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By midlandsmovies, Mar 21 2019 02:29PM



FLATPACK LAUNCHES FESTIVAL PROGRAMME FOR 2019


Birmingham’s Flatpack Festival returns this May Day Bank Holiday for its thirteenth edition and boasts a wonderfully eclectic line-up over the 6-day festival with 100 events taking place at 14 different venues across Birmingham.


Running from 30th APRIL – 5th MAY and with everything from car park theatre and cat-shaped bento to Moomins and post-punk legends, this year’s Flatpack will treat audiences to a week of inspiring screenings, exhibitions, live performances, installations and some very special guests.


Flatpack will welcome acclaimed stand-up Stewart Lee and filmmaker Michael Cumming to offer an exclusive taste of their new documentary KING ROCKER, a unique tribute to the Black Country’s unsung post-punk heroes The Nightingales.


Cumming will also screen his film OXIDE GHOSTS sharing his personal insights into the process of making the cult TV series Brass Eye. Other highlights include the world premiere of immersive theatre piece A MOMENT OF MADNESS, in which participants are thrust into the heart of a spy thriller in a car park.



The ever-popular family strand Colour Box will return with a host of animated shorts and free drop-in activities to entertain all the family. Tokyo artist and animator Mari Miyazawa will present her unfeasibly cute BEAUTIFUL BENTO workshops in the UK for the first time - turning traditional Japanese lunch boxes into fun, edible characters. Other Colour Box highlights include the SOUNDPLAY DOME, a unique interactive musical installation for children of all ages to explore, a special preview of Sky TV’s MOOMINVALLEY featuring the vocal talents of Richard Ayoade and Matt Berry, and a series of workshops on animating the canine film characters from Wes Anderson’s Isle of Dogs.


Flatpack will open in spectacular style at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire with the world premiere of Sinestro Home Video’s live rescore of Japanese classic A PAGE OF MADNESS, complete with benshi narration.


This year’s programme of feature films present a wide and varied picture of international cinema including: EIGHTH GRADE the debut feature from YouTube star and comedian Bo Burnham; Peter Strickland’s offbeat horror IN FABRIC which follows the life of a cursed dress as it passes from person to person with devastating consequences; and SUMMER, an ode to the underground rock scene of pre-perestroika Leningrad featuring an epic soundtrack from David Bowie, T-Rex and Iggy Pop.



The documentary strand will include the UK premiere of NARCISSISTER ORGAN PLAYER a revealing look at the inscrutable performance artist; Werner Herzog’s MEETING GORBACHEV, an engaging and tender portrait of the eighth and final leader of the Soviet Union.


Part cinema and part music gig, Optical Sound offers a fascinating fusion of live performance and audio-visual artistry whilst Flatpack’s creative industries strand Unpacked offers unique insight into the processes of filmmakers and artists. This year’s line-up includes the inaugural DUPLICATE: ARTIST PUBLISHING FAIR showcasing self-publishers from the UK and beyond; WHO FUNDS WHAT? is an informative event for emerging filmmakers to help demystify where the boundaries lie when it comes to film funding.


Flatpack’s acclaimed short film strand celebrates emerging talent, with 21 of the 50 shorts in competition for the jury prize of £1,000 being UK premieres and finally Flatpack has always had a taste for digging into the archives, now reflected in a new strand gathering rare, unseen material and revealing the stories behind it. A day of VIDEO TALES at MAC will showcase rediscoveries from the VHS era, including a peek at pioneering booking agency and record shop Oriental Star forty years after they brought qawwali legend Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan to the UK for the first time.


After starting life as a monthly night in a Digbeth pub in 2003, Flatpack’s mobile film empire has grown to include cinema-tents, family film tours, outdoor extravaganzas and archive archaeology - not to mention an annual festival recognised as one of the most distinctive and downright fun in the UK calendar. Flatpack are also lead partners with Nottingham's Broadway Cinema on Film Hub Midlands, a BFI-supported initiative to develop film culture across the region.


