Flatpack celebrated it's 10th anniversary with an amazing week of films, shorts, events and talks. Unfortunately I only got to attend 3 days of them but I made sure to pack as much as possible into those days as possible. With that in mind I've limited my favourite bits from the 3 days. Boy & the Beast When a young orphaned boy living on the streets of Shibuya stumbles upon a fantastic world of beasts, he's taken in by a gruff warrior beast looking for an apprentice. This was the perfect start to my last day at Flatpack, an animated feature that was brought to The Electric by the festival with subtitles so it was a great animated treat for me. With the premise of a classic mentor story, the film has elements of love, friendship and parenthood with moments ...

Flatpack

My second day of Flatpack was one of exploration and finding new things in a city that is always full of hidden gems. It started with an early morning Instameet which was the first one I have ever been on and it was appropriately on world wide Instameet day, the thirteenth of it's kind. The Instameet started at The Electric Cinema taking us behind the scenes of the UK's oldest cinema and allowing us on stage, in the basement and even in the projector room! We took full advantage of the access and explored with our cameras (or in my case my trusty iPhone). Couldn't resist making a little video of The Electric #igbmeetflatpack #flatpack10 #birmingham #electriccinemabirmingham #organ #wwim13 A video posted by @trevorAKP (@tv_trev) on Apr 23, 2016 at 10:13am PDT From there things took ...

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 ...

Electric Cinema

As you may have gathered from my previous posts, over the weekend I went to the Flatpack Film Festival. As my previous 2 posts were quite indepth I think I will make this one an hour long challenge to keep it short. Pretty early in the day my friend and I found out from Flatpack's twitter account that the film we had wanted to see at 18:00 (Patema Inverted) had been sold out. Still hopeful that there may have been tickets on the door we went to see if we could snag some. Unfortunately the couple in front of us got the last ones!! However lady luck was not a cruel mistress that day and our back up film was a delight! Mary and Max I'm of course talking about Mary and Max, an animated film from 2009 using ...