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By midlandsmovies, Sep 9 2017 07:48AM

BIRMINGHAM ON FILM II

9 - 17 SEPTEMBER 2017

 


Birmingham on Film returns this week with a celebration of the city’s waterways.

 

Last year Flatpack: Assemble launched a month-long season of Birmingham-related archive film, screening the best (and worst) films made in and about the city. Birmingham on Film II takes place from 9-17 September, with a focus on Birmingham’s 35 miles of canals.

 

Expect retro kids TV, Cliff Richard, Midlands alien sightings and everyone’s favourite disc jockey Alan Partridge….




STARMAN

Saturday 9 September, 7.45-10.00pm, Stirchley Baths, FREE

The John Carpenter classic, Starman (cert: PG) stars Jeff Bridges as an alien visitor to Earth who is knocked off course and must take an interstate road trip to rendezvous with a mothership from his home planet. 

 



DIY DRIVE IN CINEMA

Saturday 16 September, 2.00-4.30pm, Rum Runner Yard, Regency Wharf, £3

The chance to build your own mini-car out of scrap material and then park up for some Birmingham-based kids TV including Brum and Tiswas.

 

TAKE ME HIGH

Saturday 16 September, 6.00-7.30pm, Gas Street Basin, £10

Take Me High stars Cliff Richard as a self-absorbed banker who moves to Birmingham, buys himself a narrowboat and invents the Brumburger. This neglected musical oddity aboard a canal boat and a Brumburger is included in the ticket price. 

 

WATERWAY TO HAVE A GOOD TIME

Saturday 16 September, 4.30-5.30pm, Rum Runner Yard, Regency Wharf, FREE

Sunday 17 September, 2.00-3.00pm, Rum Runner Yard, Regency Wharf, FREE

A selection of canal related archive shorts curated by the Media Archive for Central England followed by a special screening of I’m Alan Partridge.



MADE IN BRUM

Sunday 17 September, 12.00-5.00pm, Gas Street Basin, FREE

Hop aboard the floating cinema and catch a wonderful selection of family-friendly shorts made in Brum.

 

COLOUR BOX SHORTS: NATURE’S TALES

Sunday 17 September, 12.00-2.00pm, Rum Runner Yard, Regency Wharf, FREE

An assortment of Flatpack family favourites from our Colour Box short film programme.

 

THE BARGEE

Sunday 17 September, 3.30-5.00pm, Rum Runner Yard, Regency Wharf, FREE

Harry H Corbett – better known as Steptoe the younger – is a bargee who ferries boats and goods up and down the Grand Union canal, wooing various women while his mate Ronnie Barker keeps an eye on the tiller.


Birmingham on Film II is part of Birmingham Heritage Week, which runs from 7-17 September.


For ticket information go to http://flatpackfestival.org.uk/2017/08/birmingham-on-film-2/


By midlandsmovies, Aug 8 2017 09:41AM



Flatpack presents - Dudley Castle After Dark: An American Werewolf in Dudley


John Landis’ An American Werewolf in London brought packs of film fans out to a special screening of the highly influential horror-comedy.


Unlike last year's Bride of Frankenstein screening, the surrounding animals in Dudley Zoological Gardens were ominously quiet throughout. Perhaps with the werewolf in town, they were worried about their place on the food chain. Perhaps not. Although in recompense, there was a baby somewhere screaming with a mixture of terror and tiredness.


The evening opened with Howl, an eerie animated short detailing a true enfant terrible in the shape of a werewolf toddler. This was fittingly followed by the full length video for Michael Jackson's Thriller vanity project. Directed by John Landis after The King of Pop saw An American Werewolf in London, its balance of laughs, scares and nostalgia set the tone perfectly for the main feature.



After a personalised video greeting by the director himself ("On the way home, stay on the road"), we were straight onto the Moors. We join two American tourists as they walk into The Slaughtered Lamb, a pub which the residents of The Wicker Man’s Summerisle would probably regard as “a bit rough.” A swift exit sees them stranded in the back end of beyond, with something creepy closing in...


