Flatpack 8

From 20-30 March, this year’s Flatpack will see eleven days of joyous audio-visual invention in venues all over Birmingham, taking you from a Korean-style DVD lounge to canalside walks, from once-lost archive treasures with live music to the best new films from around the world.


Belladonna of Sadness

March 28, 2014 @ 8:30 pm - 10:30 pm
An explicit odyssey based on a French novel about Satanism and witchcraft in the middle ages, with a stunning aesthetic more ...

1395 Days Without Red

March 22, 2014 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
The Siege of Sarajevo lasted for 1395 days. In this haunting film a woman (Maribel Verdú) makes her way across the deserted city, ...

Watermark

March 27, 2014 @ 8:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Jennifer Baichwal and photographer Edward Burtynsky's second collaboration takes to the skies to investigate ‘how water shapes us, and ...

Pick n Mix 1

March 22, 2014 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Our ever popular Pick n Mix programmes are back again this year, featuring Sandy, a fictional animation about Joseph Mann's beach ...

The Second Coming

March 24, 2014 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Writer Russell T Davies and his terrific cast handle tricky territory with a warm and thought-provoking approach, combining humour and ...

Talk the Walk

March 22, 2014 @ 10:30 am - 2:30 pm
Artist Tim Knowles has taken on a series of exploratory, map-free walks across various terrain, afterwards retracing his route using ...

Night on the Galactic Railroad

March 30, 2014 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
After many years of animating for others, Gisaburo Sugii finally had the opportunity to spread his wings on his own feature, adapting a ...

Occupy Music

March 30, 2014 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Brazil’s protest movements have been well documented over the past year, but interesting developments are also afoot in the country’s ...

Archive Innovation Lab

March 29, 2014 @ 10:30 am - 1:00 pm
Join Film Hub South West & West Midlands for an exploration of the regional film and television archives and a look at innovative ...

Black Hole Club

March 28, 2014 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
The Black Hole Club launches in March: a lively, daring arts club for artists, curators, academics, musicians and producers to share ...

The Punk Singer

March 21, 2014 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Sini Anderson's portrait of Kathleen Hanna, figurehead for the riot-grrl movement of the early 90s.

Solipsism Cinema

March 29, 2014 @ 6:30 pm - 7:00 pm
A solo performance from Bristol-based sound artist Stephen Cornford, last in Birmingham with a van-full of used tape-players to present ...

Vic + Flo Saw a Bear

March 29, 2014 @ 8:00 pm - 9:45 pm
A plot description gives very little sense of this beguiling, devastating, uncategorisable film. We're not supposed to have favourites, ...

Kuch Kuch Hota Hai

March 21, 2014 @ 6:30 pm - 10:00 pm
This Hindi coming-of-age rom-com from the late 90s is an absolute treat. A three hour epic full of song and dance numbers with a ...

Baal

March 25, 2014 @ 7:45 pm - 9:30 pm
First screened on the BBC in the early eighties and then almost instantly forgotten and hidden away, we are pleased to bring you this ...

Fame Festival

March 27, 2014 @ 8:30 pm - 10:30 pm
With minimal budget and a tiny team Angleo Milano has created FAME, one of the world’s most unique and respected festivals of street art.

This Ain’t California

March 28, 2014 @ 6:30 pm - 8:15 pm
This engaging doc sheds light on the little-documented skateboard scene that emerged in East Germany during the 1980s, using the tale ...

Birmingham on Tap

March 23, 2014 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
On this leisurely cross-town ramble historian Chris Upton (Newman University) will trace the bloodstream of the city, and show how ...

Eisler Shorts

March 22, 2014 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Hanns Eisler’s life as a composer offers a window on the tumult of the 20th century, this afternoon we follow this journey through a ...

Little Feet

March 21, 2014 @ 8:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Little Feet is a hymn to the way summer days stretch out forever in childhood, as our phlegmatic – and undeniably cute – heroes attempt ...

