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Contents

Live Events

Shorts

A Dublin collective take over

Short

buildings

Anime flights of fancy ( p.33),

a Digbeth warehouse (p.19)

(p.13,26) and puppets (p.25,31),

visionary claymation ( p.25),

while a French artist sits in

animation ( p.26 ), super 8

Irish folk-tales ( p.21),

the library making text appear

( p.9) and experimental work

‘cartoons in 3-D’ from

from nowhere (p.8) and a jazz

(p.31,33), and guest selections

George Pal ( p.31) and shorts

trio resurrect a 1927 classic

from London (p.13), Glasgow

galore (eg p.26 ).

in a church ( p.7 ). Zappa

(p.17) and Dublin (p.26).

films

Animation about

jazz meets plasticine (p.29), Buster Keaton with live piano (p.8 and 27), masked rituals (p.10), a-v performance (p.32) and haunted audio from Ghost Box records (p.35).

Features

in

the

deep

the

Te h r a n

the Alberta tar sands (p.13),

black metal scene ( p.11) and

movie-going in Burkina Faso, the

Western Sahara (p.17). Plus new

cold war according to Hitchcock

films featuring Mogwai (p.28),

and Bill Douglas’ passion for

Stephen Duffy (p.33), Joanna

zoetropes (all p.27).

Newsom (p.32) Delia Derbyshire

section which includes a Dr

of fantasy and filth (p.14), a post-punk Aussie classic (p.18), Greek psycho-drama (p.29), a domestic gangster flick (p.16), the latest gem from Andrew Bujalski (p.34) forces

in

Patagonia (p.34).

The new name for our family

S o u t h ( p. 28), a d o u ble -bill

demonic

from

underground ( p.9), Norway’s

Colour Box

New Orleans (p.29), fun with

and

Ta l e s

Domestic bliss in Finland (p.17),

(p.32) and Gruf f Rhys in

Nic Cage on the rampage in wheelie-bins

Music films

Documentaries

(p.25), magic lantern shows

a

Archive

Seuss classic, a workshop

An

from one of the people

literary Birmingham (p.10), a

behind OOglies, the Oscar-

Jessie Matthews musical (p.14),

nominated

Kells

rare footage of the Electric

and a bundle of short films

(p.32) and a trip to Coventry

from around the world (p.20-

in the early 80s (p.34).

Secret

of

Odeon

bus

tour

(p.24),

21). Kids may well also enjoy

Mexican convent (p.18).

Puppetoons (p.31) and The Cameraman (p.25).

Talks & Workshops Insights into puppet-mastery

Artists film

( p . 2 6 ) , p l a g i a r i s m ( p .1 5 ) ,

Dazzling structural filmmaking

and animating vegetables

from North America (p.31) and

(p.21), Special guests include

Japan ( p.33) . New f ilms by

David Lodge (p.10) and Juliet

Apichatpong W e e r a s e t h a k u l

Gardiner (p.32).

pitching documentaries (p.6)

( p . 31) , a n d the UK premiere of Redmond Entwistle’s Monuments (p.16).

www.flatpackfestival.org

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Hello, and welcome. As the organist glides gracefully back beneath the floor, the stage is set for the fourth Flatpack Festival. Slightly later in March this time and running for one extra day, but the basic aim remains the same: to roam the wild frontiers of film, to find as much original and enjoyable work as possible, and then to put it on in venues around Birmingham. If you don’t have the time to visit festivals devoted to animation, documentary, music on film, experimental cinema and kids movies, then six days at Flatpack is a pretty good subsititute. That’s only the half of it however. Flatpack is not just about sitting in the dark, but also exploring the connections between film and other artforms and celebrating film-going as an event in itself. That’s why we’re very happy to have special guests like Julien Maire and Synth Eastwood, and that’s also why we have chosen Oscar Deutsch as our patron saint this year; someone who saw the social importance as well as the commercial potential of film, and built a string of modernist temples in its honour. The Odeon of today may be battling to preserve an old business model, but the appetite for unique film experiences is as strong as ever.

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THE ENGINE ROOM PITCH WORKSHOP

SCREENING ARTISTS’ MOVING IMAGE

Persented by Sheffield Doc/Fest

A professional training day for film exhibitors

23 and 24 March

The Bond, Fazeley St, Digbeth

Friday 26 March

The Bond, Fazeley St, Digbeth

10.30am-5.30pm

Price: £30 (Includes lunch)

10.30am-5.30pm

Price: £30 (Includes lunch)

An intensive two-day proposal development and pitching

Want to add variety to your film programme but feel short

workshop to help you prepare your factual project for UK and

on inspiration?

international funding.

Thought about showing artists’ film but don’t know where

The workshop is a high-level project development opportunity

to start?

and includes an  introduction to the MeetMarket and all

The Independent Cinema Office presents a one-day course for

Marketplace activities at Doc/Fest and to wider opportunities

independent curators and staff of cinemas, festivals, galleries

in international documentary funding and markets. Delivered by

and arts organisations who want to initiate or develop a

international marketplace specialist Christina Burnett, of Wide

programme of artists’ films. The course offers an accessible

Eye Pictures, this is also a unique chance to pitch your project

and practical introduction to curating, marketing and the

and get feedback from two UK commissioners as well as Charlie

practical considerations associated with screening artists’

Philips, Doc/Fest Marketplace Producer.  Commissioners from

moving image.

BBC, Channel 4, Britdoc and CBA-DFID Broadcast Media Scheme have taken part in previous workshops.

The course will be led by George Clark, curator, writer and artist, with guest speakers including Ian Francis, Programme

THE ENGINE ROOM PITCH is suitable for all levels of experience,

Director of Flatpack Festival and Matt Lloyd, Programmer of

from senior producers and directors to new entrants.  You can

The Magic Lantern.

attend either as a pitcher with project, or as an observer.

This course is funded by Arts Council England and delivered in

Applicants must be West Midlands-based filmmakers. The cost

partnership with Flatpack Festival.

of the workshop is £30 for all attendees.

Travel and accommodation bursaries are available For more information see :

For further information and booking see :

www.sheffdocfest.com/view/pitchworkshops

www.independentcinemaoffice.org.uk/training

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F

eted for his mould-breaking German films, including Faust, Nosferatu and The Last Laugh, there were huge expectations

of F. W. Murnau in 1926 when he arrived in Hollywood to make

Sunrise

a feature at the new Fox studios. Over $200,000 was spent constructing a village and a city, using a combination of life-size sets and miniatures to create a sense of scale, and within this world Murnau plotted out a high-velocity melodrama of simple, rural values up against jazz-age urban sophistication. The Woman from the City, a chain-smoking femme fatale, convinces her lover to kill his wife. On the verge of doing the deed he finds himself incapable, and instead chases her into the city in a remarkable sequence shot onboard a tram.

Tuesday 23rd March

Dir: F. W. Murnau

The camera continually moves in Sunrise, whether through heavy

7.30pm

USA 1927, 79 minutes

traffic or soggy marshland, and like Orson Welles after him

St Martin’s Church, Bullring

With: George O’Brien, Janet

Murnau was prepared to try out every cinematic trick in the book

£ 10

Gaynor, Margaret Livingston

to crank up the drama and emotion. Along with the pyrotechnics there’s also a genuinely affecting love story as well as some bizarre slapstick involving a pig, and the whole experience is a good deal more thrilling than you might expect from a film labelled

Presented in association with

by French critics as “the single greatest masterwork in the

Birmingham Jazz

history of cinema.” Silent movies spawned multiple versions for dif ferent territories, and the one screening tonight is from a print recently discovered in the Czech Republic; a little shorter than the better known Movietone print, but it looks gorgeous. It will be accompanied by Alcyona Mick on piano, Jon Wygens on guitar and Geoff Hannan on violin.

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JULIEN MAIRE

-

Digit

(2006)

Demi-pas

(2002)

Wednesday 24 – Friday 26 March / 12-4pm

Friday 26 and Saturday 27 March / 6pm

3rd floor / Birmingham Library / Free

VIVID / £5

JULIEN MAIRE presents work at media

“A writer sits at a table writing a text.

