ARCHIVE SHORTS EXPLORING RURAL LIFE

Flatpack

At Flatpack 11 the Assemble team hosted Film Camp, a one-day event exploring some of the latest innovations in cinema exhibition. Media Archive for Central England offered exhibitors practical tips and expert guidance on successfully screening archive film in ‘Build Your Own Archive’. The workshop covered the basics on how to access and clear the rights to interesting content and how to build audiences for screen heritage. As part of the workshop, Phil Leach from MACE, has handpicked two archive shorts which we’re offering to exhibitors to screen for free in their venue. Set in the Midlands the shorts explore themes of rural life and urban renewal.

If you’re interested in screening either of the shorts then please contact amy@flatpackfestival.org.uk
Please note there is a small admin fee attached to screening the films, this will be covered by Assemble for any exhibitors based in within the six counties of the West Midlands.

About the shorts:

Tales from the Hedgerows
ATV may have been based in Birmingham but they regularly took to the road to report on rural issues. In this selection we find Lionel Hampden reporting on the decline of hop picking by hand in Herefordshire and finding out how to lay the perfect hedge in Warwickshire. We also see Peter Brown in an early report for the Midland Montage magazine programme covering a very local issue – the possible closure of one of the two pubs in Lyonshall – and an appearance by the ever-popular Shropshire story-teller and singer Dennis Crowther who entertains fellow Salopian Peter Green atop Clee Hill.

The Forgotten People
Taking a title from a book written in the 1960s by Norman Power that looked at the break down of communities and displacement caused by the redevelopment of Ladywood in Birmingham. From the original 1950s redevelopment plans for the City of Birmingham to tower block living at Castle Vale in the 1970s via some truly grim conditions in Balsall Heath that were brought to the media’s attention by Shelter in 1971 we look back at the often controversial subject of urban renewal.