Revelry, melodrama and a decent helping of cereal to complement your morning cartoons. Read on Amy Smart’s Flatpicks to give you guidance for the week ahead.

1) The House Of Mystery : A Box set nineteen-twenties style. 

With binge watching now a national pastime I can’t think of a better way to spend a weekend than settling in for all 10 episodes of The House Of Mystery. This French melodrama has it all: jealousy, murder and a love triangle and will be accompanied by a live score from pianist John Sweeney – you don’t get that with Netflix.


2) Mulholland Drive

Being a huge fan of David Lynch Mulholland Drive had to make my top 3. I get something new from it every time and this time I’m getting Billy Ray Cyrus in 4K!


3) Cartoon Rock

A festival (and personal) favourite bringing together two of my best-loved things, cartoons and Coco-Pops.


4) Off The Beaten Track

Hi Stranger is fast becoming my favourite short film and judging by the number of hits online I’m not the only one. Featuring a whopping nine UK premieres this quirky collection of shorts will keep you entertained with its cheeky humour and general weirdness, a real treat for animation lovers.



"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