The Sixth Annual Kangaroo Valley
Buster Keaton Silent Movie Festival

Kangaroo Valley Hall, Kangaroo Valley
(note: NOT Upper River Hall!)

7.30pm Sat August 30 2008

a fund-raiser for the Kangaroo Valley-Remexio Partnership,
this unique show has become an annual highlight of Kangaroo Valley life

a family show (kids generally love silent movies),
there will be three hilarious Buster Keaton classics
accompanied live by pianist

Robert Constable

featuring Buster Keaton's classic
1925 silent feature film
The Seven Chances

buster keaton

"Lovely and stunningly visual ... the chase
scenes become increasingly fantastic and
elaborate, climaxing in a breathtaking
avalanche ... one of the great Keaton gags."
Elliott Stein, The Village Voice

"Keaton's most sustained brilliance."
David Shipman

plus two Buster Keaton shorts:

My Wife's Relations [1922]
and The Paleface [1922]

"The shorts of Buster Keaton are among the greatest pleasures cinema has to offer."
David Shipman

Free refreshments at interval!!

tickets: $25, $5 (concession - children under 16 only) from
Kangaroo Valley Supermarket, Moss Vale Road

proceeds to assist projects in East Timor

e-mail Martin Wesley-Smith (
or call him on (02) 44 651 299
mail order booking form


My Wife's Relations [1922]
The Paleface [1922]


The Seven Chances [1925]

click here to see the poster for the event [344KB] by Diana Jaffray

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Buster Keaton


When only a few months old, (Buster Keaton) nearly suffocated after being accidentally shut in a costume trunk off stage while his mother and father performed, an incident that encouraged his parents to begin leaving him at whatever boarding house they were residing in. According to family legend, the Keatons then escaped from a series of fires and train wrecks that would have destroyed a less charmed family.

Finally, on one harrowing day when he was nearly three: Buster caught his right forefinger in a clothes wringer, losing the first joint, gashed his head near the eye with a brick that boomeranged after he threw it at a peach tree and was sucked out of an upstairs window by a passing cyclone that carried him floating through the air and conveniently deposited him, unhurt, in the middle of a street a few blocks away.

After that, his parents decided he'd be safer on stage ...

(read more here, and here (Wikipedia))

see Buster Keaton and the Rise of Modernism in America

born 4 October 1895 in Piqua, Kansas, as Joseph Frank Keaton Jr.
married to actress Natalie Talmadge; two sons
married another in 1930s
married Eleanor Ruth Norris in 1940; together until Buster's death on February 1 1966 of lung cancer

began in vaudeville with father Joe Keaton and mother Myra Keaton in 1896
began film work in 1917 for Comique


Buster Keaton was one of the greatest screen comedians the world has ever seen.

Born in 1895 when film-making was in its infancy, by the end of the 1920s he had become the most versatile star of the silent era. Actor, comedian, stuntman, writer, director. He excelled at them all.

The most graceful of actors, his films are filled with wonderful moments, from deceptively simple but effective gags through to elaborate and life-threatening stunts. He was a pioneer in the use of special effects, appearing on-screen simultaneously nine times in The Playhouse (1921).

By the end of the 1920s he had appeared in over 20 shorts and a dozen features, among them some of the greatest comedies ever seen. The General, his 1926 masterpiece, often appears in lists of the 'Top 100 Films Of All Time'.

At the start of the thirties, with changes in studio structures and the introduction of sound, Buster lost artistic control over his films. He became dependant on alcohol, and as the 1930s and 1940s passed he moved out of the public eye. He continued to make films, but nothing matched the quality of his early work.

During the fifties, with appearances on television and cameos in a handful of major studio films, interest in his silent films began to grow. Prints that hadn't been seen since the 1920s were unearthed and screened to enthusiastic audiences.

Just before his death in 1966, Buster Keaton was finally receiving the recognition he deserved.


for an excellent article about Keaton by Dan Callahan, in the senses of cinema series, click here.

