HEXHAM’S Forum Cinema will be welcoming big names in the film and music world as part of the upcoming Tyne Valley Film Festival.

Introducing the rare screening of 1923 silent film A Couple of Down and Outs on March 30 at 7.30pm will be Sir Sydney Samuelson, son of the film’s producer G.B. Samuelson.

The film tells the story of an ex-soldier who goes on the run after rescuing the horse that was with him on the battlefields of the First World War.

Sir Sydney will tale the tale of the vintage film’s incredible story, from being lost for over 80 years, to expertly restored, and now being back in the public eye.

A live piano performance by Mike Nolan, who regularly plays in front of silent films will also on offer to audiences.

On March 23 acclaimed liturgical organist Jonathan Eyre will be performing a improvised, and therefore truly unique, score to silent film The Passion of Joan of Arc at Hexham Abbey at 8pm.

Often voted as one of the best films of all time, The Passion of Joan of Arc tells the story of the doomed 5th century teenage warrior, who faces trial for claiming she’d spoken to God.

Film critic and silent film expert Pamela Hutchinson will be hosting a illustrated lecture at the Forum Cinema on March 24 at 7pm.

She will discuss pioneering female film-makers from early Hollywood, before a screening of Shoes, a film which captures the experiences urban working-class life in 1916 Los Angeles, by reknowned female director Lois Weber.

Visit www.forumhexham.com to view the full programme and booking details.