Film buffs around the Shire are in for a real treat when 100 year old films from the National Film and Sound Archive’s Corrick Collection are screened next month with live music and foley score.

In the family of entertainers known as The Marvellous Corricks, there were eight talented siblings: seven sisters and their brother, Leonard. He was just 14 years old when he started making and screening silent films.

It was 1901 and his early projections – a highlight of his family’s travelling shows filled with sketches and singalongs – would light up the world.

Now Leonard’s Beautiful Pictures will return in all their wonder to the newly renovated Wollondilly Shire Hall in Picton on Wednesday 20 April from 7pm, presented by Wollondilly Shire Council, Southern Tablelands Arts and South East Arts.

Leonard’s fascinating newsreels and dramatic films once awed our local communities with the latest in cinematography. Now, a selection of Leonard’s films, some black-and-white, some gorgeously hand-tinted – digitally restored by the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia (NFSA) – represent a rare vision of a former world.

Paying homage to The Marvellous Corricks’ musical talents, renowned Tasmanian composer and performer Dean Stevenson and his band will accompany these moving pictures with a playful new musical soundscape.

This magical evening of vintage films is a free family friendly event.

Bookings are essential at or call Southern Tablelands Arts on 0427 938 110.