Lights, Camera, Flatpack!
The city-wide film festival is incoming
Forget your tape measure and Swedish meatballs, Flatpack is a Birmingham-wide festival of films, live performance and some pretty leftfield happenings, with no need for an Allen key. And like with any decent festival, you’re in serious danger of spending longer looking at the programme (running April 30 to May 5) to figure out what to do, than actually doing. If only there was a handy digital guide telling you about the best things to book...
PICK 'N’ MIX, PIGS AND PERFORMANCE
If you’ve dreamt of Hollywood but never quite made it, Let’s Make A Movie, a theatre-performance-slash-standup-show-slash-film-shoot is a total cockle warmer. Watch Richard Soames delve into his DIY director’s back catalogue and dissect films such as his remake of The Matrix with poignancy and proper chortles. All this while he makes a movie of the experience. Meta. Tickets (£6)
Underneath Digbeth's Arch 21, The Flatpack Hub plays host to Pick 'n’ Mix, a selection of some of the best shorts to be submitted to the festival over the last year. Films include a look at the JQ’s Coffin Works, some hardcore OAP zip-wiring action in The 106-Year-Old-Daredevil and winner of the Indy Shorts International Film Festival: Opening Night (pictured). A lazier writer might suggest Pick n’ Mix has something for everyone. Oh, and it's free.
With Best Film nomos from a fistful of festivals, Iranian Mani Haghighi’s Pig sneers at the notions of industry accolades and posthumous admiration. When talented film directors start turning up murdered, our blacklisted, down-on-his-luck director of a hero asks, ‘why can’t it be me’? With humour that’s as dark as David Lynch's cellar, this crime drama is well worth the walk to The Mockingbird. Tickets (£10)
BENTO, BEARS AND BEATS
If you feel that your packed lunch needs a Studio Ghibli Glow Up, then Beautiful Bento is pour vous. Join artist Mari Miyazawa at Digbeth's Kanteen as she demos how to craft quirky Bento characters out of rice (pictured). For fans of anime and, of course, food, we can’t wait to see what we can do with a Princes Beef Paste sanger, some Space Raiders and a Freddo. Tickets (£10)
Should you miss the A1, tip-top, clubbing of 90s raves, then Beats will be right up your strasse. Following lads (lads, lads, lads) Spanner and Johnno on the last illegal rave before everybody grows up and the Public Order Act comes in, Brian Welsh’s drama channels Trainspotting as it stakes its claim as a Scottish classic. Tickets (£10)
On the fun-for-all-the-fam front, Outside the Box ceases being loathsome management speak and instead packs in short movies aplenty. With the slapstick silliness of Hors Piste, the intriguingly named My Best Friend Explodes and the hula-hooping bear of Saturday's Apartment, this collection of films is perfect for those who used to dig the cereal variety packs or those with short attention spans. At Mac, tickets are £6.
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