Happy St Patrick’s Day! Celebrate with some Flatpack filum fun this weekend

The Icebook (HD) from Davy and Kristin McGuire on Vimeo.

Happy St Patrick’s Day Digbeth! In between pints of Guinness at the many local Irish pubs and an Irish Curry at The Bay Leaf, why not take in some of the local Flatpack Festival film fun? There’s plenty to be had.

Head over to the Custard Factory, where you can enjoy a slice of cake at the salubrious Flatpack Palais and get creative with making your own endless film at The Gif Shop. Also check out the ‘intricate cut-out, pop-up magic’ of The Icebook, ‘with a fiendishly clever blend of magnets, lighting, green-screen and projections’.

Elsewhere in Digbeth today there’s Kismet Cafe at Club PST on Lombard Street and a Shaping Cinema walking tour, where you can ‘follow the trail of Birmingham Cinema: its history, architecture, entrepreneurs and its wider influence on British Cinema’. There’s some feature film screenings at the Custard Factory this evening, followed by an all-nighter of Psychedelic Psynema at The Edge on Cheapside from Outer Sight: Over Night.


Tomorrow you can try Going Underground at Eastside Projects and really get into the St Patrick’s spirit with a Filum Afternoon at The Spotted Dog, where I’ll be enjoying tea, cake and rare 1900s footage from  Mitchell and Kenyon in Ireland followed by Nichola Bruce’s poetic adaptation of Timothy O’Grady’s book I Could Read The Sky:

An ailing old Irish man (Dermot Healy) lives out his final days. As death approaches, the man’s memories drift backwards and forwards to recall various events, both pleasant and not so pleasant: his arrival in England from his rural Irish home, the various back-breaking and low-paid jobs he is forced to take to eke out his meager living, the different paths that the lives of his brothers and sisters follow, and the death of his mother and father whose funerals lured him back to his homeland….Nicola Bruce’s innovative, melancholic, and deeply moving film is a small gem, as much informed by literature as it is by cinema. [BBC film review]

There’s also more film screenings at the Custard Factory, especially good if you’re a biker and/or vampire and an Unlikely Film Quiz at Flatpack Palais. Not to mention all the stuff going on further afield at The Electric, The MAC and elsewhere. So you’ve no excuse not to have any fun this weekend. 🙂

About Nicky Getgood

Living and loving Digbeth.
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