FLATPICKS: LAUREN YOUNG

Next up giving her twopence is our Festival Assistant Lauren Young…

1) Radio Dreams

Both brilliantly funny and a treat for the ears, Babak Jalali’s film follows an Iranian radio station manager as he attempts to have Metallica and Kabul Dreams (Afghanistan’s first rock band) meet. As a personification of the manager’s attempt to mesh the American Dream with his Eastern heritage, this film is for fans of nostalgia, humour and music – plus Lars Ulrich has a cameo, so, really, what more reason do you need?!

 

2) Funny Squared

This programme contains some of my favourite shorts from this year and answers some important questions, like: “what’s it like to live next to Satanists?” (F***ing Bunnies), “what’s your perfect day?” (Talking Cure), and “just why is it such a hot winter?” (Hot Winter: A Film by Dick Pierre). Not for the easily affronted, this is one of my favourite hours at Flatpack this year.

 

3) Eyes without a Face

I haven’t seen this film yet, but I have heard of it. I’m always a fan of things that cause controversy on their release, and this 1960s feature definitely delivers just that. It toes the line between beautiful and gory imagery, following a genius scientist’s attempts to reconstruct his daughter’s disfigured face through harvesting the faces of women he lures into his clutches. I’m hoping to take this opportunity to see it on the big screen, as it’ll be perfectly situated under the Old Rep’s proscenium arch.

 

4) Bozzetto Non Troppo/Allegro Non Troppo

This double bill begins with a documentary on animation whizz Bruno Bozzetto and is a heart-warming insight into the mind behind several short and feature length animations. Bruno’s genius is followed by feature film Allegro Non Troppo. With a nod and a wink to Disney’s Fantasia, it’s filled with clever animation set to classical backdrops. This is a joyous double bill that will be a perfect mid-afternoon pick-me-up.

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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