Fairfax_House_5 | Suspense, Intrigue, Chills and Thrills in Silver Screen 2012

Fairfax House reverts back to its former life as a cinema for a 1950s gala night of Witness For The Prosecution (l-r ) Jean Dilworth, Usherette, Hannah Phillipand GarryFearn , Commissioner Picture Frank Dwyer

Intrigue, suspense and thrills galore are delivered in a week of ‘Murder and Mystery’ themed classic cinema as part of Silver Screen 2012. A line-up of cinema’s finest actors and six of the greatest thrillers and ‘whodunits’ from the 1940s and 50s will be screened across ten days in a festival of classic film that evokes the golden age of Hollywood and celebrates Fairfax House’s former life as St. George’s Cinema.

Ingrid Bergman, Charles Laughton, Tyrone Power, Trevor Howard, Alastair Sim and Barbara Stanwyck are just a handful of the names that can all be seen on the big screen at Fairfax House from Friday 9 November to Sunday 18 November 2O12.

A special screening of Witness for the Prosecution (originally screened at St. George’s Cinema) will be the gala billing for the opening night on Friday 9 November at 7.00pm. This ultimate suspense mystery sets the pace for a week of white-knuckle viewing. The red carpet evening will be themed around Murder & Mystery and inspired by the glamorous era of the 1950s with an opportunity to dress up as your favourite film character, plus nostalgic music of the period provided by local musicians.

Other screenings across the 10 days will include Witness for the Prosecution (1957), Laura (1944), Double Indemnity (1944), Gaslight (1944), Green for Danger (1946), and Strangers on a Train (1951). See Editor’s notes for screening times.

Nominated for a host of Academy Awards each of these films represent the best of Britain and America’s prowess in creating psychological thrillers that keep the audience reeling from one twist and turn to the next. Featuring star-studded casts and the ultimate film-noir, thriller directors such as Alfred Hitchcock (Strangers on a Train) and Billy Wilder (Double Indemnity, Laura