Silent film classic to be screened with live music in Hull

Buster Keaton’s 1926 comedy The General.

Hull Independent Cinema is once again joining forces with Yorkshire Silent Film Festival to bring a classic silent film back to the big screen in Hull this week. Buster Keaton’s 1926 comedy The General will be shown at Hull Truck Theatre at 8pm on Friday 7 June. The screening will feature live piano and percussion music.

Yorkshire Silent Film Festival are regular visitors to Hull in partnership with Hull Independent Cinema (HIC). The screenings are a much-anticipated feature of HIC’s quarterly seasons and always attract packed crowds.

The General is generally considered by film critics as the last great comedy of the silent era and consistently ranks as one of the greatest comedies of all time on critic choice lists. Set during the US Civil War, the film is based on a real incident and sees Buster Keaton play train driver Johnnie Gray, a Confederate army reject who sets off in hot pursuit when a small group of Union soldiers steal his locomotive. The film tells the story of Gray’s efforts to recover his loco in some of the most hilarious – and harrowing – chase scenes ever shot on film.

Thanks to funding support from the Arts Council, Yorkshire Silent Film Festival’s usual guest pianist Jonny Best will be accompanied at the screening by percussionist Trevor Bartlett, making the event better value than ever.

James Russell, Head of Trustees at Hull Independent Cinema, said, “We’ve been working with Jonny and his team at Yorkshire Silents for several years now and his superb improvised scores alongside amazing silent films on a big screen are always a highlight of our programme. They’ve become a firm favourite with our audiences, who always respond with a packed house.”

Tickets for the screening cost £12, with discounts for HIC members, students, and under-25s. They can be bought exclusively from the Hull Truck Theatre box office in person, by phoning 01482 323638 or online via

[James Russell – Hull Independent Cinema]