Bristol Slapstick Festival from Wednesday 16th to Sunday 20th January 2019Posted on: 01 Jan 2019
Slapstick Festival returns to Bristol for another 5-day feast of classic movies and special events from Wednesday 16th to Sunday 20th January 2019.
Yep, it's that time of year again, and what better way to get over the post-Crimbo slump and excessive turkey and sprout consumption than immersing yourself in this new year silent movie-celebrating chuckle-fest, which always raises the spirits with its awesome range of films, events, talks and celebrities.
Slapstick Festival actually started way back in January 2005 and has been going strong ever since (in fact, it gets more popular every year), and gives you the chance to enjoy incredible films, primarily from the silent era, played with live scores in a variety of venues across the city, along with intros by some of the most revered movie experts and historians and famous names.
Lining up to take part this year is a raft of popular contemporary comedians who have in some way been inspired by many of the legendary comedy performers from the films being screened, which this year includes Richard Herring, Robin Ince, Lucy Porter, Graeme Garden, Tim Brooke-Taylor, Bill Oddie, renowned Chaplin biographer David Robinson, Tim Vine, The Inbetweeners creators Damon Beesley, Iain Morris and actor Joe Thomas, Jimmy Cricket, Tony Slattery and Barry Cryer.
The relentless itinerary of mirth and full-on slapstick shenanigans - and you've got to admit, that's a mighty fine line-up - will be spread across several key Bristol venues this year including Watershed, Bristol Hippodrome and Bristol Old Vic, covering classics and forgotten gems from the past 100 years alongside some standout modern visual comedy.
You can peruse the full programme and rundown of events for Bristol's 15th Slapstick Festival here.
Slapstick Festival takes place at various venues around Bristol
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.