Flatpack Festival
Film for all the senses

Here for Life

Friday 24th September, 2021

Martineau Gardens | 20:00 - 21:30

They say freedom's only possible when there's nothing left to lose. But what, in the end, is the real cost of living?

Here for Life is a film that marks the culmination of a long collaboration between film-maker Andrea Luka Zimmerman and theatre-maker Adrian Jackson.

In a city framed by capital and loss, ten unruly Londoners navigate their wild and wayward way, travelling on their own terms towards a co-existence far stronger than 'community'. On reclaimed land they find themselves on the right side of history, caught between two train tracks, the present tense and future hopes. They question who has stolen what from whom, and how things might be fixed, in an often contradictory rite of passage. Finding solidarity in resistance, they demand the right to go on.

An uncommon story told on common ground, Here for Life dances with a spirited grace and urgency, hovering between fiction and fact, attention and act.

Sometimes we simply need to hear our stories told by someone else.

The film will screen outdoors (so wrap up warm!) at one of the city’s hidden gems, Martineau Gardens - the oldest community garden in Birmingham. This beautiful therapeutic space includes orchards and beds growing a range of fruit and veg, and is home to all sorts of wildlife you wouldn’t expect to see in the suburbs of Birmingham.

Prior to the screening, cast member and spoken word artist "Unkle Errol" Errol McGlashan will perform some of his original poems.

Delicious hot food will be provided on the night by ChangeKitchen.

This event is delivered in partnership with Artangel. The Artangel Collection is an initiative to bring outstanding film and video works commissioned and produced by Artangel to galleries and museums across the UK. The Artangel Collection has been developed in partnership with Tate and is generously funded by the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation and The Foyle Foundation.

Please note that Martineau Gardens has a small car park and may well fill up quite quickly. There is a large car park at the Midlands Arts Centre (oppositde Edgbaston Cricket Ground) which is about a 10 minute walk away. If you require disabled parking please email us at info@flatpackfestival.org.uk

Dir: Andrea Luka Zimmerman and Adrian Jackson
UK 2019 - 87mins
Cert: 15

Food and refreshments will be available, doors will open from 7pm and the film will begin once the sun has fully set at about 20:00.

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