Laughter is the best medicine (so they say) and we have just the thing to get you chortling. Flatpack: Assemble are on hand to throw in a healthy dose of funny film events for all ages and we can’t wait…
SILENT CLOWNS: A SLAPSTICK WORKSHOP
Wednesday 25 October, 10.00 – 11.30am & 12.30 – 2.00pm, Newhampton Arts Centre, £5
In this workshop, Flatpack will introduce a group of budding silent comedians to some of the funniest scenes from the silent film era, and teach them the tricks of the silent comedy trade through clowning, games, and performing little skits. At the end of the workshop parents will be invited to see a short performance. Recommended for 5-11 year olds.
CUSTARD PIE CEREMONY WITH LIVE SCORE
Wednesday 25 October, 3.00 – 4.15pm, Newhampton Arts Centre, £5 (£3 conc.)
In 1909, veteran comic Ben Turpin became the first film actor to get hit in the face with a custard pie. After that, everyone was at it, and it became a staple for silent comedies.
Flatpack will be celebrating the art of throwing the custard pie with a selection of silent and sound shorts and extracts from films from the 10s, 20s, and 30s. Featuring, amongst others, Mabel Normand and Fatty Arbuckle in A Noise from the Deep (1913), Charlie Chaplin in His Trysting Places (1914) and Behind the Screen (1916), and everyone’s favourite comedy duo Laurel & Hardy in The Battle of the Century (1927).
A pianist will accompany the films, whilst performer Katie O’Malley will orchestrate the ceremony. Fun for all the family.
A CENTURY OF CHAPLIN WITH LIVE ACCOMPANIMENT
Saturday 28 October, 2.00 – 3.30pm, Light House Media Centre, Wolverhampton, £7 (£5 conc.)
Evidence uncovered in recent years suggests the screen legend was born at Black Patch Park in the Black Country so now we can add Chaplin to the list of funny people from the Midlands (despite what Wikipedia says!).
Charlie Chaplin first hit the big screen in 1914 but it wasn’t until 1917 that he’d perfected his craft and cemented his place as the greatest of the silent comedy stars. 1917 was a stellar year for him, with three of the funniest two-reelers from his entire oeuvre, including his favourite short, The Immigrant. Flatpack will be showcasing some of the funniest moments from the Chaplin archive in this short film compilation in honour of Chaplin’s centenary.
WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS
Tuesday 31 October, 8.00 – 9.30pm, The Giffard Arms, Wolverhampton, £5
In this special Halloween event vampire presented by Flatpack housemates (Jemaine Clement, Taika Waititi, Jonathan Brugh) try to cope with the complexities of modern life and show a newly turned hipster (Cori Gonzalez-Macuer) some of the perks of being undead whilst maintaining an age-old rivalry with the local werewolves.
DOTS & LOOPS #5 WITH LOUIS HUDSON & IAN RAVENSCROFT
Thursday 2 November, 8.00 – 10.00pm, The Outback, Wolverhampton, £5
Flatpack’s popular short film night is back with a comic twist. For the fifth edition, the evening’s curators and special guests are director/animator Louis Hudson whose production company Dice has produced some fantastic, award-winning animation, comedy and film for both television and online, and writer/producer Ian Ravenscroft, currently at BBC Three producing new, boundary-pushing social video content. Having worked together on a number of short films, they’ll pick out some of their favourite collaborations as well as a bunch of comedy shorts that have influenced them and their work throughout their careers.
DIY DRIVE IN: NATURE’S TALES
Saturday 4 November, 2.00 – 4.00pm, Wolverhampton Art Gallery, £4 per child, £2 per accompanying adult
For this family-friendly event aimed at 2-8 year olds, families are invited to join the Flatpack team for a DIY drive in cinema experience. Guests will be building their own cars using scrap and craft materials and then settling in to watch Nature’s Tales.
You’ll find all kinds of creatures great and small setting off on funny little adventures in this programme of colourful short animated films. Featuring an exuberant fire-fighting Rhino, a troupe of dancing robots and a greedy little reptile who bites off more than he can chew. Full of fun, this selection will tickle the whole family.