A unique celebration of silent film and slapstick comedy, the festival offers a unique chance to watch silent films with a live orchestra along with a VIP list of guests and celebrities sharing their passion for this genre.
The event that always makes Bristol laugh-out-loud in bleak January is the Silent Comedy Film Gala. Held annually at Colston Hall, the gala celebrates the start of the city’s internationally-popular Slapstick festival of vintage comedy film and TV.
Topping the triple film bill at the 2016 event will be a landmark in world cinema: Charlie Chaplin’s first full-length feature THE KID, accompanied by a 15-piece orchestra playing Chaplin’s own score. Other slapstick favourites will include COPS (1922), starring Buster Keaton, the master of the stone-face and featuring live music from the European Silent Screen Virtuosi, and Mighty Like a Moose (1926) – Charley Chase’s gala debut.