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
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.)
Just a reminder of our CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS:
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:
As if we weren’t already distracted enough by writing
mailouts, Flatpack is also on Twitter:
SOME OTHER THINGS GOING ON
including a flurry of filmnights
Monday 18 October, 8pm at the Spotted Dog in Digbeth
The latest instalment of this regular gathering includes a
selection of shorts and public information films from the
Irish Film Archive.
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.
22-24 October at the Custard Factory in Digbeth
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.
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.
23 & 30 October at Trove in the Jewellery Quarter
GRIEF AND OBLIVION
New show exploring the five stages of grief, at the old
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.
26-30 October at Warwick Arts Centre in Coventry
THE RED SHOES
Cabaret take on Andersen’s tale from the excellent
Weds 27 October at the Jekyll and Hyde in Birmingham
BRAIN WASH BIRMINGHAM
First Bham edition of a regular London filmnight.
Thurs 28 October at the mac in Edgbaston
MADE IN BIRMINGHAM
New documentary tracing the city’s punk, reggae and
Sun 31 October, 4pm at TASCOS in Stirchley
The first in a series of Stirchley filmshows is ET,
demonstrating how Halloween is done properly.
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.
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.
Tues 2 November, 7.30pm at the Bulls Head in Moseley
New filmnight gathering up animation, music videos,
shorts and archival bits and bobs.
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.
Sat 5 November at Eastside Projects
“Curated carnivorous feast” based on a 70s food experiment.
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.
CUT US DON’T KILL US
Some debate about the anti-cuts poster campaign around
Birmingham at the moment.
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:
Very nice new South American cantina on Bennetts Hill.
Decent burritos have finally made it to Birmingham.