Full details of the Flatpack Festival programme and ticket information can be found at www.flatpackfestival.org.uk

By midlandsmovies, Mar 6 2019 02:16PM



First ever Salaam Pakistan Film Festival opens in spring in Birmingham


A brand-new touring film festival showcasing the very best of Pakistan’s new Independent film making opens at Birmingham’s MIDLANDS ARTS CENTRE on Sunday 24 March and continues on Wednesday 27 and Saturday 30 March 2019.


The screenings are part of the inaugural SALAAM PAKISTAN FILM FESTIVAL, a small but mighty film programme, which will also be touring to Manchester, Bradford, Halifax, Rochdale and Leeds throughout March.


SALAAM PAKISTAN FILM FESTIVAL celebrates the best of Pakistan's new Independent film making providing audiences with a rare chance to see award-winning films, a UK PREMIERE, Oscar winning documentaries and special Q&A’s.


The Festival is supported by various prestigious organisations including the British Film Institute and Rangoonwala Foundation and covers a range of themes including the 1947 partition, class and social struggle, female rights and the fight for social justice.


Opening the Festival will be the UK PREMIERE of the compelling UK-Pakistani film Lakeer, hailed as the first Pahari film. Lakeer is directed by pioneering film maker Shiv Dutt, who sadly passed away in 2018, and tells the story of a Kashmiri couple divided by Partition in 1947. The screening will be followed by a special Q&A with the film’s UK-based writer Ali Adaalat.




Further highlights of the festival are the rare screenings of A Girl in the River and Saving Face, two powerful and hopeful Oscar winning documentaries by Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy. Sharmeen was honoured with the Hilal-i-Imtiaz, the second highest civilian honour of the country, by the Government of Pakistan in 2012 and is the only woman to win two Oscars by the age of 37.


The festival is excited to announce Pakistani filmmaker Iram Parveen Bilal will be flying into the city direct from Los Angeles to attend the screening of her thought-provoking film Josh, a compelling film about class and social struggle which closes the Festival. Iram, a Physics Olympian turned filmmaker, initiated the Pakistani Oscar committee and is the founder of Pakistan's first professional screenwriting lab (QALAMBAAZ). Iram will be taking Q&A’s from the audience after the screening.


Debbie Kermode, Chief Executive and Artistic Director of Midlands Arts Centre in Birmingham commented “We’re delighted to welcome the first Salaam Pakistan Film Festival to Midlands Arts Centre. We’re sure that our audiences will appreciate the opportunity to see this fantastic collection of cutting-edge Pakistani and British Pakistani films.”


Salaam Pakistan Film Festival acknowledges the support of all its partners: The National Lottery, BFI FAN, Film Hub Midlands, Film Hub North, Rangoonwala Foundation, British Pakistan Foundation (BPF).


Tickets for all screenings at Midlands Arts Centre can be booked via the Box Office on 0121-446 3232 or online at www.macbirmingham.co.uk (all films are screened with English subtitles).



By midlandsmovies, Nov 23 2018 10:24AM



Midlands Spotlight - Grindhouse Planet 2018


The Grindhouse Planet Film Festival promises to be the biggest, baddest, in your face, down your throat, melt your brain Horror, Sci-fi, Action , Martial Arts and Exploitation festival in the region.


Now two years in (click here for our 2017 & 2016 coverage) the epic b-movie festival will once again be held at one of the UK's longest running entertainment venues - the legendary Shed Venue in Leicester city – where you will find a playlist of movies like no other.


Taking place on Saturday 24th November 2018, organiser and filmmaker Marc Hamill of Roasted Films explains that each film is selected by a Panel of Grindhouse connoisseurs from around the globe.


“Also, you will find no dramas, no rom-coms and no musicals - unless totally twisted”, he adds.


Marc continues, “The festival is for film fans and filmmakers to meet like-minded people, have a drink, watch some movies and have a bloody good time".


"There will also be a chance to get hold of the Grindhouse Planet 48 Hour Film Challenge Anthology DVD featuring past competition submissions. This will be available with donations collected for local charity Wishes 4 Kids".


There is also a chance to attend Q&A sessions with some of the planet's best Grindhouse directors and producers. This year, Jason Impey is the festival’s special guest.


