Sydney, the Other Chaplin (2017)

Sydney, the Other Chaplin 12A

Slapstick 2019

Film

Please note: This was screened in Jan 2019

Director:
Eric Lange
Duration:
90 mins, 2017, France | Luxembourg | USA

Would Charlie Chaplin have ever reached his heights of success if it weren't for his big brother, Sydney? An improbable character inhabiting the shadows with a fiction-like destiny, Sydney’s chequered life and role behind the scenes of the most recognised comic character in the world, is explored in this new documentary.

Accomplished comedian, beloved uncle and brother, dubious businessman, philandering womaniser - these are just some of the many faces of Sydney John Hill Chaplin. Through interviews with experts such as David Robinson, Kevin Brownlow, Kate Guyonvarch and Sydney’s biographer Lisa Stein Haven, combined with rare home movie footage, archival photographs, artefacts and documents, a larger than life true story of this enigmatic, often controversial, character is revealed.

With an introduction by Chaplin biographer David Robinson and a screening of one of Sydney’s early one reelers.