The Odyssey

The majority of my Saturday was spent at MCM comic con however I made time for 3 events at Flatpack and I'm glad I did as they were all pretty special with the last one being something I'm incredibly glad that I didn't miss. The 3 events that I made were: The Magic Cinema LOLGBT Shorts The Paper Cinema's Odyssey As they were pretty much last minute in my schedule I was literally sprinting in between the events to make them in time. I only caught the second half of The Magic Cinema which was an open-reel DIY film event that showcased any film submitted as long as it was 10 minutes or less and the film-maker (or a friend) came to introduce it. Coming in to 6/8 Kafe (a personal favourite place after last years festival) after the ...

The Tribe

Flatpack's unique offering of film you wouldn't usually get to see in cinemas usually is highlighted with this fantastic Ukranian piece from Director Myroslav Slaboshpytskiy. The description on Flatpack's website says the following: A stand-out entry in Cannes last year, this startling debut has provoked strong reactions at every screening since. The story of Sergey, a young man working his way up the ranks of a brutal teenage gang, The Tribe is given added potency by being played out in a deaf boarding school, with all the characters communicating in sign language. There are no subtitles and so gradually we become much more attuned to faces and gestures, while the filmmakers’ deft use of sound and Steadicam helps to make for a compelling, discomfiting ride. This was enough to sell me on going to see it but I don't think ...

Flatpack

One of the first attractions of the packed roster that is the 9th incarnation of Flatpack Film Festival, Edwardian Horror Show was done in partnership with the Birmingham Museums and held in the Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery, fittingly enough in the Edwardian tea rooms to help further fuel our imaginations in the audience. I was already in a minor panic on my way there but nothing horror related, well unless you can call train delays a horror show which I believe you can. As will likely be a common occurrence over the next two weeks I was left to sprint to the Museum for fear of missing out on this one night event. Luckily I made it just in time as the long queue to get in just started going in as I reached it. Everyone was excited to ...

In a desperate rush to fill those spaces of time in my future where I don't yet know how busy I'll be I have managed to get myself into 4 different festival/conventions that I will be looking to write about. Some of them I have been to before while others are a wild roll of the dice. The kicker is that this is just in the next month or so with even more events to follow afterwards and my Hulkbuster still to restart. Most would say I should probably give up on one or two of these events and concentrate on my hulkbuster but I say that wouldn't be as fun. In my opinion all of these events are too good to pass up and even though it will be a struggle to fit them all in it will ...

Flatpack

With the Flatpack Film Festival just around the corner and my pass for the festival bought, I've gone through the varied selection of events that will be available to watch and do narrowing it to those that I just can't miss. Flatpack has a number of passes and ticket packages to choose from each with their own benefits, however I chose to purchase the one that would best suit my want to experience as much as the festival as possible which would be the Flatpass. This allowed me to prebook 5 tickets to certain events and access to the majority of the other events all for an affordable £80. Taking this into account I chose to select the films & events that I could make that were unmissable and which I think you should make too if you get a ...

For those who missed my brief coverage of Flatpack last year it's a festival which takes over venues across Birmingham every March. Drawing in people from far and wide with a mixture of films, performances, contraptions and surprises, and has been described as “magnificently eclectic” (Time Out), “joyously inventive” (the Guardian) and “the UK’s most creatively curated film festival” (the Independent). I went last year as a little bit of an experiment as I had only just heard about it and I immediately fell in love with it. Now entering it's 9th year as a festival the latest one looks to be a treat. The kind of work they put on depends upon the project, but recurring themes include animation, music, artists’ film, archive discoveries, offbeat shorts for kids and live cinema. They're firm believers in creating a sense ...