Neil Brand Presents Buster Keaton

classified U

Please note: This was screened in Dec 2015

135 mins, Various

Composer, musician and broadcaster Neil Brand (BBC4 Sound of Cinema and Radio 4 Film Programme regular) presents an evening of Buster Keaton, featuring clips of his funniest moments followed by the magnificent feature Steamboat Bill, Jr.

Genius, surrealist, man with a death-wish? Buster Keaton was probably the greatest manipulator of the film camera - and what could be done in front of it - ever to have lived. Composer and musician Neil Brand has being accompanying Keaton’s films on the piano for over 30 years. In this special event, experience the best of Buster and journey with Neil through Buster's early life and background, his funniest gags and most death-defying stunts and learn along the way just how he put those amazing films together. Neil's talk will be followed by a screening of Keaton’s brilliant Steamboat Bill, Jr and a chance again to watch him try to impress his river-rat father and get caught in a cyclone that brings THAT house falling down around him.

If you thought you knew Buster, there will be plenty to surprise you - if you've never seen Buster live, this is the perfect way to do it.

This event will be signed by a BSL interpreter and we will be using balloons during the screening to help amplify the sound of Neil’s accompaniment.

Did you know that balloons amplify the vibrations created by the music and allow the audience to experience the music in a new way? You will be given a balloon to blow up yourself as you enter the cinema. The air molecules inside the balloon are closer together so they become a better conductor of sound waves than the ordinary air around you. We would love you to try this and then let us know what you think. Balloons at a Buster Keaton slapstick screening…what could possibly go wrong?

We’re getting a new kitchen in December

Throughout December the builders will be in to fit our new kitchen. We will still have a Soups and Sharing Platters menu and the bar will be open as usual but as the kitchen will be closed Cinebites is going to take a month’s break. Find out more here, including details of the schedule of work. Thank you for your patience in advance.

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