The flyers are slowly making their way into shops, galleries, cinemas and art centers and bits of the Flatpack programme are being revealed.
- This year’s celebration of film pioneers past focuses on Birmingham resident Iris Barry (born in Washwood Heath), founder of the Museum of Modern Art’s film archive – featuring a special event exploring her life and legacy, plus screenings of work she preserved – including Buster Keaton’s Sherlock Junior, to be screened at Birmingham Town Hall with live organ by Nigel Ogden. You can read more about Iris Barry on the Flatpack blog.
- A Vintage Mobile Cinema which will pop up in unexpected places over the city screening shorts, local archive footage and fun family films.
- The Invisible Cinema – following the success of the 2010 tour of original 1930s art deco Odeons, this year’s heritage offer will bring back to life some of the city’s ex-picturehouses and forgotten celluloid landmarks. Also planned is an exhibition of images from disused cinemas, taken by ‘urban explorers’ under cover of night.
- Prostitute – on the eve of its re-release, Tony Garnett revisits his 1980 drama Prostitute, partly shot in Balsall Heath, a few years before community action shut down the local red light district.
- Loft in Translation – screenings in partnership with MACE’s Full Circle project, which encourages people to retrieve home-movies from their attics.
- Archive Revival – Artists and filmmakers who appropriate and repurpose archive material including work by Thom Andersen, Duncan Campbell and Peter Tscherkassky.
- The festival will present the UK premiere of Shadow Shows, an experiment in surreal horror created by Pram and Film Ficciones.
Flatpack takes place from 23-27 March.The full programme will be announced in February 2011. I can’t wait!