Slapstick 2020

Slapstick 2020

Celebrating its 16th year, Bristol’s annual Slapstick Festival offers a chance to see some truly essential comedies from cinema’s silent era selected from archives across the world with world class musical accompaniments.

Taking place at Watershed and other Bristol venues you can view the full programme at slapstick.org.uk


Upcoming screenings & events in this season

Keaton: Restored!

 Classified  Slapstick 2020
Keaton: Restored!
Thu 23 Jan 11:00
Film
Celebrate The Great Stone Face as you’ve never seen him before with these three pristine, newly-restored Buster Keaton classic silent comedy shorts.

Pierre Étaix: Yoyo

 Classified PG  S   Slapstick 2020
French Clowns: Pierre Etaix
Thu 23 Jan 13:30
Film
The elaborately conceived and brilliant comedy Yoyo is the most beloved movie of Oscar® winner and recipient of the 2012 Aardman Slapstick Visual Comedy Award, Pierre Étaix.

European Silent Clowns

 Classified PG  S   Slapstick 2020
European Silent Clowns
Thu 23 Jan 16:00
Film
From the early subtle humour of Georges Méliès, through Max Linder to discoveries across Europe’s film archives, film preservationist and founder of Lobster films Serge Bromberg presents this magical collection of rarely seen archive comedies.

Suffragettes in Silent Comedy

 Classified PG  Slapstick 2020
Suffragettes in Silent Comedy
Thu 23 Jan 18:00
Film
Join award-winning journalist Samira Ahmed (Radio 4, Front Row) and stand-up comedian Lucy Porter for a fascinating glimpse at a series of early British silent comedies depicting attitudes towards the suffragette movement.
Slapstick Divas
Thu 23 Jan 20:00
Film
Join comedian and writer Shappi Khorsandi for an evening of rarely seen silent comedies in Bristol’s magnificent cathedral as we celebrate the outstanding leading women in some of the funniest on-screen examples from the golden age of silent comedy.

Douglas Maclean: One a Minute

 Classified PG  Slapstick 2020
Forgotten Clowns: Douglas Maclean
Fri 24 Jan 09:30
Film
Rediscover Douglas Maclean- one of the biggest forgotten stars of light comedies in American silent film.

Rediscoveries and Revelations with David Robinson

 Classified PG  Slapstick 2020
Rediscoveries and Revelations with David Robinson
Fri 24 Jan 11:30
Film
Join us for more discoveries by the indefatigable film collector and Slapstick stalwart Anthony Saffrey.

So This is Paris

 Classified PG  Slapstick 2020
So This is Paris
Fri 24 Jan 13:40
Film
This clever American silent comedy from Germany’s master director Ernst Lubitsch stars Monte Blue and Patsy Ruth Miller.

Stan or Ollie: Restored!

 Classified PG  Slapstick 2020
Stan or Ollie: Restored!
Fri 24 Jan 16:00
Film
Join Serge Bromberg and Lobster films as he weaves together tales of his finds and restorations of rare and lost solo Laurel & Hardy films.

Serge Bromberg's Retour de Flamme

 Classified PG  Slapstick 2020
Serge Bromberg's Retour de Flamme
Fri 24 Jan 18:00
Film
Join film historian and impresario Serge Bromberg as he presents discoveries that he and other devoted film enthusiasts have recently made, including a special Laurel & Hardy surprise!
Silent Comedy Gala at the Cathedral
Fri 24 Jan 20:00
Event
Join us for a mesmerising gala evening of live music to film showcasing your all-time favourite comedy stars.

Marie Prevost: On to Reno

 Classified PG  Slapstick 2020
Forgotten Clowns: Marie Prevost: On To Reno
Sat 25 Jan 09:30
Film
Directed by the great epic silent film director James Cruze, On to Reno is a divorce rom-com, starring Marie Prevost and Cullen Landis.

Chaplin at First National

 Classified PG  Slapstick 2020
Chaplin at First National
Sat 25 Jan 11:30
Film
Two exceptional examples from Chaplin’s First National period that are not to be missed! Introduced by Chaplin’s biographer David Robinson.

At Last the 1948 show: Almost Complete!

 Classified PG  Slapstick 2020
At Last the 1948 show: Almost Complete!
Sat 25 Jan 13:30
Event
The often surreal sketches of the 'At Last the 1948 Show' triggered a revolution destined to change the face of TV comedy forever. Join series star and Slapstick patron Tim Brooke-Taylor for long overdue re-evaluation.
Clowning with the Classics
Sat 25 Jan 16:00
Event
Join writer and comedian Robin Ince, senior Lecturer in Art & Visual Culture at Bristol University Dr Shelley Hales, and Britain's foremost comedy historian Robert Ross in an archive-plundering discussion on this fascinating thread of humour.

Bill’s Animated Flicks

 Classified PG  Slapstick 2020
Bill’s Animated Flicks
Sun 26 Jan 09:30
Event
In conversation with Robin Ince, Bill Oddie shares his passion for visual comedy and reflects on his favourite moments and shorts from classic animations and his beloved cartoons.

Please note: Festival passes for this year's festival have now sold out.

Tickets for individual Slapstick 2020 events can still be purchased from the individual venue box offices hosting the event with the exception of Slapstick Divas at Bristol Cathedral which can be purchased via Watershed’s Box Office and website.

Previous screenings & events in this season

Cary Grant: She Done Him Wrong

 Classified PG  Slapstick 2020
Cary Grant : She Done Him Wrong
Please note: This was screened in Jan 2020
Film
Slapstick is celebrating Cary Grant’s birthday with one of his earliest screwball comedies. Mae West stars alongside the Bristol-born star in the 1933 bawdy crime comedy She Done Him Wrong that's chock full of double-entendres, witty one-liners and bold carnality.