Viola Dana to headline Silent Screen Live Sound in Bassendean

Kathy Potter and her viola at the Bassendean Community Cinema at BIC Reserve. Photo: David Baylis
Kathy Potter and her viola at the Bassendean Community Cinema at BIC Reserve. Photo: David Baylis

PERTH band Viola Dana will be performing live scores alongside two silent Buster Keaton films in Bassendean for the second straight year.

The band, comprising violist Kathy Potter, drummer Pete Guazzelli, guitarist Jozef Grech and cellist Tristen Parr, will add sounds to The High Sign (1921) and Sherlock Jr. (1924) at the free Silent Screen Live Sound event on March 9.

The High Sign is about a man who cons his way into an amusement park and gets hired as a hit man by both a criminal gang and the man they want to kill.

Sherlock Jr. stars a movie projectionist who is framed for a crime he did not commit and dreams of being the world’s best detective.

Potter said the band was looking forward to playing in Bassendean again.

“It is very exciting because we were here about a year ago and there was a really great reception,” she said.

“The Sherlock Jr. score was composed by myself back in 2012 but we only played it at a handful of things so we are really excited to play it again.

“That is actually quite a challenging one to play because Buster Keaton had to heavily edit the film so it is just a really concise, fast-moving and we have to sync everything up with all these fast moves.

The High Sign was written by our drummer Pete Guazzelli… it is even shorter than Sherlock Junior, so it is very, very concise, full of slapstick humour.”

The event will be held at the Bassendean Outdoor Community Cinemas at BIC Reserve, with gates opening at 6.15pm for a 7.45pm start.

Eateries including 8 Napkins, Old Lira, Old Trout Cork and Bottle, Bassendean Hotel, O2 Cafe and Bar, Bassendean Oriental, Basso Pizza, Bassendean Kebab and Cafe and Bassendean Fish and Chips will be serving specials for the public to bring to the reserve.

For information, visit the Town of Bassendean’s arts and events Facebook page.