The film itself sees Rick Baker's 36 year old practical effects still looking surprisingly impressive on the big screen, no doubt holding up better than the many CGI efforts that have followed it. Besides the ground-breaking transformation of David (David Naughton), there's true horror to be found in the lycanthropic mauling and subsequent undead appearances of Jack (Griffin Dunne).


There are also genuine laughs to be had, as Jack’s incarnations become increasingly comical and gruesome throughout. The camaraderie between the male leads is infectious and the humour still stands up in front of a modern audience. Having said that the downbeat ending is still a shock to the system, but how could it all end happily?


After the moon rose and the darkness fell, projected pentagrams and candle flames crept along the castle walls, creating a sinister setting for the leaving audience. Such details, alongside Landis’ intro, thoughtful shorts and an inspired film selection, has seen Flatpack’s ‘Dudley Castle after Dark’ become an unmissable event in the Midlands' movie calendar.


Robb Sheppard


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By midlandsmovies, Mar 31 2017 03:39PM



Jam-packed: Ten things to do at Flatpack Film Festival


With this year’s Flatpack Film Festival leaving us spoilt for choice yet again, it’s not a question of if you’re going, it’s more a question of how you’re going to fit it all in. If only someone could write a handy guide of the Top Ten events to help you get ‘packing…


Ordinary Heroes. The Victoria, Saturday 8th April

A selection of real life stories with a feelgood factor. Featuring Fish Story, which reeled in the audience at the Flatmates Taster. Centred on an old Gran’s tale, Charlie Lyne’s story investigates the opening of an Anglesea marina where there’s something fishy about all the guests.


Off the Beaten Track, The Electric, Friday 7th April

An animated series of surreal shorts where there are no rules. Highlights include the brilliantly bizarre Bloop’s Birthday from Julian Glander and the amusing yet bitter-sweet Victor and Isolina, where Director William Caballero juxtaposes his grandparent’s account of their break up with clay-mation renditions of their antics.


Hyperconnected. The Electric, Sunday 9th April

Shining the lens on our digital selves and our infatuation with friends, followers and filters. In particular, Peter Huang’s 5 Films about technology aims satirical silliness at our obsession with gadgets and devices and flips the camera’s gaze onto our own behaviour.


Cassette: A Documentary Mixtape. BMI, John Lee, Friday 7th April

Director Zach Taylor’s look at the emergence and the resurgence of the humble C90. With talking head interviews from Henry Rollins and Sonic Youth’s Thurston Moore as well as inventor Lou Ottens, this is a must for anyone who remembers (or wants to know) why the cassette and the pencil are inextricably linked.


Aural Aesthetics. BMI, John Lee, Sunday 9th April

This assortment of sonic shorts features a packed playlist, including a mesmeric promo for Bonobo’s No Reason and a Bowie homage in the form of a reworked The Man Who Fell to Earth from Finnish visual artist Mika Taanila. If you feel that the music video is a lost art, then this could be the screening to restore your faith.


The Art Life. The Electric, Sunday 9th April

Over 90 minutes, Lynch recounts pivotal moments from his childhood and his highly influential career whilst also indulging in his pursuit of painting. Sure to be of interest to both the obsessed and the uninitiated, this documentary helps to uncover the mystery behind the man.


Eraserhead. BMI Lyttleton, Saturday 8th April

The Lynchian weirdness continues with the iconic Eraserhead. Forty years after its initial release, Lynch’s debut feature can be seen and heard like never before. A live reworking of the score by French synth duo Cercuil promises an alternative aural perspective for those familiar with the original.


Eyes without a face, The Old Rep, Saturday 8th April

Highly influential even today, this is the 1960 story of a scientist whose mission to restore his daughter’s beauty forces him to take extreme measures. Surgically removing the faces of other beautiful women, French director Georges Franju’s Eyes without a Face brings shock and gore to the festival.


Happy Together. Patrick Centre, Saturday 8th April

This family-friendly collection of shorts is perfect for the miniature film fan. Suitable for those 4 and above, this series focuses on friendship and colourful characters. Quack Fat, in particular offers something retro for the parents too, featuring a complement of come-alive cassettes, a Walkman and VHS tapes moving to the music.