Developed

arts festivals internationally and was last

Simply by sliding his fingers over a blank

work with ‘Diapositives’, Demi-pas (Half-

year nominated for the ‘World Technology

piece

appears

step) is a 20-minute film using modified

Awards’, but his art is not futuristic or

under his finger. The spectators can come

slide projectors. The slides are feats

hi-tech. It seems that the first impulse

very close to the writer and read the text

of art and engineering in themselves,

behind it is to take something apart,

following the movement of the finger. The

laser-cut

whether it be a slide projector or a video

writer remains absorbed in his task.”

objects, motors and electronic devices.

of

paper,

printed

text

camera, and then reconstruct it in a way which makes us think about the object and

from

Julien

ektachromes

Maire’s

earlier

containing

tiny

By synchronising the movements of these o julienmaire.ideenshop.net

what it shows us. He has been described

slides with subtle shifts of focus and sound, Maire performs a bewitching spin

as having a dual role of ‘puppeteer and

Digit brings the magic of cinema to the

on the magic lantern show. (See Lanterna

projectionist’, and he draws inspiration

act of writing, creating the illusion of a

Magicka on p.27 for the real thing.)

from the age of optical trickery before

direct line between thought and word.

cinema as much as from contemporary

We gratefully acknowledge the support of

mass media. We’re delighted to have him

the French Cultural Institute in making

as a guest at Flatpack, where he’ll be

Julien Maire’s visit possible.

performing two works.

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A THOUGHT. AN AFTER THOUGHT.

20-28 March Created in Birmingham shop The Bullring

An installation by David Hurley

We first came across this installation at the BIAD MA show in Margaret St last year. A fair portion of the room was occupied by mannequins whose heads had been replaced by various devices

including

projectors,

typewriters

and

televisions.

Throughout Flatpack these uncanny tableaux will be taking over the Created in Birmingham shop, a pop-up endeavour recently launched on the third floor of the Bullring centre. You can also pick up festival info, T-shirts and tickets there, and browse through some amazing images of 1930s Odeons from the

o www.forevernowhere.com

National Monuments Record.

o www.createdinbirmingham.com

STRAIGHT 8 2OO9

NO ONE KNOWS ABOUT PERSIAN CATS

Wednesday 24 March / 6.30pm

Wednesday 24 March / 6.30pm

Dir: Bahman Ghobadi

Vivid / Free entry

The Electric / £6

Iran 2009, 106 minutes

By now you probably know the drill with Straight 8. They send

Imagine

you a reel of super 8 film. You make your film, and send it back

renegades, where a copy of the NME is like the Anarchist’s

to them with a soundtrack. They process the film for you, and if

Cookbook. This is the world sketched out here by Bahman

all goes well the first time you see it is in front of an audience.

Ghobadi (Turtles Can Fly), mixing up documentary and fiction to

The rigours of this process have produced some brilliant

show how far Iranian bands will go to arrange illicit rehearsals

little films from all over the world, and the latest crop was no

and gigs. The central couple Negar and Ashkan are attempting

exception. As well as presenting the best of last year’s entries

to sort out forged visas for a European tour, and on their

Will Cummock from Straight 8 will be talking about how you can

journey through the Tehran underground we see an amazing

get involved next time.

range of acts playing everywhere from cellars to cow-sheds.

o www.straight8.net

a

world

where

indie

shoegazers

are

dangerous

With: Negar Shaghaghi, Ashkan Koshanejad, Hamed Behdad

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‘As I walked out one evening, Walking down Bristol Street, The crowds upon the pavement

Were fields of harvest wheat. – W. H. Auden, 1937

WALKING DOWN BRISTOL STREET :

Birmingham was buzzing with creative people during the 1930s;

Birmingham’s cultural scene in the 193Os

including W. H. Auden, Louis MacNeice and Walter Allen. To

modernist architects, surrealist painters and a host of writers use a new-fangled phrase, what made the city such a cultural hub between the wars? Author David Lodge, producer Roger Shannon and curator Tessa Sidey (Birmingham Museum & Art

Wednesday 24 March / 6.30pm

With: David Lodge, Tessa Sidey,

Gallery) will be exploring the period, alongside a screening of

Ikon Eastside / £6

Roger Shannon

Lodge’s TV documentary As I Was Walking Down Bristol Street (dir: Jim Berrow, 1983) and beautiful amateur cine footage from

Image: Birmingham Library and Archive Services.

the time. With thanks to the Media Archive of Central England. 

THE UNCLE HANS - PETER PARTY Wednesday 24 March / 8.30pm VIVID / £4 From the creators of Francis and Homo Zombies comes A LET ME FEEL YOUR FINGER FIRST EXPERIENCE that incorporates animation, masks and performance… Uncle Hans-Peter is the patriarch of the LET ME FEEL YOUR FINGER FIRST family. He’s a hunter. An operator. He enjoys tying up his nephews on hot summer afternoons. The Uncle Hans-Peter Party is a ‘live’ comic strip in which the audience don plastic masks and collectively assume the persona of Uncle Hans-Peter. All guests receive a mask and a comic.  www.letmefeelyourfingerfirst.com

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UNTIL THE LIGHT TAKES US

Wednesday 24 March / 9pm

Dir: Aaron Aites &

Library Theatre / £4 / £3 concs

Audrey Ewell

BIRMINGHAM FILM SOCIETY REVISITED

USA 2008, 93 mins With: Varg Vikernes, Fenriz, Hellhammer, Frost

In the early 1990s a small group of black metal musicians

Wednesday 24 March / 9pm

Dir: Various

committed a slew of crimes including church-burnings and

Ikon Eastside / £6

Running time: 75 minutes approx.

murder, and for a short while the world turned its cameras on Norway. American filmmakers Aites and Ewell have spent years there making a documentary about this misunderstood world, and having immersed themselves in the subject they let the people who created this scene speak for themselves. Featuring

Birmingham

exclusive footage and candid interviews with key figures, Until

18th January 1931 at the Hampton Cinema in Livery Street,

Film

Society

had

its

inaugural

screening

on

The Light Takes Us gives a clinical insight into the roots of

offering Birmingham film-goers “the opportunity to see films of

black metal and the distorting lens of the media. Presented in

importance… which they ordinarily find difficult or impossible to

association with Birmingham International Film Society.

see.” While the 21st century version lives on at the Library Theatre (see left) this is a chance to sample some of the films which BFS

‘ A disturbing, sad, fascinating film ’ – Empire

members would have enjoyed back in the 30s; an eclectic stew including animation by Len Lye and Oskar Fischinger, pioneering documentary Housing Problems and Joris Ivens’ lyrical Rain (1929) with accompaniment by Nicholas Bullen.

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SEE ALSO...

Some other things of interest going on in Eastside during Flatpack

THE CINEMATIC

PROJECT PIGEON

EASTSTRIDE

26-28 March / 12-5pm

Friday 26 to Sunday 27 March / 12-4pm

Saturday 27 and Sunday 28 March /

The Lombard Method, Lombard St

Rea Garden, Floodgate Street

12 and 3pm

From March 15th, The Lombard Method

Project Pigeon is an art, education and

Local historian Ben Waddington leads a 90-

will be holding a residency to coincide

curatorial

minute walking exploration of Eastside’s

with Flatpack weekend. This will lead to an

Lockett and Ian England which has led to

hidden

exhibition themed around The Cinematic.

them becoming pigeon-fancying artists.

recent creative developments. What is it?

Beyond simply echoing the premise of

Drop in to meet their birds, discover what

Where is it? Tours start from outside the

the festival, it is hoped that the work

makes them such amazing postmen and

Old Crown Public House on the corner of

produced will make evident some of the

pick up some info on the Project Pigeon

Digbeth High Street and Heath Mill Lane.

shared

betting syndicate and evening classes.

Places are free but limited, so pre-book

concerns

in

both

cinema

and

project

run

by

Alexandra

industrial

heritage

and

your ticket via admin@capsule.org.uk.

art, and highlight the potential of ‘the cinematic’ beyond the movie screen.

gems,

During the festival there will also be a live Pigeon Feed streaming video of the loft

o www.thelombardmethod.wordpress.com

to Flatpack HQ at VIVID. This will include close-up footage of the new squeekers (baby birds) being weaned and learning to

ARTIST TALK Saturday 27 March / 3pm

GONGOOZLER

fly, and form 23 March you’ll be able to

Friday 26 March / from 6pm

access the webcam online here:

Grand Union Studios, Fazeley St

o www.justin.tv/projectpigeon

Opening show for a new studio space

Eastside Projects, Heath Mill Lane

which backs onto the Grand Union canal, set up by a group of Birmingham artists

Internationally

renowned

Dutch

artist

and curators.