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Robert Constable

Robert is a well-known Australian pianist, composer and improviser. He has a particular fascination with improvising accompaniments for silent films (at least three of his great-aunts and -uncles used to play professionally for the "silents" in the period following World War 1) and has been presenting some of the classics in this genre for many years. His work with silent films transcends mere background music, combining his various pianistic, composing and improvising abilities to create an instant soundscape for the images on the screen. With this approach he enters into a genuine artistic partnership with the film. He has a particular affinity with Buster Keaton and over the last ten years has interpreted most of the Keaton classics. Having retired as Professor and Dean of Music at the University of Newcastle, Robert is now Head of the School of Music, University of Auckland.

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My Wife's Relations [1922]

Buster Keaton collides head first with unholy matrimony in this hilarious two-reel comedy. A burly Irishwoman (Kate Price) thinks Buster has broken a window and has him brought before a judge -- who is Polish and can't speak English! The judge thinks the two are engaged and immediately marries them. The delighted woman drags Buster to her home and introduces him to her four huge brothers and their spindly father. The whole family abuses Buster until they come to believe -- quite mistakenly -- that he is due a huge inheritance; they then treat him with warmth and consideration. They all relocate to a ritzy penthouse only to learn that Buster has no income coming in. The resulting chaos leads to a wild chase and ends with Buster on a train headed for America's divorce capital, Reno, NV. [Nicole Gagne, All Movie Guide]

written & directed by Buster Keaton & Edward F. Cline; produced by Joseph M. Schenck; cinematography by Elgin Lessley; starring Buster Keaton, Monte Collins, Wheezer Dell, Harry Madison, Kate Price, Joe Roberts & Tom Wilson

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The Paleface [1922]

plot summary:

Buster Keaton stars in this silent classic as an innocent butterfly collector who stumbles into the middle of a land dispute between some greedy oil men and the Native American tribe which occupies the land. When the tribe vows to kill the first "paleface" who enters their village, our butterfly collector is the unfortunate target. After surviving a burning at the stake due to some hilarious acrobatics and some fire-resistant clothing, the butterfly collector is made a member of the tribe (as "Little Chief Paleface") and assists them in foiling the plans of the oil men.

directed by, and starring, Buster Keaton, The Paleface was produced by Joseph M. Schenck with cinematography by Elgin Lessley

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The Seven Chances [56', 1925]

The reputation of Buster Keaton's Seven Chances rests almost solely on its outrageous finale, a brilliant cascade of comic invention that begins with a church full of blushing brides and builds to a surreal chase of epic proportions. The hapless groom is pursued by an angry mob of women clad in white lace and veils and ends up dodging rolling stones and massive boulders while fleeing an avalanche, never once losing his trademark deadpan. Buster plays a struggling lawyer who will inherit a fortune if he marries by 7p.m. of his 27th birthday--the very day he receives notice of the potential windfall. When his longtime sweetheart turns him down, he frantically searches for someone--anyone--to wed. While Seven Chances doesn't have the sustained inspiration of his best films, Keaton fills the picture with inventive moments and clever ideas, notably a sustained series of desperate proposals (the "seven chances" of the title) that lead to the climactic swarm of aggressive brides. The biggest weakness is an embarrassing blackface performance that has only become more offensive with the years. Jean Arthur briefly appears as a switchboard operator. The film was remade in 1999 as The Bachelor with Chris O'Donnell ... [Sean Axmaker]

Seven Chances is a film often imitated but never rivaled for hilarity and visual virtuosity. It stars Buster Keaton with Lori Bara , T. Roy Barnes , Bartine Burkett & Rosalind Byrne.

Amazon viewers' reviews:

All we are saying is give Keaton a chance, February 6, 2004, by Andrew McCaffrey (USA):

I'm at a bit of a loss to explain what I thought about SEVEN CHANCES (1925) as a whole, because I had such a mixed reaction to it. The beginning and middle go from being sort of fun to being downright offensive. It's the last twenty or so minutes that save this fifty-six minute feature. They're absolutely terrific and encapsulate all of the things that Buster Keaton did so well.

The premise for this movie is overly simplistic and rather contrived, but then again, we aren't looking for Machiavellian plots out of most romantic comedies. Buster Keaton finds himself as the recipient of a large inheritance. As one could guess, this windfall comes with a catch: if he is married before seven o'clock on his twenty-seventh birthday, he gets the cash. If he isn't married by that time, then he gets nothing. (Wouldn't we all love to put weird catches like that into our last will and testament? I'm planning to withhold everything from my next-of-kin until they put on a clown suit and run down Interstate-270 during rush-hour shouting the lyrics to Eminem's Lose Yourself.) Since it turns out that today is the unmarried Keaton's twenty-seventh birthday, he races around desperately trying to tie the knot with someone -- anyone. Naturally, there is one special woman who we all know that he's supposed to end up with, but we have to wait until the very end for the movie to reward us with the anticipated conclusion.

