Date Time
Sun 26th February 4.30pm

Advance tickets priced £9/£7/£5

Lotte Reiniger’s beautiful 1926 silhouette animation ‘The Adventures of Prince Achmed’ brings to life magical tales from the ‘Arabian Nights’. The earliest surviving animated feature film – preserved in the BFI National Archive – it has been hailed as one of the world’s most innovative and influential animations. Three years in production and made in card cut entirely by hand, Reiniger’s exquisite shadow characters move intricately through colourful worlds of demons, witches, beautiful princesses and flying castles.

Chris Davies (also Saxophonist in the famous Mr Wilson’s Second Liners) was commissioned by the National Media Museum to compose an original new score for the groundbreaking animated film ‘The Adventures of Prince Achmed’. This new work was first performed live for the opening night of the Bradford Animation Festival 2014.

Instruments used in this production:
Classical guitar, oud, darbuka, gong rack, bass drum, djembe, tin whistle, bowed psaltery, xylophones, thumb piano, zither, crystal singing bowl, bamboo flute, soprano saxophone, rattles, shakers and bells, voice, sequencing and computer programming.

Chris will talk about the composition process and answer audience questions after the film and there will be a chance to look at his vast collection of instruments. This event is suitable for all ages.

The screening commences at 5pm. (Doors open at 4.15pm.) The film lasts 65 minutes and will then be followed by a discussion with Chris. Tickets are £9 full price, £7 over 60s and Picture This, and £5 for under 26s and full time students (and over 60s with Picture This membership). Tickets should be purchased in advance from or from the cinema Box Office during opening hours.

We have space for up to 10 wheelchairs, and an accessible toilet. To reserve a wheelchair space and adjacent seat(s) please email

There is a kiosk with a bar in the foyer which is open prior to the screening.

There is no parking at the Picture House. We are a cash only venue, and do not accept cards.

All times listed are the programme start time unless otherwise stated. Films start approx 30 mins after the programme start time.