Scent of Mystery – The Institute for Art and Olfaction


Scentofmystery2After 55 long years the Hollywood classic ‘Scent of Mystery’ returns to the big screen in Smell-O-Vision.

Scent of Mystery (now in a slightly modified version entitled Holiday in Spain) was the first and only film to feature an automated scent track: A murder mystery featuring an all-star cast, Scent of Mystery is THE original Smell-O-Vision movie. A cat-and-mouse caper set in a series of beautiful Spanish landscapes, the plot revolves around the pursuit of a mysterious woman present only via her distinctive perfume until the final moments of the film.

The IAO has joined forces with Scent Events, Australian producer Tamara Burnstock, film restorer David Strohmaier, producer/distributor Brian Jamieson, perfumer Antonio Gardoni and a host of other producers to re-present the film in glorious Cinerama – complete with a multi-valent, participatory, and above all wholly experimental theatrical scent-track.



We have revisited and re-imagined the original scents used for the film screenings, and propagate sixteen scents over the course of the almost two hour movie. Since the last thing we want is for the audience to sit back and passively smell what we give them, we maximize participation through a series of irreverent and unexpected scent delivery systems: Hand-held, atmospheric and performative. Theatricality is key, and our experimentations in this realm – we hope – will not disappoint.

Keep up with our process on the dedicated Facebook page.


SOM_AudienceBradfordSunday May 1
TCM Classic Film Festival
Arclight Cinerama Dome, Los Angeles, CA
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October 16th, 2015
The British National Media MuseumPictureville Cinema
As part of Widescreen Weekend

Little Horton Ln, Bradford, West Yorkshire, UK


October 22nd, 2015
Danish Film Institute – DFI Filmhouse
Gothersgade 55, 1123 Copenhagen K, Denmark



Tammy_250Tammy Burnstock – Producer
Tammy has 26 years international experience in the screen-based industry, including 12 years with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. For Tammy this project is personal: since interviewing Jack Cardiff for her Film School thesis: “Attempts to Record Smell for the Cinema” (1986) she has wanted to bring the dimension of scent to the big screen and Jack Cardiff’s original vision to life.




SWB_250pxSaskia Wison-Brown – Producer, Scent Component
Saskia is the founder of The Institute for Art and Olfaction, a non-profit organization devoted to access, education and experimentation with scent. Saskia oversaw the composition and propagation of the scents for the screenings.





Neal_250Neal Harris – Atmospheric Scent Consultant
The founder of ScentEvents, Neal has spent over 30 years in the business and fragrance world assembling and managing winning teams for local, regional, national and international fragrance operations.




Antonio_250pxAntonio Gardoni – Perfumer ‘Scent of Mystery’
Antonio Gardoni is an Italian architect that discovered how to share his passion for nature and odours creating an extremely small production of handmade perfumes. Bogue – profumo is  the result of an ongoing experimenting process aiming to create contemporary fragrances with ancient techniques and modern intuitions.



David_250David Strohmaier – Film Restoration
‘Scent of Mystery’ has been restored and re-mastered by pre-eminent Cinerama expert David Strohmaier. David has an illustrious career primarily as an editor, having worked for nearly all the major studios in Hollywood. In the late 1997 he embarked on an extensive search for the legendary Cinerama movie process and the lost films that thrilled millions around the globe in the 1950s. David is working in cooperation with Pacific Theatres (owners of Cinerama Inc. and its assets) in efforts to preserve and promote the Cinerama legacy.



Brian_250Brian Jamieson – Producer/Director/Special Projects and Events
Brian was a Marketing and Distribution Executive for Warner Bros Theatrical and Home Entertainment divisions for 30 years. During this time, in collaboration with renowned film historian / filmmaker Richard Schickel, Brian spearheaded the worldwide release strategy for the work of Charlie Chaplin and collaborated on the reconstruction of Sam Fuller’s masterpiece, The Big Red One.  In 2011, together with Nick Redman, Brian launched Twilight Time, one of the top Boutique Distribution labels for an eclectic slate of restored classic and contemporary titles.



JohnFoleyJohn Foley – Costume Design
John feels lucky to have worked in the arts all his professional life. Trained as a costume designer at The Players Theatre in the 80s, John went on to work for The English National Opera and the Royal College of Music. Followed by a freelance career including productions for Holland Park Opera, National Youth Opera, Sadler’s Wells and drama schools, designing costumes for pantomimes, musical theatre and plays in the West End.  John then returned to The Players Theatre as their costume designer, remaining until the company folded in 2008. Players specialised in Victorian theatre, which along with 18th century costume, are John’s areas of expertise. After Players, John continued designing for film, TV and commercials but mostly for musical theatre and opera. During this time John also earned a Classics degree.