Director of modern Grindhouse classics such as Home Made and Tortured, the prolific exploitation filmmaker will be taking part in a Filmmaker Q&A giving insights into the filmmaking process as well as a preview of a truly remarkable Grindhouse documentary that he's currently working on - VIPCO - The Untold Story.


With the full line-up above, tickets are on sale now and available from www.grindhouseplanet.com and the event starts at 12pm and runs until midnight at The Shed, 5 Yeoman Street, LE1 1UT Leicester


More information at the festival’s Facebook Event Page here:

https://www.facebook.com/events/330695347736176/



By midlandsmovies, Nov 4 2018 08:44AM



Midlands Spotlight - Nottingham International Film Festival


The Nottingham International Film Festival is taking place at the Cineworld and Nottingham Arts Theatre from the 11th-15th November and is showing a great selection of independent film from around the world.


After two successful years the festival is expanding in length and will be spread across two venues with Nottingham’s city centre cinema Cineworld and stalwart of Nottingham’s arts scene The Nottingham Arts Theatre hosting a mix of feature and documentary films, short films, experimental, music videos and animations.


The opening night documentary, The Ballad of a Righteous Merchant, is about Werner Herzog and the making of his film My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done.


The film is playing at Cineworld on 11th November at 4PM and the director will be doing a Q&A after the screening. Check out http://www.nottiff.com/ballad-of-righteous-merchant for all the information and to buy tickets.



Screenings at the Arts Theatre are great value for money as they include both a Short Film Showcase and a feature presentation for the price of one ticket. Viewers can also grab a selection of passes for the Cineworld screenings, including all six films for £24 (£20 for students).


A 60-Minute Short Film Showcase and feature film double bill at The Nottingham Arts Theatre can be purchased for just £7.50


For all ticket options and offer click here: http://www.nottiff.com/tickets-and-passes/

For more details please visit http://www.nottiff.com


Full Line-Up below:


Ballad of a Righteous Merchant

HERBERT GOLDER / UNITED STATES / 63 MINUTES / ENGLISH LANGUAGE

Starring: Werner Herzog, Michael Shannon, Chloë Sevigny, Willem Dafoe

Playing at 4pm on Sunday 11th November at Cineworld Nottingham


Opening Night Shorts

A selection of short films from around the world with stars Billy Bob Thornton, Stephen Graham and Alfred Molina in the linuep.

Playing at 6:30PM on 11TH November, Cineworld


Octav

SERGE IOAN CELEBIDACHI / ROMANIA / 100 MINUTES / ROMANIAN WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES

Starring: Marcel Iures, Victor Rebengiuc, Lia Bugnar

Playing at 6pm on Monday 12th November at Cineworld Nottingham


My Year with Helen

GAYLENE PRESTON / NEW ZEALAND / 93 MINUTES / ENGLISH LANGUAGE

Starring: Helen Clark

Playing at 8:30pm on Monday 12th November at Cineworld Nottingham


Behind the Mirror

DIETMAR GAMPER, LINDA ROEHL / ITALY / 73 MINUTES / GERMAN WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES

Starring: Hanna Weithaler, Veronika Pircher, Walter Tribus

Includes Tuesday Night Short Film Showcase

Playing at 7PM on Tuesday 13th November at the Nottingham Arts Theatre


Phantompain

ANDREAS OLENBERG / GERMANY / 98 MINUTES / GERMAN WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES

Starring: Daniel Littau, Sven Martinek, Jessica Boehrs

Includes Wednesday Night Short Film Showcase

Playing at 7PM on Wednesday 14th November 7PM at the Nottingham Arts Theatre


You Can’t Say No

PAUL KRAMER / UNITED STATES / 91 MINUTES / ENGLISH LANGUAGE

Starring: Marguerite Moreau, Annie Monroe, Peter Fonda

Playing at 6pm on Thursday 15th November at Cineworld Nottingham


When The Storm Fades

SEAN DEVLIN / CANADA / 81 MINUTES / ENGLISH LANGUAGE

Starring: Kayla Lorette, Ryan Beil

Includes Thursday Night Short Film Showcase

Playing at 7PM on Thursday 15th November at the Nottingham Arts Theatre


Laddie: The Man Behind the Movies

AMANDA LADD-JONES / UNITED STATES / 84 MINUTES / ENGLISH LANGUAGE

Starring: Alan Ladd Jnr, Morgan Freeman, Ridley Scott, Mel Gibson, Sigourney Weaver

Playing at 8:30pm on Thursday 15th November at Cineworld Nottingham

By midlandsmovies, Aug 20 2018 09:09PM



Midlands Spotlight - Shropshire’s First World War Film Festival


Shropshire’s First World War Film Festival showcases classic and new films from the 1930s to the present day in a new regional cinema event in the area.


