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Häxan with Live Score by Nick Carlisle

A Halloween screening of the 1922 silent film Häxan, featuring a live performance of the new score by electronic musician Nick Carlisle.

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Tuesday 31st October 2023
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Join us for a special Halloween screening of the 1922 silent film Häxan, presented in partnership with QFT, featuring a live performance of the haunting new score, composed and performed by electronic musician Nick Carlisle. 

This evening screening will take place in the Folk Museum's Picture House, an original building dating back to 1850, which was in operation at the time of the film's creation. Before the screening, take a wander around some of the exhibit buildings, including our licensed McCusker's pub for a pre-show drink and look out for performances by the Armagh Rhymers!

What to know

  • The Folk Museum will be open from 18:30, with the performance starting at 19:30. 
  • Please wrap up warm and feel free to bring your own cushion! This event is taking place in an original silent picture house which is fitted to be historically accurate - including bench seating and no heating. 
  • Food and drink is not permitted in the Picture House, but there'll be an interval during the performance. 

Häxan (15)

Benjamin Christensen's disorienting doc/fiction hybrid charts the history of ancient sorcery and demonology, and suggests a link between those persecuted for witchcraft and people living with neurological conditions. Through a series of striking vignettes, this picture traverses various cinematic styles from documentary and essay film, to horror and avant-garde. Formally daring and wildly inventive, even by today’s standards, a hundred and one years on and there is still nothing else quite like it. 

Originally commissioned by QFT, musician Nick Carlisle created a new score for the film’s 100th anniversary in 2022. Performed alone by Nick on synthesisers ancient and modern, the score received a rapturous response following its premiere performance as part of the In Dreams Are Monsters season of horror films.

This event is supported by the BFI Film Audience Network, awarding funds from the National Lottery in order to bring this project to more audiences across the UK. 

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