4 May 2008 Barbican Cinema
The first anthropological film in cinema history, and a landmark in the documentary movement, was directed by the explorer turned pioneer filmmaker Robert Flaherty.
Following a year in the life of Inuit hunter Nanook and his family in the icy terrain of Canada’s Hudson Bay region, Flaherty’s camera chronicles the community’s hunting, fishing and trading, and the harsh struggle against the austere landscape and the unforgiving elements.
Ironically, two years later, whilst cinema audiences and critics in Europe and America were praising the film, warming to Nanook’s smiling face, and appreciating this insight into a hitherto unseen world, Nanook had died of starvation.
Accompanied by The Shrine Synchrosystem featuring Max Reinhardt, DJ Rita Ray, world music kora master Tunde Jegede and Ben Mandelson on guitars.
24 October 2008 Colston Hall
Legendary performers from the world of music and comedy have rallied to support Bristol’s greatest film festival SLAPSTICK. This unique evening of music, comedy and poetry features platinum award winning artists over four decades including music from:
The Blockheads one of the finest live bands the UK has ever produced join forces with the mighty comedian and broadcaster Phill Jupitus on vocals (on ‘Dury Duty’). Having recently celebrated their 30th anniversary and fresh from Glastonbury original band members and Phill Jupitus are all coming to Bristol to hammer out Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick, Reasons To Be Cheerful, What A Waste and many more.
As guitarist and songwriter for Spandau Ballet Gary Kemp was responsible for writing the words and music of all of their 23 hit singles, including classics like True , Gold and Through The Barricades generating over 30 million sales.
Doo-wop a capella vocal group The Matinee Idles featuring celebrated actor Paul McGann and ex-members of award winning doo-wop band from the 70s/80s Darts.
An incredible line-up for an unforgettable evening.