If that plot summary sounds familiar to any reader out there, it's probably because the film was remade recently with Chris O'Donnell in the Buster Keaton role. I haven't seen that version of the movie, and I can only assume that the decision was made because a movie mogul had some sick desire to see the words "Chris O'Donnell" and "Buster Keaton" in the same sentence. This movie is less successful when sticking close to its initial foundation. Indeed, the Keaton character's unwillingness to marry outside his WASP background is responsible for two of the more uncomfortable moments. (What is it with this disc and bizarre attitudes towards race? I know it was a less enlightened time, but I've been making my way through the "Art of Buster Keaton" DVD box set and the stuff here really stands out as unusual. And one of the included short films has its own groan-worthy sequences: would any cop really be so dimwitted as to be confused about Buster Keaton's ethnic background just because of some mud on his face?)

What this film is mostly remembered for is its incredible chase sequence that more or less takes up the entire last third. Suddenly realizing that there is only One True Woman that he can possible wed, Keaton must escape the clutches of the thousands of would-be brides who want to get their hands on Keaton and his cash. This leads to sequences of several hundred extras in wedding gowns racing through the city streets, which is almost as funny a visual as the hundreds of angry police-officers chasing Keaton in one of his short films (the aptly named COPS). But it's Keaton's physical dexterity that makes this memorable.

For example, after escaping the city, he races across countryside. He comes to a cliff and quickly throws himself off it, reaching out and grabbing a tree to save his fall ... a tree that is being chopped down and which slowly topples as soon as Keaton lands on it. Undeterred, he immediately gets right back up and starts running again. A few minutes later, he's racing down a rocky hill, inadvertently causing a rockslide. Watching Keaton sprinting down a sandy incline while dodging large boulders is amazing. At one point, he comes to a standstill and concentrates solely on avoiding the rocks. He leaps over some. Others he ducks under. He jumps to the left to dodge them. He jumps to the right. My first thought on watching this was that Keaton got himself into a live-action version of Donkey Kong, with fake boulders instead of barrels. I love this sort of Keaton stunt work where I can both admire and laugh at a sequence at the same time ...

Best Chance for Buster, July 30, 2004, by blockhed (UK)

Frankly, I'd been a bit disappointed in the Buster films I'd seen before this one. Perhaps it was the scrappy condition they'd reached me in. This film, however, turned out to be a treasure and a masterpiece. Finally I became fully aware of how funny and downright amazing Keaton could be. It's strange that other viewers report that he didn't like it himself. Personally, I enjoyed the obviously well-structured plot, the elegant clothes, Buster's incredible athleticism, and as the story came to its ever zanier climax I was laughing out loud, very loud. Aside from the obvious fact that the whole world, not just Hitler's Germany, was unbelievably racist in the 1920s, there seems to be something of a feminist message underlying this story. One of the best scenes is where the vast army of women on the rampage totally flatten two football teams. Yikes, here comes women's lib! I'll grab my hat and run.

Keaton's marriage life slapstick farce, September 27, 2006, by Salvador Fortuny Miro "Parva" (Tarragona, Spain)

This splendid slapstick farce was Keaton's revenge to the tensions and bitterness of the marriage life with his first wife, Nathalie Talmadge. The film is a torrent of very calculated sight-gags with a unstoppable rhythm that arrives to its "climactic" explosion in the spectacular scene in which the character incarnated by Keaton, a wrecked lawyer who have to be married by 7pm of his 27th birthday to inherit a big fortune (this is, in 24 hours), must choose between five hundred spiteness brides or a rocks avalanche. The film knew a very poor remake in 1998 called The bachelor. Another masterwork of one of the greatest technician and comic artists of cinema.

