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Once again an event-light summer has been followed
by an autumn pileup of gigs and screenings. To help
sift through some of this we have compiled one of our
occasional Birmingham listings mailouts. As ever we’re
not responsible for these – we just thought they
Firstly, some Flatpack notices…
BIRMINGHAM – THE MAGIC CITY
Last week we were part of a Birmingham contingent
at Liverpool Biennial, launching a section of the City
States exhibition. This is on show for another couple
of months and includes David Rowan’s subterranean
film installation, Napalm Death fanzines and an orgy
of promotional films from over the years. The other
big reason to visit the Biennial is also Birmingham-
related (natch): John Akomfrah’s beautiful 3-screen
portrait of Professor Stuart Hall at the Bluecoat.
Flatpack are currently advertising for the exciting new
role of Development and Finance Director. Lots to get
your teeth into, and a chance to help shape the
festival over the next few years. Deadline is 1 October,
and more details can be found here:
On: Thursday 27 September, 6pm
At: Yorks Bakery Café, Newhall St, Birmingham
Free short film night at an ace new café in the city
centre, themed around a night on the tiles and
including LAS PALMAS (Johannes Nyholm), GIRLS
NIGHT OUT (Joanna Quinn) and obligatory archive
footage of Brummies letting their hair down. 2 for 1
deals on drinks and cakes, and massive beanbags
courtesy of Bean2Bed.
This is part of a Purple Flag programme hosted by
Colmore Business District, with a Moseley Arts
Market in the cathedral grounds earlier in the day.
FLATPACK FESTIVAL no.7 (21-31 March 2013)
A submissions shout is coming very soon, but in the
meantime pencil in these dates. The eagle-eyed may
notice that it goes on longer than in previous years –
this is to accommodate more one-off events and
avoid some of the programming clashes people
always grumble about. We hope you like our new
SO WHAT ELSE IS GOING ON?
18 Sept – 18 Oct at the Library Theatre, mac, etc
WEST MIDLANDS HUMAN RIGHTS FILM FESTIVAL
Busy month of crusading and thought-provoking
docs on Putin, banana oligarchs, Bhopal and
Mugabe. We’re particularly keen to see 5 BROKEN
CAMERAS and NOSTALGIA FOR THE LIGHT, in
which Patricio Guzman brings together astronomy
Weds 19 September, 7.30pm at the Custard Factory
MV + EE / HOME COMFORT SOUND SYSTEM
Otherworldly A/V show hosted by Americana duo,
with moonshine and 16mm visuals by Hogge of
Bristol Cube fame.
Sunday 23 Sept, 11-3 at Martineau Gardens in Edgbaston
With ukuleles, accordions and apple-pressing.
Sunday 23 September, 12-7 at the Prince of Wales in Moseley
Featuring Alison Moore, whose debut novel The
Lighthouse was recently shortlisted for the Booker.
Sunday 23 Sept at the Hare & Hounds in Kings Heath
TOM PALEY’S OLD TIME MOONSHINE REVUE
Weds 26 Sept, from 6.15pm at the Old Joint Stock
KINO 10: INDIAN FILM NIGHT
Including a feature by Adoor Gopalakrishnan and a
selection of shorts from 8.30pm.
Thursday 27 Sept, 6pm at Yorks Bakery Café
Thursday 27 Sept, 8.30pm at mac
DEPARTURE LOUNGE: NFA + Q&A
Steve Rainbow presents his debut feature about a
homeless man in a downward spiral, recently
premiered in Edinburgh.
Thursday 27 Sept, 9pm at the Crescent Theatre
BEST OF BUG
Adam Buxton’s stand-up music video show. Was
showing as sold out, but there may be a few seats left.
Friday 28 September, from 5pm at Spotlight in Digbeth
DIGBETH DINING CLUB
Start of a weekly streetfoodfest, including churros, burgers,
wood-fired pizzas and so forth.
Friday 28 September at the Hare and Hounds
Noir-themed eighth birthday vintage kneesup.
28 September – 27 October in Birmingham
PLAY POLAND FILM FESTIVAL
Birmingham leg of a national festival. Includes screenings
at mac and Ikon, and an interesting shorts programme at
The Edge on 20th Oct.
Sunday 30 September, 7.30pm at Symphony Hall in Birmingham
Eisenstein’s 1925 rabble-rouser with a new live score
by Michael Nyman.
3-4 October at the Patrick Centre in Birmingham
THERE IS HOPE
World premiere of a new dance piece by Birmingham
choreographer Rosie Kay.