Tochka: Light Painting Workshop

March 22, 2014 @ 1:00 pm - 4:40 pm
Animation workshops don’t come much more fun than this one. Japanese arts collective Tochka will be here to help you create your own ...

Sensateria

March 28, 2014 @ 8:00 pm - March 29, 2014 @ 3:00 am
When this legendary psychedelic clubnight made its return last year we jumped at the chance to have them as part of the festival bill.

The King and the Mockingbird

March 30, 2014 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Thirty years in the making, this wonderful animated feature is a well-loved classic in its native France, and screens here for the ...

Calf Retrospective

March 24, 2014 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Here we present a selection of Calf’s most recent output: a unique blend of vibrantly colourful, abstract, morphing, humorous, weird, ...

Slow Light

March 22, 2014 @ 12:00 pm - 12:45 pm
Since the dawn of film, photographers and animators have been experimenting with lights and long exposures. A century on, light ...

Mary and Max

March 22, 2014 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Plasticine animator Adam Elliot made the leap into features with this beautiful, melancholic tale of an unlikely penpal correspondence ...

Seconds

March 28, 2014 @ 3:30 pm - 5:15 pm
Booed when it debuted at Cannes, viewers in 1966 weren't quite ready for this dark vision of a technological future. Today however, ...

Decasia

March 30, 2014 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Bill Morrison’s debut feature is a mesmerising collage of old nitrate footage, in which the original imagery fights a continual battle ...

Nosferatu

March 23, 2014 @ 8:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Endlessly parodied and plagiarised, the first ever vampire film remains one of the best, and ninety years on it retains the power to ...

Fleapit Cinema

March 20, 2014 @ 12:00 pm - March 22, 2014 @ 8:00 pm
Take a stroll down the Great Western Arcade and you'll find shops, restaurants, and for three days only, you'll find a cinema. But this ...

Punk Heritage Brum

March 29, 2014 @ 8:00 pm - 12:00 am
Friction Arts are delighted to host a special screening event documenting and celebrating Birmingham subculture, featuring unseen ...

Neurocinematics: The Neuroscience of Film

March 21, 2014 @ 6:15 pm - 8:00 pm
This discussion will explore a new area of neurocognitive studies, using movies to study aspects of human cognition that cannot be ...

Maia Conran: Here is the Yard

March 28, 2014 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Grand Union welcomes London-based artist Maia Conran for a solo exhibition featuring a selection of new work. Running through Conran’s ...

If Wet

March 29, 2014 @ 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm
If Wet is a monthly event of sonic exploration in a village hall in rural Worcestershire; part show-and-tell, part test-bed, part salon.

Random Acts Party

March 29, 2014 @ 7:30 pm - 11:00 pm
For nearly three decades, Channel 4 have been championing experimental short films through a range of late-night strands. Midnight ...

UK Film Hubs

March 29, 2014 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
A free and informal session to meet the team from Film Hub South West & West Midlands, to look at some of the projects they are ...

Friends and Remedies

March 30, 2014 @ 12:00 pm - 1:20 pm
The second instalment of international animated shorts touches on the theme of companionship.

Brain Waves (Friday 21st)

March 21, 2014 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
A selection of short films which explore the workings of the mind. Includes Through the Hawthorn, a thought-provoking animation about ...

Story-Spline

March 24, 2014 @ 11:00 am - March 26, 2014 @ 7:00 pm
Ever struggled with a narrative? Want to contribute to an amazing story? Story-Spline is a creative and educational experience, ...

The Great Flood

March 29, 2014 @ 6:00 pm - 8:15 pm
As Darren Aronofsky’s Noah steams towards multiplexes, this new film from Bill Morrison needs no digital trickery to show the damage ...

Colour Box: Taking Off

March 29, 2014 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Some old Flatpack friends and new faces crop up in this batch of new animated shorts for children aged 4+.