Jeanne van Heeswijk develops projects o www.grand-union.co.uk

known for their strong social involvement, often

with

communities

undergoing

considerable change. Based on the idea of Irish folk songs being re-written over time

MATT STOKES

across the Irish diaspora, van Heeswijk is directing a series of films from folk nights

Saturday 27 March / 1-3pm at VIVID

hosted by local Irish Public Houses. Also

is

VIVID presents recent moving image work

Curtain Show, inspired by German designer

ongoing

at

Eastside

Projects

by Becks Futures prize-winning artist

Lily Reich’s Silk and Velvet Café at the

Matt Stokes. Stokes’ films investigate

1927 Women’s Fashion Exhibition in Berlin.

underground movement s and music

Includes work by Tacita Dean, Douglas

scenes, particularly the way in which

Gordon, Grace Ndiritu and Ines Schaber. Open Thursday to Sunday, 12-5pm.

events contribute to a collective social Venue details at www.flatpackfestival.org

experience. This preview includes a taster for new works commissioned from Stokes

o www.eastsideprojects.org

for a solo exhibition at VIVID in 2011. o www.vivid.org.uk

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MORE FILMS ABOUT BUILDINGS

PETROPOLIS

SHORT FILM TRIPLE-BILL

Thursday 25 March / 6.15pm

Thursday 25 March / 6.30pm

Thursday 25 March / 6-10.30pm

Ikon Eastside / £6

The Electric / £6

VIVID / Free Entry

You can’t beat a bit of windswept decay

After last year’s deluge of eco-docs,

There’s a feast of free shorts at Flatpack

and there’s plenty of that in Pollphail

Petropolis

HQ tonight:

(dir: Matt Lloyd), a snapshot of a remote

approach to the campaign documentary.

Scottish village built for workers who

Greenpeace Canada wanted to make a

6pm: SHORTS ON WALLS

Take

film about the devastation of Alberta’s

An animation get-together featuring work

Only Photographs, Leave Nothing but

tar sands caused by bitumen mining. They

from across the region, put together by

Footprints (dir: Dale O’Keeffe) offers us

gave director Peter Mettler (Gambling,

Animation Forum West Midlands.

a quick peek round the Battery Building

Gods

in Selly Oak before it was demolished,

without narration or interviews, simply

8pm: SHOOTING PEOPLE

while Eva Weber’s Steel Homes is about

shooting the sands from the air in high

Some of last year’s highlights from the

the

people

definition, and the result is both majestic

Shooters Film of the Month competition,

stash their lives away. Hanasaari A (dir:

and disturbing. Showing with Half-Life

including a documentary about the World

Vartiainen/Veikkolainen)

(dir: Christopher Oakley, UK 2009, 15

Beard and Moustache Championships.

never

came.

storage

Closer

to

containers

home,

where

records

the

takes

and

LSD)

demolition of a Helsinki power plant, and

minutes),

Synchronisation (dir: Rimas Sakalauskas)

nuclear industry.

a

a

completely

free

sideways

reign

look

at

to

fresh

work

the

UK 9pm: SHORT & SWEET Ninety minutes of the finest short films,

uses CGI to release old Soviet buildings into space. We close with two time-lapse

Dir: Peter Mettler

music videos and animations from around

murals shot at FAME festival in Italy last

Canada 2009, 43 minutes

the globe, presented by London’s only

summer, one from Birmingham’s Beat 13

weekly short film evening. Features work

and the other a collaboration between Blu

by Joseph Pierce, Hattie Dalton and Laurie

and David Ellis.

Hill ( pictured ).

Dir: Various Total running time: 75 mins approx.

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EVERGREEN

Thursday 25 March / 8pm Ikon Eastside / £6

WHATEVER! A double-bill of filth and fantasy

Featuring BOY + PINK FLAMINGOS The main man behind visionary performance art electro act

Friday 26 March / 3pm

Dir: Victor Saville

SSION, last seen in these par ts suppor ting The Gossip,

The Electric / £3

UK 1934, 91 minutes Total running time: 145 mins

Cody Critcheloe is now making serious inroads into the art world with his first feature-length movie production entitled BOY. Essentially a story about love for the Courtney Love generation, BOY is a hypercoloured journey of self-

It wasn’t only MGM making musicals in the 1930s, and this

transformation in which underground gay clubs, leather-

sparkling Jessie Matthews vehicle was one of Britain’s best

clad punk bands, Shamanistic fireside rituals, and debased

efforts. Adapted from a stage show and directed and produced

celebrity worship produce the cult pop phenomenon that is the

by two old Birmingham friends of Oscar Deutsch (Victor Saville

movie’s central character, the Boy.

and Michael Balcon), it’s the fanciful tale of a young hopeful who rises to the top impersonating her mother.

Following this UK premiere is a rare outing for Pink Flamingos, John Waters’ classic 1972 tale of grossed-out oneupmanship

Before the main feature there’s Another Happy and Interesting

in which Divine valiantly attempts to win the title of Filthiest

Day (dir: David Naden, UK 1982, 52 minutes), a documentary

Person Alive. We are also pleased to announce that Birmingham

set in the same period. Using extracts from the diaries of

Drag Legend and queen Diva TWIGGY will be our MC for the

Sam Clayton, it’s a vivid portrait of a Willenhall couple who did

evening. Come for the fantasy, and stay for the filth…

their courting at movies like Evergreen.

Curated by Morgan Quaintance. Total running time: 150 minutes approx.

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In association with

The Bond / £14 / £11 concessions

Business Link West Midlands

Unpacked is the engine-room at Flatpack, a

BEEN CAUGHT STEALING

place where you get to inspect the cogs and gears

delights

“Nothing is original. Steal from anywhere

onscreen. Over the day a range of filmmakers

behind

all

those

glittering

that resonates with inspiration or fuels your

and artists will be dropping in to talk about

imagination.” – Jim Jarmusch

how they make work, and how they go about

Far from being just a dry legal matter, the

getting it out into the world.

debate stirred up by intellectual property seems to grow in intensity as the online

THE GREAT OUTDOORS

world look

makes more

our

and

existing

more

copyright

archaic.

laws

Sites

like

Buildings and public spaces have become an

youthoughtwewouldntnotice.com

increasingly popular playground for artists,

informal jury on suspected cases of plagiarism,

aided by developments in video mapping and

and often demonstrate that these issues are

interactive technology. Guests include Rob

far from clear-cut.

act

as

an

Vale and Chris Plant (Colour Burst) on the joys of projecting outdoors, and Kit Monkman from

PUPPETOLOGY

lighting specialists KMA, currently planning an ambitious new project which draws passers-

As noted elsewhere in the programme (see

by into a ballet of light.

p.25), puppets have had a resurgence of late. We finish the day with a couple of case-studies

FAST FORWARD

where filmmakers talk about the advantages and downsides of working with such malleable

Taking an hour out from preparations for

actors, including – via the magic of Skype

their big show at the Rainbow Warehouse later

(see p.19), Dublin collective Synth Eastwood

bewitching debut feature Blood Tea and Red

will be exploring the process behind their

String was thirteen years in the making.

animator

Christiane

Cegavske,

whose

legendary open-submission shows and sharing some of the fruits of their mini-residency in Birmingham. One of their live guests tonight, French AV duo Gangpol and Mit, will also be

CREATIVE CLINICS

here to show how they make work by bouncing music and animation back and forth.

Throughout Midlands

the will

day be

Business providing

Link

West

one-to-one

sessions for creative entrepreneurs, where you can access invaluable business advice in relationship to your practice, industry and routes to market. Places are limited – for booking and further information contact the festival office via info@7inch.org.uk with Creative Clinics in the subject heading.

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UNPACKED

Friday 26 March / 10.30am-4.30pm


BUILD THEM IN THE MIND

DOWN TERRACE

Friday 26 March / 6.30pm

Dir: Various / 110 minutes

Friday 26 March / 6pm

Dir: Ben Wheatley

Ikon Eastside / £6

approx, including a short

The Electric / £6

UK 2009 / 89 minutes

intermission

With: Robin Hill, Julia Deakin, Robert Hill, Kerry Peacock

This programme pairs two groups of work looking at cinemas

Wistful folk music. People drinking tea. Observational comedy.

relationship to sculpture, location and its own mechanics.

Not the ingredients which spring to mind when describing

Featuring key films from the 1960s and 70s by Morgan Fisher

the British gangster film, but it’s precisely Down Terrace’s

and David Lamalas together with land artists Nancy Holt and

willingness to play with genre expectations which has won it so

Robert Smithson’s attempt to navigate a swamp and Gordon

many hearts and prizes. Nimbly skipping to his debut feature

Matta-Clark’s documentation of the hole he cut through a

from viral ads and TV comedy (Modern Toss, Ideal), Ben Wheatley

building next to the then under-construction Centre Pompidou.

maps out the domestic tensions of a Sussex crime family as they

These pivotal works are shown in a new light alongside Emily

attempt to ferret out the informant in their midst.

Wardill’s philosphical restaging of a jewellery heist, James Richard’s hypnotic video and Redmond Entwistle’s Monuments,

Preceded by Mr Foley (dir: D.A.D.D.Y., 5 mins) and followed by a

which resurrects the Post-Minimalists (Matta-Clark, Smithson,

Q&A with Mr Wheatley.

and Dan Graham) and explores the origins of their art in a journey from New York into the New Jersey suburbs. Curated by George Clark.

