All aboard for Buster’s Navigation

1924: American comedian Buster Keaton (1895-1966) wearing a deep-sea diver suit with his trademark hat perched on top in a scene from his latest film 'The Navigator'.
1924: American comedian Buster Keaton (1895-1966) wearing a deep-sea diver suit with his trademark hat perched on top in a scene from his latest film 'The Navigator'.

THE Vagabond Cinema Project, which operates under Independent Cinema MK has two delicious moments from the era of silent comedy to share with you this weekend.

Buster Keaton comedies The Navigator and Hard Luck will air at St George’s Church in Wolverton.

Originally Barber’s Electric Picture Palace, it opened its doors to the public a century ago, and was the area’s first purpose built cinema.

The Palace opened its doors for the first time on December 6, 1911, and continued to enthral audiences for five decades, before the curtain fell on the big screen action.

But the building remains and now the venue that was Barber’s Electric Picture Palace in Wolverton is occupied by a church group.

On Saturday the venue will once more be at the heart of the silent delivery, with those aforementioned Keaton aces.

The Navigator is choc full of gags, large props and sets, perfectly timed sequences, stunts, thrills and the odd surrealist moment.

The tale of two rich socialites who find themselves aboard a crewless ship floating out to sea, unable to make a cup of coffee, let alone steer the ship will make a certain splash with you...

In Hard Luck, depressed Buster attempts to take his own life, but mistakes alcohol for poison...hic!

Saturday’s entertainment begins at 7pm.

To reserve your space at the classic event, email to ursywhite@hotmail.co.uk