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The Kangaroo Valley-Remexio Partnership

After the destruction and killing which swept East Timor in September 1999, a small group of KV residents felt a need to do something. A partnership was discussed with an East Timorese village and the Kangaroo Valley-Remexio Partnership was formed. Now, several years on, we have a mix of vital local and district people working with many East Timorese in Australia and East Timor.

Remexio is a cluster of small villages in the hills about one hour's drive south of Dili.

The KV-RP is a "bottom up" or "grass roots" approach to helping the East Timorese help themselves. We hope to assist the East Timorese achieve dignified living through health, education, justice and ecologically sustainable industry. We selectively try to help in ways that are different from those of the UN and of other NGOs.

The current situation in East Timor has not deterred us from continuing this work (indeed, Libby and I returned from East Timor just before the more serious disruptions commenced in 2006, although several other intended visits by Kangaroo Valley people had to be cancelled). Clearly, the needs of the East Timorese people are now even more acute ...

Donations (tax-deductible) are always welcome! If you would like to assist, please contact me, Paul Turnock, on 02 4465 1357 (email me here). 100% of donations go to East Timor as we self-fund our own administration and activities.

Rather than large single projects, we pursue a multitude of small, personal and usually integrated activities. Being substantially self-funded, and consistent with our philosophy, our material contributions are small. Instead, we rely on sharing our existing skills in day to day situations.

We try to foster long-term personal relationships with East Timorese people and actively encourage this approach in others. That part which is conducted in Australia is the provision of education and training to those who have appropriate interests and aptitudes for leadership and mentoring roles back in East Timor.

We now enjoy the beginnings of likely long-term relationships with numerous on-going activities. In addition, much of our involvement is outside of Remexio, in other parts of East Timor, as well as in active networking within Australia. Along the way we have tried to identify the best and worst of our respective Australian and East Timorese lifestyles, to better influence both our paths into the future.

Remexio kids left: kids in Remexio, March 2002


KV-RP is largely self-funded but donations are always very helpful. If made to "AFAP KV-Remexio Partnership" they will be tax deductible (AFAP - Australian Foundation for the Peoples of Asia and the Pacific Ltd - is our umbrella group, which is recognised by the ATO for tax deductibility).

We cover all our own expenses such as air fares, accommodation etc as well as all administration overheads. 100% of funds raised from the public go directly towards helping the East Timorese and are fully accounted for. Donors may request that their funds be directed towards particular areas of their own special interest, such as health, education, etc.

for more information, see

Paul Turnock (02 4465 1357)

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reviews, comments etc: 2003 | 2004 | 2006 | 2007

a review of "Buster Keaton Goes to Timor" (the First Annual Kangaroo Valley Buster Keaton Silent Movie Festival), Sat Aug 2 2003:

The "Buster Keaton Goes to Timor" film show last Saturday night was a great success. And what a great night it was! Film buffs from far and wide packed Upper River Hall for a selection of Buster Keaton silent films accompanied by excellent pianist Robert Constable. But for most people - especially for this reviewer - the highlight of the evening was the new Kangaroo Valley film "Dirty Dan the Pump-Out Man"!

We all laughed ourselves sick as the dreaded and dreadful Dirty Dan (artfully, and with great style, played by Paul Turnock) absconded with the delightful Fluff the Magic Virgin (Helen George in a stunning debut on the silver screen), only to be forced, by the pursuing mob of angry townsfolk, to leap from Hampden Bridge.

There were two problems, however: [1] the script called for Fluff to leap too, causing the audience great consternation; and [2] the film makers obviously had no idea how to finish the thing, so they turned it into part one of a serial. It seems that we'll all have to wait for the next episode to find out what happened in the end. Generally, though, it was a cinematic triumph, possibly one of the finest films to have been produced in Kangaroo Valley so far this month.

I was lucky enough to be given a sneak preview as it turned out that I had to be elsewhere and couldn't actually get there on the night. Many thanks to the Voice for allowing me - due to copy deadline problems - to submit this review beforehand.

Ken Park, Sat July 26 2003

from post-event e-mails received about "Buster Keaton Goes to Timor":

1. "I went to the Buster Keaton film night ... it was amazing! I really needed the laugh and it was sheer pure fun ... Having the music live was another masterstroke - from the angle I was sitting, Robert's back was in the darkness and the small lamp illuminated his hands, beyond lay the screen. It was truly a classic memorable night. I overheard people commenting on having a great night the next morning near the Bella Cafe."