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THE LIVING ROOM OF THE NATION

PALACE OF THE WINDS

Friday 26 March / 8.30pm

Dir: Jukka Kärkkäinen

Friday 26 March / 8pm

Dir: Hisham Mayet

The Electric / £6

Finland 2009 / 74 minutes

Vivid / Free entry

USA 2009 / 52 minutes

A wonderfully odd documentary shot in the homes of six

Following last year’s showing of Sumatran Folk Cinema, here’s

men, most of them reinforcing Finnish stereotypes by being

the latest DVD from the open-eared Sublime Frequencies label.

taciturn, melancholy or fond of a drink. The camera sits across

Amazing footage of musicians from across Western Sahara –

the room from them, rarely moving, and the filmmakers must

including Group Doueh, visitors to the UK on the recent SF tour

have clocked up hundreds of hours with their subjects in order

– has been pieced together into a dream-like desert travelogue.

to capture so much intimacy and comedy - particularly in the

Also at Vivid this evening: from 7pm Made in Shipyard: a selection

scenes involving Tero, a tender-hearted slob grappling with

of music promos and video art from Gdansk presented by Roma

the prospect of fatherhood. Showing with Seeds of the Fall

Piotrowska; and from 9pm a VHS document of qawaali singer

(dir: Patrik Eklund, 17 minutes), a prize-winning Swedish short

Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan’s first gig outside Asia, at the Luxor,

with a similar, absurd sense of humour.

Balsall Heath in 1980.

The Magic Lantern presents : PANDEMIC Friday 26th March / 9pm

Dir: Various

Ikon Eastside / £6

Running time: 90 mins approx

A pestilence is sweeping southwards from Glasgow. Suspected source: diseased space-monkeys. Symptoms: compulsive bodypopping, flicker-vision, hearing disembodied voices from cinema history. Hitchhikers, headless bodies and flying lighthousekeepers are to be avoided at all costs.  Possibly the worst case of 21st century addiction ever to hit Birmingham. The Magic Lantern, Scotland’s premiere short film exhibitor, is the last line of defence.  This showcase programme from Glasgow Short Film Festival represents your only hope.  You have it in your power to turn the tide. Join us. www.themagiclantern.org

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DOGS IN SPACE

ALUCARDA

Friday 26 March /10.30pm

Dir: Richard Lowenstein

Friday 26 March / 11pm

Dir: Juan López Moctezuma

The Electric / £6

Australia 1986, 104 minutes

The Electric / £ 6

Mexico 1977, 77 minutes

With: Michael Hutchence,

With: Tina Romero, Claudio

Saskia Post, Nique Needles

Brook, Susana Kamini

Newly restored version of the spaced-out, bittersweet portrait

Cult classic Mexican horror film inspired by The Exorcist –

of Melbourne’s post-punk ‘little band’ scene, born out of a

with which it shares a sound designer – and directed by a

legendary three-week queue for David Bowie tickets in 1978.

favourite of Guillermo del Toro. It’s the story of two teenage

The script was based on writer-director Richard Lowenstein’s

orphans living in a convent who become possessed by a demonic

own experiences, and in search of authenticity he arranged to

force after opening a coffin in a local cemetery; now what

move back into his original house to recreate the chaotic squat

did they expect? Controversial at the time for the depiction

at the heart of the film. Best known nowadays for featuring

of murder, exorcism and orgies within a religious institution,

the chiselled features of a young Michael Hutchence in the lead

this is another exotically gory offering from Mondo Macabro,

role, Dogs in Space achieves the tricky balancing act of taking

who brought us the bizarre Mystics in Bali at last year’s

the mickey out of these proto-slackers while allowing us to

festival. The first of two late-night specials selected by

empathise with them. Stand-out moments include Mr Hutchence

Electric Sheep magazine (see also Dogtooth, p.29).

on acid and a very scary man with a chainsaw.

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FAST FORWARD with

Friday 26 March / 8pm til late Rainbow Warehouse / £8

SYNTH EASTWOOD Featuring CLARK ( warp ) GANGPOL & MIT ( pictoplasma ) SARSPARILLA HEALTH & EFFICIENCY

Question What has 27 heads, is par t-Irish par t-

Synth Eastwood are delighted to be

We also have projects and installations

English part-French, eats loud repetitive

hosting a night of live music, animation

such as Hugh Cooney’s Info Processor,

b e a t s , p r oj e c t s w o b b l y a n i m a t i o n s

and interactivity as part of this year’s

Synth Eastwood’s GIF Shoot!, Birmingham

and wants to meet new friends in

Flatpack Festival. Hailing from Dublin,

Says Hello and the Fast Forward

Birmingham?

Ireland the group have recently performed

group project.

at festivals such as HopFarm, Dublin Answer

Fringe Festival, Offset and Darklight.

Synth Eastwood’s Fast Forward Show!

Supplying music and animations on the

A selection of Birmingham and Dublin DJs will take us up to early Saturday morning.

night are Clark (UK, Warp), Gangpol &

More info on each act can be found on our

Mit (FR, Pictoplasma), Sarsparilla (IRE),

website o www.SynthEastwood.com or at

Health & Efficiency (UK) and The Synth

o www.Facebook.com/SynthEastwood.

Eastwood Band (IRE).

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COLOUR O BOX O O

O

WELCOME

COLOUR BOX SHORTS

O O

O O

Saturday 27 March / 11am The Electric / £6 / £3 under 16s

Hello, and welcome to Colour Box! Last

A selection of inventive animated films

year this part of the festival was called

from all over the place, which starts off

the Travelling Picture Show, but as it’s all

with a bit of a food theme. The Cherry on

staying in one place this time (the lovely

the Cake (dir: Hyebin Lee) is about a girl

100 year-old Electric Cinema) we thought

who shrinks to the size of a cherry at

it needed a new name. Most of the films

her own birthday party, The Human Body

and

(Illustrated) (dir: Sally Stevens) tells some

activities

here

are

particularly

suitable for ages 7 and upwards.

tall tales about how our bodies work, and A Film About Poo (dir: Emily & Anne) is…

O

Leading

up

to

the

weekend

we’ll

be

well, you can probably guess what that’s

running a couple of schools screenings in

about. Then there’s a sleepy cat, a crazy

partnership with Brightspace. For more

version of Rapunzel and some spooky

information write to info@7inch.org.uk.

woodland magic in The Moon Bird, the new film by the Brothers McLeod.

Under 16’s discounts are also available for The Cameraman (p.25) and Puppetoons

Recommended certificate: PG

(p.31). Dir: Various Total running time: 70 mins approx. Featuring: birthday cakes, witches and noisy birds.

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O

O

O

O

O

O

HOW TO ANIMATE YOUR OWN VEGETABLE

The 5OOO fingers of Dr T

THE SECRET of Kells

Saturday 27 March / 1.30pm

Sunday 28 March / 3pm

Sunday 28 March / 1pm

The Electric / £6 / £3 under 16s

The Electric / £6 / £3 under 16s

The Electric / £6 / £3 under 16s

Andy Wyatt is a wizard at making things

‘You have no right to push us kids around,

Twelve year-old Brendan lives in an abbey

move. Animation, in other words. He has

just because we’re closer to the ground.’

with his grumpy uncle and a motley group

worked on all sorts of films and TV shows

of monks. One day they are joined by the

from Teenage Ninja Turtles to Grizzly Tales

The only feature film written by Theodor

legendary illustrator Brother Aidan, who

for Gruesome Kids, and most recently he

Geisel (better known as Dr. Seuss), this

tells tales of Viking invaders and brings in

was Animation Supervisor on the CBBC

hyper-coloured fantasy musical looks a

his bag an amazing secret; the Book of Kells.

series OOglies. (You may have seen it.

little like The Wizard of Oz might have done if

This unique film tells the tale of how the

It’s the one where household objects with

Salvador Dali had designed it. Bart Collins

sacred text was completed and survived to

stick-on eyes do strange things.)

falls asleep whilst attempting his dreaded

become one of Ireland’s national treasures.

piano practice and awakes in an Institute

With animation which is nearly as beautiful

He’s also a teacher, and today – with

ruled by the deranged Dr. Terwilliker, who

as the book itself – especially when Brendan

the help of a couple of willing volunteers

has captured 500 boys to help play his

ventures beyond the town walls to meet

- he’s going to show you how to animate

enormous piano. Can Bart save the day?

naughty forest-sprite Aisling – The Secret

your own vegetable.

Surreal fun, although perhaps not suitable

of Kells’ recent Oscar nomination was richly

for piano teachers. Showing with A Colour

deserved. Showing with The Moonbird (dir:

Box (dir: Len Lye, 1935).

The Brothers McLeod).

