Oxford Festival Fringe Preview Comedy Festival Film Festival

In partnership with the Ultimate Picture Palace, Oxford’s premier independent cinema, we are proud to present a late-night series of comedies curated by performers at the Oxford Festival Fringe Preview Comedy Festival. We asked comedians to select films that influenced their sense of humour, expanded what they though comedy could be, or that they just really love and then introduce the film live before the screening on Saturday nights. It’s a eclectic mix of cult favourites and classics that you’re sure to love.


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Saturday 6 July @ 11:00pm

Mean Girls (2004)

Scripted by the hilariously sharp Tina Fey, this is a High School rom-com with bite. When Cady attends school for the first time at the age of 16, having been home-schooled previously, she learns a lot about high school cliques. She is a hit with The Plastics, the A-list girl clique at her new school until she makes the mistake of falling for Aaron Samuels, the ex-boyfriend of alpha Plastic Regina George. A smart and funny dissection of high school society which has become a modern cult classic.

‘Fizzes with peculiarly feminine evil, of the kind that comes dripping through a pillowy smirk garnished with baby-pink lipgloss.’ ★★★★ Jenny McCartney, The Telegraph

Selected and introduced by Adele Cliff.


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Saturday 13 July @ 11:00pm

The American Astronaut (2001)

Endearingly eccentric, sci-fi, musical, western about an interplanetary trader voyaging through a rustic and remote solar system, unaware that he’s is being pursued by old friend Professor Hess who wants to kill him. Cory McAbee’s wrote, directed, and stars in this surreal cult comedy which he describes as 'Buck Rogers meets Roy Rogers’.

‘A sui generis, love-it-or-hate-it exercise in homegrown American surrealism.’ Hazel-Dawn Dumpert, LA Weekly

Selected and introduced by Matthew Chadourne


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Saturday 20 July @ 11:00pm

Withnail & I (1987)

“We want the finest wines available to humanity. And we want them here, and we want them now!”

Two struggling, unemployed actors decide some respite is in order and so depart their miserable flat for a week in the Lake District one that will involve rain, booze, minimal supplies, a randy bull and an even randier Uncle Monty.

‘The best British comedy ever made? Possibly. A masterpiece? Unquestionably.’ ★★★★★ Ali Catterall, Film4

‘It's much funnier, and sadder, watched stone-cold sober.’ ★★★★★ Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian

Selected and introduced by Maddie Campion


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Saturday 27 July @ 11:00pm

An American Werewolf in London (1981)

A darkly funny take on the classic werewolf tale in which two American hikers lose their way on the Yorkshire moors during a full moon…what could go wrong? John Landis blends the macabre with a wicked sense of humour in this suspenseful horror-comedy, featuring some unforgettable special effects by Oscar-winner Rick Baker.

‘Carnivorous lunar activities rarely come any more entertaining than this.’ ★★★★ Kim Newman, Empire Magazine

Selected and introduced by Rachel Fairburn