Slapstick 2012 programme launched

Bristol’s Slapstick Festival is one of the highlights of my cinematic year and it’s back from 26 – 29 January 2012.

Stuffed with screenings of silent films introduced by experts and celebrities (including many experts that are celebrities) and illustrated talks on all aspects of comedy, Slapstick manages to walk the fine line between populist and scholarly without faltering.

The 2012 schedule looks typically enticing, with a heavy focus on my favourite silent star, Buster Keaton. Events include Ian Lavender recalling his time on Dad’s Army; Buster Keaton expert Kevin Brownlow looking at various aspects of the silent star’s career; Charlie Chaplin biographer, David Robinson, discussing the former’s place in the history of world art; The Goodies’ Graeme Garden looking at the work of the “forgotten” Charley Chase; Barry Cryer introducing a Harold Lloyd double bill; and Bill Oddie discussing his top comedy moments with Chris Serle.

Those are just a fraction of the events on offer (did I mention Terry Jones introducing Life of Brian or Griff Rhys Jones introducing Keaton’s The General with a brand new score?) and I’d urge you to head over to the Slapstick 2012 website to take a look at what you can enjoy in January.

That’s after you watch the brand new trailer for the event and my own short slide show from Slapstick 2011 including contributions from The Goodies and a few other well-known names:

and…

Visit the Slapstick 2012 website and book your place now.

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