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Slapstick Divas Hosted by Sally Phillips and Ronni Ancona

Slapstick Divas

Bristol Cathedral  |  £15 / £10

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Welcome to an evening of brilliant, rarely seen silent comedies in Bristol’s magnificent cathedral as we celebrate the outstanding leading women in some of the funniest on-screen comedy from the golden age of silents.

Actor and comedian Sally Phillips is joined by actor and impressionist Ronni Ancona as they host this fascinating evening celebrating three silent comedy deities.

Highlights include a rare screening of Show People (1928) featuring Marion Davies, the silent starlet who is still reaching new heights today as one of the stand-out characters in the recent Oscar-winning Netflix drama Mank (2020).

In addition, there will be shorts from Mabel Normand, part of the inspiration for the Tony Award nominated musical Mack & Mabel, and the first female director Alice Guy-Blaché. Expect an electric night of classic comedies on the big screen with live musical accompaniment from the European Silent Screen Virtuosi featuring Guenter A Buchwald, Frank Bockius and Romano Todesco.

This will be a BSL interpreted event.

This event is part of Slapstick Festival 2022. See the full programme here. It is also part of Film 2021 which marks the centenary of the death of Bristol-born film pioneer William Friese-Greene and the 125th anniversary of the first public cinema screening in Bristol, which took place at the Tivoli on 8 June 1896, as well as celebrating Bristol – a UNESCO City of Film since 2017. It is generously funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund.

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