Magazine article Screen International

Restored 'Shooting Stars' to Premiere at BFI London Film Festival

Magazine article Screen International

Restored 'Shooting Stars' to Premiere at BFI London Film Festival

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The BFI London Film Festival (Oct 7-18) has announced that its Archive Gala will be a new restoration of Anthony Asquith's Shooting Stars.

The restoration by the BFI National Archive will receive its world premiere on Oct 16 with a new live score by John Altman, the BAFTA and Emmy award-winning composer whose work includes Titanic and Goldeneye. The score has been written for a 12 piece ensemble playing multiple instruments.

Shooting Stars, first released in 1928, was Asquith's first film as co-director and scriptwriter and is a drama set behind the scenes at a film studio.

Annette Benson (Mae Feather) and Brian Aherne (Julian Gordon) play two mis-matched, married stars and Donald Calthrop (Andy Wilkes) a Chaplin-esque star at the same studio, with whom Mae becomes romantically involved.

Chili Bouchier, Britain's first sex symbol of the silent era, plays a key role as an actress/bathing beauty, an attractive foil to the comic antics of the comedian.

Asquith restored

Asquith (son of former Prime Minister Herbert Asquith) had access to see Chaplin making The Circus on a trip to Hollywood and he had also been behind the scenes at German film studios. Both influences made their way into Shooting Stars. …

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