Trapped in the Lighthouse

Reading time: 2 min. David Sawer

On 22 September the Red Note Ensemble will inaugurate the Granary, an exciting new location for the Lammermuir Festival in Whittingehame, with performances of David Sawer’s The Lighthouse Keepers and Hollywood Extra.



David Sawer on The Lighthouse Keepers: “father and son are trapped in this lighthouse. It’s not the age of mobile phones, they can’t get any outside help. The son has been bitten by a dog and is not able to turn on the light of the lighthouse. There is a ship approaching the rocks which is in danger of crashing – and then this all cumulates into a moment at the end.”

Read the full interview in our Musikblätter magazine.


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Hollywood Extra was written to accompany the silent film The Life and Death of 9413 – a Hollywood Extra, made in 1928 by the director Robert Florey and designer Slavko Vorkapich and considered to be one of the first American independent films.

The film is a mixture of live action, graphic set design special effects, and animated cut-outs and is clearly influenced by German expressionistic cinema. A satire on and critique of the Hollywood star system, the film is a tragicomic tale of an actor (with 9413 stamped on his forehead) dreaming of becoming a movie star only to die of starvation.

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