Flatpack :: may news

After a long hiatus while putting on Flatpack Festival
we had the urge to compile one of our sporadic listings
emails, rounding up various things happening around
Birmingham this month. Be warned, it’s a big one!

There’s also plenty going on Flatpackwise, including…

LIGHT FANTASTIC
25 April-14 May at mac and Electric
This season of films is running alongside IDFB 2012,
and has been getting some great audiences. Still to
come there’s Wings of Desire on 35mm, the UK
premiere of dance-battle sci-fi flick The FP, and another
chance to see dancehall doc Hit Me With Music. Plus a
video disco at the Spotted Dog on 12 May – more
details down below.
> http://www.idfb.co.uk/lightfantastic

CINEMATHEQUE RIFFS
18 May-10 June in Brindley Place
To complement Ikon’s new Yto Barrada exhibition
(also below) we’re contributing some films to a special
programme on the Slow Boat, once again a floating
cinema and moored in Brindley Place for the month.
Expect Lotte Reiniger fairy-tales, Birmingham smugglers,
Dream Machines and the mysterious life of Egyptian
actress Soad Hosni. More info shortly.
> http://www.ikon-gallery.co.uk/programme/current/event/634/cinematheque_riffs

BIRMINGHAM BOOK BASH
3-4 June at Aston Hall
We’re again hosting the film tent for this young readers
jamboree, and this time we’re delighted to have Neil
Brand as a special guest accompanying a programme
of silent slapstick.
> http://www.birmingham.gov.uk/youngreaders

And before we move on to listings, a house notice.
Over the summer we are hoping to complete the
(slightly torturous) process of gathering Flatpack
Festival and 7 Inch Cinema into one website. One
upshot will be that the 7inch name fades into the
background, to be dusted off for the occasional
pub gig. Do not be alarmed; our year-round work
will continue unabated and more ambitious than
ever, but under the name of Flatpack Projects.

SO WHAT ELSE IS GOING ON?

From 1 May at Mead Gallery, Warwick Arts Centre
MAESTROS
Douglas Gordon show pairing his Zidane film with
‘Feature Film’, a spectacular Vertigo homage which
brings Bernard Herrmann’s score to the foreground.
> http://www.warwickartscentre.co.uk/events/visual-arts/maestros

From 2 May at the Pavilions Shopping Centre in Bham
KNIT 2GETHER
Participatory project to knit Olympic-themed leg
warmers for BMAG’s pillars – drop in any time.
> http://knit2together.tumblr.com
This project is also on the hunt for investors:
> http://www.sponsume.com/project/k2tog-knit-2-together

Thurs 3 May in Birmingham
LOCAL ELECTIONS + REFERENDUM
To mayor or not to mayor?

From 4 May at New Art Gallery Walsall
TRANSMITTER/RECEIVER
Collage show featuring Eileen Agar, Chris Ofili, John
Stezaker, Grayson Perry and many others.
> http://www.thenewartgallerywalsall.org.uk

Friday 4 May at Symphony Hall in Birmingham
THE WIZARD OF OZ
The BBC Symphony Orchestra provide a live score
for Dorothy and co.
> http://www.thsh.co.uk/event/the-wizard-of-oz-mat

Till 5 May at Eastside Projects in Digbeth
PACHA KUTI X
Couple more days to catch David Rowan’s films
of subterranean Birmingham.
> http://www.eastsideprojects.org/current/pacha-kuti-x

Sat 5 May, 8pm at The Edge, Cheapside in Digbeth
SOUND KITCHEN
Evening of live improvisation and electronics featuring
De Type Inconnu and Rodrigo Constanzo.
> http://soundkitchenuk.org/events/may5

Sat 5 May at Gibb St Warehouse in Digbeth
2MANYDJS
Ghent mashup artistes visit what used to be Space 2,
now run by the people behind Fabric. Too cool to have
a website at the moment, but while we’re on the subject
of new Digbeth warehouse clubs:
> http://lab11.co.uk

Sunday 6 May at AE Harris in the Jewellery Quarter
THE VOYAGE
New mini-opera by Stans Cafe and Michael Wolters,
suitable for all ages.
> http://www.stanscafe.co.uk/project-the-voyage.html
Not to be confused with the big outdoor spectacular
taking over Victoria Square in June:
> http://www.thevoyage.org.uk

Sunday 6 May, 1pm at St Columba Church Hall in Moseley
MOSELEY RECORD FAIR
Vinyl-shufflers gathering with good cake.
> http://www.moseleyrecordbookfair.com

6-7 May at mac in Edgbaston
FAMILY DANCE WEEKEND
Young corner of IDFB, including playground parkour in Spill.
> http://idfb.co.uk/whats-on/family-weekend

Weds 9 May, 6.30pm at the Barber Institute in Edgbaston
PERSIAN POETRY EVENING
Featuring Afghan poets Partaw Naderi and Shakila Azizzada.
> http://www.writingwestmidlands.org/an-evening-of-persian-poetry

