DOUBLE BILL: Shoes (1916) + North Indian Wedding (1966)

  • July 15, 2023 | 8:00 PM - 9:20 PM | Saturday
  • Oldham Theatre


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This double bill of silent films will be accompanied by a newly commissioned score from the composer Jonathan Shin


North Indian Wedding (1966)
Director: Rajendra Gour
Runtime: 13 mins
Country: India, Singapore
Language: Silent
Rating: PG

Presented with newly composed score and live music accompaniment.


In 1966, pioneer Singaporean short filmmaker Rajendra Gour filmed his sister’s wedding that was held in Chandigarh, the capital city of Punjab and Haryana in North India. He had intended to produce a documentary on Indian marriages, but the work was never completed. The 16mm reel documented the wedding preparations and ceremony and was digitised by the Asian Film Archive in 2023.


Shoes (1916)
Director: Lois Weber
Runtime: 53 mins
Country: USA
Language: Silent with English intertitles
Rating: Exempted

Presented with newly composed score and live music accompaniment.


Emma Meyer works in a department store while her unemployed father idles at home. She gives her entire salary to her mother and does not receive a penny. Unable to replace her worn out shoes, she becomes despondent when she sees her well-dressed co-worker endowed with gifts from Charlie, the cabaret artist.

Lois Weber was the most successful female filmmaker of her time and a major influence on silent cinema. She directed and scripted many ground-breaking films – dramas that combined social and political critique with personal storylines. Her best-known films are now lost or in poor condition. Shoes was restored by Eye Filmmuseum using the 35mm tinted nitrate copies from its collection and a re-edited safety copy from the Library of Congress.


About the musician

Jonathan Shin (b. 1992), pianist and composer, graduated with a Doctorate of Musical Arts from the Peabody Institute at Johns Hopkins University, under the tutelage of Prof. Kevin Puts. In 2015, he wrote and composed his musical Viva! la Singapura. His first commissioned work, the song cycle The Other Merlion and Friends premiered in 2016 to critical praise as “probably the most compelling and worthwhile new work from any Singaporean composer in recent years.” (The Straits Times)

Jonathan won the Longy School of Music Orchestral Composition Competition twice and was awarded the Emerging Artist Award in 2019 by the St. Botolph Club in Massachusetts. His notable commissioned orchestral works include Siginnah!, a concerto for quintet and orchestra; a concert overture The Night BazaarFolk Games for string orchestra, 1819City Arising and Folk Games. His chamber operettas include The Bright-Eyed Otter and At One Time. In 2022, the Singapore Symphony Orchestra and the Singapore Symphony Choral groups premiered his choral symphony Illuminations. His operetta Hamlet Investigations Inc. was performed by the Boston Opera Collaborative in January 2023.




Reciprocal 2023 runs from 2 – 25 June 2023. See the full programme here.

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