Certificate: PG

Certificate: PG

Dir: Roy Rowland

Dir: Tomm Moore

USA 1953, 89 minutes

Ireland/France 2009, 75 minutes

With: Hans Conried, Tommy Rettiger,

With: Brendan Gleeson, Evan McGuire,

Mary Healy

Christen Mooney, Mick Lally

Suitable for ages 7 upwards

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Calendar 2O1O Day

Tues 23rd March

Weds 24th March

Thurs 25th March

Fri 26th March

Event

Venue

Times

Price

Page

Engine Room Pitch Workshop

The Bond

10:30-17:30

£30

6

Sunrise + live accompaniment

St Martins Church

19:30-21:00

£10

7

Engine Room Pitch Workshop

The Bond

10:30-17:30

£30

6

Julien Maire: Digit

Central Library

12:00-16:00

Free

8

No One Knows About Persian Cats

Electric Cinema

18:30-20:20

£6

9

Straight 8 2009

Vivid

18:30-20:00

Free

9

Walking Down Bristol Street

Ikon Eastside

18:30-20:30

£6

10

The Uncle Hans-Peter Party

Vivid

20:30-22:00

£4

10

Birmingham Film Society Revisited

Ikon Eastside

21:00-22:20

£6

11

Until the Light takes us

Library Theatre

21:00-22:30

£4/£3

11

Julien Maire: Digit

Central Library

12:00-16:00

Free

8

Shorts on Walls

Vivid

18:00-20:00

Free

13

More films about Buildings

Ikon Eastside

18:15-19:40

£6

13

Petropolis

Electric Cinema

18:30-19:45

£6

13

Shooting People + Short & Sweet

Vivid

20:00-22:30

Free

13

Whatever! A double-bill of filth and fantasy

Ikon Eastside

20:00-22:30

£6

14

Unpacked

The Bond

10:30-16:30

£14/£11

15

Screening Artists’ Moving Image

The Bond

10:30-17:30

£30

6

Julien Maire: Digit

Central Library

12:00-16:00

Free

8

Evergreen

Electric Cinema

15:00-17:30

£3

14

Julien Maire: Demi-pas

Vivid

18:00-18.30

£5

8

Down Terrace + Q&A

Electric Cinema

18.00-20:10

£6

16

Build Them in the Mind

Ikon Eastside

18:30-20:15

£6

16

Made in Shipyard, Palace of the Winds

Vivid

19:00-22:00

Free

17

Synth Eastwood presents: Fast Forward

Rainbow Warehouse

20:00-late

£8

19

The Living Room of the Nation

Electric Cinema

20:30-22:10

£6

17

The Magic Lantern present: Pandemic

Ikon Eastside

21:00-22:30

£6

17

Dogs in Space

Electric Cinema

22:30-0:00

£6

18

Alucarda

Electric Cinema

23:00-0:20

£6

18

+ A Thought. An Afterthought

Programme updates at www.flatpackfestival.org

/ Created in Birmingham shop / 20-28 March 22


Remember! The clocks go forward 1 hour at 1am on 28 March

Day

Event

Venue

Times

Price

Page

Sat 27th March

Odeon Bus Tour

Electric Cinema

10:30-14:00

£6

24

Colour Box Shorts

Electric Cinema

11:00-12:10

£6/£3

20

Barry Purves: A passion for Animation

The Bond

11:00-13:00

£6

26

Darklight Shorts

Ikon Eastside

11:30-13:00

£6

26

Puppetology

Electric Cinema

13:30-14:50

£6

25

How to Animate your own Vegetables

Electric Cinema

13:30-15:15

£6/£3

21

Cas’l + Monster Road

Ikon Eastside

13:30-15:40

£6

25

The Cameraman + live accompaniment

Electric Cinema

15:30-17:00

£6/£3

25

Lanterna Magicka + Lantern Show

Ikon Eastside

16:00-18:00

£6

27

Channel 1

Electric Cinema

16:00-17:20

£6

26

Julien Maire: Demi-Pas

Vivid

18:00-18:30

£5

8

Double Take

Electric Cinema

18.00-19.30

£6

27

Sacred Places

Ikon Eastside

18:30-19:50

£6

27

Best Worst Movie

Electric Cinema

20:00-21:45

£6

28

Burning + Q&A

Ikon Eastside

20:30-22:15

£6

28

A Plasticine Party

Vivid

21:00-late

£4

29

Dogtooth

Electric Cinema

22:30-0:20

£6

29

Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans

Electric Cinema

23:00-01:00

£6

29

Puppetoons

Electric Cinema

11:00-12:15

£6/£3

31

Channel 2

Electric Cinema

11:30-12.50

£6

31

Paul Sharits

Ikon Eastside

13:00-14:15

£6

31

The Secret of Kells

Electric Cinema

13:00-14:30

£6/£3

21

Welcome to the Dream Palace

Electric Cinema

13:45-15:30

£6

32

Modulate

Vivid

14:00-16:00

Free

32

The 5,000 Fingers of Dr.T

Electric Cinema

15:00-16:40

£6/£3

21

The Family Jams

Ikon Eastside

15:00-16:50

£6

32

Sky Crawlers

Electric Cinema

16:00-18:10

£6

33

Belbury Youth Club

Vivid

17:00-23:30

£7

35

Takashi Ito

Ikon Eastside

18:00-19:15

£6

33

Memory and Desire

Electric Cinema

18:30-20:30

£6

33

Three Minute Heroes

Ikon Eastside

20:00-22:00

£6

34

Separado

Electric Cinema

21:00-22:40

£6

34

Beeswax

Electric Cinema

22:00-23:45

£6

34

Trash Humpers

Electric Cinema

23:00-0:20

£6

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www.twitter.com/flatpack

hashtag: #flatpack

Sun 28th March

Venues and booking on pages 40-41.

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ODEON BUS TOUR Saturday 27 March / 10.30am-2pm Starting at The Electric / £6

Odeon started the 1930s with a handful of modest picture-houses and by the end of the decade boasted over 250 sites, including several landmark super-cinemas which brought streamlined art deco design to

the

English

suburbs.

This

journey

through north Birmingham is a chance to retrace the extraordinary tale of Oscar Deutsch’s

empire,

visiting

two

of

the

circuit’s most innovative and influential buildings

in

Kingstanding

and

Sutton

Coldfield as well as the site where it all began eighty years ago. Our guide for the morning is Chris Upton, an historian and writer from Newman University College.

OSCAR DEUTSCH ( 1893-1941 ) Each year Flatpack selects a ‘patron saint’

Moorish palace. This was not the grand

Because

who has helped change the way we watch

launch of a new circuit, and even the name

balance commercial sense with attention

film. In 2009 we paid tribute to 1900s

was a casual suggestion from a colleague

to detail and a sense of drama – not least

showman Waller Jeffs at Birmingham Town

who came across the word on holiday. (The

in the design of his buildings. Many of the

Hall, and in some ways this year’s choice is

phrase ‘Oscar Deutsch Entertains Our

landmark Odeons came from the drawing-

the natural next step…

Nation’ was thought up later.) However, as

board

the thirties went on Deutsch began to build

Birmingham

Oscar Deutsch was born in Balsall Heath

cinemas at a dizzying rate. Movie-going had

going strong today, and their bold use of

in 1893, the son of a Hungarian scrap

become the national pastime, with close to

streamlined curves and fins introduced

merchant.

film

a billion admissions annually in the UK, and

modernism to the British high street.

exhibition with mixed results at first, but

a good proportion of this audience could

quickly developed a reputation for being

be found in the suburbs where Odeons

This remarkable story was cut short by

shrewd and persuasive in getting capital

could often be found being built alongside

the war, and in 1941 Deutsch succumbed to

projects off the ground.

swathes of new housing.

the cancer which had been plaguing him for

In 1930 came the f irst Odeon, a 1,600-

So why is Flatpack celebrating this

and 16-hour days had been fuelled by the

seater in Perr y Barr in the style of a

business behemoth?

knowledge that his time was short.

He

tried

his

hand

at

Oscar

of

the

Deutsch

Weedon

architecture

managed

to

Partnership, practice

a

still

years. Many felt that his restless energy

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PUPPETOLOGY Saturday 27 March / 1.30pm The Electric / £6 Dir: Various Running time: 75 mins

Puppets seem to be everywhere at the moment, not just in big movies but also shorts and music videos. One of the most popular films at last year’s Flatpack makes a return here, Johannes Nyholm’s The Tale of Little Puppetboy (pictured), along with his new one Dreams from the Woods. We also have cut-out childhood angst in Jons Mellgren’s Dark Island, a lofi parable from Portland’s Leslie Supnet and Oliver Husain’s bizarre performance piece Mount Shasta. Then Joel Trussell’s

THE CAMERAMAN Saturday 27 March / 3.30pm

Dir: Edward Sedgwick

The Electric / £6 / £3 under 16s

USA 1928, 67 minutes

rotting zombie fruit head up a swarm of excellent promos for the likes of Kid 606, Ramona Falls and Herman Dune.