Weds 9 May, 7pm at Waterstones New St in Birmingham
OWEN JONES
The author of Chavs: The Demonisation of the Working Class,
which now has a new chapter dealing with last year’s riots.
> http://livebrum.co.uk/2012/05/09/meet-the-author-owen-jones

Thursday 10 May, 7pm at the Drum in Newtown
MARGINS TO MAINSTREAM
Documentary on Black British theatre.
> http://the-drum.org.uk/event/margins-to-mainstream

Sat 12 May, 8 till late at the Spotted Dog
DIGBETH SHUFFLE
To round off our IDFB film season, a video disco featuring
go-go dance troupe the Actionettes, rockabilly trio
Magnificatz and vintage tunes courtesy of Sugarfoot
Stomp. Plus archive film of dancing Brummies, and Film
Ficciones will be plastering the beer-garden with visuables.
All for zero pounds.
> http://idfb.co.uk/whats-on/light-fantastic-film-season-digbeth-shuffle

Sat 12 May at St Paul’s Church in the Jewellery Quarter
ESMERINE
Modern chamber music from ex-members of Godspeed
and Silver Mount Zion.
> http://capsule.org.uk/event/esmerine
(Capsule also have Harvey Milk on the 22nd.)

Sat 12 May, 8pm at mac in Edgbaston
LAWRENCE OF BELGRAVIA + Q&A
We’ve got this unfortunate habit of publicising events that
clash with our own. However, if you missed Flatpack’s
sell-out screening of Paul Kelly’s bittersweet doc about
the man behind Felt and Denim, you may want to catch
this. (Then go straight to the Spotted Dog, of course.)
> http://www.macarts.co.uk/event/lawrence-of-belgravia–15–qanda

From 16 May at Ikon Gallery in Brindley Place
YTO BARRADA: RIFFS
Exhibition of photography, film and sculpture by a
Moroccan artist who also runs the Cinematheque de
Tanger. Her film work includes Hand Me Downs, a
blackly comic reworking of colonialist home-movies.
> http://www.ikon-gallery.co.uk/programme/current/event/594/riffs/

16-19 May in Victoria Square, Birmingham
WINGS OF DESIRE
To cap off IDFB 12, an outdoor extravaganza inspired by
the Wenders film (showing at the Electric on 13 May).
Features Goldie, 2Faced Dance Company, Circa and
building projections by Seeper.
> http://idfb.co.uk/whats-on/wings-of-desire

16 May-16 June in Birmingham
CHILDRENS FILMS
Interesting project. Gareth Moore has asked five other
artists to make 16mm films for children, and they’re
showing in various places around the city.
> http://internationalprojectspace.org/exhibitions/gareth-moore

Thurs 17 May, 4.30pm at Warwick Arts Centre
KNOWING THE SCORE
Silent pianist and compser Neil Brand, who opened
this year’s Flatpack and is also appearing at the Book
Bash, sheds some light on the genius of Bernard
Herrmann. Saw this in Cambridge last year and
recommend it if you’re interested in film music. The
same evening Neil is accompanying the 1922 film of
Oliver Twist.
> http://www.warwickartscentre.co.uk/events/visual-arts/knowing-the-score

Friday 18 May at Symphony Hall
BURMAN IN BOLLYWOOD
Highlights from RD Burman’s lush, barmy film scores,
including Dum Maro Dum and Piya Tu Ab To Aaja,
performed by the CBSO.
> http://www.thsh.co.uk/event/cbso-friday-night-classics-burman-in-bollywood

Sat 19 May at the Academy in Bham
BLACK SABBATH
Yes, *that* Black Sabbath.
Tickets on sale from Friday.
> http://www.o2academybirmingham.co.uk/event/41406/black-sabbath-tickets

Sunday 20 May at Birmingham Ballroom
JIMMY CLIFF
40 years on from The Harder They Come, and still frisky.
> http://www.birmingham-ballroom.com

Sunday 20 May, 8pm at the Bulls Head in Moseley
KINO 10
Back for another monthly run of filmnights, this time
including a selection of Vimeo award nominees.
> http://www.kino10.com

Tues 22 May at Balti Cottage in Stirchley
INCEPTION
Cerebral blockbuster accompanied by prawn dhansak.
Just the way Christopher Nolan would want it.
> http://stirchleyhappenings.wordpress.com/

Weds 23 May at the Hare and Hounds in Kings Heath
POPPY AND THE JEZEBELS
Hometown gig for indie darlings who’ve left school
and gone all pop.
> http://hareandhoundskingsheath.co.uk

Thurs 24 May, 6.30pm at Ikon Gallery in Brindleyplace
DOES BIRMINGHAM APPRECIATE ITS HERITAGE?
Lunar Society discussion. Slightly leading question.
> http://www.lunarsociety.org.uk/pages/702.htm

Thurs 24 May, 8pm at Ort Café in Balsall Heath
OCCUPY BIRMINGHAM FILM FESTIVAL
Programme of films from within the Occupy movement.
Plenty of other gigs, workshops and language groups
going on at Ort too, well worth a look.
> http://ortcafe.co.uk

