Colchester Comedy Festival

Thursday 19 - Saturday 28 June 2014

Thursday 19 - Saturday 28 June 2014

All screenings are FREE! Booking essential.

Thursday 19 June, 2pm

Stuck on You

Selected by Matt Fraser

Dir. Bobby FarrellyPeter Farrelly

(2004) Cert 15 118mins

Matt Damon and Greg Kinear play two Siamese twins who are attached at the hip and therefore they do everything together. Sharing this special bond, the brothers are tested when one of the brothers Walt peruses his dream and becomes a Hollywood actor bringing along his reluctant brother Bob along for the ride.

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Friday 20 June, 7.30pm


Selected by Elisa Vasquez - Walters

Dirs. Jim Abrahams, David Zucker, Jerry Zucker

(1980) Cert 12A 88mins

Classic comedy of the finest caliber. Simple storytelling following an airplane crew as they are all taken ill. The one person capable of landing the plane is an ex-pilot who is afraid to fly. But don't call him Shirley.  Sharp, witty and brilliantly funny.

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Saturday 21 June, 7.30pm

Nuts in May 

Selected by Hazel Humphreys

Director: Mike Leigh

(1976) Cert PG 84mins

Finely honed black comedy from a master of British cinema, director Mike Leigh brings us Nuts in May where a middle-class couple go camping in Dorset, but peace and quiet evade them. Devised alongside his stellar cast of British actors Leigh offers up a particular take on camping in the UK in the 1970’s.

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Sunday 22 June, 7.30pm

Monsieur Hulot's Holiday

Selected by Vibha Osbon

Director: Jacques Tati Cert  U (1953) 114mins

The film that brought Jaques Tati to international acclaim, the story follows Monsieur Hulot as he attempts to holiday at a French beachside hotel, where he unintentionally causes chaos. Beautifully orchestrated comic scenes by a master of timing, character and with supreme comedic moments.

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Monday 23 June, 7.30pm

The Big Bus

Selected by John Cooper Clark

Dir. James Frawley (1976)84 mins, Cert. PG

The ultimate disaster spoof about the first non-stop nuclear powered bus ride from New York to Denver. Full of comedic disasters, crazy people in a swimming pool and bowling alley capers.

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Tuesday 24 June, 7.30pm

Return of the Pink Panther

Selected by Bobby George

Dir. Blake Edwards (1975) 108 mins, Cert. PG

Genius in a comedy film, with Inspector Clouseau (Peter Sellers) put on the case when the Pink Panther diamond is stolen, the Phantom's trademark glove being the only clue. Ridiculous accents, disguises and the classic Mancini soundtrack to carry us through, it’s a classic.

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Wednesday 25 June, 7.30pm

The Rebel (Call Me Genius)

Selected by Matthew Rowe

Dir. Robert Day (1961) 105 mins, Cert U

Tony Hancock dreams of becoming a successful painter, so he gives up his office job and moves to Paris to fulfill his dream. Big ambition but little talent gets him nowhere however he impresses a talented artist along his way. The Rebel has great fun at the expense of modern art with Hancock taking full advantage of every humorous possibility.

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Friday 27 June, 7.30pm

Oh Mr Porter

Selected by Reg Young

Dir. Marcel Varnel (1937) 85 mins, Cert U

With the help of a relative, a hopeless railway employee is made stationmaster of Buggleskelly. Determined to make his mark, he devises a number of schemes to put Buggleskelly on the railway map, but instead falls foul of a gang of gun runners. Starring comic actor Will Hay as the accident prone railway worker.

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Saturday 28 June, 7.30pm

This is the End  

Selected by Jack Williams and Mary Dodds

Dir: Evan Goldberg, Seth Rogen (2013) 107mins, Cert: 15

While attending a party at James Franco's house, Seth Rogen, Jay Baruchel and many other celebrities are faced with catastrophic events which devastate Los Angeles. Near the knuckle gleeful comedy which will leave you laughing. Chosen by Jack Williams and Mary Dodds, who are both Young Film Programmers with firstsite as part of the Circuit programme.

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This is the End is a comedy about a group of celebrities surviving the apocalypse by sheltering in James Franco's house.

This comedy has a lot of big named actors and Hollywood stars playing versions of themselves.

The film itself has some hilarious dark humorous moments with a lot of gore in particular parts.

I also enjoy the fact this film is finally an apocalyptic film without zombies!

The film has many different types of humour mixed into an interesting concept and an acceptable story.

All in all if you are looking for a different comedy and or are a fan of Seth Rogen then I would recommend this film to you!


Jack Williams, firstsite Young Film Programmer

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