Slapstick Festival 2017

Slapstick Festival 2017

18th – 22nd January

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Archive: Slapstick Festival 2017

Slapstick 2017 (18-22 January) was our biggest ever festival with more events staged – and more guests attending – than at any previous edition. By all accounts, it was also our most successful festival ever – something our festival director, Chris Danielsreflected on in a post you can read in full here, which also touches on the future direction of the festival.

Elsewhere on the site, you can find a selection of photos from Slapstick 2017 by our team of photographers, plus a ‘tribute’ to Donald Trump by Ronnie  Golden and Neil Innes (other video highlights from the festival can be found on our YouTube channel). Finally, if you want a trip down memory lane we’ve listed a few reviews of the festival by various media bodies on a blog which can be found here.

Meanwhile, our thoughts are slowly turning towards Slapstick 2018 which we’ll endeavour to, once again, make our best Slapstick ever!

Daily Events

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2017 Daily Event | Events | Events: Archive

In Photos: Slapstick 2017

N PHOTOS: SLAPSTICK 2017 In Photos: Slapstick 2017 Above are a series of photos taken during Slapstick 2017, which ran between 25th – 29th January 2017. All events took place either at Colston Hall, Watershed, Bristol Old Vic or Arnolfini. All images were taken by one of our official festival photographers; Paul Lippiatt, David Betteridge and David […]

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2017 Daily Event | Blog | Events | Events: Archive | Slapstick Festival

Day 5 of Slapstick 2017 – A Quick Recap of Yesterday

Day 5 of Slapstick 2017 – A Quick Recap of Yesterday It’s the morning of the last day of the festival! Yesterday was jam-packed with exciting events at the Watershed and Colston Hall. The day started with Chris Serle presenting a Fairbanks and Chaplin double bill. This was followed by a conversation with Roy Hudd […]

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2017 Daily Event | Blog | Events | Events: Archive | Slapstick Festival

Day Four at Slapstick Festival 2017 – Reliving the Gala

Day Four at Slapstick Festival 2017 – Reliving the Gala Last night was our annual Silent Comedy Gala hosted by the wonderful impressionist, Rory Bremner. Topical as always, his Donald Trump was spot-on! He soon had the audience chuckling with his very funny political satire (extremely appropriate considering the timing of the gala with the […]

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2017 Daily Event | Blog | Events | Events: Archive | Slapstick Festival

Slapstick Festival 2017 – 2 Days In!

Slapstick Festival 2017 – 2 Days In! It’s Day Two here at the Slapstick Festival – and we are in full swing! We’ve got our welcome desk set up at the Watershed. If you are coming to one of the events, come and say hello. We’ve also got some great t-shirts, badges, magnets, and posters […]

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2017 Daily Event | Bristol Silents | Events | Events: Archive

2017: Wednesday

Wednesday 18th January Wed 18 Jan 2017 NOTFILM (2015) Watershed | 11.30am | Tickets: £8.00/£6.00dir. Ross Lipman | US | 130mins NOTFILM is a documentary about the embattled collaboration between Nobel Prize-winning playwright Samuel Beckett and silent-era genius Buster Keaton as they filmed Beckett’s only on-screen work. During the restoration of FILM (1965), NOTFILM director Ross Lipman discovered its long-lost prologue […]

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2017 Daily Event | Bristol Silents | Events | Events: Archive

Slapstick Festival 2017: SUNDAY

Sun 22 Jan 2017 Accidentally Preserved: Surviving Slapstick on 16mm Watershed | 9.30am | Tickets: £8.00/£6.00 Slapstick comedy shorts were excellent fodder for home movie companies of the 1920s and 1930s. Kodascope and Pathéscope rented or sold safety film prints for people to watch in their homes, not realising that decades later they would out-survive the […]