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Sunday 20th January 2019 at 7pm

The Regency Town House, 13 Brunswick Square, Hove BN3 1EH

We’re getting 2019 underway with a special screening of short films from the trailblazing, unsung pioneer of screen comedy - Mabel Normand. Normand was the irrepressible spirit of early Hollywood, an extraordinary, comic performer who starred in at least 167 shorts and 23 features - from the anarchic two reelers of Mack Sennett's slapstick, Keystone company to the more sophisticated comedies of the 1920s.

Theatrically untrained, her understated acting style seems wholly contemporary. She also directed her own films, ran a production company, did her own stunts, possibly threw the first on screen pie, and worked with the best – including, in this programme, Charlie Chaplin and a young Oliver Hardy. But make no mistake – Normand’s captivating on screen presence made her absolutely the star.

As a moral panic swept 20s Hollywood, however, Normand found herself caught up in scandals that would see her sidelined by the industry. Now, as part of the British Film Institute's ‘Comedy Genius’ tour, this collection of short films brings Normand back into the spotlight. It includes MABEL'S BLUNDER (1914), MABEL'S DRAMATIC CAREER (1913), HIS TRYSTING PLACE (1914) and SHOULD MEN WALK HOME? (1927), each with a newly commissioned score by The Meg Morley Trio.

Look out too for Lizzy Carey’s slapstick soundtrack children’s workshop, which will now take place in Spring – more details on this soon.

We’re excited to be screening in the Regency Town House – a beautiful grade one, listed property in the heart of Brunswick Square, Hove that’s being developed as an arts space, museum and heritage centre.

There's limited space so we recommend - Advanced Tickets £5 (+ fee).

Find out more about Mabel at the Women's Film Pioneers Project

and tune into an episode from the ever excellent You Must Remember This podcast which unravels the truth behind the scandals that ended her career.

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125: Mabel Normand (Fake News: Fact Checking Hollywood Babylon Episode 5)
A frequent co-star of Roscoe Arbuckle’s, Mabel Normand was the definitive female screen comedienne of her generation.
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