Bristol Slapstick Festival 2018 from Thursday 25th - Sunday 28th January 2018

Bristol Slapstick Festival 2018 from Thursday 25th - Sunday 28th January 2018

Posted on: 01 Jan 2018

Bristol Slapstick Festival returns for another revelrous celebration of all things silent film, visual and classic comedy related from Thursday 25th to Sunday 28th January 2018.

2018 Slapstick Festival in Bristol

The fantastic 4-day festival will comprise 25 original events welcoming 27 special guests and 36 musicians taking place across four venues in Bristol including Watershed and Colston Hall. 


First established in 2005, the festival offers a unique opportunity to experience some of the most amazing films ever committed to celluloid, primarily from the classic silent era from 1895 to 1930, and they're accompanied by live music and introduced by some of the country's most respected film experts, historians and comedians.


It's always great fun and 2018 will be joyously bigger and better than before with a brilliant bundle of treats lined up including the Silent Comedy Gala with Tim Vine screening Buster Keaton's Sherlock Jnr (1924) and Charlie Chaplin's A Dog's Life (1918), Lee Mack's Laurel & Hardy, a screening of the Rocky Horror Picture Show, and Jo Brand's Top Comedy Moments.


One comedy legend will also be the recipient of The Slapstick Award, a collaboration between the festival and Aardman Animations, an accolade which in the past has been awarded to such notable mirth-making, rib-tickling talents as Eric Sykes, The Goodies, Reeves and Mortimer, Matt Lucas and Ken Dodd. 


A fabulous celebration of onscreen classic visual comedy from the past 100 years, you can get the lowdown on all the events, venues, guests and screenings here.


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Jamie Caddick

Jamie is a writer, blogger, journalist, critic, film fan, soundtrack nerd and all-round Bristolian good egg.  He loves the music of Philip Glass, the art of Salvador Dali, the writings of Charles Bukowksi and Hunter S Thompson, the irreverence of Harry Hill, and the timeless, straw-chomping exuberance of The Wurzels.  You can sometimes find him railing against a surging tide of passing cyclists, or gorging himself senseless on the Oriental delights of a Cosmos all-you-can-eat buffet.