BAC (Liz moreton, senior producer)
The Cabinet of Living Cinema magically bring stories to life with hypnotic animation and beautiful, innovative and atmospheric scores.
The Cabinet of Living Cinema screenings have been the highlight of the Nomad calendar for the last 5 years; the personal favourite of everyone on the Nomad team, as well as an atmospheric trip into “living” cinema for our audience. Well known silent-era pieces such as Nosferatu or Man With A Movie Camera become something else entirely in their hands. These are immersive, but joyfully gimmick-free film nights which will linger with you long after the lights go back up.
mark shaw, contributor/ audience (BNSS, #100years tour)
I really enjoyed all aspects of this remarkable event and it was an excellent choice of venue – and location – beneath the welcoming and protective branches of our distant cousin. Phenomenal musicianship, extraordinary creativity, excellent choice of films and a wonderful atmosphere … definitely a very special and memorable occasion.
Kimberley, contributor/ audience (Durlston Castle, #100years tour)
An enchanting experience in a magical setting. It’s not every day you get to sit under the stars in a forest glade.
The use of live musical accompaniment really draws you into the animations and each musical performance was exactly suited to the tone and action of the stories. We even got to join in with some of the sound effects!
Many thanks for an enjoyable summer evening.
Alastair Sooke, Art Critic (The Daily Telegraph)
[The Kingdom of Paul Nash]…Mesmerising, dream-like, and wonderfully illustrated and animated, The Cabinet of Living Cinema’s second “graphic novel ballad” touches upon Nash’s experiences on the Western Front during the First World War as well as his affair with the artist Eileen Agar in Dorset during the Thirties. Rich in symbolism and metaphor, it also benefits from a lilting, intense score with wistful folk songs, dramatising elemental aspects of Dorset’s landscape and, of course, the love affair itself. Beautiful”.****
V & A Museum
a fantastic experience…a performance perfectly tailored to the Hollywood Costume Exhibition. The live foley performances were fascinating and their knowledge of the history of the moving image adds to the experience.
“lyrical, passionate and searching; impossible to forget”.
(The Arches, Glasgow, 2010)
Dixe Wills, Guardian Travel Writer
There’s something wonderfully old school about walking into a cinema and discovering that the score you’re about to hear is to be performed live. The instinctive reaction is to check your pockets for Strand cigarettes and a pension book just in case you’ve injudiciously stepped into a time warp. This is, after all, the Bethnal Green Road, where stranger things happen on a daily basis.
The Cabinet of Living Cinema’s take on this throw-back to the halcyon days of celluloid is one that wanders amiably through the no-man’s-land between the fully-fledged musical ensembles that once lurked in orchestra pits and the single Wurlitzer that emerged all stops blazing from the floor.
Joyce McMillan, The Scotsman
It’s the final night of the New Works, New Worlds event at the Arches and it’s good to report that after a subdued start, the annual festival of experimental work – curated by artistic director Suzi Simpson – is beginning to look much more like its feisty, fascinating self…Over in Arch 6, Kieron Maguire and his fellow musicians – on dulcimer, guitar, violin and percussion – simply ravish the audience with their Cabinet Of Living Cinema, which offers some wonderful mid-20th-century short films by Maya Deren, the Brothers Quay, and Andrei Khrjanovsky, which is made even more vivid by a 21st century musical accompaniment. It’s possibly not theatre. But it’s living performance. ****
(Arches, Glasgow, 6 July 2010)
Donald Hutera, The Times
Over four hours I had six gem-like experiences, starting in a pristine white room (for Melanie Wilson’s strange, dreamy The View From Here, in which an audience member has their eyes bandaged before being gently tucked up, with headphones on, in a hospital bed) and ending with a concert by the multi-talented Kieron Maguire and three colleagues from the Cabinet of Living Cinema to accompany screenings of a handful of sensational avant-garde and animated films. ****
(Forest Fringe Microfestival at BAC, London SW1, 8 April 2010)
‘The Cabinet of Living Cinema performance was extraordinary as was the collection of films exhibited. Completely unexpected and brilliant evening.’
– Audience member (Greenhorn Film Festival, 2013)