With appearances from Rob Brydon, Barry Cryer, Tim Brooke-Taylor, Bill Oddie, Graeme Garden, Ian Lavender and Paul McGann, Slapstick 2011, Bristol’s annual silent comedy festival, is shaping up to be even more of a special event than 2010’s.
Beginning on Thursday 27 January with silent cinema expert Kevin Brownlow’s presentation of once-lost Charlie Chaplin footage, there’s also a chance to see former-Bonzo front man, Neil Innes, with his latest solo show before the weekend really hots up with a comedy gala on the Friday night.
There’s more Chaplin on the Saturday, the same day Dad’s Army star Ian Lavender introduces a tribute to the great Buster Keaton and Rob Brydon interviews Barry Cryer about his top comedy moments.
Add to all of this more “lost” clips, a tribute to Marty Feldman from Bill Oddie, appearances from silent cinema fan Paul McGann, a special Shaun the Sheep event and much more, and the event becomes one not to be missed by film fans.
With screenings taking place around the city, Slapstick has to be one of the most relaxed and welcoming film festivals in the UK. I travelled down to last year’s event on behalf of BBC Radio Scotland and was captivated by the love for cinema and friendliness of the organisers and attendees: if 2011 is half as good then I’ll be happy.
You can still book tickets via the Slapstick website, and I’ll be there again this year to report back on the various events and happenings.