Flatpicks: Sam Groves

Team Flatpack have been providing recommendations on what not to miss at Flatpack 10 over the last week (see them all here). Still need more suggestions? Take a look at the below selection by Programmer Sam Groves…

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1) Sound + Vision
This night of analogue AV promises to be a little bit special. Optical Machines have never performed in the UK before, Transforma rarely do, and Graham Dunning, although a regular on the UK circuit, is always a joy to see. What’s more we’ve got Adrian Flury merging people’s faces on a big screen too. For anyone who was at Usaginingen last year, you mustn’t miss this.

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2) Channel 4: Eye Openers
It’s not every year we can claim to be screening the perfect film, but this year [as far as I’m concerned] we are. As a teenager, seeing Music for One Apartment and Six Drummers on C4 was a revelatory moment for me – it was pure craft, unadulterated craft. The following day I showed my parents, and then friends, and then friends of friends. I’ve basically been doing that now for about 15 years, and now it’s such a pleasure to be screening it as part of a programme of shorts celebrating Channel 4. I asked some other filmmakers, curators and commissioners to pick their revelatory Channel 4 films too – they picked some crackers also.


3) Short Film Competition
I can’t bang the drum loud enough for these – five eclectic programmes of basically the best contemporary filmmaking you’re likely to come across.

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4) Ruined Heart: Another Lovestory Between A Criminal And A Whore
People always talk about films that ‘stay with you’, well this certainly did for me. It’s a raw, visceral, confounding, punk piece of filmmaking with real [ruined] heart to it. As soon as I could I bought the soundtrack on vinyl – it’s amazing.


5) Pierre Bastien + Brian Duffy
Pierre Bastien makes music and visuals using Meccano – it’s ace. He’s ace. Last time I saw him I was so enthused I was unconsciously and genuinely doing the Kriss Akabusi ‘awooga’ fist rolling gesture – that’s how good he is. With Brian Duffy as a double bill, it’ll be a real treat.

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