Iain Sinclair and Andrew Kotting
Birmingham’s Flatpack Film Festival has just announced its programme for next month and we’re frothing at the mouth. We shall of course be attending and we’re thrilled to be joined by one of our heroes John Rogers for a screening of his latest feature film London Overground. The film follows Hackney-dwelling writer and psychogeographer Iain Sinclair (no introduction needed) on a 35 mile circular yomp around the London Overground, joined by fellow travellers including filmmakers Andrew Kötting and Chris Petit. Sinclair describes the ‘Ginger Line’ as the ‘spin-drier of capitalism whirling bank notes around the city – a real moment to look at this city of unreal money’ where a new city is emerging. The recently completed Overground circuit provides ‘a tiny little map of what is happening now’ in London.
In support will be One Square Mile by Sam Meech and Chris Paul Daniels. Playful and imaginative, the artists use a variety of film-making experiments and techniques to investigate a square mile sample of Salford, another city being reshaped in various ways.
John Rogers, Sam Meech and Chris Paul Daniels will be joining us for a short Q&A to round off what promises to be a great little event as part of an even greater festival.
Festival and Event Website
Sunday April 9th / 3:30pm – 5:30pm / The Victoria, 48 John Bright St,
Birmingham, B1 1BN / £4 Entry
Film still from Emily Richardson’s ‘Aspect’, which will feature in the programme
We’re really pleased to have been invited to Alchemy Film & Moving Image Festival in Hawick, in the Scottish borders, to curate a programme of artists’ films on Sunday 5th March. The programme is themed around landscape, folk and sunlight and features some of Britain’s leading moving image makers, with films also from Ireland and the US. Alchemy is a festival we’ve respected for many years and we’re happy to be contributing.
The programme includes films by artists:
Andrew Kotting / Emily Richardson / Rosalind Fowler / Theresa Moerman Ib / Rebecca Meyers / Adam Scovell and Robert MacFarlane
Artists Andrew Kotting, Rosalind Fowler and Theresa Moerman Ib will be present alongside Owen Davey (programmer) for a Q&A at the end of the screening.
Festival and Event Website
Sunday March 5th / 10:00am – 11:05am / Main Auditorium, Heart of Hawick, Tower Mill / £5 Entry
We have also chosen Simon Aeppli’s excellent film Second Hand Daylight to feature in the Uncertain Territories programme, which will run on each day of the festival. Tickets and details can be found HERE.
Photo by David Rowan
“Where’s Birmigham’s River?
Flatpack have invited us back for another evening of ambulatory entertainment, this time built around Tom Pickard’s 1991 film Birmingham’s What I Think With. This one-hour documentary follows poet Roy Fisher around various hidden corners of Birmingham, dragging a front door from the Handsworth home where he grew up. In support you will find a selection of short films and talks inspired by Fisher’s brand of topographical poetry, with a particular focus on the city’s neglected waterways.
We shall be joined by some special guests including visual artist David Rowan who shall be presenting material from his ongoing project The Dark River.
Part of Flatpack’s Birmingham On Film – a season of archive screenings and events exploring the changing face of the city. Expect everything from outdoor screenings, vampire motorcycles and Brumburgers to live music and rare archive TV. 16 Sept – 15 Oct. In association with the BFI as part of their Britain on Film initiative.
Saturday 15th October / 6pm-8:30pm / Centrala, Unit 4, Minerva Works, 158 Fazeley Street, Birmingham, B5 5RT / Tickets £5 or £3 concession, available on the door or from the link provided.
Join us at the Archway With Words book festival for a selection of new writings, readings and films by Michael Smith.
Michael Smith is the author of several novels (Giro Playboy, Unreal City, and Shorty Loves Wing Wong for Faber & Faber), but his work also explores how writing can enrich other media – he’s made an album of music & spoken word with Andrew Weatherall, written and presented critically acclaimed, poetic documentaries such as “Drivetime” and “Citizen Smith” for BBC4, as well as dozens of shorts for The Culture Show. More and more, he also directs his own films: experimental, literary pieces he likes to imagine as “video-poems.”
Michael will introduce and talk about some of his personal favourites, as well as giving us sneak previews of two new pieces – a film he’s been collaborating on with filmmaker Maxy Bianco, as well as reading from his new literary project, a piece about the mystery and romance of the seaside, and the first thing he’s written since becoming a dad.
This is the opening event for the Archway With Words literary festival and is followed at the same venue by a David Bowie night, so pffffff…
Archway With Words Programme
Thursday 13th October / 7pm-8:30pm / Koli’s Nightclub (round the back and above the Achway Tavern), 1 Archway Rd, N15 3TD / Tickets are £5 on the door or from the link provided.
video still from Olivia Sparrow’s ‘The Very Last Plea From My Heart’ which will feature in the programme
Flatpack have kindly invited us back for another afternoon of ambling entertainment. Given current events we thought it would be fitting to pay tribute to John Madin’s Central Library (RIP) by showing films about concrete, demolition, “urban renewal”, Modernist architecture and Birmingham’s uneasy relationship with its recent past. Among other things.
Films by artists including:
Olivia Sparrow / Martin McNally / Sian Macfarlane / Owen Davey / Emily Wright / Roxie Collins / Andy Howlett / Liberty Rowley & Mark James
And we’re delighted to be joined by Peter Fletcher who will be presenting the findings of his investigations into the urban fabric of Birmingham:
“In 1998, Peter Fletcher visited the city of Euphoria and documented the sights and landmarks that he saw. Now eighteen years later he has returned, and found that the city has moved on, and many of the wonders he witnessed have disappeared, mostly to be replaced with newer, less interesting wonders. Euphoria Revisited is a walk through two iterations of the city we live in but only glimpse momentarily, through the haze of mediocre urban existence generated by bus windows and sandwich lunchtimes on park benches.”
Pay what you like.
Stick around afterwards for a drink and maybe even a walk!
Saturday April 23rd / 11:45am – 1:30pm / The Victoria, 48 John Bright Street, B1 1BN Birmingham, UK / Donation Entry
video still from Miles Umney’s ‘Ouse Project’ which will feature in the programme
Please join us at the MK Gallery for a FREE meandering evening of contemporary artist films and discussion on Milton Keynes, new towns, urban rivers, place, journeys, white paint spills and beyond…
Artists joining us and/or exhibiting work will be:
Rosalind Fowler / John Rogers / Michael Smith / Beatrice Jarvis / Aaron Head / Liberty Rowley & Mark James / Miles Umney / Owen Davey and Andy Howlett
Facebook event page.
Book your free ticket here.
Curated by Simon Wright of MK Gallery, Andy Howlett and Owen Davey of VideoStrolls.
Thurs 25th Feb / 7pm / MK Gallery, 900 Midsummer Blvd, Milton Keynes MK9 3QA / Free entry
Tues Sep 22nd, 7pm, upstairs at The Wellington, Birmingham.
Join us in the homely environs of Birmingham’s finest real ale pub for a leisurely evening of films about place, journeying and exploration. Free entry to anyone who arrives on foot.