Flatpack Festival
Film for all the senses

Strange Powers

Thursday 24th March, 2011

Ikon Eastside | 18:00 - 19:40

A wry and engaging portrait of influential singer-songwriter Stephin Merrit, and his group the Magnetic Fields.

The man described as a contemporary Cole Porter doesn’t write his songs sat at a piano with a cigarette holder, but “sitting in dark gay bars listening to thumping disco music that I don’t particularly like”, and the majority of his obscure but hugely influential body of work was recorded in a chaotic New York apartment piled high with instruments. Filmed over the course of ten years, this is a fascinating glimpse into the world of Stephin Merrit and his merry band, and an excellent primer in matchless LPs like 69 Love Songs.  

Strange Powers will be preceded by a short film about legendary Birmingham label Static Caravan, made by singer Hannah Peel on her phone.

Dir: Kerthy Fix and Gail O'Hara

USA/Denmark/France/Germany/UK 2010

With: Stephin Merritt, Claudia Gonson, Peter Gabriel, Sara Silverman

Running Time: 85 mins

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