featuring Buster Keaton’s comic masterpiece SEVEN CHANCES (1925) accompanied by the Bristol Ensemble performing the world premiere of a specially commissioned score from Guenter A. Buchwald

Friday 23rd January 2015 7.30pm £25/£22/£10 (including all venue booking fees)


The Slapstick Festival’s annual Silent Comedy Gala is the laugh-out-loud, ‘must attend, event that makes every January cheerier for audiences of all ages. Always a sell-out, it combines the very best in classic silent screen comedy with live music from an international line-up whose talent for adding vibrancy to film events is in demand all over the world. This year’s our musicians will be accompanying three stand-out films featuring some of the silent era’s best-loved comedians: Buster Keaton, Charlie Chaplin, Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy.

From Buster Keaton, there’s his break-through feature: SEVEN CHANCES (1925) - where the hilarity starts with hard-up Buster discovering he stands to inherit his grandfather’s $7 million fortune, providing he 7pm, today! The film was such a hit with audiences that it set Buster on the road to his enduring fame and is still regularly cited in the ‘must see’ lists. It is packed full of Keaton’s trademark sight gags and includes one of cinema’s most memorable sequences in which the ever-daring Buster has to dodge an avalanche of rocks while fleeing a mob of would-be brides. Accompanied here live by The Bristol Ensemble performing the world premiere of Guenter A. Buchwald’s specially commissioned film score. PLUS

Big screening showings of Charlie Chaplin’s satirical masterpiece THE IMMIGRANT (1917)and a classic tit-for-tat caper BIG BUSINESS (1929) starring Stan & Ollie, with live accompaniments from The European Silent Screen Virtuosi and more!

More Slapstick 2015 events coming soon!