2. "It was a great night. For us, it was worth all your work; we hope it was worth it for you. The music really made the Buster Keaton films. Robert Constable did it very well and the films were much funnier because of it ... Am looking forward to the sequel (of "Dirty Dan"); another film with the two newly discovered and talented stars enhanced by judicious editing ..."

3. "Chris the mulled wine was just gorgeous ... Terry the dummies were just incredible, if only Paul Turnock was that good looking, such a lot of work and spectacular results. Martin, who'd have thought such a creative mind could not only direct but pull off such a smooth and well oiled performance, the bats were a touch of genius and trained in such a short time. It all went so well and was such a pleasure to sit back and watch. And Peter, such profound and provoking words, even though everyone else thinks you are a slack bastard and left the ship, I recognized your genius all over that dirty movie. Congrats to you all, laugh? thought I'd never stop ..."

4. "It really was quite amazing. The creativity was striking ... the night was a tour de force of cooperative creativity - incredible when one reflects that the whole night emerged from the human mind ... ideas and energy ... it was brilliant to assimilate the KV community into Keaton's slapstick. I loved the written quips between scenes and the masterstroke of fusing film and reality ... plus the plus of live music. Terrific to make it an annual event."

Back from the brink!

Fluff pulls Dan off
the bridge ...

[click the photo for a
larger, better view]

photo: Peter Stanton


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a review of the Second Annual Kangaroo Valley Buster Keaton Silent Movie Festival, Sat Aug 28 2004:

On Friday August 27, a packed Upper River Hall thrilled to the further adventures of Dirty Dan the Pump-Out Man and his delicious young sweetheart Fluff the Magic Virgin. What a great night! The new Kangaroo Valley-made silent movie, "Dirty Dan: The Old Grey Mayor", features Dan (Paul Turnock) as the new Mayor of Kangaroo Council and Fluff (Helen George) as the Lady Mayoress. Local residents, having welcomed them enthusiastically, soon tire of their petty corruption and chase them out of town. Accompanied brilliantly by pianist Robert Constable, the movie provoked continuous laughter, particularly when Dan set out to disprove the adage "There's no such thing as a free lunch".

The occasion was the first night of "The Second Kangaroo Valley Buster Keaton Film Festival". Robert Constable repeated last year's success with superb accompaniments to all the movies shown (Buster Keaton's "Sherlock Junior" and "Cops" as well as both episodes of the Dirty Dan saga). The following night he did it all again, this time with different Keaton movies ("The Playhouse", "The Blacksmith" and "One Week"). His playing adds another level of humour to what's on screen as well as helping to maintain the drama. Much of the humour is abstract, with kids often seeing things that were missed by the adults. A real family night!

It is hoped that a silent film festival such as this will become an annual event, attracting devotees from far and wide. The Kangaroo Valley-Remexio Partnership, which mounted the festival to raise money for projects in East Timor, is to be congratulated for its initiative here.

I'm giving the event four and a half out of five! I'd give it five except I haven't actually seen it yet - these Valley Voice deadlines are impossible ...

Margaret Pomegranate

from post-event e-mails received about the Second Annual Kangaroo Valley Buster Keaton Silent Movie Festival:

"Congratulations on another fine production, I laughed myself into a state of wheeziness, always a good sign I think because I actually have to laugh an awful lot to reach the wheeze. Hopefully tightened up a few abdominal muscles as well ... but that could be a short-term benefit only. I think Cipi should get an award for the loudest laugher, she certainly did some serious thigh slapping and I saw her slap H. George across the back several times. Laughing is such a happy little side effect isn't it? Great medicine for us all. I loved seeing HG's chubby little legs sticking out of that wheelbarrow, isn't she a great sport? I thought she and Paul were beautifully under-stated. Olivia was just gorgeous as the threatening flirting tart. Great film editing Martin, obliviously a great script ... whoever wrote it ... Really guys it was just great."

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from post-event e-mails received about the Fourth Annual Kangaroo Valley Buster Keaton Silent Movie Festival, Sat 28 October 2006:

"I loved the whole evening. Particularly 'the general'. What an incredible talent and matched by Robert whose playing was so inspired. I feel so lucky to live in this valley."