CAS’L+MONSTER ROAD

Buster Keaton’s last comedic masterpiece before his ill-fated

Saturday 27 March / 1.30pm

MGM contract removed creative control over his pictures. 

Ikon Eastside / £6

Keaton plays a street-corner photographer who falls in love

Dir: Bruce Bickford /

with the receptionist of a newsreel production office. In a bid

Brett Ingram

for her attention, he applies for a job shooting on-the-spot

Total running time: 130 mins

news with the only camera he can afford - a totally outmoded, hand-cranked shoebox model. Chaos, romance and laughter ensue. Screened here with live piano accompaniment by Paul

Visionary

Shallcross, who visited the Electric last year with the Travelling

animator

Bruce

Bickford,

best

known

for

his

collaborations with Frank Zappa during the 1970s, has been

Picture Show.

cooking up a new film in his Seattle basement studio for some years. An orgy of rampant clay mutation, you can see Cas’l in

With: Buster Keaton, Marceline Day, Harold Goodwin

two forms at Flatpack; later tonight accompanied live by Moon Unit, (see p.29) and here with its newly-completed original soundtrack. To set the scene, Monster Road is a fascinating documentary about the forces driving Bickford’s work and his complex relationship with his father.

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BARRY PURVES :

DARKLIGHT :

A passion for Animation

New Animation Shorts

Saturday 27 March / 11am

Saturday 27 March / 11.30am

Saturday 27 March / 4pm

The Bond / £6

Ikon Eastside / £6

The Electric / £6

Wr ite r, a nim a to r a n d d ir e c to r of six

Fresh (well, maybe not exactly fresh)

As usual Flatpack’s animation programme

awa r d-win n in g s h o r t s ( in c l u d in g t h e

from their endeavours in the Rainbow

is pretty free-ranging in geography and

a m azin g A a r d m a n f ilm N ex t , p ic tu r e d),

Warehouse (see p.19), Synth Eastwood

style, from the psychedelic reverie of The

Barry

present a selection of animated shorts

Astronomer’s Dream (Malcolm Sutherland)

which

Pu r ves

numerous

has

s h ows

fo r

also

dir e c te d

TV

in c l u d in g

they

curated

Festival

in

CHANNEL 1

last

year’s

to the delicate paper design in Going

Dublin.

Drawn

West, Andersen M’s promo for the New

for

T h e W in d in t h e W illows a n d H a m ilto n

Darklight

M a t t r ess a n d wo r ke d o n m ov ies like

entirely from submissions, it’s a sizeable

Zealand

M a r s At ta c k s a n d Kin g Ko n g . H e h a s

platter of new talent working in all kinds

couple of animated documentaries about

also ta u g ht a n im a t io n all ove r t h e

of styles. Highlight s include Michal

synaesthesia

wo rld a n d wr it te n a c o u p le of b o o k s

Socha’s saucy use of black, white and

Eyeful of Sound) and mining (David Quin’s

o n t h e su bje c t , a n d to d ay h e’ll b e

red in Chick (pictured), Aaron Hughes’

Twas a Terrible Hard Work) and we’re

lo o kin g b a c k ove r a c a r e e r s p a n n in g

backwards comedy and a satire blending

delighted that one of our favourite films

a q u a r te r of a c e ntu r y a n d talkin g

live action and stop-motion from Croatian

in Rotterdam has made it to Birmingham:

a b o u t t h e d elic a te a r t of b r in gin g

artist Ana Husman.

Vessela Dantcheva’s Anna Blume

p u p p et s to li fe.

Council. (Samantha

There

are

Moore’s

a An

(pictured) is a suitably surreal take on Dir: Various

S u ita b le fo r a g es 15 a n d u pwa r d s .

Book

the Kurt Schwitters poem.

Running time: 95 mins approx

Pr ese nte d in a sso c ia t io n wit h

Dir: Various

A n i m a t io n Fo r u m We st M i d l a n d s.

Running time: 75 mins approx

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LANTERNA MAGICKA

SACRED PLACES

DOUBLE TAKE

Saturday 27 March / 4pm

Saturday 27 March / 6.30pm

Saturday 27 March / 6pm

Ikon Eastside / £6

Ikon Eastside / £6

The Electric / £6

This new documentary by Sean Martin

In a neighbourhood of Burkina Faso’s

‘Crime doesn’t pay. You need a sponsor.’

and Louise Milne is a portrait of one-

second city Ouagadougou, Bouba runs the

of-a-kind

filmmaker Bill Douglas, and

Votre Cine-Club. The roof is made of straw

Alfred

in particular his love of early optical

and the audience sits on benches to watch

American television from 1956 to 1963.

Hitchcock

Presents

ran

on

entertainments

and

pirated DVDs screened on a television.

This is the time-frame for Double Take, a

magic lantern. Through footage of the

As a documentary maker who travels to

sly and hugely enjoyable voyage through

man himself as well as interviews with

festivals around the world, Jean-Marie

cold war paranoia and the ‘annihilation of

friends and collaborators, the film looks

Teno explores the relationship between

cinema’ by TV with Hitchcock himself as

at how this passion for pre-cinema grew

his own work and this makeshift African

our ringmaster. A treasure-trove of ads

and became an integral part of his final

cinema culture, as well as the story-telling

and newsreels are woven together with a

film, Comrades.

traditions which it draws on.

sinister tale of the director (played by Hitch

like

the

zoetrope

impersonator Ron Burrage) encountering Projection

his older self on the set of The Birds.

to introduce the film, and one of their

(dir: Temujin Doran, UK 2010, 4 mins), a

Grimonprez’s debut feature was Dial H-I-

interviewees Mike Simkin will also be here

perfectly-formed ode to 35mm made by a

S-T-O-R-Y (1998), a collage film about

to present a bona fide magic lantern show

projectionist at the Screen on the Green

hijacking

after the screening.

in Islington.

the September 11th attacks.

Dir: Sean Martin & Louise Milne

Dir: Jean-Marie Teno

Dir: Johan Grimonprez

UK 2009, 60 mins

Cameroon/France 2008, 70 mins

Belgium/Germany/Netherlands 2009,

Sean

and

Louise

will

be

at

Flatpack

Showing

with

Facts

About

80 minutes

27

which

spookily

foreshadowed


TRASH HUMPERS

BURNING

BEST WORST MOVIE

Sunday 28 March / 11pm

Saturday 27 March / 8.30pm

Saturday 27 March / 8pm

The Electric / £6

Ikon Eastside / £6

The Electric / £6

Burnt out after the – relatively – big-

Early

post-rockers

Alabama dentist George Hardy seemed to

budget drama Mr Lonely, Harmony Korine

Mogwai were filmed during their residency

have it all, but there was a dark secret in

(Gummo, Julien Donkey-Boy) returned to

at

in

his past. In 1990, despite no noticeable

Tennessee with the urge to ‘make things

Brooklyn.

is

acting ability, he starred in an Italian

as quickly as I think them’. The result is

directed by Nathanaël Le Scouarnec and

horror film shot in Utah about a group

Trash Humpers. Two men and a woman

Vincent Moon, known for some of the best

of evil vegetarian goblins. Made by the

wearing latex masks wander around car

music videos of the last couple of years

man who played his son in the original

parks,

(including Moon’s work on The Take-Away

film, Best Worst Movie shows how Hardy

dumps. They get it on with wheelie-bins

Shows,

performances

was given a second shot at stardom when

and tree-branches. They play toss-the-

by bands on French music website La

Troll 2 was plucked from the bargain-bins

caber with strip-lights. They dance, and

Blogotheque). Shot over three nights, this

and lauded as the worst film ever made.

cackle, and sing. (‘Make it, make it, don’t

black and white film captures the beautiful

Extremely funny, especially in the scenes

fake it.’) The whole thing is recorded on

intensity of Mogwai’s performances.

involving misunderstood director Claudio

suburban

streets

and

rubbish

last

the

year

Music The

short

Scottish

Hall

of

Williamsburg

resulting

impromptu

document

VHS, complete with tracking lines and

Fragasso, and look out for a cameo from

white noise. You may hate it, or you may

The screening will be introduced by Stuart

think it’s the most heartfelt film Korine

Braithwaite from Mogwai, and will also

has ever made.

include a selection of videos from the band’s

Dir: Michael Stephenson

Rock Action label as well as some recent

USA 2009, 93 mins

promos by French collective Megaforce.

