After a stellar 10th anniversary celebration in 2016 Flatpack is back for 2017 with another brilliant line-up of shorts, animations, films, documentaries and events from the 4th to the 9th April across 25 venues throughout Birmingham.

We’ve picked a couple of our fave looking events but if you’ve got the time just buy yourself a festival pass and get to what you can!

Bunch of Kunst © Simon Parfrement

BUNCH OF KUNST – 6th April, The Electric
Flatpack’s documentary selection presents an intriguing range of perspectives and includes Christine Franz’s BUNCH OF KUNST which follows Midlands DIY-punk duo Sleaford Mods on their journey from bedroom recording sessions to mainstream success.

To ‘gongoozle’ is ‘to gaze at canals’ and Gongoozling Day on Saturday 8 April will salute Birmingham’s famous waterways. Activities include underwater cartoons at the Sealife Centre, archive gems at the Roundhouse, an outdoor cinema at Rum Runner Yard and the launch of Alys Fowler’s new book Hidden Nature.

MINDHORN – 8th April, The Electric
Julian Barratt (The Mighty Boosh) stars in a comic romp about a washed-up actor trying to relive his glory days in Sean Foley’s MINDHORN.

This year Flatpack will present four special screenings with unique culinary accompaniments. Birmingham’s gastronomic tour de force The Wilderness will create a bug-themed menu to accompany Andreas Johnsen’s BUGS, a documentary which explores the cultural barriers keeping insects off our plates (5th April, Grand Hotel). Grant Baldwin’s JUST EAT IT (6 April, Flatpack Hub) looks at the growing epidemic of food waste and will be screened in association with Birmingham’s Real Junk Food Project who will create a freegan menu for the event. There will be a canal-side screening at Regency Wharf of the Birmingham-set musical TAKE ME HIGH starring Cliff Richard as a merchant banker who invents a ‘Brumburger’ (which will be recreated by Original Patty Men). And Tarantino’s cult classic KILL BILL VOL. 1 will be celebrated with a special immersive screening at The Huan Gate (6th April) in Birmingham’s Chinatown, complete with Chinese finger food and surprise performances.

See the website for full listings and event details.


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