THE streets of Birmingham will be home to an eclectic collection of films, animation, graphics and live music this spring as the acclaimed Flatpack Festival makes its return.
Organised by 7 inch Cinema the festival is bringing together filmmakers, students and special guests and using a variety of spaces across the city centre for some unique performances.
The launch event on March 11 in Birmingham Town Hall will pay tribute to the influential showman Waller Jeffs, an early pioneer of cinema in the UK. Between 1901 and 1912 Jeffs introduced the people of Birmingham to the delights of cinema through his screenings at the Curzon Hall, Suffolk Street. Light opera, military bands, live sound effects, and novelty acts such as ‘Unthan the Armless Wonder’ were presented alongside the films. His work will be brought together with live music from 15-piece gypsy folk band, The Destroyers. The event promises to capture the spirit of 1900s film culture, with the programme including key figures of early film such as George Méliès and Cecil Hepworth.
Other attractions at Flatpack 2009 include special guests David O’Reilly and Guy Sherwin; a programme exploring muralists and art in public spaces, including a special screening of Megunica, Lorenzo Fonda’s documentary about Italian street artist, Blu; and Unpacked - two days of discussions and demos where filmmakers and artists explore creative and practical issues around their work. There will be sessions on archive reuse, intellectual property, live cinema, and more.
The festival is from March 11 - 15. More information at www.flatpackfestival.org.uk.