SHERLOCK JR. and
Thursday 25 May 2017
Films commence: 7.30pm
Tickets: £12.50 adults, £8 under 16s (including a drink from the bar)
ONE WEEK (1920) 19 min
COPS (1922) 18 min
Directed by Buster Keaton & Eddie Cline
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SHERLOCK JR. (1924) 45 min
Directed by Buster Keaton
Buster Keaton (1895-1966) is widely recognised as one of the giants of film comedy, studied, revered and indeed copied by filmmakers to this day. He may have maintained that “no man can be a genius in slap shoes and a flat hat”, but a unique sense of cinema and total mastery of the art of the gag means that label continues to be applied.
Sherlock Jr. (1924) is one of his earliest feature films, but it simply bursts with the joy of making a movie and crams more creativity and invention (including some remarkable special effects!) into its 45 minutes than many manage in double or triple the time.
Before he moved into feature films, Keaton perfected the art of the short comedy. Combining the surreal and the astoundingly physical to produce miniature gems that, as they approach their centenaries, continue to inspire belly laughs and gasps of astonishment in equal measure.
We’ll be starting the evening with two of his very best, One Week (1920) with Buster and his new bride struggling with a pre-fabricated home and Cops (1922) wherein Buster contrives to get himself chased by the entire LA police department.
Shortly after arriving in London in 2010, Australian-born Meg Morley secured a full-time position as pianist with the English National Ballet School and performed with some of the UK's top musicians (from rising talents like Louise Bartle from Bloc Party to established stars such as Tina May). She has worked with the Matthew Bourne Company, Rambert Dance Company at Sadler's Wells, the Royal Ballet School and regularly accompanies class at the world famous Pineapple Studios in Covent Garden. She is currently a resident pianist for The London Cinema Museum's Bioscope events and festivals and in 2016 was invited to partake in the Aspirant Pianist Masterclasses for the world's largest silent film festival Le Giornate del cinema muto in Pordenone Italy.
Meg recently released a solo piano EP of original compositons about her time in London (found on iTunes or her website) and is currently working on a jazz trio album with Richard Sadler (double bass) and Emiliano Caroselli (drums) to be recorded later this year.