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Given that Saturday, February 29th is something of an oddball day, the Greystones Film Club have decided it’s the perfect day to embrace the silly.
And they don’t come much sillier than Monty Python.
Or, for that matter, Shaun The Sheep.
If there’s one thing you can be sure about in comedy, it’s that being really, really silly makes it pretty much timeless. From the Marx Brothers to The Goons and on to Father Ted, at its best, surrealist comedy offers up a drunken child’s eye view of the world.
And back in 1975, the finest drunken children around were Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones and Michael Palin. And these young sons of The Goons delivered on their Flying Circus sketch show promise with their surprise box-office hit, Monty Python And The Holy Grail [UK/PG/92mins].
Still ranked as one of the greatest comedy movies of all time – ABC in America recently going so far as to rate it the second-best comedy film of all time – this surrealist retelling of the Arthurian legend is jampacked with the kind of memorable, quotable and ridiculously silly comic set pieces that Spike Milligan would have been happy to call his own.
To mark this magnificent film’s 45th anniversary (and the sad passing of the great Terry Jones), for one night only, the Greystones Film Club are putting Sir Bedevere the Wise, Sir Lancelot the Brave, Sir Galahad the Pure, Sir Robin the Not-Quite-So-Brave-As-Sir-Lancelot and Sir Not-Appearing-In-This-Film back up on the big screen where they belong.
And to make the night even more special, Wicklow’s Sean Treacy – recent winner of the Fresh Film Festival’s Young Filmmaker Of The Year – will be premiering his latest short, Broken Reflection, on the night too.
That’s the adult’s funny bones sorted – but what about Greystones’ kids…?
Displaying once again the same kind of dry British wit and warmth of their Wallace & Gromit creation, the Aardman Animations gang brightened up kids TV with their furry little fiend, Shaun The Sheep, when he struck out on his own in 2007.
Since then, the residents of Mossy Bottom Farm have been brightening up adult’s world’s too, Shaun’s 2015 leap to the big screen scoring highly with critics and audiences alike. And now, the woolly wonder’s second full-length feature is upon us, Farmageddon [UK/G/87mins] taking a well-aimed and loving potshot at the sci-fi and disaster movie genre.
In a plot that may or may not have been inspired by E.T., Shaun, Bitzer and the gang encounter a cute alien who has crashlanded on earth, and the Mossy Bottom gang must find a way to get Lu-La back to, eh, To-Pa (which is a crap 1980s band, right…?) before The Ministry of Alien Detection (M.A.D.) get their hands on her.
What ensues is slapstick gold, the silent comedy of Shaun working pretty much the same way as Chaplin or Mr Bean – it’s all in the face, kids. And the falling over. Constantly.
In tribute to Shaun and Monty, we’re screening these two big bags of silly on Leap Day, with Farmageddon hitting the big screen at 3pm and The Holy Grail descending upon the land at 8pm.
Happening on Saturday, February 29th, your €10 admission comes with a free box of freshly-popped popcorn or a free Kids Snackbox (which boasts sweets, popcorn and a drink). For Knights Who Say “Yip!”.
You can join the Greystones Film Club for free right over here.