The Roundhouse is a striking horseshoe-shaped building at the heart of Birmingham’s canal network, with a long history of serving as a wharf, stables and more recently offices. Large parts of it have lain dormant for some years, and now the National Trust and the Canal and River Trust have exciting plans for its renewal. We had the privilege of screening archive material in various nooks and crannies around the Roundhouse during last autumn’s Birmingham on Film season, and we’re very happy to be back with an aquatic selection of moving image works tailored to this unique building. The programme includes:
Water and Power (Pat O’Neill, US 1989)
Hypnotic, hallucinatory documentary about the battle for natural resources in the Californian desert. This installation is presented by Edge of Frame.
Apnoe (Hund & Horn, Austria 2011)
Microdrama about the underwater-dwelling Berger familly.
The Watershow Extravaganza (Sophie Michael, UK 2016)
16mm installation documenting an attraction created for the 1951 Festival of Britain.
The Cut (Ian Nesbitt, UK 2015)
A modular film made up of a series of daily entries by avant-folk collective Dead Rat Orchestra who embarked on a tour from London Canal Museum to Bristol on the canals and waterways on Southern England in 2014.
Jetsam (Duncan Poulton, UK 2016)
Free Radicals (Patrick Goddard, UK 2013)
Stream (Joe Hamilton, Australia 2014)
Works will be showing in a range of spaces throughout the night so you can dip in at any time. A temporary bar will be running in the stable area.