pictures by Alex Hewitt
Multi-award-winning, post-rock, Scottish composer and song-writer RM Hubbert (aka Hubby) is to perform his new guitar score to accompany the 1926 Soviet silent ‘BY THE LAW’ (Po Zakonu) by director Lev Kuleshov. The event is part of a seven-date tour of Scotland commissioned by the Hippodrome Silent Film Festival (HippFest) earlier this year.
Hubby’s delicate soundtrack provides a mesmerizing accompaniment to Kuleshov’s ‘BY THE LAW’, a silent Soviet Western from adapted from a short story by Jack London. The film is a tense, existential study of moral pressure. Three gold prospectors are holed up in a cabin – one driven to murder by greed, the other two wrestling with whether to wait for the snow and ice to thaw and go for the authorities, or to take the law into their own hands.
With support from Film Hub Scotland, part of the BFI’s Film Audience Network.
Alison Strauss, Director of the Hippodrome Silent Film Festival said:
“Thanks to the support of Film Hub Scotland we are delighted to be able to tour ‘By the Law’ to seven venues this year. Hubby’s guitar score, when it was premiered at HippFest in March, was very well received and described by critics as ‘the perfect soundtrack’ to this pared-back Soviet Western from 1926. The high drama and tension in the film is sensitively matched by the huge talent of RM Hubbert (Hubby) – a Scottish composer and song-writer and one of Scotland’s best-loved musical artists. We very much hope that audiences will enjoy his live performance at this dramatic silent film.”
‘A fresh coat of paint on an old masterpiece.’ The Herald
‘Hubbert’s careful, sensitive score makes the film sparkle like a diamond in the rough.’ The List
‘R.M. Hubbert’s delicate guitar is a perfect soundtrack… Mesmerising.’ The Skinny