Bristol's ever popular Slapstick Festival returns to Watershed (now celebrating its thirteenth edition!) and this year funny women are leading the way, from original Roaring Twenties flapper Colleen Moore, to ‘The It Girl’ Clara Bow and the stately Pola Negri, each in scintillating on-screen performances and presented by 21st Century champions, such as comedians Lucy Porter, Shazia Mirza, Marcus Brigstocke and film historian Kevin Brownlow.
In addition, the festival pays special tribute to three stand-out comics who have sadly recently left us, but who remain very much alive via their indomitable screen presence – comedians Victoria Wood and Rik Mayall plus French clown and filmmaker Pierre Étaix, winner of the 2012 Aardman Slapstick Visual Comedy Award.
In a focus on Europe, great Scandinavian directors Mauritz Stiller and Carl Theodor Dreyer cast wry eyes on the daily misadventures of ordinary humanity, and we'll be looking back at some classic television with special guest Neil Innes who’ll be premiering lost Dada-esque Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band footage. There'll also be the usual plethora of Slapstick silent comedy too, including an inspired unseen programme of silent shorts with Robin Ince & Goodie Bill Oddie in a comedy double act made in heaven.
All this, plus legendary music hall authority, comedian and actor Roy Hudd MBE in conversation with presenter Matthew Sweet, discussing his extensive contribution to the world of comedy.
What’s not to love..?