, a short film exploring political polarisation and disenfranchisement in the UK - commissioned by the much-lauded film producer and Labour peer Lord Puttnam (The Killing Fields, Chariots of Fire,The Mission). Calum continues to write music for short films and media productions, while expanding his musical and performative practice into theatre and sound design. Calum’s compositions are diverse assemblages of improvisatory fragments, field recordings, live instrumentation, and synthesised soundscapes. .