In 2006 the organisation launched the impressively larger Flatpack Festival, now extended to a six-day event that takes their “mixtape programming” to spaces all over Birmingham. Diverse Flatpack venues include the UK’s oldest cinema The Electric, Birmingham Town Hall, IMAX at Millenium Point, St Martin’s Church and various bars and warehouses around Digbeth. Flatpack has gone from strength to strength, receiving warm praise from its Google-eyed audience and plaudits from local and national press.
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The moment has arrived…
The Flatpack Festival programme has gone live and tickets are now on sale!
It’s time to feast your eyes on the full 11 days of films, exhibitions, installations, shorts, animations, AV spectaculars, live music, restored classics, claymations, parties, walking tours, local history, world premieres, music videos, documentaries, 3D thrills…and…well, what are you waiting for? See for yourself!
The programme is available online HERE
See you there!
Last Thursday we put on a little ‘walk-in movie‘ at The Edge as part of the Diesel Island programme. The general theme was surviving the apocalypse, and we found that this is the ideal neighbourhood when searching for oil-drums, timber and rubble. Tom Baker from Loaf gave useful advice on foraging, and then the car park filled up for an outdoor showing of cult end-of-the-world drama Miracle Mile.
The following night I caught American Werewolf in London in the back-yard of the Spotted Dog, and I’m hoping that this is the start of a global-warming-inspired trend for al fresco movies around Digbeth. Watch this space for more in the future. In the meantime, the Diesel series climaxes with a free disco at the Custard Factory’s Old Library tomorrow night (Friday 20 May). See Area for the full programme.
In one of those unexpected speaker/venue combinations (see also Crispin Glover at the Light House), American producers Ted Hope and Christine Vachon are guests of honour at a special networking evening at the Spotted Dog on Warwick St in Digbeth this Thursday 7th April, from 6pm. Between them they’ve been responsible for a big chunk of interesting American cinema over the past couple of decades, including the likes of American Splendor, Kids, Boys Don’t Cry and Hedwig and the Angry Inch (pictured) as well as assorted movies by Ang Lee, Todd Haynes, Todd Solondz and many others. The evening is supported by Staffordshire University and Swish Productions, and costs £10 or £7 concessions. [via Film Birmingham]
Flatpack 5 has landed!
Prepare yourself for five days of cinematic wonders in venues across Birmingham, from 23-27 March 2011.
Tickets go on sale on Wednesday 2 March and the brochure will be hitting the streets at the end of the week. In the meantime, you can browse the website and see what you fancy… www.flatpackfestival.org
Flatpack Festival celebrates its fifth birthday in just over a month (23-27 March) with parties, live scores, AV performances, a restored 60s mobile cinema, plus feature film previews, an archive renaissance and adolescent metalheads from Loughborough…
Full programme information and tickets will be available online at the end of the month. But before that, here are a few things to look forward to this year:
Self Made – Birmingham born Turner prize-winner Gillian Wearing’s hugely-anticipated first feature. The film is a highly charged emotional journey, which started with the placement of a local advert ‘Do you want to be in a film? Would you play yourself or a fictional character?’.
We Don’t Care About Music Anyway – an ear-opening portrait of Japan’s experimental music scene, accompanied by a live set by Sakamoto Hiromichi who plays the cello in unusual fashion – with saws and angle-grinders.
The Nesst 2 -, a rescored selection of public information films presented by Mordant Music. A bunker installation which places these films in a suitably creepy context.
In Bed With Chris Needham – the trials and tribulations of an adolescent metal fan from Loughborough are laid out in painful detail by this legendary Video Diary, presented as a taster for this year’s Home of Metal celebrations.
Paper Party – Saturday night antics include a live performance by audio-visual duo Sculpture who use video zoetrope record decks, tape loops, cassettes, samples, computer programming and lo-fi electronics. Plus Origamibiro and a VJ set from animator David Wilson.
Clearly we don’t condone this sort of thing. Although apparently he has since been offered a trial by Birchfield Harriers.
Flatpack returns in March for its fifth festival; another roller-coaster ride across the frontiers of film. From its hub in Eastside, it will spill across the city, from shop fronts to converted warehouse spaces, art galleries and the 100 year old Electric Cinema.
- This year’s celebration of film pioneers past focuses on Birmingham resident Iris Barry (born in Washwood Heath), founder of the Museum of Modern Art’s film archive – featuring a special event exploring her life and legacy, plus screenings of work she preserved – including Buster Keaton’s Sherlock Junior, to be screened at Birmingham Town Hall with live organ by Nigel Ogden.
- A Vintage Mobile Cinema which will pop up in unexpected places over the city screening shorts, local archive footage and fun family films.
- The Invisible Cinema – following the success of the 2010 tour of original 1930s art deco Odeons, this year’s heritage offer will bring back to life some of the city’s ex-picturehouses and forgotten celluloid landmarks. Also planned is an exhibition of images from disused cinemas, taken by ‘urban explorers’ under cover of night.
- Prostitute – on the eve of its re-release, Tony Garnett revisits his 1980 drama Prostitute, partly shot in Balsall Heath, a few years before community action shut down the local red light district.
- Loft in Translation – screenings in partnership with MACE’s Full Circle project, which encourages people to retrieve home-movies from their attics.
- Archive Revival – Artists and filmmakers who appropriate and repurpose archive material including work by Thom Andersen, Duncan Campbell and Peter Tscherkassky.
- The festival will present the UK premiere of Shadow Shows, an experiment in surreal horror created by Pram and Film Ficciones.
The full programme will be announced in February 2011. Flatpack takes place from 24-27 March.
In 2011 Flatpack and Fierce festivals will take place in Eastside and venues across Birmingham over the same week: 22-27 March. Save the date! Earlierthis year Eastside was abuzz during Flatpack with with venues packed full of people at the festival and other fringe events in the area. We are looking forward to the exciting collision of film and performance that the two festivals will provide.
If you were thinking of submitting a short film for Flatpack Festival, there are two weeks left! The deadline is Friday 10 December. The team will be forgoing the usual Christmas holiday films in order to sift through the submissions with the obligatory Turkey sandwiches. More information on how to submit your films is here.
More information will be trickling out over the next few months and the full programmes will be revealed at the end of February.
Flatpack Festival, the eclectic film festival organised by 7 inch Cinema is nearly upon us! From 23-28 March, the festival will be taking over venues across Birmingham including Eastside. Flatpack will be taking film to an array of unexpected places, from re-scored silent cinema masterpieces to plasticine parties, cult horror to fantasy musicals.
Highlights include a screening of F.W. Murnau’s 1927 marvel Sunrise with a new score by acclaimed jazz musician Alcyona Mick at St. Martin’s Church in the Bullring. French artist Julien Maire will also be performing at Birmingham Central Library and Vivid, playing with technology to create bewitching optical illusions.
Dublin collective Synth Eastwood will have a mini-residency at the Rainbow Warehouse, building up to a warehouse event blurring the boundaries between gallery and club on Friday 26 March. Expect an eye-opening stew of graphics, installations, music and performance. Live guests include Clark (Warp), AV duo Gangpol and Mit and YouTube provocateur Hugh Cooney.
The full programme line-up and tickets are available now at www.flatpackfestival.org.uk