A wide selection of films will be shown at community cinemas and village halls around the county as part of the events programme to remember poet and soldier Wilfred Owen and the centenary of Armistice Day at the end of World War I.


The Film Festival runs from 10th October to 23rd November and includes classics like ‘Lawrence of Arabia’, ‘Hell’s Angels’ and ‘La Grande Illusion’ as well as new movies like ‘Journey’s End’, ‘The Burying Party’ (about Wilfred Owen) and ‘The Long Way Home’ about a fictional Shropshire pals’ regiment, filmed in the county.


See Midlands Movies coverage of The Long Way Home by clicking here.



Tim King, the Festival Organiser, says, “We now have 24 screenings of 13 films at 15 venues with more in the pipeline. We have received great support from the venue managers and organisations like Flicks in the Sticks."


Tickets for most films are now on sale online or from the venues and the full programme can be viewed at www.firstworldwarfilmfestival.com and most films are listed in the Wilfred Owen 100 events brochure available at www.shropshireremembers.org.uk


Selected highlights include:


10th October 8.00pm The Hive, Belmont, Shrewsbury SY1 1TE

Shrewsbury Film Society presents: – ‘La Grande Illusion’ Tickets: £6


15th October 11.00am The Old Market Hall, Shrewsbury SY1 1LH

‘Regeneration’ Tickets: £8/concs £7


20th October 7.30pm Trefonen Village Hall SY10 9DY

Flicks in the Sticks presents: ‘Journey’s End’ Tickets: £4, child £2.50


24th October 7.30pm Kinokulture, Oswestry SY11 1JN

‘Hell’s Angels’ Tickets: £7, under 16s £5


25th October 6.30pm SpArC Theatre, Bishop’s Castle SY9 5AY

Flicks in the Sticks presents ‘War Horse’ Tickets: £5, under 18’s £4


5th November 1.30pm Wem Town Hall SY4 5DG

‘Oh! What A Lovely War’ - A dementia friendly screening Tickets: £5, carers free


8th November 5.00pm Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery SY1 1LH

‘The Burying Party’ & ‘The Long Way Home’ A double bill with Q & A with the film makers chaired by Carl Jones, BBC Shropshire film reviewer. https://thelongwayhomefilm.com


16th November 8pm The Hive, Belmont, Shrewsbury SY1 1TE

Shrewsbury Film Society presents ‘A Very Long Engagement’ Tickets: £6



By midlandsmovies, Aug 20 2018 07:24AM



Midlands Spotlight - The Short Cinema 2018


Kicking off even earlier in the summer holidays this year is Leicester’s The Short Cinema film festival. So early in fact, that we were away on holiday when the amazing festival, which started in a local pub many moons ago, began its full summer programme!


As regular attendees, the festival has been a hotbed of local talent in 2017, 2016 and even further back but this 12th edition is bigger than ever before.


Running from Wednesday 15th to Saturday 25th August the festival has expanded beyond its early “local shorts” remit to include the finest short films from across the globe as well as features and specific evenings based around varied topics.


With the launch incorporating an evening screening of Pin Cushion with Q & A from the film’s director – we also spoke to Deborah Haywood here – the festival is off to a positive start and highlights of the week’s events are listed below:


Film / The Short Cinema: International Programme Mon 20 Aug, 7pm – Tickets £4

See some of the best short films from across the globe in our international programme. This year, our International Programme will bring with it another fascinating selection of world cinema.


Film / The Short Cinema: Iris Prize LGBTQ+ Shorts Tue 21 Aug, 7pm – Tickets £4

The international renowned festival, held in Cardiff each October, has become known as the most prestigious LGBTQ+ specialised film event in the world.


