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 ...

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Cartoons are a medium that society incorrectly thinks is an exclusive realm for kids. I'm always amazed by this misconception and infuriated by how most of society is incapable of exploring cartoons as a form of entertainment for adults. Thankfully things like adult swim on cartoon network is starting to break this misconception. Flatpack also never fails to address this issue and I was more than happy to enjoy both cartoons for kids and adults. Boy and the Beast This film is probably not a great film for a super young child and does carry the warning that if under 12 they needed to be accompanied by an adult. However saying that it is a great anime film from Japan that I have been waiting to see for a while and it was thankfully shown with subtitles rather than dubbed ...

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 ...

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If ever there was a cure for a hangover it would be a bed, some good food and some films. My Friday at Flatpack contained two out of the three and I fully recommend you try it if you're as lucky as I was to get the opportunity to do so... I got off to a great start of my day by missing one of the events I booked with my flatpass which was Blind Cinema. Having seen the pictures and the description I have no doubt this would have been a hilarious one of a kind experience. I'm truly devastated that I missed it but thankful I did not have to put a child through the suffering of having to listen to my groans that naturally come with being hungover. When I finally made my way to Birmingham almost ...

Flatpack 2016

The tenth Flatpack Film festival is almost upon us. This will be my third year going to it, with last years being amazing I expect this year's to be spectacular! With a little less than 2 weeks to go the festival will be kicking off slightly later than usual (19-24 April 2016), in venues across Birmingham. Based on the tweets from the preview event, festival attendees can expect the usual boundary-defying cinematic fun and games. You can get an idea of what's in store from the video below. Yet again I've opted to get a Flatpass to get the most out of the festival and go to pretty much anything I want to while it's on as long as there's a seat. Additionally it allowed me to book 5 guaranteed events which I'm really looking forward to after filtering through ...

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 ...