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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Let's Go to BirminghamLet's Go to Birmingham

Documentary19625 mins

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

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Midland JourneyMidland Journey

Travelogue194717 mins Location: Warwick

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

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Birmingham University Procession on Degree Day (1901)Birmingham University Procession on Degree Day (1901)

Non-Fiction19019 minsSilent Location: Birmingham

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

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Employees Leaving Tangyes Engineering Works, Smethwick (1901)Employees Leaving Tangyes Engineering Works, Smethwick (1901)

Non-Fiction19013 minsSilent Location: Birmingham

Exuberant scenes of engineers and machinists at the famous Cornwall works near Birmingham.

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Easter Holiday ActivitiesEaster Holiday Activities

Non-Fiction19576 minsSilent Location: Birmingham

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.

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Spaghetti Junction StorySpaghetti Junction Story

Non-Fiction19729 mins Location: Gravelly Hill

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.

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Birmingham Centenary Pageant 1938Birmingham Centenary Pageant 1938

Non-Fiction19387 minsSilent Location: Aston

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

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Black VoteBlack Vote

Current affairs198013 mins Location: Smethwick

"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.

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The Jah PeopleThe Jah People

Documentary198122 mins Location: Handsworth

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

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Sikh GamesSikh Games

Non-Fiction19794 mins Location: Smethwick

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.

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

Documentary196322 mins Location: Birmingham

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.

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Building Workers DemonstrationBuilding Workers Demonstration

News19724 mins Location: Birmingham

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.

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Bull Ring Shopping CentreBull Ring Shopping Centre

Documentary196526 minsSilent Location: Birmingham

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

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Arthur Jones - Worcestershire CountrymanArthur Jones - Worcestershire Countryman

Non-Fiction19766 mins Location: Birmingham

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.

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Odeon CavalcadeOdeon Cavalcade

Documentary197337 mins

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

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Birmingham Teddy BoysBirmingham Teddy Boys

News19736 mins Location: Yardley

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