Thurs 24 May, 8pm at the Bulls Head in Moseley
BEARDS AND TONGUES TOUR
New collaboration between three solo artistes from
Spain, the UK and US, including the testifying Dorian
Wood. Support from Pete Prescription.
> http://beardsandtongues.tumblr.com

Thurs 24 May at Club PST in Digbeth
RETRO-AFRO-FUTURISM
DJs playing future hip-hop, 60s psych, and electronica
plus visuals by Mack of Sensateria legend.
> http://pst-club.co.uk

Friday 25 May at the Polish Club in Digbeth
TG COLLECTIVE
Jazz outfit touring new album.
> http://www.tgcollective.com/live

25-27 May at Wolverhampton Light House
DEAFFEST
The UK’s leading deaf film and arts festival.
> http://deaffest.co.uk

Sunday 27 May, 3pm at St Paul’s Square, Birmingham
BIG VINTAGE RIDE
Scenic tweed-clad two-wheel tour of the city.
> http://www.birminghamcyclist.com/events/the-big-vintage-ride

Sunday 27 May, 8pm at Kitchen Garden in Kings Heath
ATILLA THE STOCKBROKER
Performance poet who seemed to have permanent
residency in Glastonbury comedy tent during 1990s.
> http://www.kitchengardencafe.co.uk

Monday 28 May, 1.30pm at mac
BFI FUTURE PLAN CONSULTATION
> http://futurebfi.eventbrite.co.uk

Tuesday 29 May, 8pm at Symphony Hall in Birmingham
DRACULA: THE MUSIC AND FILM
Bela Lugosi meets Philip Glass and Kronos Quartet.
Only a few tickets left.
> http://www.thsh.co.uk/event/dracula-the-music-and-film

29-30 May at Birmingham NEC
SURFEX PLUS 2012
The UK and Irish coatings exhibition dedicated to the
paints, inks, adhesives, corrosion and construction
chemicals industries. Headliners look awesome this year.
> http://www.surfexplus.co.uk

Weds 30 May at Cherry Red’s in Kings Heath
PAUSE BUTTON EVENING
Playing old tape recordings of John Peel shows on the
last Weds of every month.
> http://pst-club.co.uk
As you may know, Peel’s record collection – or rather,
a list of his records – is starting to go online:
> http://thespace.org/items/e00000da

1-4 June in Tanworth-in-Arden
LUNAR FESTIVAL
New gathering from the people behind Moseley Folk
Festival, in Nick Drake’s backyard.
> http://www.lunarfestival.co.uk

Friday 8 June at the Wagon and Horses in Digbeth
THE NIGHTINGALES
Iconic post-punkers with support from Ted Chippington.
> http://www.thenightingales.org.uk

SUBMISSIONS CALLS

ABANDON NORMAL DEVICES, Liverpool
Various deadlines throughout May.
> http://www.andfestival.org.uk

OTTAWA ANIMATION FESTIVAL, Ottawa
Deadline: 18 May
> http://www.animationfestival.ca

AESTHETICA SHORT FILM FESTIVAL, York
Deadline: 31 May
> http://www.asff.co.uk

FANTOCHE ANIMATION FESTIVAL, Baden
Deadline: 31 May
> http://www.fantoche.ch/2012

BEAUTIFUL THING ONLINE
Real-time digital clock, made out of planks in Berlin.
The piece is called ‘Standard Time’, by Mark Formanek.
> http://iprl.wz.cz/

FILMS COMING OUT
Lots of things we showed at Flatpack are starting to hit
cinemas, including INTO THE ABYSS, TWO YEARS AT
SEA, LE HAVRE, JUAN OF THE DEAD and the
aforementioned LAWRENCE screening. Also look out for
Wes Anderson’s new one in May, and Bela Tarr’s TURIN
HORSE. And if you want to keep up with Cannes coverage,
we recommend Mubi:
> http://mubi.com/notebook/posts

FAREWELL VIVID
This week VIVID are going through the sad and painful
process of clearing out of their building on Heath Mill Lane,
after twenty years of putting on exhibitions and events and
supporting countless artists and filmmakers. All the best to
Yasmeen, Laura and Marian in whatever they get up to next.
> http://www.vivid.org.uk

OBITUARY CORNER

RIP DAVID WEISS (1946-2012)
Der Lauf Der Dinge:
> http://vimeo.com/7198223

RIP LEVON HELM (1940-2012)
The Weight:
> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fe8rgKc65xE

>>>What is Flatpack Festival?
An eclectic film jamboree which takes over venues across
Birmingham every March. We also produce film events
throughout the year, under the name 7 Inch Cinema.
> http://www.flatpackfestival.org.uk
> http://www.7inch.org.uk

>>>How do I get on/off this list?
Sign up at the festival website, or sign off here:
http://www.7inch.org.uk/mailinglist/?do=remove&address=jon%40jonbounds.co.uk

>>>What if I have a burning desire to engage via social media?
> http://www.twitter.com/flatpack
> http://www.facebook.com/flatpackfestivalA piece of PR we couldn’t be bothered to re-write.