13 - 22 APRIL 2018, AT VENUES ACROSS BIRMINGHAM
A one-of-a-kind film fiesta, the critically acclaimed Flatpack Festival returns this spring to Birmingham for its twelfth annual edition. A ten-day event that has carved out a unique place in the UK’s film and arts scene, Flatpack 2018 brings together a magnificently eclectic line-up spanning the city in over 100 events, taking place at 20 different venues. With everything from animated sushi, Paper Cinema to Swedish witchcraft and the Solihull underground, this year’s Flatpack will draw together a jam-packed week of screenings, performances, exhibitions, parties, special guests and more.
Running from 13-22 April, the full Flatpack programme will be announced in early March. In the meantime, here is a taster of what’s in store…
Headline events include: a rare screening of 1922’s Swedish silent oddity HÄXAN, with narration performed by League of Gentlemen star Reece Shearsmith; and a series of ‘liveanimation’ performances from PAPER CINEMA, who after an acclaimed run in Edinburgh will be using their unique blend of cardboard cut-outs and live music to present a vivid take on MACBETH.
To mark the 50th anniversary of the climatic year 1968, Flatpack will be devoting its first weekend to an eye-opening, city-straddling series of exhibitions and events delving into a turbulent and hugely fertile time for the city. Whilst the world turned its gaze to the triumphs and tragedies of the burgeoning anti-Vietnam war and civil rights movements, unrest in Europe and famine in Africa – Birmingham played host to Enoch Powell’s ‘Rovers of Blood’ speech, the birth of Black Sabbath and student occupations across the city.
The BIRMINGHAM 68 anniversary programme will take a stroll through the Solihull school days of Genesis P. Orridge, reconstruct lost streets of Balsall Heath using the photography of JANET MENDELSOHN, and revisit unlikely psychedelic music Mecca, MOTHERS. It will also present an event focusing on THE DOUBLE ZERO MOTORBIKE CLUB, formed in a dilapidated Digbeth church by maverick vicar David Collyer, and among a number of special guests award-winning cinematographer Chris Menges will present a talk on one of his first jobs in cinema - shooting Lindsay Anderson's If....
Elsewhere in the festival, OPTICAL SOUND will highlight the very best in audio-visual experimentation in a packed weekend of live events and screenings, including a fertile crop of music documentaries and the launch of new artist development programme Waveform. The weekend will also bring together a host of special guests from the world of AV: USbased visual and sound artist Rose Kallal, Japanese installation and performance artist Rie Nakajima, and French foley artists Élodie Fiat and Gilles Marsalet.
The ever-popular family strand COLOUR BOX will return this year with an eclectic bundle of film screenings, experiences and hands-on activities. Expect the very best selection of international animated short films, large-scale zoetropes, flipbook workshops, synthesiser zones, VR for kids, Moomin puppet-making, smartphone projector building, and much more.
UNPACKED, Flatpack’s successful creative industries strand, focused on the art of making, fettling and creating, is this year all about the art of fabrication. A day-long programme of demonstrations, workshops, and talks will feature Oscar-nominee and BAFTA-winner Daisy Jacobs whose latest short film screens in competition; Austrian architect and media artist Anna Vasof presenting her playful animated video experiments along with installation piece Self-Portrait; and the Nexus team discussing their new VR work Rain or Shine.
Flatpack events may take many forms, but some things are still best enjoyed on a big screen in the dark. The bulk of this year's SCREENING PROGRAMME will be at the centuryold Electric Cinema and more recent film venue arrival, the Mockingbird. Treats in store range from animation to documentary, experimental work to late-night schlock. Of particular note is the short film competition, which in 2017 featured over 20 UK and European premieres.
The full Flatpack programme will include feature previews, prize-winning documentaries, experimental film, late night parties, exhibitions, installations and walking tours exploring the city's hidden treasures. Impartial observers have described it as "the best week of the year to be in Birmingham".
Further programme highlights will be announced in March 2018.
To find out more and book your place visit www.flatpackfestival.org.uk