Imaginary Poland

March 27, 2014 @ 11:00 am - March 30, 2014 @ 10:00 pm
This image/text exhibition explores Calling 07, a crime series broadcast by Polish Television between 1976 and 1987 and inspired in ...

Chinatown

March 29, 2014 @ 3:00 pm - 5:15 pm
We couldn't very well programme an aquatic film strand without including the grandaddy of all water movies - although one where the ...

Swipeside Shorts

March 26, 2014 @ 6:45 pm - 8:30 pm
A compendium of some of the best international shorts from the last 18 months.

Silent Running

March 28, 2014 @ 7:45 pm - 11:30 pm
Transforming the atrium of Millennium Point into a set from Silent Running, you’ll find flora in abundance for this immersive evening ...

Adventure Time

March 29, 2014 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Shmowzow! With its marathon fifth season winning plaudits and new fans globally, we'll be visiting the magical Land of Ooo to pay ...

Evolutionary Road

March 26, 2014 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
First up in our annual round-up of the best international animation it’s the slightly wacky stuff, the type of films you’d have to be ...

Elektro Moskva

March 28, 2014 @ 10:00 pm - 11:30 pm
This enjoyably droll documentary delves into hidden corners of the USSR’s electronic age, uncovering synthesiser relics in dusty ...

Rough Seas and Unquiet Waters

March 30, 2014 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
One of cinema’s first spectacular coups was its ability to show water in movement. This programme of eclectic early film survivals will ...

Best of the Magic Cinema

March 29, 2014 @ 11:00 am - 12:15 pm
Following on from Wednesday’s screening we’ve taken this opportunity to show a selection of films that we feel demonstrate the ...

It Happened One Night

March 20, 2014 @ 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Kicking off a series of food and film events running through the festival, Opus Restaurant are serving up two courses from their ...

Lunch Dox

March 21, 2014 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
A recent poll revealed that 60 percent of us eat lunch at our desks. Bad times. Why not mix things up today, and take in some of the ...

I Want to be a Cinema

March 29, 2014 @ 1:30 pm - 4:00 pm
Join Scalarama, Flatpack and local cinema initiatives for a comprehensive and interactive workshop for all those who want to screen ...

The Miners’ Hymns

March 28, 2014 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
We open a small retrospective of Bill Morrison’s work with this beautiful patchwork of footage from north-east England, mapping out the ...

Mirage Men

March 29, 2014 @ 5:30 pm - 7:15 pm
This engagingly deadpan documentary flips the script on UFO conspiracy theories, positing that the US intelligence services found it ...

Sellotape Cinema Knees Up

March 20, 2014 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Join us for a beverage as we take over the upstairs of The Old Royal with various DJs and Sellotape Cinema on hand to provide the ...

Patema Inverted

March 22, 2014 @ 6:00 pm - 7:45 pm
Yasuhiro Yoshiura's charmingly skewed anime follows an underground community, confined there thanks to a switch in gravity which would ...

Lost and Refound

March 30, 2014 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
We’re doffing our cap to one of this year’s guests, Bill Morrison with this selection of shorts, all of which have been made by ...

They Took Us to the Sea

March 23, 2014 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
This gem of a half-hour documentary, follows a group of wide-eyed kids from bomb-damaged Nechells to the front at Weston-super-Mare.

The Last Laugh

March 22, 2014 @ 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm
A landmark silent film, and one that regularly finds its way into ‘greatest films’ lists.

Fake Thackray

March 29, 2014 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
John Watterson, aka ‘Fake Thackray’, who has done a terrific job of keeping Jake Thackray's songs alive in theatres and clubs up and ...

A Story of Children and Film

March 22, 2014 @ 6:00 pm - 7:45 pm
Mark Cousins’ latest essay on the moving image looks set to take us back to the time when we were all influenced most by the silver ...

