Stroud Film Festival – Beggars of Life (1928) with Live Score


Sunday 15th March

7.30pm – 10.30pm

A silent movie with live musical accompaniment composed and played by a luminary of American old-time country music, Kate Lissauer with arguably the UK’s finest Bluegrass guitarist, Jason Titley, plus internationally awarded 5-string banjo great, Leon Hunt. ‘Beggars of Life’ directed by William Wellman the year after he made Wings (the first film to win an Academy Award) is a tense drama about a girl (Louise Brooks) dressed as a boy who flees the law after killing her abusive stepfather. With the help of a young hobo, she rides the rails through a male-dominated underworld in which danger is close at hand. Picture Play magazine in the 1920s described the film as “Sordid, grim and unpleasant,” adding, “it is nevertheless interesting and is certainly a departure from the usual movie.” If you like country music and iconic silent movies, this is a rare treat not to be missed…

8pm (doors open 7.30pm) | £10