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Flatpack Assemble Presents...

To celebrate Flatpack's Birmingham on Film season (16 Sept - 15 Oct), we’ve trawled the catalogue to find some gems. From Victorian medical students to Handsworth rastas, take a time-machine ride through a city that is continually remaking itself. Also look out for a few local heroes, including producer Michael Balcon and animator Ian Emes.

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Flatpack Assemble Presents...


View Privilege
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Privilege 1967 PG

An exalted pop star holds the country's youth in his thrall, but secretly his popularity is being carefully managed by the state.

103 mins United Kingdom

View Sightseers
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Sightseers 2012 15

Young lovers Chris and Tina turn their first holiday together into a rural killing spree in Ben Wheatley's priceless black comedy.

88 mins United Kingdom Director. Ben Wheatley

View A Private Enterprise
A Private Enterprise
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A Private Enterprise 1974

The trials and tribulations of Shiv, a South Asian entrepreneur trying to set up a business in industrial Birmingham

78 mins United Kingdom Director. Peter K. Smith

View The 39 Steps
The 39 Steps

The 39 Steps 1935 U

Sublime and suspenseful version of the popular John Buchan spy thriller from the master of suspense himself, Alfred Hitchcock.

86 mins United Kingdom Director. Alfred Hitchcock

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Millions Like Us
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Millions Like Us 1943 PG

The finest example of British wartime fictional propaganda follows a group of women who take on factory work to support the war effort.

103 mins United Kingdom Director. Sidney Gilliat, Frank Launder

View Dead of Night
Dead of Night
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Dead of Night 1945 PG

A group of guests assembled at a country house swap uncanny and supernatural stories in this classic Ealing chiller from 1945.

104 mins United Kingdom Director. Alberto Cavalcanti, Charles Crichton, Basil Dearden, Robert Hamer


View Let's Go to Birmingham
Let's Go to Birmingham
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Let's Go to Birmingham 1962

Paddington to Birmingham in five and a half minutes! A sped up journey filmed from the front of the train.

6 mins United Kingdom Director. Jack West

View Oh for the Wings of a Dove
Oh for the Wings of a Dove
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Oh for the Wings of a Dove 1972

The vibrancy of rural Pakistan is transported to Balsall Heath, Birmingham in this intimate family portrait.

27 mins United Kingdom Director. Nick Gifford

View Midland Journey
Midland Journey
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Midland Journey 1947

Tourist promo film extolling the delights of Birmingham and the Midlands, with a sprinkling of arch one-liners.

17 mins United Kingdom

View Birmingham University Procession on Degree Day
Birmingham University Procession on Degree Day
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Birmingham University Procession on Degree Day 1901

Female graduates and gents sporting spectacular Edwardian whiskers take part in Birmingham’s first Degree Day ceremony.

8 mins United Kingdom

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Easter Holiday Activities
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Easter Holiday Activities 1957

Out and about across the Midlands to see what people do with their Easter Monday holiday. Spring is in the air with time for swimming, funfairs and a good honest pint.

5 mins United Kingdom

View The Spaghetti Junction Story
The Spaghetti Junction Story
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The Spaghetti Junction Story 1972

C2963 or Gravelly Hill Interchange or Spaghetti Junction? The public's name is going to be the one that sticks as a little bit of Los Angeles arrives in Birmingham.

9 mins United Kingdom

View The Birmingham Centenary Pageant 1938
The Birmingham Centenary Pageant 1938
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The Birmingham Centenary Pageant 1938 1938

Local news coverage of the wonderful (and very weird) parades and performances staged in Brum to celebrate 100 years since incorporation.

2 mins United Kingdom

View Black Vote
Black Vote
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Black Vote 1980

"There's been no active encouragement for black people to participate within the political structure of this country". A bleak picture of the lack of equality in Britain.

12 mins United Kingdom

View The Jah People
The Jah People
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The Jah People 1981

Followers of the Rastafari way of life bring tales of Haile Selassie, Jah and Zion to the streets of inner-city Birmingham.

22 mins United Kingdom

View Sikh Games
Sikh Games
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Sikh Games 1979

Strength, speed and agility on show at the Sikh Games held at Hadley Stadium in Smethwick with a special welcome for local weightlifting hero Gian Singh Cheema.

4 mins United Kingdom

View Ringway: The Birmingham Inner Ring Road Stage 1
Ringway: The Birmingham Inner Ring Road Stage 1
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Ringway: The Birmingham Inner Ring Road Stage 1 1963

A city street of novel character' or nearly four miles of dual carriageway that cuts through large swathes of old Birmingham: Herbert Manzoni's plan for the city's future.

22 mins United Kingdom

View Building Workers Demonstration
Building Workers Demonstration
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Building Workers Demonstration 1972

Thirty pounds for a thirty five hour week is their demand and the building workers of Birmingham have an unusual ally in their strike protest.

3 mins United Kingdom

View Bull Ring Shopping Centre
Bull Ring Shopping Centre
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Bull Ring Shopping Centre 1965

A bright and breezy promotional tour of Brum's original mega-mall.

30 mins United Kingdom

View Arthur Jones - Worcestershire Countryman
Arthur Jones - Worcestershire Countryman
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Arthur Jones - Worcestershire Countryman 1976

How has Birmingham city centre changed in the second half of the twentieth century? Infrequent visitor Arthur Jones finds many changes in the city dedicated to the car.

6 mins United Kingdom

View Odeon Cavalcade
Odeon Cavalcade
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Odeon Cavalcade 1973

Cinema-goers escape their worries by stepping into the glorious Art Deco luxury of the Odeon picture palaces.

35 mins United Kingdom

View Birmingham Teddy Boys
Birmingham Teddy Boys
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Birmingham Teddy Boys 1973

As their club bites the dust are the Teddy Boys of Birmingham finding their creepers out of step with the more popular platform shoe?

5 mins United Kingdom

View The Beard
The Beard
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The Beard 1978

An animated antidote to the hipster beard trend, offering a stark warning not to let your face fur get out of control.

11 mins United Kingdom Director. Ian Emes

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