With: George Hardy, Claudio Fragasso,

Dir: Harmony Korine USA 2009, 78 minutes With: Rachel Korine, Brian Kotzur, Travis

Margo Prey Presented in association with Capsule.

Nicholson Dir: Vincent Moon/Nathanaël Le Scouarnec (NB: Showing on Sunday, even though this

the National Exhibition Centre.

France 2009, 50 mins

is the Saturday page!)

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A PLASTICINE PARTY

DOGTOOTH

Presented by Electric Sheep magazine.

Saturday 27 March / from 9pm

With Stuart Braithwaite,

Saturday 27 March / 10.30pm

Dir: Yorgos Lanthimos

Vivid / £4

Moon Unit, DJs, plasticine

The Electric / £6

Greece 2009, 96 minutes

An Eastside knees-up to mark the beginning of the end of

Winner of the ‘Un Certain Regard’ prize at last year’s Cannes

Flatpack. As well as various guest DJs we have punk-dub multi-

Film Festival, Yorgos Lanthimos‘s Greek oddity is a remarkable

media threesome Jackdaw with Crowbar and Zappa-infused ten-

directorial debut. Brilliantly inventive and surreally perverse,

piece outfit Moon Unit, accompanying Bruce Bickford’s new film

Dogtooth centres on a radically overprotective couple who have

Cas’l (see also p.25). Fresh from presenting new concert film

shut off their children from the outside world. Although they are

Burning (see opposite), Stuart Braithwaite from Mogwai will be

fully grown up, the ‘children’ never leave the house, spending their

playing some records and there will also be plentiful plasticine

time playing strange games or learning erroneous vocabulary

if you fancy helping us build an alternative universe.

fabricated by their mother. This creepy idyll is disturbed when an outsider is brought in to service the son’s sexual needs, starting

In association with Birmingham Jazz and We Are Eastside.

a chain of events that will have tragi-comedic consequences.

BAD LIEUTENANT: Port of Call New Orleans Saturday 27 March / 11pm

Dir: Werner Herzog

The Electric / £6

USA 2009, 122 mins

Reports that Werner Herzog was on board to direct a remake of Abel Ferrara’s Bad Lieutenant were greeted by vigorous head-scratching, but fear not; this is one of the most entertaining and deranged movies you’ll see this year. Taking on the Harvey Keitel role in the full-blooded spirit of a man on day-release from Hollywood mediocrity, Nicolas Cage snorts, drawls and hallucinates his way down the back-alleys of postKatrina New Orleans, pursuing a cop-thriller plot which is merely a backdrop for his own disintegration. Herzog has found himself a new Kinski.

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PUPPETOONS

CHANNEL 2

Sunday 28 March / 11am

Dir: George Pal

Sunday 28 March / 11.30am

Dir: Various

The Electric / £6 / £3 under 16s

Running time: 70 mins approx.

The Electric / £6

Running time: 75 mins approx.

Born in Hungary, George Pal grew up in a theatrical family and

Playful sketches and disturbing visions, starting with two films from

combined his knack for cartooning and carpentry when he began

Flatform which use humour and repetition to magnify moments in

to make films. The puppets in his animated shorts were made from

time. The unearthly images in Eric Dyer’s The Bellows March come

replaceable wooden parts which enabled them to move in all sorts

from a series of zoetropes built with a 3-D printer, while I.D. is Sam

of unlikely ways; ‘cartoons in 3D,’ as Pal put it. Today we have

Firth’s life-story in 90 seconds of passport photos and LoopLoop

a feast of his ground-breaking shorts from the 30s and 40s,

takes a sequence shot from a train in Hanoi and slices it up into

starting off in Europe with wonderful toe-tapping promos for

a hypnotic panorama. Memotech is a dance film shot in the Faroe

Philips Radio and then on to Hollywood for classic Puppetoons

Islands which feels like a horror movie, and in A Letter to Uncle

including Tubby the Tuba, American folk-tale John Henry and the

Boonmee Thai filmmaker Apichatpong Weerasethakul traces cycles

Inky Poo, and anti-Hitler parable Tulips Shall Grow (pictured).

of repression and reincarnation in the country’s rural north-east.

PAUL SHARITS Sunday 28 March / 1pm

Dir: Paul Sharits

Ikon Eastside / £6

Running time: 75 mins approx.

“I want to abandon imitation and illusion and enter directly into the higher drama: the two-dimensional strips of celluloid; photograms

taken

individually;

perforation

and

emulsion;

projector operations; the screen itself…” A selection of flicker-films and structural work from the 1960s by avant-garde filmmaker Paul Sharits, including Piece Mandala/End War and T,O,U,C,H,I,N,G, (pictured). Curated by Helen Legg.

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WELCOME TO THE DREAM PALACE

MODULATE

Sunday 28 March / 1.45pm

Sunday 28 March / 2pm

Running time: 100 minutes approx

The Electric / £6

Vivid / Free entry

Wrapping up Flatpack’s thirties strand, special guest Juliet

Modulate are an audio visual group sharing an interest in

Gardiner will be talking about the social significance of the

electronic music and abstract art. Connecting from a varied

cinema and sharing some of the celluloid nuggets discovered

background in sound, graphic design, curating, film making,

while researching her engaging new book The Thirties: An

and generative software programing, members include Bobby

Intimate History. We’ll also look at two very different film-going

Bird, Mark Bunegar, Scylla Magda, Joseph Potts and Mark

experiences: the suburban super-cinema, in 1973 documentary

Harris. Their current live performance of improvised sound and

Odeon Cavalcade; and the newsreel theatre, a place to kill time

image was debuted last year at the Center of Contemporary

when waiting for a train. The Electric’s current owners have

Arts in Torun, Poland.

found a wealth of material from the cinema’s news theatre days, o www.modulate.org.uk

including footage of the building itself unseen since it was filmed.

THE FAMILY JAMS Sunday 28 March / 3pm

Dir: Kevin Barker

Ikon Eastside / £6

USA 2009, 80 mins

In the summer of 2004 soon-to-be new-folk luminaries Devendra Banhart, Joanna Newsom and Vetiver toured the US. Fellow musician Kevin Barker (Currituck Co., and occasionally Vetiver) documented their travels. Ironically named after an album released by the Manson Family, The Family Jams is a joyful, intimate film of life on tour; playing all manner of weird and wonderful venues, helping each other overcome family tragedies and meeting an array of colourful characters on the way. Also includes performances by Antony and the Johnsons, Meg Baird and Espers. Showing with The Delian Mode (dir: Kara Blake, Canada 2009), a documentary about electronic composer Delia Derbyshire.

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THE SKY CRAWLERS

TAKASHI ITO

Sunday 28 March / 4pm

Dir: Mamoru Oshii

Sunday 28 March / 6pm

Dir: Takashi Ito

The Electric / £6

Japan 2008, 122 minutes

Ikon Eastside / £6

Running time: 70 mins approx.

A group of adolescent fighter-pilots (‘Kildren’) are part of a

“My major intention is to change ordinary everyday life scenes and

mysterious, ongoing war in this adaptation of a series of books

draw the audience (myself) into a vortex of supernatural illusion

by Hiroshi Mori. Thrilling aerial sequences alternate with

by exercising the magic of films.” This is a rare chance to see a

stretches of dream-like downtime where they smoke and drink

selection of work by experimental filmmaker Takashi Ito, whose

and ponder. If you’ve seen anything by Oshii before (Ghost in

1981 graduation film Spacy used 700 still images and and an

the Shell, Avalon) you’ll know that a straightforward anime

electronic score by regular collaborator Takashi Inagaki to create

shoot-em-up is not on the menu; beneath the beautiful skies

a rollercoaster ride around an empty gymnasium. Since then Ito has

and exploding planes there’s a real sense of loss.

continued to slice up space and time with dazzling and disconcerting

Voices: Rinko Kikuchi; Chiaki Kuriyama; Shosuke Tanihara

winner of the Main Prize at Oberhausen Short Film Festival.

results. The programme will also include his 1995 piece Zone,

MEMORY AND DESIRE Sunday 28 March / 6.30pm

Dir: Douglas Arrowsmith

The Electric / £6

Canada 2009, 83 mins

After flirting with stardom as a founder member of Duran Duran and doing ‘Kiss Me’ solo on Top of the Pops, Duffy made the (then) ridiculous decision to grow a beard and write folk music in the wilds of Herefordshire, and he has followed his own path ever since. Memory and Desire takes us from misty Alum Rock reminiscences and the photos of urban decay which got him onto an art course at Birmingham Poly, right up to his brief (but traumatic) dalliance with Robbie Williams and his group the Lilac Time’s rousing reunion at Green Man Festival in 2007. With: Stephen Duffy, Nick Rhodes, Caitlin Moran, Nick Duffy

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THREE MINUTE HEROES

SEPARADO!

