Having celebrated its 10th anniversary this spring, Flatpack is back this September with a season dedicated to Birmingham and how the second city has evolved on film and TV over the last decade. From modern-day productions to rare gems lost in dusty archives, the eclectic season will trace the story of a city that is continually reinventing itself.

Birmingham on Film is a landmark season running 16 September – 15 October at venues across the city. Part of the BFI’s Britain on Film project which aims to showcase hidden histories from film archives, highlights of the Birmingham on Film season include:

– 60s pop satire Privilege (28 September, Town Hall), returning to screen at Birmingham’s Town Hall half a century after its memorable opening sequence was filmed there.

– Screening and walking tour to mark forty years since the first broadcast of the off-the-wall crime drama Gangsters (2 October, The Electric).

– Canalside screening of offbeat Brit musical Take Me High (6 October, Regency Wharf) featuring Gas St Basin and starring Cliff Richard as a merchant banker who invents a ‘Brumburger’ (to be recreated by Original Patty Men).

– Rare opportunity to watch and discuss Britain’s first and only black soap opera, Empire Road (15 October, mac birmingham), set and shot on location in Handsworth. Actress Corinne Skinner-Carter will be present to talk about her breakthrough role in the show.

– A peek behind the scenes of some of Birmingham’s recent productions from the zombie dystopia of The Girl With All the Gifts to spy thriller The Game, in City of a Thousand Locations (10 October, Mockingbird, Digbeth).

– Recently restored home front drama Millions Like Us (13 October, Greenwood Academy), filmed at the Spitfire factory in Castle Bromwich with thousands of actual employees acting as extras.

A Private Enterprise (9 October, The Electric), one of the very first British-Asian features about a young man inheriting his father’s Birmingham factory.

For more information about Birmingham on Film and to see full listings, visit the Flatpack website.

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