Shooting Stars

A fabulous silent film from Anthony Asquith (A Cottage on Dartmoor, Underground), set in a British movie studio in the 1920s.

Shooting Stars (1928)

Shooting Stars (1928)

Shooting Stars opens in a British movie studio in the 1920s, where a western and a slapstick comedy are being filmed back to back. It’s a fascinating behind-the-scenes glimpse and a searing comment on the shallowness of the star system.

Restored from material held at the BFI National Archive by our specialist team, it completes the BFI’s revival of Asquith’s silent film work, following on from A Cottage on Dartmoor and Underground. The new BFI-commissioned score for a hand-picked 12-piece ensemble (from the Live Film Orchestra) is by composer, conductor, arranger and saxophonist John Altman. — Bryony Dixon, BFI Curator

Film restoration and new score supported by AIR Studios, Arts Council England, the British Board of Film Classification, LUMINOUS donors, the Michael Marks Charitable Trust, John & Jennifer McLellan, PRS for Music Foundation, and Betsy & Jack Ryan.

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