Sunday 28 March / 8pm

Dir: Michael Custance

Sunday 28 March / 9pm

Dir: Dyl ‘Goch’ Jones

Ikon Eastside / £6

UK 1982, 60 minutes

The Electric / £6

UK 2009, 86 minutes

Showing with Pete Murray Takes you to Coventry (1983, 17 mins)

One of Gruff Rhys’ most vivid childhood memories is seeing

and Rudies Come Back (1980, 35 mins). A triple-bill of Coventry in

a man in a cape playing South American songs in Welsh on

the early 80s – what more could you want? We kick off with DJ Pete

S4C. Ever since he discovered that this troubadour, Rene

Murray’s guide to the city (from the same series as Telly Savalas

Griffiths, was a distant relative, Rhys has been fascinated by

Looks at Birmingham) and then a rare treat: a BBC Arena film on

the story of how Welsh communities sprang up in the badlands

two-tone with footage of the Specials in their ‘79 prime. To round

of Patagonia. In Separado! he takes a break from Super Furry

things off, Three Minute Heroes is a teen drama from Play for

Animals, dons a shiny red helmet, and beams himself across

Today, shot in the precincts and car parks of a Coventry already

the Atlantic in search of this hidden history. An affecting,

mourning the death of two-tone. An amazing time-capsule, complete

inventive road-movie.

with rollerskates, light-up jackets and horrific knitwear.

BEESWAX Saturday 27 March / 10pm

Dir: Andrew Bujalski

The Electric / £6

USA 2009, 100 minutes

Andrew Bujalski (Mutual Appreciation) has moved south to Texas for his third feature, retaining a sharp eye for the little decisions and indecisions that shape our lives. Jeannie (Tillie Hatcher) runs a vintage clothing shop in Austin and worries that she’s about to be shafted by her business partner. Her sister Lauren (Maggie Hatcher) has been drifting for a while, and is trying to work out whether teaching English in Africa would be a good move. Once again Bujalski and his cast have created characters who stay with you long after the film has ended. With: Tillie Hatcher; Maggie Hatcher; Alex Karpovsky

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Belbury Youth Club

Sunday 28 March / From 5pm Vivid / £ 7

Featuring :

Moon Wiring Club A new film by Julian House Penda’s Fen

G

host Box is a record label which

We begin with a taste of Belbury TV, including

Around 8pm it’s time to push back the chairs

releases

sometimes

a 1974 Play for Today called Penda’s Fen.

for an evening of psych, folk, soundtrack,

with

Set in the Malverns, it’s the tale of

a

radiophonics and cosmic disco. Live guests

artwork. It draws its inspiration from a

confused and passionate teenager whose

Moon Wiring Club provide squelchy synths

parallel universe where standing stones

supernatural visions are fuelled by Elgar

and clattery breakbeats, with DJ support

and brutalist architecture mingle on the

and Anglo-Saxon mythology. (When writer

from the Focus Group and Belbury Poly

village green, where children’s minds are

David Rudkin presented the film at Flatpack

and eye-popping loops and clips for the

permanently marked by public information

a couple of years ago, it was clear that

visually undernourished. Tucked away in

films transmitted in the dead of night. The

many in the audience had been carrying a

the corner you will also find an exhibition

capital of this universe is the made-up

vivid version of the film in their heads ever

of art and artefacts by Julian House.

town of Belbury, and for one Sunday in

since its first broadcast.) Also screening

March Belbury is coming to Digbeth.

is Julian House’s Winter Sun Wavelength,

disconcerting

fuzzy

and

electronica,

great

a 20-minute film with a new score by the Focus Group and Belbury Poly.

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THE MAP

1. Birmingham Library

4. St Martins Church

7. Ikon Eastside

Chamberlain Square,

Bull Ring Shopping Centre,

183 Fazeley Street, Digbeth

Birmingham B3 3HQ

Birmingham B5 5BB

Birmingham, B5 5SE

2. Birmingham Library Theatre

5. Created in Birmingham Shop

8. VIVID

Paradise Place

Level 3, Upper Mall West,

140 Heath Mill Lane,

Birmingham, B3 3HQ

Bullring,Birmingham, B5 4BU

Birmingham, B9 4AR

3. The Electric

6. The Bond

9. The Rainbow Warehouse

47 Station Street

180-182 Fazeley Street,

149-150 Adderley Street,

Birmingham, B5 4DY

Birmingham, B5 5SE

Birmingham, B9 4ED

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INDEX 1930s

10,11,14,24,32

Facts About Projection

27

Plasticine Party, A

29

5000 Fingers of Dr T, The

21

Family Jams, The

32

Pollphail

13

7 Inch Cinema

39

Film About Poo, A

20

Project Pigeon

12

Alucarda

18

Gangpol & Mit

15, 19

Puppetology

25

Another Happy and Interesting Day

14

Gardiner, Juliet

32

Puppetoons

31

As I was Walking Down Bristol St

10

Going West

26

puppets

15,25,26,31

Astronomer’s Dream, The

26

Half-Life

13

Purves, Barry

26

Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans 29

Hanasaari A

13

Rudies Come Back

34

Beeswax

34

Health & Efficiency

19

Sacred Places

27

Belbury Youth Club

35

Housing Problems

11

Sarsparilla

19

Bellows March, The

31

How to Animate your own Vegetable

21

Screening Artists’ Moving Image

6

Best Worst Movie

28

Human Body (Illustrated), The

20

Secret of Kells, The

21

Birmingham Film Society Revisited

11

Ito, Takashi

33

Seeds of the Fall

17

booking

41

Lanterna Magicka

27

Separado

34

Boy

14

Let Me Feel Your Finger First

10

Sharits, Paul

31

Build Them in the Mind

16

Letter to Uncle Boonmee, A

31

Sheffield Doc/Fest

6

Buildings, architecture

13,16,24,32

Living Room of the Nation, The

17

Shooting People

13

Bullen, Nicholas

11

Lodge, David

10

Short & Sweet

13

Burning

28

Lombard Method, The

12

Shorts on Walls

13

Calendar

22, 23

Magic lanterns

8, 27

Sky Crawlers, The

33

Cameraman, The

25

Maire, Julien

8

Spacy

33

Cas’l

25

Memory and Desire

33

Steel Homes

13

Cegavske, Christiane

15

Memotech

31

Straight 8 Shorts

9

Channel 1

26

Mick, Alcyona

7

Sunrise

7

Channel 2

31

Modulate

32

Synchronisation

13

Cherry on the Cake, The

20

Monkman, Kit

15

Synth Eastwood

19, 26

Chick

26

Monster Road

25

T,O,U,C,H,I,N,G,

31

Cinematic, The

12

Monuments

16

Take Only Photographs, Leave Nothing

13

Colour Box Shorts

20

Moon Bird, The

20, 21

But Footprints

Colour Box, A (Len Lye)

21

Moon Unit

29

Tale of Little Puppetboy, The

25

Creative Clinics

15

Moon Wiring Club

35

Thought. An Afterthought, A

9

Curtain Show

12

More Films about Buildings

13

Three Minute Heroes

34

Dark Island

25

Mount Shasta

25

Trash Humpers

28

Darklight: New Animation Shorts

26

Mr Foley

16

Tubby the Tuba

31

Demi-pas

8

No One Knows About Persian Cats

9

Tulips Shall Grow

31

Deutsch, Oscar

5,14,24

Odeon Bus Tour

24

Uncle Hans Peter Party, The

10

Digit

8

Odeon Cavalcade

32

Unpacked

15

Dogs in Space

18

Ooglies

21

Until The Light Takes Us

11

Dogtooth

29

optical illusions

8, 27, 31

venues

40

Double Take

27

Palace of the Winds

17

Walking down Bristol Street

10

Douglas, Bill

27

Pandemic

17

Welcome to the Dream Palace

32

Down Terrace

16

Penda’s Fen

35

Whatever!

14

Dreams from the Woods

25

Pete Murray Takes You To Coventry

34

Winter Sun Wavelength

35

Eaststride

12

Petropolis

13

Wyatt, Andy

21

Engine Room Pitch Workshop

6

Pink Flamingos

14

Zone

33

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Winter Film & Video Wolverhampton Art Gallery Until May 2010 A season of exhibitions showcasing the best in Film & Video Art, featuring films which explore the strange to the sublime.

Now Showing: New Film & Video from the Arts Council Collection Until 6 March

www.wolverhamptonart.org.uk free entry

Holylands by Seamus Harahan 20 March - 3 July

Balnakiel by Shona Illingworth 6 Feb -1 May

IMAGE: Salvador Dali and Luis Bunuel, Un Chien Andalou. Courtesy of Contemporary Films London. 43


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