Film / The Short Cinema: Lives in Sign Language Tue 21 Aug, 6.30pm | Tickets £4

In partnership with London Short Film Festival we present a selection of thought provoking archive and contemporary short films which bring stories about D/deaf culture and experience to the big screen.


Free Event / The Short Cinema: BFI NETWORK Talent Mixer Wed 22 Aug – Free Event

BFI NETWORK brings together the UK's film agencies to discover, develop and fund new and emerging writers, directors and producers. Join us for drinks and networking.


Film / The Short Cinema: BFI Network Shorts Wed 22 Aug, 8pm – Free

BFI Network brings together the UK's film agencies to discover, develop and fund new and emerging writers, directors and producers. Check out the competition by attending this free screening of BFI NETWORK funded shorts.



Film / The Short Cinema: Intersectional Feminism + Panel Thu 23 Aug, 6.30pm – Tickets £4

In a time when #metoo and #timesup are so heavily in the public conscious, we explore the concept of intersectional feminism through the medium of short film. The screening will be followed by a panel discussion including curators, creatives and filmmakers.


Film / The Short Cinema: British Shorts Fri 24 Aug, 7pm – Tickets £6

What does it mean to be British in 2018? Comedy, drama and horror come together to showcase individuals, communities and stories from our nation.


Film / The Short Cinema: Family Shorts - There's No Place Like Home Sat 25 Aug, 10.30am – Free

A collection of stories about kinship and belonging, curated by Flatpack Festival. Suitable for ages 4 and above, the programme showcases the best of international animation.


Closing Gala / The Short Cinema: Midlands Showcase Sat 25 Aug, 7pm – Tickets £6

The big kahuna, bringing you the best in shorts from the Midlands and celebrating the talent who made them. We’ll announce the 2018 award winners before our annual “wrap party”.


For full information on each night and to buy tickets for this fantastic selection of local film delights, please go to the festival website here: https://www.phoenix.org.uk/event/the-short-cinema/





By midlandsmovies, Aug 19 2018 09:03AM



Midlands Spotlight – New film festival for Telford 50th anniversary celebrations


To celebrate Telford’s 50th birthday Telford & Wrekin Council is organising a range of 50th anniversary celebrations and events including a new film festival for the region’s cinephiles.


From 14th September to 31st October the council have joined forces with Flatpack Projects to create and promote a varied programme for the 1st ever edition of the new Telford Film Festival,.


As part of a year-long celebration for Telford’s 50th birthday, the event will treat audiences to a jam-packed month of screenings and special events in venues all over the town.


Highlights of Telford Film Festival 2018 include:


Legendary silent comedian Buster Keaton in the classic comedy THE CAMERAMAN (14 September, 7.00pm, All Saints Church), presented in partnership with Wellington Orbit and featuring live musical accompaniment from pianist Meg Morley.


Poet and novelist Mary Webb is perhaps Shropshire’s most famous daughter, and Gorge Film Club will be paying homage to Webb with a screening of Powell & Pressburger’s GONE TO EARTH (17 September, 7.30pm, Coalbrookdale & Ironbridge Community Centre), a gorgeous adaptation of her 1917 novel about a woman choosing between two admirers.


Enjoy a trip down memory lane with the TELFORD ON FILM (22 September, drop in all-day, Ironbridge Gorge Museum) a celebration of the town using newly digitised film from the Media Archive for Central England - from coracles on the Severn to the world famous cast-iron bridge plus a nostalgic visit from football legend Billy Wright.


RAF Museum Cosford will play host to two spectacular screenings as part of their outdoor film season - the seventh instalment of the epic Star Wars franchise STAR WARS EPISODE VII: THE FORCE AWAKENS (21 September, 6.00pm, RAF Cosford) and the Tom Cruise 80s thrill-ride TOP GUN (22 September, 6.00pm, RAF Cosford).