"I was sitting beside X and was aware, at times, that he was often looking at Robert. I'm afraid I was the opposite: I was engrossed in the film and kept forgetting that the music was live - at one stage thinking, when I heard the bridal march, "Oh, they must have had the same music for weddings then, too ..." Y said he was like X, watching Robert a lot, and being worried that his fingers were flying so fast that at any moment they would overtake the action and get out of sync (or that his fingers might fall off!) ... So we all enjoyed it in separate ways, but enjoy it we did. By next year (if Robert is willing) we may have a final Dirty Dan with which to challenge his creative hands?"

"Thankyou for a thoroughly enjoyable evening at the Upper KV Hall last Saturday. Every so often I realised I was listening to a live pianist playing live music and the wow factor seeped through my body and made me feel so lucky to be exposed to this level of talent and generosity. Please pass on my appreciation to him."

"The film night was wonderful. I think knowing what to expect now makes it more enjoyable because I arrive so relaxed and knowing that I can kick back and truly enjoy the music and film. What a luxury, you operate the film and Robert plays his heart out and surely wears out his fingers, and all I have to do his support my sides whilst belly laughing for 2 hours. Bloody brilliant. Can't wait for the next Buster night."

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a review of the Fifth Annual Kangaroo Valley Buster Keaton Silent Movie Festival, Sat 27 October 2007:

Dirty Dan the Pump-Out Man was a highlight of the Fifth Annual Kangaroo Valley Buster Keaton Silent Movie Festival, held recently in Upper River Hall.

It stars many local residents, including Paul Turnock as Dirty Dan, Helen George as Fluff, and John George as Froth - but in many ways the most prominent star on the night was pianist Robert Constable, whose nimble fingers made sense of the nonsense we saw on screen.

No small task: this movie has matured into a deep and complex window into the human condition. No mere collection of slapstick antics here. I mean, plenty of slapstick antics, to be sure, and very funny, but all interconnected and revolving around a central point. That point? If you didn't see it then I don't want to spoil the fun of deciphering it for yourself when the DVD is released.

Also on the program were Buster Keaton's The Goat [1921], in which not a single goat was to be seen, and his 1928 feature film Steamboat Bill Jr. Non-stop laughter!

The Kangaroo Valley-Remexio Partnership is to be congratulated on another fine event put on to raise funds for its projects in East Timor.

from post-event e-mails:

"everyone at tennis, at yoga, and in Spanish class who attended (= most of them) was full of enthusiasm and hopeful Buster Keaton and Robert will be back next year"

"What a great night that was! The pianist was so good and so funny - I don't know how he does it, playing at that level for so long."

"Wasn't that the most fabulous on Saturday night? We had such fun!"

"I had trouble seeing the screen properly, but the music was so good it didn't really matter."

"The atmosphere was fantastic, and really makes you appreciate living in Kangaroo Valley. I heard several visitors comment on how friendly everyone was. There was a real buzz about the place."

"You've done it again, East Timor people. I don't know how you manage to persuade that marvellous pianist to come each year - he's so clever being able to do that, without one mistake."

"In a world of films filled with noise and destructive, violent images, how refreshing and delightful it was to watch a master of silence and gentleness be embellished by a master of musical interpretation."

"As I have known for a while now, you really are an imaginative and talented bunch at Kangaroo Valley. What a fantastic idea for a fundraiser. This was the first of your film festivals I have been to and was probably the first time I had ever seen a silent movie, let alone one made in Australia. Congratulations on Dirty Dan - there were some very funny antics going on there.

"I am now a big Buster Keaton fan and a Robert Constable fan as well. Please tell the latter what an amazing job he did. I loved the music - so light and lively, it fitted with the movies perfectly and it was good to hear a few familiar tunes woven in ... It's amazing to think he can play non-stop like that for over an hour!"

"the house was bursting with laughter and happiness"

The Sixth Annual Kangaroo Valley
Buster Keaton Silent Movie Festival

Kangaroo Valley Hall
note: NOT Upper River Hall!!

7.30pm Sat August 30 2008

Keaton | Constable
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enquiries: e-mail Martin Wesley-Smith ( or call (02) 44 651 299;
get tickets ($25, $5 (concession - children under 16 only)) by mail order:
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