A rapid-fire round-up of other people’s events can
be found below, but first a few Flatpack notices…
>> NEW WEBSITE
A rather fetching reboot for our site, as we build
towards the festival in March. Eventually this will
include a full archive of past events, and we’ll
also be pensioning off the old 7 Inch Cinema site
to bring our year-round work under the same
banner. Once again thanks to Dave Gaskarth and
Jacob Masters for top work on the design and
>> SUBMISSIONS OPEN
The hunt for brilliant short films is underway. If
you’ve made something which you think would
go down well at Flatpack, check out the form.
Deadline: 14th January.
>> INTERNS WANTED
We’re looking for three people to be part of the
core Flatpack team next year. If you’re interested
in getting experience in programming, marketing
or events, and transforming Birmingham’s cultural
landscape while you’re at it, all the info you need
>> SILENT NIGHT
Friday 14 December / 7pm / Birmingham Cathedral
To help fill those long and lonely pre-Flatpack nights,
a return visit to the Cathedral for an evening with
Buster Keaton, Ebeneezer Scrooge and pianist Paul
Shallcross. Plus festive refreshments, and all for £5.
Advance tickets are on sale here:
>> THE MAGIC CITY
Final call for the Liverpool Biennial, and a corner of
their City States exhibition which is devoted to
Birmingham. Amongst other things this includes our
rousing compendium of civic marketing films, A
Better Lifestyle, described by one correspondent as
‘the funniest thing in the Biennial.’ If you’re there,
also make sure you check out John Akomfrah’s three-
screen almost-elegy for Stuart Hall at the Bluecoat.
But enough about us…
WHAT ELSE IS GOING ON?
8-11 November at Ikon Gallery
THE VOICE AND THE LENS
An extended weekend of performances and screenings,
unpicking the relationship between opera and film. Lots
of good stuff in there including a new rendition of Alvin
Lucier’s I Am Sitting In A Room, work by Shirin Neshat,
Sam Beckett and Elizabeth Price, and guests including
Don Boyd, Aura Satz and Graham Vick.
8-11 November in York
AESTHETICA SHORT FILM FESTIVAL
Four days of screenings and industry events in venues
all over the city.
Friday 9 November, 7.30pm at Symphony Hall
SUE PERKINS’ CARTOON CLASSICS
The CBSO play familiar favourites from Bugs Bunny,
Fantasia, The Simpsons, etc.
9-17 November in Birmingham and West Brom
SHOUT FILM FESTIVAL
LGBT-themed filmfest including new features like Leave
The Lights On, the late Tony Scott’s barmy The Hunger,
and shorts selections by KINO 10.
Sat 10 November, 1pm at the Barber Institute in Selly Oak
CATHY COME HOME
Ken Loach’s landmark TV play, followed by a Q&A with
producer Tony Garnett.
From Tues 13 November at The Edge in Digbeth
KILL THE BEAST CUT ITS THROAT SPILL THE BLOOD
A collective called Margaret Street Free Arts Council have
recently moved in with Friction Arts, and this is their first
group show. Online details are sketchy at present, but
according to their twitter there’s also a filmnight on Friday
16th at 6pm.
Weds 14 November, 7pm at Rose Villa Tavern in JQ
PECHA KUCHA BIRMINGHAM
Weds 14 November, 8pm at Town Hall Birmingham
SUPERSILENT FEATURING JOHN PAUL JONES
Norwegian improv ensemble team up with Led Zep bassist.
15-16 November at Regus, Victoria Square in Bham
HEADLESS AT REGUS
Office-based screenings of a new film about shadowy
offshore company Headless Ltd.
From 16 November in Birmingham
New project to place small, limited edition artworks in locations
all over the city.
16-18 November at the NEC
CLASSIC MOTOR SHOW
Including a visit from the Vintage Mobile Cinema.
Sat 17 November at Muther’s in Digbeth
EL GHOSTFEST II
Musical all-dayer – six local bands for a fiver.
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16 & 17 November at Warwick Arts Centre near Coventry
Performance outfit Action Hero reimagine the teen movie.
WAC also have Paper Cinema a couple of days later, but
sadly it’s sold out.
Tues 20 November at the Glee Club in Birmingham
THE DIRTY THREE
Snake-hipped Aussie instrumentalists.
Tues 20 November, 7pm at the Custard Factory in Digbeth
BILL CUNNINGHAM NEW YORK
The newly-arrived Provide Shop host a one-off screening of
this great little doc about the legendary fashion anthropologist.
Tues 20 November, 8pm at Wednesfield Community Centre
8MM CINE CLUB
Tea, biscuits and super 8.
20-24 November at the Ritzy in Brixton
UNDERWIRE FILM FESTIVAL
'See the best short films being made by women in
the UK today.'
22-23 November at Custard Factory in Digbeth
HELLO CULTURE 2012
Conference on ‘transforming culture through digital.’
Sat 24 November, 12-4pm at New Art Gallery Walsall
ART BOOK AND ZINE FAIR
Stalls, screenings, talks and workshops. IN THIS DARK HOUSE,
Harminder Judge’s exhibition, runs until the following day.
Tues 27 November, 7.30pm at the Drum in Newtown
UK premiere of a new feature film made in Barbados.
Thurs 29 November, 6.15pm at mac
Marking 30 years of Channel 4, two Birmingham-made
films from the early 80s introduced by their directors
Jonnie Turpie and Yugesh Walia.
The Public are currently seeking submissions of interactive
and video work to show in their galleries next year.
Deadline: 13 January. More info here:
BCU MEDIA JOBS
Birmingham City University are advertising a number of
lecturer roles in their media department, including this one:
That's all folks. More updates next month.
>>> What is Flatpack Festival?
An eclectic film jamboree which takes over venues across
Birmingham from 21-31 March next year. We also produce
film events throughout the year, under the banner of 7 Inch
Cinema. (Though soon to be known as Flatpack Projects.)
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