Cineworld Telford will screen an eclectic mix of features - the iconic Studio Ghibli family classic MY NEIGHBOUR TOTORO (23 September, 2.00pm), a special preview of SKATE KITCHEN (24 September, 6.15pm) an atmospheric tale of female skaters in New York City, the cult-classic THE BIG LEBOWSKI preceded by a 90s-themed movie quiz (1 October, 6.30pm) and the Kubrick masterpiece 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY (8 October, 7.30pm) digitally remastered for its fiftieth anniversary this year.


Two engaging archive films that glimpse into Telford’s past - A SPLENDID PLACE TO LIVE and THE NEW LIFE (23 September, 4.30pm, Dawley Town Hall) will screen ahead of a brand-new documentary TELFORD NEW TOWN: DREAM & REALITIES (23 September, 6.00pm, Dawley Town Hall) from director Nick Boy that looks at the remarkable urban planning project that began in the 1960s.


Telford Stream Railway will provide a fitting location for Kenneth Branagh’s MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS (29 September, 3.00pm), kicking off with a wine-tasting session on board a vintage train before the feature presentation at nearby Horsehay Village Hall.


Fancy dress is absolutely encouraged for BARBARA NICE PRESENTS THE SOUND OF MUSIC (9 October, 7.00pm, Oakengates Theatre @ The Place) when Midlands legend Barbara Nice (aka stand-up comic Janice Connolly) hosts a screening of the Julie Andrews classic, supported by Shropshire Rainbow Film Festival.


The festival will round off with one of the most compelling and entertaining zombie films ever made, DAWN OF THE DEAD (20 October, 8.30pm, Telford Centre) screening in the shopping centre in the dead of night and a Halloween screening of James Cameron’s nail-biting blockbuster ALIENS (31 October, 8.00pm, The Wakes).


Telford Film Festival is the result of a collaboration between Telford & Wrekin Council and Flatpack Projects (the team behind Birmingham’s Flatpack Film Festival) and is part of BFI Film Hub Midlands’ mission to develop film culture across the region.


Ian Francis, Director of Flatpack Projects, said “For the inaugural Telford Film Festival we were keen to offer a fun and varied programme - everything from railway adventures and zombie attacks to camp singalongs and silent classics. Hopefully, there’s something for everyone!”


Full details of Telford Film Festival 2018 and ticket information can be found here:


http://www.telford50.co.uk/filmfestival



By midlandsmovies, Jun 22 2018 10:51AM


Presented by the Bagri Foundation London Indian Film Festival, the Birmingham Indian Film Festival is the UK and Europe’s largest South Asian film festival and returns for a fourth year with an entertaining and thought provoking line-up of independent films.


With one of the most diverse film offerings in the UK film calender, BIFF is proudly supported by the BFI’s National Lottery Audience Fund and runs from 22nd June to 1st July 2018.


This year’s highlights include a sparkling opening night red carpet Midlands premiere of Love Sonia – a compelling story of two teenagers’ fight for freedom starring Freida Pinto, Demi Moore, Rajkummar Rao and Richa Chadda amongst others. The closing night Gala features must-see Canadian family comedy Venus.


Their themed strands kick off with Female Eye, premiering the work of women directors. British filmmaker Sangeeta Datta’s gorgeous film Bird of Dusk is followed by a panel discussion looking at independent Indian cinema.


In collaboration with Birmingham City University, director Rima Das gives a Q&A with her uplifting mother daughter hit Village Rockstars and the innovative style of debut filmmaker Dar Gai’s Teen Aur Aadha breaks new ground.


Another strong festival theme is Fathers & Sons, premiering dramas exploring masculinity and the enduring complexity of father and son relationships, including In The Shadows, a dark secret story, helmed by virtuoso actor Manoj Bajpayee.


Meanwhile raucous British comedy Eaten By Lions has an Asian boy searching for his dad.


True to the festival’s mission to screen films about real people’s journeys, dive into their Extra-Ordinary Lives strand with amazing documentaries, dramas and shorts from across India’s far-flung regions.


From the South is Tamil drama My Son is Gay while Doob (No Bed of Roses) is a co-production between India and Bangladesh.


For full details and tickets head to the main festival website below and for the full line-up check out their online programme brochure (click here)


Official Festival Website: http://birminghamindianfilmfestival.co.uk/


Twitter: https://twitter.com/weLoveBIFF





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