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Mon, 15 Jul


Church of St Peter and St Paul

Tim Murgatroyd

Join us at Pickering Church for a unique event! York-based author, Tim Murgatroyd, will show extracts from silent film & chat about the silent movies that inspired his novel, 'The Electric'. A fascinating insight into early motion picture houses, including the one here in Pickering.

Tim Murgatroyd
Tim Murgatroyd

Time & Location

15 Jul 2024, 19:30

Church of St Peter and St Paul, Hall Garth, Pickering YO18 7AW, UK

About the event

In The Electric, Tim Murgatroyd combines the magic of the Hollywood era's silent films and the social disarray left in the wake of World War One to create a contemplative and poignant story of a young man's efforts to recover from his experience in the war.  

York, 1919. A young pilot returns from war, scarred physically and mentally. David Young, a gifted concert violinist, drifts into a humble job accompanying silent movies at The Electric, a fleapit cinema in provincial York. There he joins a diverse cast of misfits, each with secrets and tragedies of their own. Little does he realise these strangers, and a chance meeting, hold the key to regaining his lost hopes. As glamorous romance flickers and dances on the silver screen, can he win the redemption and love he needs for broken dreams to fly?

Tim has an extensive knowledge of the history of these early cinemas, one of which was located here in Pickering.  Join us at this very special event to hear Tim discuss these early motion picture cinemas, see original photographs and view original footage from the picturehouses that reach all the way back the Edwardian period.


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