Bunch of Kunst + Q&A. The Electric, Thursday 6th April

Christine Franz's debut feature follows Nottingham Punk Hop duo Sleaford Mods on the road as they garner mainstream attention and are catapulted from playing the pubs of Notts to the John Peel Stage of Glastonbury. For Franz, this is a homecoming screening and the former Birmingham student will hold a Q&A session after the film.


If you make it to any of the above, be sure to let us know what you think. Flatpack Film Festival runs from the 4th till the 9th of April and full details are available at http://flatpackfestival.org.uk/festival/programme/


Robb Sheppard



By midlandsmovies, Mar 20 2017 05:33PM

If the Oscars have left you in a lull and blockbuster season seems a million miles away, there’s plenty going on in Birmingham to whet your cinematic appetite.




The Cinematic Time Machine


The Cinematic Time Machine at Birmingham’s Electric Cinema always piques the curiosity of any self-respecting film fan. This season showcases the 40’s and 50’s and provides the opportunity to experience those pictures in the way they were intended: on the big screen! Are you a Kubrick completist but have never seen Paths of Glory? Heard of Howard Hawks but have no idea where to start? Then this could be the season for you. Other highlights include Robert Mitchum in The Night Of The Hunter, the 75th Anniversary of Casablanca and Akira Kurosawa’s highly influential Seven Samurai.


The Cinematic Time Machine runs from the 29th of March to the 29th of April. Head to The Electric Cinema for the full programme.





Flatpack Film Festival


The Flatpack Film Festival takes over venues across the city in early April and the only cliché applicable here is that there’s something for everyone. There’s plenty of Lynchian inspired weirdness on offer with a screening of Mulholland Drive and the iconic Eraserhead, which features a reworking of the score by French synth duo Cercuil.


There’s the Colour Box with screenings for younger film fans and the festival also sees a homecoming screening of Christine Franz’s documentary Bunch of Kunst, which focuses on Nottingham Punk Hop duo Sleaford Mods’ foray into the music industry.


Flatpack Film Festival runs from the 4th till the 9th of April. Further details are available here and the launch event will feature on Midlands Movies in the coming weeks.


Is there anything else movie-related going on across the Midlands that you think we should know about? If so, be sure to let us know.


Robb Sheppard


By midlandsmovies, Sep 25 2016 08:25AM

‘THE GIRL WITH ALL THE GIFTS’ and ‘READY PLAYER ONE’ CREW CONFIRMED FOR 'BIRMINGHAM ON FILM' LOCATIONS EVENT


Birmingham is becoming increasingly popular as a backdrop for all kinds of film and television, from the zombie dystopia of The Girl With All the Gifts to 70s spy thriller The Game. A new evening event has been launched as part of Birmingham on Film which will be a chance to peek behind the scenes of some of these productions, and gain more of an insight into how they end up shooting here from Sindy Campbell, Head of Film Birmingham.


Flatpack in Birmingham has just announced the addition of two very special guests to the A City of a Thousand Locations event running as part of the Birmingham on Film season on Monday 10th October:




Ian Hutchinson, the location manager on The Girl With All the Gifts - the newly-released thriller starring Gemma Arterton and Glenn Close - will be in attendance. That movie was filmed on location in Birmingham City Centre whilst Ian’s other credits include Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie, Mordecai and Before I Go To Sleep.


Also attending will be Ali James, the location supervisor on Ready Player One - the Spielberg movie which recently completed shooting in Digbeth and the Jewellery Quarter. Ali’s additional credits include Spectre, Prometheus and Captain America: The First Avenger.


A City of a Thousand Locations is part of Flatpack’s Birmingham on Film season which is funded by the BFI and forms part of the BFI’s Britain on Film project. To view Flatpack’s Birmingham on Film playlist on BFI Player go to http://player.bfi.org.uk/playlists/flatpack-assemble-presents/


Full details of the event:


A City of a Thousand Locations

The Mockingbird, The Custard Factory, Gibb Str, Digbeth, Birmingham, B9 4AA

Monday 10th October 2016, 5.30pm - 7.30pm

Tickets: £4 via the Flatpack website http://www.flatpackfestival.org.uk


Presented in partnership with Film Birmingham


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