Birmingham, 7th April 2017- The 11th Flatpack Film Festival presented a standout event AROUND CHINA WITH A MOVIE CAMERA which explores 50 years of Chinese history with a live score by Ruth Chan.

AROUND CHINA WITH A MOVIE CAMERA is an eclectic mixture of films include what could well be the oldest surviving film shot in China – unseen for 115 years. From Hanzhou’s picturesque canals to the Shanghai races, the films explore 50 years of Chinese history at early 20th Century through an extraordinary collection of rare and beautiful travelogues, newsreels and home movies from the archives of the British Film Institute.

Helping to bring this footage to life, a five-piece band was brought together by composer Ruth Chan. Based in the Midlands, her project was a chance to connect with her own family roots, creating a beguiling mixture of East and West. The score was commissioned by the British Film Institute.

The event was supported by the University of Birmingham’s China Institute and was a highlight of the 6-day cinematic feast from 4 to 9 April. Now in its 11th year, Flatpack attracted over 14,000 attendees annually and screened over 200 films across the 6 days. The festival is famed for its diverse and eclectic programme, the second city’s largest and most adventurous film festival prides itself on creating unique and memorable experiences for audiences of all ages.

Ian Francis, Flatpack Director, said: “We thought our tenth birthday jamboree would be a tough act to follow, but we couldn’t be more excited about this year’s line-up. What’s been really striking is how keen people have been to get involved, whether it be visiting artists, new partners or local venues. The festival has taken on a real momentum and with such a wide and varied programme we’re sure there’s something for everyone.”

  •  Photos credit to Katja Ogrin