We are delighted to share this wonderful video filmed by UWE Student volunteer Hattie Williams – it really captures the glamour of our gala event at Bristol Museum and Art Gallery, where we screened the screwball classic Bringing Up Baby starring Katharine Hepburn and Cary Grant – this was “event cinema” with bubbly on arrival, live vintage music, cocktails and canapes, plus Hollywood glamour – Bristol style.
If you are coming to our gala screening of Bringing Up Baby on Sunday 17 July we’d be really grateful if you could book by early so we can get a good idea of how many canapes to order!
The Cary Grant
Vodka – Tia Maria – Lime
(as seen in Bringing Up Baby, 1938)
Gin – Vermouth – Green Olive
(as seen in North by Northwest, 1959)
Gin – Vermouth – Pearl Onion
(as seen in The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer, 1947)
Whiskey – Ginger Ale – Slice of Lemon
Bringing Up Baby, Bristol Museum and Art Gallery, doors 19:00; film 20:00.
Tickets cost £25 / £20 concessions (plus £1.50 transaction fee) and the price includes bubbly on arrival, a selection of vintage canapes, live entertainment, including a-cappella singers and the South by Southwest Swing Ensemble, featuring Martyn Harris and players from the Dave Salt Big Band. Red carpet attire is encouraged and there will be prizes for the best dressed.
We knew partnering with Slapstick Festival for a screening of the classic Screwball comedy, The Awful Truth (1937) would be a good idea, but little did we know how perfect our choice of film was until seeing it on the big screen with an audience.
If you are not familiar with the plot, it’s a comedy of remarriage, in which Bristol’s legendary Cary Grant is teamed with Screwball comedy’s most underrated actress, Irene Dunne, in the film that broke him as a romantic lead. Coined as the “slapstick prince charming” by critic Pauline Kael, for his marriage of elegance and physical comedy, Grant shines in the definitive, Oscar-winning comedy of the 1930s. Slapstick veteran Leo McCarey (Sherlock Junior, Duck Soup), directs this wonderful vaudeville team.
Watching Cary Grant in screwball masterpiece The Awful Truth (1937) at Slapstick this year was an absolute hoot. But the moment in this fizzy film when Grant is perched on the handlebars of a motorbike, Sherlock Jr-style, and touches his collapsed opera hat to his forehead in imitation of the great Buster Keaton? Priceless.
|Cary Grant in The Awful Truth||Buster Keaton in Sherlock Jr|
Grant and Dunne sizzle, McCarey knows how to milk a pratfall and Mr Smith, the dog, gets up to all sorts of tricks. The audience were left crying with laughter, proving that Screwball comedy is indeed the true legacy of Slapstick.
A huge thank you to stand-up comedian and festival favourite, Lucy Porter who introduced the film. Thanks also to Chris Daniels and all at Slapstick Festival for what we hope to be a long and fruitful partnership.
We look forward to collaborating with Slapstick Festival again soon.
The Cary Grant Festival returns 16-17 July 2016. Save the date!
We are delighted to announce that the date of the next Cary Grant Comes Home For The Weekend Festival will be the weekend of 16-17 July. The gala has been confirmed: Sunday 17 July. We are so looking forward to welcoming him home again. Please spread the word!
The full programme will be announced in the new year, but for now – save the date and start planning your red carpet outfit! Read more…
We are also really excited to be teaming up with Slapstick Festival for a screening of classic Screwball comedy, The Awful Truth. Read more…
So if you are searching for a very special Christmas present for the film-lover in your life, then look no further!