Make More Noise

Year: 1899-1917
Director: Douglas Weir
Genre: Documentary


Suffragette leader Emmeline Pankhurst’s legendary speech of November 1913 reflected the energetic and determined tactics of suffragette women, which was to stand up at every public event and cry out ‘votes for women!’ Cinema was born just as their campaign was gathering momentum and so they made it their business to get in front of the cameras. This is a splendid BFI collection of 21 old silent films of this era. To enhance these silent films, the BFI has commissioned the young composer and pianist Lillian Henley, one of Britain’s up and coming silent film accompanists, to create a new improvised score, which reflects the spirit in which the films were made.