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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, Jul 11 2018 02:00AM

Quite simply, here is our ongoing and updated list of Film Festivals in the Midlands (2018 edition):


• THE SHORT CINEMA http://www.theshortcinema.co.uk info@theshortcinema.co.uk Phoenix, Leicester - August 20 – 25, 2018


• NOTTINGHAM MICRO FILM FESTIVAL Twitter @FilmNottingham http://www.nimfestival.com/ 8-10 March 2018


• INDIE-LINCS - March 15-18 2018 Based at Lincoln Performing Arts Centre, and run in partnership with The School of Film and Media at the University of Lincoln http://www.indie-lincs.com


• BRINDLEY PLACE OUTDOOR FEST - http://www.brindleyplace.com/event/brindleyplace-film-festival-2018/ July 16 -22 2018


• LEICESTER DOCFILM FEST https://twitter.com/docfilmfestival Contact John Coster November 2018


• BORDERLINES FEST http://www.borderlinesfilmfestival.co.uk UK's largest rural film festival. Herefordshire/Shropshire - 23rd February - 11th March 2018


• BIRMINGHAM FILM FEST - November 22 – 25 2018 https://filmfreeway.com/festival/Birminghamfilmfestival


• BIFF FEST (Black International Film Fest) https://www.biffestival.co.uk 2018 dates TBC


• SHOCK AND GORE FESTIVAL http://www.shockandgore.co.uk The Electric Cinema in Birmingham, July. Contact david@theelectric.co.uk or https://twitter.com/shockgore July 27 to Aug 5 2018


• DEAFFEST http://www.deaffest.co.uk The UK's International Deaf Film & Arts Festival Wolverhampton. Contact info@light-house.co.uk Friday 17th to Sunday 19th May 2019


• THE UK ASIAN FILM FESTIVAL LEICESTER - http://tonguesonfire.com/ 15 March - 31 March 2018


• SHOUT FESTIVAL http://shoutfestival.co.uk Birmingham Dates TBC for 2018


• DERBY FILM FESTIVAL http://www.derbyfilmfestival.co.uk 4th - 13th MAY 2018


• FANTASTIQ FEST http://fantastiq.co.uk Fantasy/Horror Fest at Quad in Derby (part of Derby Film Fest)


• MAYHEM HORROR Film Fest - Halloween. Contact Broadway cinema in Nottingham http://www.broadway.org.uk/mayhem 11 October - 14 October 2018


• FLATPACK FEST - Birmingham, UK. http://www.flatpackfestival.org.uk 13 - 22 April 2018


• EAST ASIAN FILM FESTIVAL http://www.eastwindsfilmfest.com May 2018


• BEESTON FILM FESTIVAL - https://twitter.com/BeestonFilm 8th - 11th March 2018


• SHROPSHIRE RAINBOW FILM FESTIVAL http://www.rainbowfilmfestival.org.uk/midlands-zone 5th - 7th October 2018


• GRINDHOUSE PLANET - www.grindhouseplanet.com November 2018 TBC


* BOTTLESMOKE FILM FESTIVAL - https://www.facebook.com/BottleSmokeStoke Stoke on Trent, 8th - 9th September 2018


* POCKET FILM FESTIVAL (Unseen cinema) http://www.unseencinema.co.uk/pocket-film-festival-2018/ Stafford 12-17 March 2018


* BIRMINGHAM HORROR GROUP - https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/birmingham-horror-group-mini-movie-marathon-25-march-2018-tickets-41683231668 Mini-Movie Marathon Mini-Movie 25 March 2018


* SHROPSHIRE'S FIRST WORLD WAR FILM FESTIVAL https://twitter.com/wilfredowen100 8th October to 23rd November 2018


* THE BRAVE BLACK BIRD FILM FEST Wolverhampton https://ajayhackett2113.wixsite.com/bbff Wolverhampton 25th Feb 2019 (submissions until July 2018)


* HIGH PEAK INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL Derbyshire https://www.highpeakindie.com 12th to 16th June 2019. #HPIFF18


* NOTTINGHAM FILM FESTIVAL Hothouse Theatre Nottingham https://twitter.com/NottmFilmFest 8th July 2018


* THE VENUE LINCOLN FILM FESTIVAL Lincolnshire https://www.thevenuelincoln.co.uk 6th - 8th July 2018


* THE SHORT STACK FILM FESTIVAL Nottingham Bi-monthly screening night at Broadway Cinema https://www.facebook.com/groups/841340665914084 (Various dates)


* THE TELFORD FILM FESTIVAL Telford & Wrekin - various venues across Telford as part of the twon's 50th anniversary http://www.telford50.co.uk/filmfestival 14th September to 31st October 2018


Other useful Film Festival information can be find at these links:

http://www.festivalfocus.org/festival

http://film.britishcouncil.org/festivals-directory/festivals-map

http://www.thefilmfestivaldoctor.co.uk

By midlandsmovies, Jun 8 2018 01:02PM




‘BEWARE THE MOON’ RETURNS TO DUDLEY CASTLE THIS AUGUST


Dudley Zoological Gardens are again teaming up with Flatpack Projects and Film Hub Midlands to present the cinema spectacular BEWARE THE MOON.


