The headline events for Flatpack Film Festival are now on sale, each exploring exciting and innovative filmmaking techniques and narratives. Returning to Birmingham for its eighth edition from 20 – 30 March, the eleven day event will also showcase new features and shorts, and offers a unique way to explore one of Britain’s largest cities with walking tours, installations and pop-up screenings across the city. Known for pushing the boundaries of what defines film, this year’s festival will be no different. We take a look at the programme highlights from this year’s instalment.
After a century in obscurity, this recently-restored treasure trove of 1900s film featuring theatre and variety stars of the day, most notably Sarah Bernhardt as a duelling Hamlet, makes its UK premiere at the Barber Institute of Fine Art on 23 March.
The World Made Itself
Animator and performer Miwa Matreyek creates beautifully layered digital imagery before inserting herself into the frame to interact live with the work onscreen. In a UK premiere for Flatpack on 27 March, Matreyek combines traditional shadow puppetry with eye-popping animation and music by Flying Lotus in an immersive visual journey which re-imagines the history of the earth.
The Great Flood
This new film from Bill Morrison is built up of hours 1927s archive footage filmed when the Mississippi’s banks broke in 145 different places forcing thousands of people from their homes and needs no digital trickery to show the devastation water can cause. Bill Morrison will be present to introduce this UK premiere on 29 March.
David Rowan: The Dark River
In a fascinating series of short videos, David Rowan gains access to the slippery world of the River Rea, from its source in the Waseley Hills down to Spaghetti Junction where it converges with the Tame. Commissioned for Flatpack as part of Birmingham-on-Sea, The Dark River runs from 8 February –27 April alongside Walk On, an exhibition examining the varied ways artists have used the act of walking to create new types of art in the past 50 years.
Tickets for each of the headline events are on sale now. The full programme will be announced and available to book from mid-February. Visit www.flatpackfestival.org.uk for more information.
1. Image courtesy of Flatpack Festival