NYsferatu: Symphony of a Century

With Matthew Nolan, Seán Mac Erlaine, Erik Friedlander & Jan Bang

2017 I dir. Andrea Mastrovito I USA I 60 mins I Black & White

The Irish premiere of the stunning NYsferatu: Symphony of a Centurydirected by Andrea Mastrovito, an animated interpretation of the classic 1922 horror film Nosferatu with a live score specially commissioned for Bram Stoker Festival by Matthew Nolan. Set in present day New York City, NYsferatu: Symphony of a Century turns the original film on its head, positioning the vampire character as that most contemporary of “outsiders” – an emigrant escaping war at home only to face economic exploitation and xenophobia in their new country.

Rich with symbolism and political commentary, the film retells the story of the vampire through the lens of modern-day fears about Islam, immigration, and refugees. The rotoscoped film, comprised of 35,000 hand-drawn images, replicates the eerie, flickering shutter effect of early cinema and will be accompanied by a specially commissioned live score by internationally renowned composer Matthew Nolan (Ireland), with similarly celebrated international musicians Erik Friedlander (U.S.A), Seán MacErlaine (Ireland) and Jan Bang (Norway) at St. Anne’s Church, Dawson St, where Bram Stoker married Florence Balcombe in 1878.

The Arts Council of Ireland and Bram Stoker Festival supported the commissioning of a new score by Matthew Nolan for Andrea Mastrovito’s innovative feature film NYsferatu, which will premiere at Bram Stoker Festival 2018.


Presented with a new score by Matthew Nolan in collaboration with Seán Mac Erlaine, Jan Bang, and Erik Friedlander.

Matthew Nolan – guitar / synth / electronics
Seán Mac Erlaine – reeds/ electronics
Erik Friedlander – cello
Jan Bang – live processing

St Ann’s Church,
Dawson Street, Dublin,
October 26thth, 2018 at 7pm and 9pm.

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