Sounding out the Suffragette

Sheffield singer-songwriter Jim Ghedi
Sheffield singer-songwriter Jim Ghedi
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Sheffield songwriter Jim Gedhi will perform a live score for the 1913 German silent film Die Suffragette at the Showroom Cinema on Tuesday.

Based on the life of Christabel Pankhurst, Die (it’s the German definite article, rather than the English verb) Suffragette follows the actions and political convictions of one Nelly Panburne (Asta Nielsen) – most notably putting a bomb under the chair of the suffragettes’ opponent, Lord Ascue (Max Landa). Then love develops between the two. How does that affect her rebellious nature?

More than 100 years after it was made it now has a fresh relevance to a modern audience and will be brought to life by Gedhi’s specially commissioned live score.

Exploring finger-style experimental guitar composition, with a wide repertoire of influences ranging from African music, American Primitive, Spanish and classical music of Europe he has crafted his style of playing working heavily in rhythmic phrasing as well as melodic and harmonic experimentation.

He has collaborated with and supported work for such acts as James Blackshaw, Richard Dawson, Dead Rat Orchestra, Cam Deas, C Joynes, Stephanie Hladowski, Alasdair Roberts, Alex Nelson’s Death Shanties, The Big Eyes Family Players and Trembling Bells.

This month he is releasing an album, Home Is Where I Exist, Now to Live and Die, on Cambrian Records inspired by his time abroad and returning to reconnect with home.

“The album is a running dialogue of my time spent travelling from Brussels and northern Europe to returning back home, moments in time, fragments of life exposed in different places with different people.

“I spent my time in Belgium with nothing set in place but a friend’s room who kindly let me stay and my acoustic guitar.

“I spent my days writing music, exploring the library’s incredible archive, playing in the streets and exploring the world around me.”

Die Suffragette is showing as part of The Time is Now – a season of films and events featuring women forcing change around the world and throughout history.

n The Sheffield Showroom also pays tribute to the neglected British film director Val Guest this November with a mini-retrospective of three of his finest films.

First off on Sunday is Hell is a City from 1960, starring Stanley Baker as the implacable Inspector Martineau investigating robbery and murder in Manchester and the Peak District, with a nod towards neighbouring Sheffield. Shot entirely on location Hell is a City presents a vivid picture of Northern life in the late ’50s.

Fans of rock and roll legend Cliff Richard will not want to miss the screening of Expresso Bongo on November 22.and then the following Sunday comes Val Guest’s breakthrough as a film director, The Quatermass Xperiment, released in 1955. Each of the three films featured in this tribute will be introduced by David Patmore of Sheffield University, with full supporting documentation provided for each of the screenings, which take place at 2pm on the next three Sundays.