A GOTHIC silent film will be given a new dimension of sound at a celebrated city venue.
Der Golum, a German horror released in 1920, will be screened at Pop Recs Ltd tomorrow as part of its drive to create free cultural events in Sunderland.
In a twist, the film will be accompanied by a live soundtrack performed by vocal act Noizechoir and electronic duo Wax Magnetic.
Marek Gabrysch, who incidentally co-wrote and recorded Sunderland anthem Niall Quinn’s Disco Pants, said: “We are an all-voice choir but we’re not averse to using metal buckets or singing into megaphones, we use rudimentary equipment as instruments.
“This project first came about as part of the British Film Institute (BFI) Gothic Season. We went on to perform it at the Star and Shadow Cinema in Newcastle and got a great response from the audience, it was a sell-out.”
Der Golum is based on an old folk tale and is set in Prague in the Middle Ages. It tells of how Jews were rescued from persecution by a magical creature created from clay in the river.
Lindsay Duncanson, from Noizechoir, added: “I think what’s appealed to people about the project is the combination of old silent film mixed with two very different sounds: technology and voice.
“What appealed to us about this venue is that it’s got that DIY thing going on. It’s a great space to try something different.
“We also have links with Sunderland, in particular The Bunker, so it seemed fitting to perform here.”
Michael McKnight from Frankie & the Heartstrings, the band who opened Pop Recs Ltd last June, said: “We are always looking for ways to diversify what we offer here and this is a great way to do that. And why not branch out with 1920s German cinema and bring it home with local music?”
In the past few weeks, the former Tourist Information Office in Fawcett Street – which is now a record shop, gallery and gig space – has played host to a number of events including gigs by Franz Ferdinand, Maximo Park and Howler.
Michael said: “It’s been brilliant, we’ve been on a real roll the past month. The gigs couldn’t have gone any better and it’s great that people have been supporting the venue in the way they have. The bands who’ve performed have given us great feedback too. Alex from Franz Ferdinand said he was impressed with how far the city’s come since he lived here.”
•Der Golum will be screened with a performance from Noizechoir and Wax Magnetic at 7pm. Entry is free.