Wed 18 Jan 2017

NOTFILM (2015)


Watershed | 11.30am | Tickets: £8.00/£6.00
dir. Ross Lipman | US | 130mins

NOTFILM is a documentary about the embattled collaboration between Nobel Prize-winning playwright Samuel Beckett and silent-era genius Buster Keaton as they filmed Beckett’s only on-screen work.

During the restoration of FILM (1965), NOTFILM director Ross Lipman discovered its long-lost prologue under a sink at Barney Rosset’s (producer of FILM) house. He then reconstructed this scene for NOTFILM in strict accordance with Beckett’s original notes. A fascinating insight into Buster’s last ‘silent’ film.

There will be a screening of FILM (1965) at the Arnolfini during ‘When Keaton Met Beckett’ on Friday.

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Wed 18 Jan 2017

Jacques Tati: Mon Oncle (1958)


Watershed | 3.00pm | Tickets: £8.00/£6.00
dir. Jacques Tati | France | 117mins

In keeping with the festival’s celebration of the great silent and visual clowns, we present this screening of Mon Oncle (1958), Jacques Tati’s gentle and brilliantly witty satire on the modern world. Unforgettable moments in this Oscar-winning classic include the dog that won’t open the garage door, M. Hulot’s attempts to run a machine making plastic pipes and his struggles with an automated kitchen. Watch out also for a short appearance by Pierre Étaix, who we celebrate on the Wednesday of Slapstick.

“Deft, illusive, full of heart” – Monthly Film Bulletin.

Introduced by presenter Chris Serle.

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Wed 18 Jan 2017

Victoria Wood: Let’s Do It!

Celebrating the life and work of Victoria Wood 


Watershed | 5.40pm | Tickets: £9.00/£6.50

Mourning the sudden passing of comedic giant and Slapstick Festival supporter, Victoria Wood, Andrew Kelly (Festival of Ideas) hosts a panel discussion looking at the extraordinary contribution that she made to comedy writing, performance and stand-up.

Stand-up comedians Lucy Porter and Pippa Evans, along with Comedy and Theatre Historian Louise Wingrove from Bristol University, make up the panel.

This event is in partnership with Bristol University and Bristol Festival of Ideas.

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Wed 18 Jan 2017

Annette Benson: Shooting Stars (1928)


Watershed | 8.30pm | Tickets: £9.00/£6.50
dir. Anthony Asquith | UK | 70mins

The husband and wife acting team of Mae Feather (Benson) and Julian Gordon gets torn apart when he discovers she is having an affair with the screen comedian Andy Wilks. Mae hatches a plot to kill her husband by putting a real bullet in the prop gun that will be fired at him during the making of their new film, ‘Prairie Love’.
This highly acclaimed British romantic thriller is a departure from our usual ‘laugh out loud’ comedy programme, but it’s more than worthy of inclusion due to the satirical ‘behind the scenes’ silent comedy aspect of the film. With special thanks to the BFI.

PLUS: “What’s the World Coming To?” (1926) | dir. Richard Wallace | US | 23mins | A fantastic, little-known Hal Roach comedy set 100 years in the future when genders have reversed. Starring Clyde Cook and Katherine Grant.

This exquisite double bill of rarely screened silent comedies is introduced by stand-up comedian Shazia Mirza and has a live music accompaniment from Daan van den Hurk and the world’s only Silent movie harpist Elizabeth – Jane Baldry

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