On Sunday December 15th at 4pm, Stirchley Happenings will return to our traditional yuletide stomping ground at Stirchley Community Church for another classic Christmas film.
‘The Bishops Wife‘ is a Capra-esque tale starring Cary Grant as a charming angel who visits earth at Christmas to answer a bishop’s prayer to help build a cathedral, but ends up teaching him a few lessons about love and family life, as well as performing some miracles; including a self-filling bottle of port. The feature will be preceded by some short films, and there will be some festive refreshments available too, although there’ll be no never-ending supply of port, unfortunately.
You can buy your tickets from Eventbrite in advance.
Jorgan Leth’s 1977 documentary, ‘A Sunday in Hell’ is one of the best cycling documentaries of all time, and Stirchley Happenings will be screening it at Birmingham Bike Foundry this Thursday, 21st November from 7.30pm.
Eddy Merckx, Roger De Vlaeminck, Freddy Maertens, and Francesco Moser all feature in the annual Paris – Robaix bike race: dubbed ‘The Hell of the North’, due to it’s climax over dangerous cobbled rural roads.
We’ll also be screening the 1955 British Transport Films ‘Cyclists’ Special’, about a day trip out for some cyclists from London to the beautiful countryside of the Midlands.
Tickets are FREE, but please reserve through the link above (choose ‘Will Call’ tickets from the list). If you book tickets and then find that you can’t make the film, please let us know so we can reissue.
We’ll be screening the classic 1981 horror, The Evil Dead, plus some scary shorts in our second halloween at Stirchley’s best boozer.
Long before hitting the big-time with Spiderman, Sam Raimi created this bona fide cult classic by scaring the life out of Bruce Campbell and running through the forest with a camera strapped to a plank of wood, sending anyone with a VHS player scurrying behind their sofas. We’re happily resurrecting The Evil Dead in the British Oak on Thursday 31st October at 8pm.
Tickets are available online and cost £5 for standard admission and £4 concessions (over 60). The film is classified 18.
On Thursday 16th May at 8pm, Stirchley Happenings will be joining forces with the I.W.W. union, who run a regular film night at Stirchley Working Men’s Club, to present a free screening of Crust; a major midlands feature film about a boxing shrimp that not many people know outside of Japan (where it has apparently spawned a new sub-genre of fighting crustacean films).
Why wasn’t it a success? There’s was twist in the tale, as explained by the I.W.W. “Crust was funded as a tax dodge by fishy geezer Guy Hands, who thought he’d cracked a legal loophole existing to promote the UK film industry, which he exploited to avoided shelling out in bills, netting him a tidy return. Unfortunately for him he was caught and made to throw back his takings. Regardless, Crust still didn’t get a proper release, although it has been quietly making waves on the net ever since.”
The reviews for Crust are unanimous in their praise: ‘made me cry real tears’ The Times; ‘all the makings of a cult hit’ Evening Standard; and most telling of all, ‘the Citizen Kane of boxing shrimp movies’ Film Threat.
Crust was directed by local film-maker Mark Locke who has gone on to direct videos for the likes of Dinosaur Jr. and most recently, Birmingham’s own Misty’s Big Adventure. We’ll be showing his short film Eat In as a precurser to the feature.
We hope to see you there, and should mention that although the films don’t have a rating, we’d suggest that it’s a 15.
The last night of local festival Art Soak will climax with one of Birmingham’s finest moments on film: Cliff Richard’s last ever feature: ‘Take Me High’.
Cliff stars as Tim Matthews, a young city-slicker who dreams of being posted to one of the metropolitan capitals of the world, but ends up being sent to Birmingham. Initially devastated, Cliff starts to change his mind the instant his Mini hits the warm tarmac of the Aston Expressway, and he finds love amongst canals, concrete and junk food.
The film will be preceded by ‘There is a Better Lifestyle’, a 1980s promotional film encouraging the upper-middle classes to leave London and experience the best Brum has to offer: lawn tennis, clarinet lessons and an enthusiastic Simon Rattle.
We’ll be screening both films in the upstairs room at TASCOS at 8:00pm. Come along from 7:00pm to catch some poetry from Write Down, Speak Up and partake in some savoury snacks too!
(Make sure you don’t miss ‘Hinterland’ by Tom Cahill-Jones on Saturday 23rd March – more detail about this in the post below. Check out the rest of the Art Soak programme here.)
Location: The verge next to the junction of Hunts Road and Hazelwell Lane, Stirchley, B30 2PP.
Time: 1pm – 6pm
Date: Saturday 23 March 2013
Venture down to the end of Hazelwell Lane this Saturday and you will find an installation created by Tom Cahill-Jones of Stirchley Happenings. Constructed from scrap materials reclaimed from local streets over the past two years, a hide has been created that provides a vantage point from which to consider the nature of the proposed supermarket redevelopment site. A once bustling part of Stirchley – which included residents, the Co-operative Education Centre, Bate’s Toolmakers and Eccles Caravans – the area now lies unloved and seemingly in stasis, awaiting a new future as a 600-space carpark. Only TASCOS Social Club and one lone householder, provide flickering evidence of a time now passed.
The hide itself will be positioned on the site of Number 65 of a row of prefabs which used to run along the River Rea. Inside the structure will be an old map of the area, information on the latest planning developments and a short audio presentation relaying people’s memories of activities which used to take place before the dereliction took hold, alongside thoughts about the current situation. There will also be the opportunity for people to contribute their own comments, for inclusion in an expanded audio component, to be presented later this year.
Hinterland is an ongoing project, which will be moved round different sites within Stirchley over the coming months. We would be interested to hear from anyone who has ideas regarding possible future locations. Saturday’s edition has been kindly supported by Arts Forum Selly Oak and is featured as part of the Art Soak 2013 Festival.
To find out more about Art Soak you can visit the Arts Forum Selly Oak website – click here - and follow them on Twitter @artsforumsellyo.
You can also follow Tom on Twitter @TTTTTTTTTTTTTCJ.
Stirchley Happenings tweet as well @ StirchleyHaps.
Special thanks to Sabra, Sandra, Ian, Martin and Joe.