Flatpack don’t just organise the greatest UK cinema festival, they are also behind a wealth of projects that run throughout the year. The Black Country Pop-up film tour is a series of cinema events at imaginative locations throughout the region. These are our picks.

Big Wild Pyjama Party takes place at Sandwell Valley in association with the RSPB’ Big Wild Sleepout event for families. The screening of a medley of animated shorts is part of the festival of family fun also featuring children’s author Ian Billing reading from his book ‘Imagine That’ as well as bat walks, moth trapping and a campfire. There are even outdoor beds if you fancy a nap. Families are encouraged to wear pyjamas and bring picnics.
Sat 30 Jul 6pm at RSPB Sandwell Valley, 20 Tanhouse Avenue, Great Barr, Birmingham B45 5AG £10 big-wild-pyjama-party/

Black Country Archive Double Bill The Black Country Living Museum is screening two short films that offer a window on the region’s heritage. Joe the Chainsmith is a BBC documentary made in 1958 following Cradley Heath character Joe Mallen through a typical  weekend of chain bashing and whippet racing. The Black Country is a 1969 ATV production exploring Black Country history and folklore.
Sat 6 Aug every half hour between 11am and 4pm at Black Country Living Museum visitor reception, 2 Tipton Road, Dudley DY1 4SQ FREE black-country-archive-double-bill/

Dudley Castle After Dark: Bride of Frankenstein (1935) Directed by the Black Country’s very own king of the horror film James Whale (there is a sculpture in his honour in Dudley). Bride of Frankenstein is that rare beast, a sequel that actually outshines the original, genuinely moving and filled with a grimly touching pathos. This is a truly great film. Screening the crowning achievement of the Dudley born James Whale’s career in the grounds of Dudley Castle is an absolute stroke of genius.
Sat 6 Aug 8pm at Dudley Castle, Castle Hill, Dudley DY1 4QF £10 bride-of-frankenstein/

The General (1926) As Orson Welles once opined ‘not just the greatest comedy of all time but the greatest film of all time.’ Buster Keaton’s timeless classic is a special piece of cinema. Chock full of incredible stunts, genius comedy and touching romance. It may be pushing on a 100 years old but it still packs a punch and your jaw will drop, guaranteed! No messing about for Buster, if the scene requires a steam train to fall off a burning bridge then a real steam train will fall off a real burning bridge. Buster Keaton on the big screen with live music is one of the greatest thrills of cinema. There will also be vintage shorts and tunes courtesy of Sugarfoot Stomp DJs.
Sat Aug 13 6.30pm at West Bromwich Town Hall, High Street, West Bromwich B70 8DT £6 the-general-live-accompaniment/

See the full line up here black-country-pop-up-film-tour/

Sat 30 Jul - Fri 19 Aug
Giles Logan
Published on:
Sun 7 Aug 2016