Flatpicks: Mark Rhodes

The third selection of Flatpicks in the Flatpack 10 series come from Technical Coordinator Mark Rhodes (You can take a look at director Ian’s picks here, Marketing Assistant Rachael’s here, and browse the programme in its entirety here.)

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1) Mothwasp
I was able to see a warm-up rehearsal for this, and was hit with a wall of sound (+ amazing visuals).

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2) Faust
This is going to be great if previous performances from Matt Eaton (Pram) and Gareth Jones (Misty’s Big Adventure, Grandmaster Gareth) are anything to go by (I’m specifically remembering last years live score to F.W. Murnau’s Nosferatu). And this years atmospheric live score will take place in the theatrical surroundings of Birmingham’s Old Rep.

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3) Pierre Bastien + Brian Duffy
Another highlight from the Optical Sound strand, this double bill really focuses on the medium itself – a sculptural take on what music is and can be.

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4) La Jetee: Rescored by Larva
Larva excel at rethinking soundtracks – I recently bought their rescore of The Mask (cult suspense film from 1961) – and I can’t wait to see and hear what they have in store for Chris Marker’s sci-fi masterpiece La Jetee.

5) Screendance
I have a limited experience of contemporary dance and dance on film, which is the main pull of the Screendance programme. I’ve seen a few samples of what’s in store and the way dance and movement are articulated on camera is mesmerising!

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ENDORSEMENTS

"An incredible mix of film and music for all ages." - The Times
"A treasure trove of a festival" – Sight and Sound
"Magnificently eclectic" – Time Out
"This festival is really like no other, with an incredible line-up of amazing screenings and events for grown-ups and kids alike." - Anorak
"Joyously inventive" - Guardian
"Britain’s most exciting and innovative film festival" – Lonely Planet
"Like the perfect mixtape…you’re not quite sure how or why the selection works, but that is what makes it so magical" – Electric Sheep
"It's like being shown really cool stuff by a good friend who thinks you might like to see it." - Audience member
"Flatpack has gained a well deserved reputation as an innovative film festival with an imaginative output" – Film Four
"I came away totally inspired, both by Birmingham and by Flatpack. One of the best festivals I’ve ever been to." - Ken Freedman, WFMU
"The festival feels like an essential component in Birmingham’s cultural life, bringing new talent and the city itself to light." - The Quietus
"The best programming on the planet." - Canadian curator Kier-la Janisse
"Independent, quirky, intelligent, innovative, amusing and relaxed - nothing else like it." - Audience member