Established in March 2009 by Bal Saini & Paul “Ginger” Curtin, the
Chuckle Film Society is dedicated to screening of classic
comedy films from the Golden Age of Comedy featuring
comic giants such as Laurel & Hardy, Charlie Chaplin,
Bustyer Keaton, Harold Lloyd, etc.
After years of sitting around in pubs, drinking good ale and talking
about films which made us laugh we decided to launch a film society
dedicated to screening classic films from the Golden Age of Comedy.
For the launch we wanted a venue in the city centre which would be
easily accessible as well as welcoming; we also wanted screenings
to be social events for members to meet and mingle before
and after each screening. Our search for such a venue
led us to the Old Joint Stock Theatre, at which
Ian Craddock was the perfect host.
It might be hard to believe but the most difficult part for us was coming up with
the ideal name for the film society. It was during a meal in the Birmingham Art Gallery
that Mark Marlow came up with the name of the Chuckle Film Society. Now that we had
a name and a venue the Chuckle Film Society had its first screening in March 2009,
since then it has had regular monthly screening at the Old Joint Stock Theatre. We
are currently taking a winter break but will be launching the 2010 season on Saturday
27 March 2010 with a Laurel & Hardy Festival – an all-
After the festival we will be having our regular monthly screenings on the last Thursday of the month at a diverse range of venues. For the 2010 season
we aim to offer everyone the chance to watch films which will make
them laugh and smile as well as holding social events for the
benefits of our members.