Dudley Castle will be transformed into a vast open-air cinema for two special events over consecutive nights – George A. Romero’s zombie horror NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD will screen on Friday 3rd August, followed by the vampire cult classic THE LOST BOYS on Saturday 4th August.


Previous events have included spectacular screenings of James Whale’s THE BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN and John Landis’ AN AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON in the stunning castle courtyard.


Guests at BEWARE THE MOON can enjoy hot food, a licensed bar and spine-chilling special effects projected onto the historic castle ramparts – with organisers promising even more spooky surprises this year!


BEWARE THE MOON: NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD (15)

Friday 3rd August 2018, 9pm

Castle Hill, Dudley, West Midlands,

DY1 4QF


Tickets: £10 (concs £8)

Double Bill Ticket: £18 (concs £14)

Book via https://www.dudleyzoo.org.uk/night-of-the-living-dead/


BEWARE THE MOON: THE LOST BOYS (15)

Saturday 4th August 2018, 9pm

Castle Hill, Dudley, West Midlands,

DY1 4QF


Tickets: £10 (concs £8)

Double Bill Ticket: £18 (concs £14)

Book via https://www.dudleyzoo.org.uk/the-lost-boys/



By midlandsmovies, Apr 13 2018 07:58AM

Flatpack Film Festival 2018


The 2018 Flatpack Film Festival kicks off on Friday 13th April so get ready to experience over 100 events and screenings across venues across Birmingham.


Running until 22nd April, there are plenty of options for all kinds of cinema fans and we take an overview look at some of the best the festival has to offer over the full 2 weeks of fun.




Colour Box

This is a fabulous film lucky dip with a focus on “doing” as much as on “viewing”. This year’s creative playground includes smartphone projectors, Moomin puppets, VR adventures and a massive zoetrope, while in the screening programme you can find the best new family shorts and features from around the world. Colour Box is suitable for all ages, although even more fun if you’re 11 and under!




Birmingham 68

A landmark year internationally, 1968 was also a turbulent time for Birmingham. This eye-opening, city-straddling programme will take you from Digbeth bikers to Erdington psychedelia, from black masses in Solihull to the lost streets of Balsall Heath. On 13-15 April a host of special guests will join us for a weekend of walks, talks and screenings tapping into a range of subjects that still resonate today. Flatpack welcome a range of guests including writer Dilip Hiro and Oscar-winning cinematographer Chris Menges and there's a very rare chance to see a psychedelic Cilla Black satire set in Ladywood.




Optical Sound

Optical Sound explores the love affair between sound and image through a packed weekend of live events and screenings. Expect AV artistry, music documentaries and ingenious gadgets.




Unpacked

A chance to poke around under the bonnet and explore the creative processes behind some of the work on show at Flatpack. At the heart of Unpacked is a day of talks and demonstrations with a fantastic line up of artists, inventors and filmmakers, while at Film Camp the focus shifts from making to showing. Film Camp is designed to gather together film exhibitors from across the Midlands to share their wealth of experience, and to explore fresh approaches to programming and audience development. The event is open to everyone from multi-screen venues and festivals to community cinema organisers and student film groups.




Special Events

Check out Flatpack’s full complement of theatre, performance, live soundtracks, daft parties and a quiz. Highlights include live animation troupe Paper Cinema and a night at the circus to remember.




Features, Shorts and Documentaries

based at the Electric and the Mockingbird, this year's survey of the best new films from around the world is a fantastic trip. For those who don’t know, Flatpack started life as a film night in a pub and the short films are an end in themselves, overflowing with great ideas and indelible images. In 2018 the competition expands to six programmes and will include a bumper crop of UK premieres. Flatpack’s international documentary selection is by turns playful, provocative and strange.


Short Film Competition Pass

The short film competition is the shining jewel in our crown each year and audiences can pick up a pass wo view Is This Some Kind Of Joke, Little Wonders, Signal To Noise, Artefacts, Memory Lane and Breaking Point for just £32.



To buy tickets and to check out the full programme go to the festival's official website - http://flatpackfestival.org.uk


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


twitter.com/RedBezzle

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


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