28 April 2016, Barbican Cinema 3, 8.30pm. Tickets: here. In partnership with LOCO London Comedy Film Festival.
This short film programme and panel discussion assembles a range of voices from the fields of film, neuroscience, psychology and comedy to discuss the nature of laughter.
A screening of comedy shorts is followed by a discussion investigating comedy’s therapeutic and social functions and its physiological effects.
Prof Sophie Scott is a neuroscientist, comedian and Wellcome Trust senior fellow at University College London, researching the neuroscience of voices, speech, and laughter.
Dr. Caspar Addyman is a lecturer in psychology at Goldsmiths, University of London and a specialist in baby laughter. He is also the author of Help Yourself, a novel about a failed stand up comedian.
Jamie Wood is an acclaimed performer combining fine art, theatre, clown and dance. He also works as a Clown Doctor with Theodora Children’s Trust, visiting sick children in hospitals throughout the UK.
Nicola Hill is the general manager for the MediCinemas at Guys and St.Thomas’ hospitals in London. MediCinemas offer patients a cinema experience whilst accommodating wheelchairs and hospital beds and providing medical supervision during screenings.
Panel hosted by interviewer, presenter and occasional stand-up comedian Rachael Castell.
Friend Request Pending (12 mins, Dir. Chris Foggin, Wr: Chris Croucher)
A short comedy drama about the mature generation dating in our modern social networking world. It’s a tale of love but more importantly life-long friendship
Croissant (2 mins, Dir. Louis Hudson, Wr. Ian Ravenscroft, Louis Hudson)
Don’t you just hate it when you get food on your face and your entire concept of reality crumbles?
Coalition Fan Girls (3 mins, Wr. & Dir. Charlie Dinkin)
One Direction, Justin Bieber and…David Cameron??? A startling glimpse into the hidden lives of some of Britain’s most dedicated, driven and obsessive teenage fans. This time: it’s political.
Ducks with Engines (1 min, Wr. & Dir. Big Red Button)
Does what it says in the title. Ducks. With engines. Any questions?
Mr Madila (4 mins, Wr. & Dir. Rory Waudby-Tolley)
Mr Madila or The Colour of Nothing documents a series of conversations between the film-maker and a gifted spiritual healer, exploring the inner mind, the fabric of the universe, and the nature of reality itself, through the sacred art of animation. Oooooooh
Let’s Play Nomad X (3 mins, Wr. & Dir. Kristian Andrews)
During a ‘Let’s Play’ review of his favourite ’90’s computer game, a man tells a story of heartbreak .
The Fat and Lean Wrestling Match (2 mins,Wr. & Dir. Georges Méliès)
An extremely lean man and an extremely fat man are engaged in a wrestling match in this 1900 classic by filmmaking pioneer Georges Méliès.
Kitty, Kitty Romford (3 mins, Dir. Chris & Ben Blaine, Wr. Cariad Lloyd)
Kitty, Kitty Romford is having a tough day, she’s just an ordinary dame, but her boss won’t get off her back and she’s inner monologuing out loud again…
Milk (10 mins, Dir. Ben Mallaby, Wr. Toby Williams, Paul F Taylor)
Timothy and Raymond have run out of milk.
Presented with support from a Wellcome Trust People Award.