SOUNDwalk: Grand Union Canal

March 29, 2014 @ 10:00 am - 5:30 pm
Join the SOUNDkitchen collective on a guided SOUNDwalk, to experience the Grand Union Canal and the backstreets of Digbeth through your ears.

Animation Maestro

March 28, 2014 @ 6:15 pm - 7:45 pm
In this documentary on Gisaburo Sugii’s life, works and the wider anime industry, director Masato Ishioka shines a light on the great man.

Model-Making Workshop

January 1, 2001 @ 1:00 am
Ever wondered how those amazing puppets and figurines are made in the Colour Box films? Well here’s your chance to find out, and make ...

A Taste of Flatpack

March 20, 2014 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
With films handpicked from all of our shorts programmes, this eclectic compendium should help you map out your itinerary for the rest ...

Hugo the Hippo

March 29, 2014 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Join Hugo on a kaleidoscopically colourful psychedelic trip, with sword-fighting apple-men and planets made out of cauliflower.

Kino Bingo

March 22, 2014 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
As we approach the end of Café Neuro, it’s time to give your brain a work-out. Using multiple 16mm projectors, host and projectionist ...

UPA Cartoons

March 30, 2014 @ 12:00 pm - 1:20 pm
Some of UPA's finest moments have now been digitally restored, and this is the first chance to see them in the UK.

Altered States

March 21, 2014 @ 8:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Liberally adapted by Paddy Chayefsky from the life and ideas of neuroscientist and psychonaut John C. Lilly, this barmy slice of sci-fi ...

Pick n Mix 2

March 30, 2014 @ 11:30 am - 12:45 pm
A full bag of assorted filmic treats awaits with the second of our Pick n Mix programmes. Featuring new work by Flatpack favourites, ...

Night Moves

March 25, 2014 @ 8:30 pm - 10:30 pm
A heart-stopping night-time trip downriver with three environmental activists, on a mission to destroy a hydroelectric dam in Southern ...

Brain Waves (Thursday 20th)

March 20, 2014 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
A selection of short films which explore the workings of the mind. Includes Through the Hawthorn, a thought-provoking animation about ...

The Magic Cinema

March 26, 2014 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
The Magic Cinema is a DIY film event that gives local filmmakers a chance to show their work and be inspired by the work of others.

More Canals than Venice

March 30, 2014 @ 6:00 pm - 7:15 pm
If you’re unaware that Birmingham has more miles of canal than Venice, then you’ve not spent nearly enough time with a proud Brummie. ...

Electro Chaabi

March 30, 2014 @ 8:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Long before the 2012 revolution, the frustration and fury of young Egyptians were being expressed on an unlikely platform. Designed to ...

The Strange Little Cat

March 28, 2014 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
This one-of-a-kind domestic drama marks the arrival of a refreshing talent in Swiss-born filmmaker Ramon Zurcher.

Video Jukebox

March 21, 2014 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
The music video continues to be a source for some of the most inventive filmmaking around. Here’s a chance to catch up with some of the ...

Exhibition

March 30, 2014 @ 6:00 pm - 7:50 pm
With Exhibition comes perhaps the most intriguing film yet by one of Britain’s most distinctive directors, Joanna Hogg.

Freida Abtan

March 29, 2014 @ 8:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Freida Abtan is a Canadian multi-disciplinary artist and composer living in London. Falling somewhere between musique concrete and more ...

DVDBANG

March 24, 2014 @ 8:00 am - March 31, 2014 @ 2:00 am
From South Korea's city streets, DVDBANG is a new format for the UK. Half rental shop, half cinema, DVD-bangs are an icon of Korean ...

David Rowan: The Dark River

March 20, 2014 @ 12:00 am - March 30, 2014 @ 9:00 pm
Toting industrial-strength waders and a camera David Rowan spent the best part of two years exploring the River Rea, from its source in ...

In the Soup

March 28, 2014 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Watching Alexandre Rockwell’s terrific Little Feet made us want to revisit his film In The Soup, one of those groovy indie movies you ...