Trib­ute to Burgh’s fa­mous res­i­dent

Clas­sic com­edy

Rutherglen Reformer - - FESTIVAL - Jonathan Ged­des

A Glas­gow film fes­ti­val will pay trib­ute to one of Ruther­glen’s most fa­mous sons this au­tumn.

The South­side Film Fes­ti­val is to screen the Lau­rel and Hardy clas­sic silent short Putting Pants On Philip at Pol­lok­shaws Burgh Hall on Fri­day Oc­to­ber 9 at 2.30pm.

The short has of­ten been de­scribed as the first true Lau­rel and Hardy film, and was be­lieved to be Stan Lau­rel’s favourite of the com­edy duo’s shorts.

In it, Lau­rel’s kilt- wear­ing char­ac­ter ar­rives in Amer­ica fresh from Scot­land and moves in with a un­cle, played by Hardy. Com­edy, and many mishaps, en­sue in the 20 minute short, which was re­leased in 1927. That re­lease came just over 20 years af­ter Lau­rel first started his com­edy ca­reer in Scot­land.

Born in Cum­bria, he moved to Ruther­glen and at­tended Ruther­glen Academy, while it’s be­lieved he stayed on Stonelaw Road and Buchanan Drive.

He fa­mously honed his com­edy craft at the Metropole Theatre and the Panop­ti­con in Glas­gow, work­ing on pan­tomime and mu­sic hall sketches, which paved the way for him to move to Amer­ica and later be­come one of the most pop­u­lar co­me­di­ans of all time.

This year’s South­side Film Fes­ti­val will also visit To­ry­glen. Re­sis­tance Recipes: Pales­tinian Food and Film will take place at To­ry­gle Com­mu­nity Base on Sun­day Oc­to­ber 11 from 12.30 to 2.30pm.

It’s a se­lec­tion of a short films that will ex­plore the pol­i­tics of food in Palestine, and the way that peo­ple are com­ing to­gether to make a dif­fer­ence.

The screen­ing will be hosted by Ur­ban Roots and will in­clude a demon­stra­tion and tast­ing of Pales­tinian food be­fore the film screen­ing. En­try to both films events is free, and more de­tails about the whole pro­gramme of events can be found at south­side­film.co.uk

Trib­ute Stan Lau­rel at­tended school in Ruther­glen be­fore be­com­ing a world wide star

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