Once again Bristol’s annual Slapstick Festival comes to Watershed. This year funny women are leading the way: Colleen Moore, the original flapper girl, stately Pola Negri and Clara Bow (the “IT” Girl) scintillate on the screen, presented live by 21st century champions Lucy Porter, Shazia Mirza and Kevin Brownlow.
In addition, the festival pays special tribute to three friends who have recently left us, but who remain very much alive in their screen presences – Victoria Wood, Rik Mayall and Pierre Étaix, the 2012 Aardman Visual Comedy Award winner. Étaix and his friend and early master Jacques Tati will both be seen in their classic comic masterworks. The festival shows that all is not pratfalls and hysteria: in “Silent Comedy Europe” the great classic directors, like Mauritz Stiller and Carl Dreyer, cast wry eyes on the daily misadventures of ordinary humanity.
As usual Slapstick also looks at classic television comedy and Slapstick silent comedy with an inspired unseen programme of silent comedy Accidentally Preserved! with Robin Ince and the premiere screening of “lost” Dada-esque Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band footage with special guest Neil Innes.