The trend for all things pop-up has spread to cinema this year, with a host of temporary and impromptu film screenings popping up all over the place.
One such event – although a veteran in the field as its now in its sixth year – is Flatpack Festival in Birmingham. From its hub on the east side of the city, the festival spills out into shop fronts, converted warehouse spaces, art galleries and the UK’s oldest working cinema, the Electric Cinema.
For 2011 the festival promises a Friday night drive-in, live scores, a vintage mobile cinema, and a broad spectrum of cinema, including surreal animation and multi-media performances.
Highlights of this year’s programme include a celebration of Birmingham resident and founder of the Museum of Modern Art’s film archive Iris Barry, Turner-prize winning Gillian Wearing’s film Self Made, an exhibition of images from disused cinemas taken by urban explorers, and screenings of surreal horror Shadow Shoes and adolescent metal-head documentary In Ben With Chris Needham.
The festival runs from 23 -27 March at various locations around Birmingham. Visit www.flatpackfestival.org.uk for more information.