Cops (2160x1023)
Cops (2160x1023)
Cops (1922) Park Circus

Presented by ACMI & Fed Square with the support of Creative Victoria and the City of Melbourne

Silent Shorts with live score by Phillip Johnston

Unclassified (All Ages)


Fri 2 Dec 2022

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Celebrate the start of summer out in the setting sun with some silent shorts accompanied by live scores by Phillip Johnston.

Cops, Dir. Buster Keaton, 1922, USA, 18 mins.

After being rebuffed by his sweetheart for not being a savvy businessman, a young man stumbles across a wad of cash that just might be what he needs to prove himself. However, a series of incidents begin to snowball into something quite out of his control.

Le voyage dans la lune (A Trip to the Moon), Dir. Georges Méliès, 1902, France, 13 mins.

In Georges Méliès' pioneering visual effects-laden science-fiction short, a party embarking on an exploratory mission to the moon encounter mysterious creatures.

This very special free performance is co-presented with Fed Square. Arrive early to grab a deckchair or bring your own chair or picnic rug.

Not-So-Silent Cinema has been supported through the Melbourne City Revitalisation Fund, a partnership between the Victorian Government and the City of Melbourne.

Performed by

Phillip Johnston (saxophone)
Daryl Pratt (vibraphone)
Alister Spence (piano)
Lloyd Swanton (bass)
James Greening (trombone)
Paul Cutlan (baritone sax)
Nic Cecire (drums)

Event duration

60 mins


Unclassified (All Ages)




Digital Facade (Big Screen) Fed Square, Melbourne

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About Phillip Johnston

A saxophonist, composer and arranger of both jazz and new music, Phillip Johnston has been a significant figure in the underground music scene of New York’s Downtown since the beginning of the 1980s, before moving to Sydney in 2005. As a band leader (Microscopic Septet, Fast ‘N’ Bulbous, The Coolerators), duo performer (Joel Forrester, Guy Klucevsek, Peter Dasent), composer of music for film (Music of Chance, Noise, Faithful), silent film (Faust, Page of Madness, The Adventures of Prince Achmed), and multimedia (Wordless! with Art Spiegelman), he has established a unique voice in contemporary music.

The Merry Frolics of Méliès was premiered at New York’s Lincoln Center in 1997, and subsequently has been performed across the US, Europe and the USA. His book on contemporary scores for silent film, Silent Films/Loud Music (Bloomsbury) was published in 2021.

Phillip Johnston - red background, wearing a hat

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