Thurs 4 Oct at the Hare & Hounds in Kings Heath
COPPE’ + MODIFIED TOY ORCHESTRA
“The godmother of Japanese electronica.”
4-13 October in Birmingham
BIRMINGHAM BOOK FESTIVAL
Alongside guests like Caitlin Moran, Jackie Kay and Liz
Lochhead, this year includes a writing all-nighter in
Willenhall and “interactive storytelling experience”
Thursday 11 Oct, 8pm at Ort Café in Balsall Heath
SHORT AND SWEDE
Sweded films from around the world, part of the Birmingham
11-14 Oct in Birmingham
Festival of visual pop culture, including talks, workshops,
films and an Inky Goodness event.
…Overlapping and entwined with:
12-15 Oct in Birmingham
BIRMINGHAM ZINE FESTIVAL
Oodles of zine stalls, and shorts programme by Kino 10.
Friday 12 Oct, 7.30pm at mac
TRIBUTE TO RAJESH KHANNA & KISHORE KUMAR
Celebration of an Indian matinee idol, and the man who
provided his voice.
Sat 13 October, from 10.30am at the Custard Factory
MR BIRD’S EMPORIUM
Another shop launch, this time in the space we used for
Flatpack Palais back in March.
Sat 13 October, 2pm-2am in Birmingham
OXJAM BRUM TAKEOVER
Masses of gigs plus comedy, graffiti, talks and sleeve art.
Tuesday 16 October, 6.30pm at the Electric
LAST SHOP STANDING
Birmingham filmmaker Pip Piper has been touring the UK
with this one-hour paean to the independent record shop.
This hometown gig includes a Q&A with denizens of the
17-20 October all over Birmingham
2.8 HOURS LATER
Cross-city zombie game.
18-19 October at the University of Birmingham
BIRMINGHAM CULTURE SUMMIT
19-21 October at the Custard Factory
Capsule’s annual feast of experimental music, celebrating
its first decade with a Vinyl Rally, kids gigs, DIY cinema
workshop, a pagan celebration of the river Rea, and a load
of bands too. The film programme also includes a new
documentary by Jeremy Deller.
Weds 31 October at Birmingham Town Hall
HALLOWEEN MOVIE SPECIAL: DER GOLEM (1920)
Mythical clay beast scored by Nigel Ogden on the organ.
Sat 3 November, 7,30pm at Warwick Arts Centre
Louise Brooks being sexy as hell with a new score by
Icelandic composers Jóhann Jóhannsson and Hildur
Gudnadóttir (from Múm).
(Also coming up at WAC, the brilliant PAPER CINEMA)
+ A FILM YOU MIGHT LIKE
BERBERIAN SOUND STUDIO (Dir: Peter Strickland)
We’ve been waiting a whole month for this to arrive in Birmingham.
Skewed tribute to giallo horror, with soundtrack contributions
21-27 Sept at the Electric; 1-3 Oct at mac
+ A FEW EXHIBITIONS
Until 14 Oct at Tate Britain in London
PATRICK KEILLER: THE ROBINSON INSTITUTE
Until 4 Nov at Ikon Gallery in Birmingham
YAEL BARTANA: AND EUROPE WILL BE STUNNED
Until 6 Nov at the Old Joint Stock in Birmingham
CLARKE GRIFFITHS LEVINE: JOINT STOCK
Until 2 December at the Barber Institute in Selly Oak
SARAH TAYLOR SILVERWOOD: LIVING CITY
22 Sept – 27 Oct at Grand Union
6 Oct – 1 Dec at Eastside Projects
ABSTRACT POSSIBLE: THE BIRMINGHAM BEAT
12 Oct at Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery
HISTORY GALLERIES OPENING
DEVISE TO DELIVER 2
The second edition of Sheffield Doc/Fest’s funding and
distribution lab for cross-platform projects is about to
kick off. Deadline for applications is 5 November.
WHAT I OWE CHRIS MARKER
It was easy to miss the passing of Chris Marker during
the summer, but the influence of this quizzical cat-
obsessed film-essayist will continue to be felt for many
decades. This tribute by Patricio Guzman is well worth
Phtographer Dan Burwood has started running darkroom
courses at the Old Print Works in Balsall Heath.
TURNING POINT WEST MIDLANDS
Oodles of visual arts calls, opportunities and listings can
be found in TPWM’s fortnightly bulletin.