• Directed by: Paul Leni
  • Cast: Mary Philbin, Conrad Veidt
  • Year: 1928
  • Duration: 110min
  • Certificate: PG
  • Type: Film

Presented by Light After Dark Film Festival

Disfigured as a child to have an unsettlingly wide, permanent grin, Gwynplaine works in a carnival sideshow in 17th century England. When this tragic figure (the visual inspiration for the Joker) discovers he has royal lineage, his life is turned upside down. Mixing elements of German Expressionism with Universal horror, this unique gothic melodrama is a potent cinematic cocktail. 

Featuring an original score by musicians Benjamin Luhis and Ilke-ta, who draw on influences from EDM, classical music, hip-hop, ambient music, minimalism and rock, under a contemporary jazz umbrella. 


Light After Dark Film Festival has been made possible with support from Film Hub Midlands through funds from the National Lottery. Film Hub Midlands support people to watch, show, and make films in the Midlands.


Light After Dark Film Festival combines film with performance, music, and technology to give you an immersive, intimate, and collective encounter with cinema

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