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Todays 7inch mailout

Ian Francis
Monday 18th October, 2010 Posted by Ian Francis

As you might know we send out regular emails about our gigs and other things going on. We used to post all of these online, but on the whole I like keeping these things email-only; the format just seems wrong for a blog. But then again sometimes we'll stick them up here... This one includes a spate of upcoming filmnights. To receive future updates, stick your address in the box on the left.


This Wednesday sees 7 Inch Cinema visiting the Victoria pub for a one-off special to mark the close of the Birmingham Book Festival…

FOOTNOTES Weds 20 October, from 7pm Victoria Pub, John Bright St, Birmingham

Recover from the giddy euphoria of the Comprehensive Spending Review with a night of film, music and talking. We’ll have various animations adapted from poems and short stories (by the likes of Bukowski, Billy Collins, AA Milne, Murakami and Kurt Schwitters) as well as two guests who use words very well. Catherine O’Flynn wrote What Was Lost and most recently The News Where You Are, and she’ll be reflecting on a 60s film about Birmingham parks which was shot near her childhood home. Jon Bounds is the man behind Birmingham: Its Not Shit and new magazine Dirty Bristow, and he’ll be talking about the Spanish Civil War. Plus music from vintage vinyl squadron Sugarfoot Stomp and copies of Dirty Bristow for sale.

£4 / £3 concessions on the door, or you can book via the Book Festival site. (It’s likely to be quite busy and the room is not huge.) > http://www.7inch.org.uk/event/footnotes > http://www.birminghambookfestival.org > http://dirtybristow.co.uk


Just a reminder of our CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: > http://www.flatpackfestival.org/blog/2010/09/16/2011-submissions-call/ Deadline: Friday 10 December

And we are seeking a FESTIVAL ASSISTANT. This person will be an important part of our team, working full-time from November to April on a range of areas including promotion, admin and event logistics. This is a Future Jobs Fund opportunity, so applicants will need to be aged between 18-25 and have been registered unemployed for at least six months. Further info here: > http://www.flatpackfestival.org/blog/2010/10/15/festival-assistant/

As if we weren't already distracted enough by writing mailouts, Flatpack is also on Twitter: > http://www.twitter.com/flatpack

SOME OTHER THINGS GOING ON including a flurry of filmnights

Monday 18 October, 8pm at the Spotted Dog in Digbeth FILUM NIGHT The latest instalment of this regular gathering includes a selection of shorts and public information films from the Irish Film Archive. > http://eepurl.com/bgT5T

Friday 22 October at the Electric in Birmingham THE FIRST MOVIE Mark Cousins presents his charming doco about exporting cinema to a remote Kurdish village. Screenings at 4.15 and 6.30. > http://www.theelectric.co.uk/programme.php?film=219

22-24 October at the Custard Factory in Digbeth SUPERSONIC Eclectic music extravaganza, with some films in there too including work from Boredoms and Matthew Barney. If you’re just dipping in then Sunday looks like the best bet to me. There’s also a free programme of films and performances going on at Vivid through the weekend, called Seeing Sound. > http://www.supersonicfestival.com > http://www.vivid.org.uk/projects.php?work=67

22-28 October at the mac in Edgbaston A TOWN CALLED PANIC (dir: Aubier and Patar) Inspired Belgian cartoon using plastic toys and silly voices. We’ll be giving away DVDs of this in the next mailout. > http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w3uG8LLuVPQ

23 & 30 October at Trove in the Jewellery Quarter GRIEF AND OBLIVION New show exploring the five stages of grief, at the old Science Museum. > http://trove.org.uk

Monday 25 October is the 70th anniversary of the bombing of the Carlton Cinema in Taunton Road, Sparkhill. 19 people died when a bomb exploded in front of the screen during a Dorothy Lamour movie. I don’t think anything is happening to mark this, but there is a memorial where the building used to be.

Tues 26 October, 2pm at the mac THE PAPER CINEMA Cut-out magic featuring Night Flyer and The Lost World. This is pitched at a half-term family crowd, but well worth seeing however old you are. > http://www.macarts.co.uk/page/3652

26-30 October at Warwick Arts Centre in Coventry THE RED SHOES Cabaret take on Andersen’s tale from the excellent Kneehigh Theatre. > http://www.warwickartscentre.co.uk/events/theatre/the-red-shoes

Weds 27 October at the Jekyll and Hyde in Birmingham BRAIN WASH BIRMINGHAM First Bham edition of a regular London filmnight. > http://www.thejekyllandhyde.co.uk/junipercinema.php

Thurs 28 October at the mac in Edgbaston MADE IN BIRMINGHAM New documentary tracing the city’s punk, reggae and bhangra heritage. > http://www.macarts.co.uk/page/3648/cinema/642

Sun 31 October, 4pm at TASCOS in Stirchley TRAVELLING BUGHOUSE The first in a series of Stirchley filmshows is ET, demonstrating how Halloween is done properly. > http://stirchleyhappenings.wordpress.com/

Sunday 31 October at the Old Wharf in Digbeth THE CURATE’S EGG Halloween special featuring the first Brum gig for a while by The Nightingales, plus The Courtesy Group and Black Carrot. > http://www.myspace.com/thecuratesegg

Sun 31 October at Birmingham Town Hall THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA If your appetite for Lon Chaney was whetted by BBC4’s History of Horror last week, now you can see him big with live organ. £15 tickets. > http://www.thsh.co.uk

Tues 2 November, 7.30pm at the Bulls Head in Moseley KINO 10 New filmnight gathering up animation, music videos, shorts and archival bits and bobs. > http://on.fb.me/dCwvwN [Facebook link]

3 & 4 November at mac FORKBEARD FANTASY: THE COLOUR OF NONSENSE Influential theatre company with a history of mixing performance & film, back in Birmingham for the first time in a while. > http://forkbeardfantasy.co.uk/

Sat 5 November at Eastside Projects BONE DINNER “Curated carnivorous feast” based on a 70s food experiment. > http://companis.co.uk


BIFS WIN AWARD Congratulations to Birmingham International Film Society, last month recognised as the Film Society of the Year. Their autumn season kicks off next week with a programme including Shirin Neshat’s WOMEN WITHOUT MEN and supernatural comedy SKELETONS. > http://www.birmingham-film.org

CUT US DON'T KILL US Some debate about the anti-cuts poster campaign around Birmingham at the moment. > http://bit.ly/bmdtMS

SOUND IT OUT Jeanie Finlay, who visited Flatpack with her documentary GOTH CRUISE a couple of years back, is making a film about Teesside’s last surviving vinyl record shop. You can donate to the project here: > http://www.indiegogo.com/sound-it-out

BODEGA Very nice new South American cantina on Bennetts Hill. Decent burritos have finally made it to Birmingham. > http://bodegabirmingham.co.uk

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