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Brilliant Buster Keaton (U) + live music from Robin Harris

Family Film Club

Buster Keaton stands with an saw outside a ramshackle, wonky wooden house

Come along for some hilarious slapstick with live music, with the always astonishing comedy and deadpan face of Buster Keaton. 

We've put together a trio of Buster Keaton's most hilarious comedies for your enjoyment - full of falling over, funny stunts and just plain silliness. 

The Scarecrow finds Buster keen to marry the farmer's daughter (Sybil Seely), but must first outrun Luke - not a love rival, but a very fast dog. In One Week, newlyweds try to build themselves a new house, but somehow things keep going wrong. And finally in The Haunted House, Buster is a bank teller who keeps getting mixed up in all sorts of strange business. 

We’re delighted to have the acclaimed pianist Robin Harris of the London Dance Orchestra  to give a live keyboard accompaniment to help you get your giggle on. 

The Scarecrow 
US 1920 Dirs Buster Keaton & Edward F Cline 18 min

One Week (U) 
US 1920 Dirs Buster Keaton & Edward F Cline 25 min

The Haunted House
US 1921 Dirs Buster Keaton & Edward F Cline 20 min

Total programme run time 63 min 

Adults can only come if they’re bringing a child, and children can only come along if accompanied by an adult. If you’re over 18, we’re afraid being a ‘big kid’ doesn’t count.

Booking is essential. Unless or until guidance changes, six people or two households of any size can visit together as a group, so we’ve created socially-distanced clusters. Please only sit directly beside someone from your household or support bubble, and avoid moving seats when you arrive, so we can keep a safe distance between you and other groups.

All audience members over 12 years old need to wear a mask for the whole event (apart from if excempt or when eating and/or drinking).

Before the film, the Cinema Café will be open serving food and drink, although the cinema foyer seating area won’t be available at the moment, to allow for social distancing.

Barbican Cinema has been supported by the Culture Recovery Fund for Independent Cinemas in England which is administered by the BFI, as part of the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sports £1.57bn Culture Recovery Fund supporting arts and cultural organisations in England affected by the impact of Covid-19. #HereForCulture.

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