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Nosferatu in Canberra

During DESIGN Canberra, the Goethe-Institut is proud to present a film screening of Nosferatu at Canberra’s National Film and Sound Archive, with a new original live score performed by Ensemble Offspring.

Silent Film with Live Soundtrack

Sydney’s premier contemporary chamber group Ensemble Offspring will team up with Perth-based composer Christopher Tonkin for a brand new interpretation of the silent film classic Nosferatu: a Symphony of Horror (1921).

Nosferatu is often cited as the world’s first vampire film. The movie by legendary German director F.W. Murnau is an expressionist adaptation of Bram Stoker’s original Dracula story. The silent masterpiece has inspired not only legions of filmmakers but also many composers. To this day, the film is highly regarded, holding its IMDB rating at 97% and appearing in many best-of lists.

Ensemble Offspring is an internationally renowned new music ensemble based in Sydney. The group of virtuoso musicians has performed worldwide and received many awards. For this project, they will team up with Western Australian composer Christopher Tonkin who teaches at the UWA Conservatorium of Music in Perth and specialises in electronic music and sound installation.

‘It’s not just a great horror movie. It’s a poem of horror, symphony of dread, a film so rapt, mysterious and weirdly lovely it haunts the mind long after it’s over’ – Chicago Tribune

​​’So this is it: ground zero, the birth of horror cinema’ – Time Out

NOSFERATU. Image: © Murnau Stiftung.
NOSFERATU. Image: © Murnau Stiftung.