It’s back to basics for cinema. A silent film in 2011 to show the talkies how it’s done.

The Artist is a black and white film written and directed by French director  Michel Hazanavicius. He fantasised about making ’emotional and sensorial cinema’ that even in the preview appears more profound because of the lack of dialogue. It has already won awards with expectations high it will win plenty more. When the film premiered at Cannes, Jean Dujardin was awarded Best Actor for his performance. And the Oscars are just around the corner.

This is a film about change. Set in Hollywood from 1927 to 1932 George, played by Dujardin, is a silent film actor seeing his career decline as talkies become popular. Peppy on the other hand, played by Bérénice Bejo, is a young extra with her star on the rise. We see what happens when their paths collide.

The test of how a man responds to a threat to his livelihood makes me draw immediate comparisons to the current economic situation. Maybe The Artist has some answers?

The Artist will be on limited release from 30 December.