Birmingham’s Flatpack Film Festival launches on Thursday with a screening of Ozu’s 1930 classic gangster film Walk Cheerfully. Friday sees a screening of French coming of age drama Girlhood followed by the world premier of John Humphrey’s Birmingham based drama Numbskull. It’s billed as an off-kilter tale of two men with a painful secret (and a talking bug), searching for Shakespeare’s skull.
 
Flatpack runs for eleven days and includes feature films, a packed short film programme, documentaries, classic screenings and archive footage. Highlights include Iranian horror A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night, a special screening of Roy Andersson’s ‘living’ trilogy and a celebration of Philip Donnellan’s social documentaries. There’s also an Edwardian horror show taking place after dark in Birmingham’s museum & art gallery and ‘The Doghouse’, an interactive virtual dinner.
 
Over the next week I’ll be covering the festival for Gorilla Film Online but I’ll keep the blog updated with links to all of my latest festival reviews and features. In the meantime, you can check out my coverage of last year’s Flatpack here, find this year’s full programme here and watch a two minute video of last year’s festival below.
 

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