This year’s Flatpack Festival will include a tribute to pioneering filmmaker Philip Donnellan, a restless and truly independent spirit who spent over thirty years at the BBC in Birmingham. Using a small crew and lightweight recording kit, he made a series of documentaries exploring voices rarely heard on television at the time – and some which were not heard at all. In fact 2015 is the fiftieth anniversary of the non-broadcasting of Philip Donnellan’s The Irishmen.
In a weekend retrospective (21/22 March) Flatpack will screen a range of Donnellan’s work, including a new restoration of 1964 Windrush film The Colony.
Flatpack is a festival which takes over venues across Birmingham every March. It draws people from far and wide with a mixture of films, performances, contraptions and surprises, and has been described as “magnificently eclectic” (Time Out), “joyously inventive” (the Guardian) and “the UK’s most creatively curated film festival” (the Independent).