More details about this year’s Flatpack Festival programme are being announced. The festival will take place from 23-27 March in venues across Birmingham and in the same week as Fierce Festival. There is so much happening that I thought I would highlight some of the things that I am most looking forward to:
Self Made – Birmingham born Turner prize-winner Gillian Wearing’s first feature film. An emotional journey which started with the placement of a local advert ‘Do you want to be in a film? Would you play yourself or a fictional character?’
Marwencol – I’ve already seen this touching and beautiful documentary which is in the tradition of The Devil and Daniel Johnston. It follows the ‘stranger-than-fiction’ story of Mark Hogancamp. After a vicious attack left him brain-damaged, Hogancamp retreated into ‘Marwencol’, a meticulously self-created world of dolls populating miniature sets which bring a WWII Belgian village to life in his backyard.
Rubber – The third feature from Quentin Dupieux (aka Mr Oizo) is a one-of-a-kind B-movie about a psychotic blood-thirsty tyre with psychic powers. Trailer above. Insane!
We Don’t Care About Music Anyway – literally ear-opening portrait of Japan’s experimental music scene, accompanied by a live set by Sakamoto Hiromichi who plays the cello in a way you have probably never seen before – using angle-grinders and saws.
Pram – Shadow Shows – The first full UK performance of a deliciously creepy ‘experiment in surreal horror’ using projections and silhouettes to summon up nightmarish fairy tales.
The full programme information goes online and bookings open at the end of the month! Can’t wait!