Pecha Kucha Birmingham vol 13

Wednesday 20th April 2016

Our second Pecha Kucha Birmingham of 2016 was with the Flatpack Film Festival at Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery’s Gas Hall with the natural theme of film. Thanks to everyone who spoke and listened!

Our Speakers

A record 10 people shared their ideas and stories to a full and receptive audience. Here’s their talks and a bit about them:

Toby Lloyd & Andrew Wilson‘s The Fox and Hedgehog is an installation at Flatpack which they’ve adapted for Pecha Kucha, exploring the limitations of the expert and the potential benefits of being an amateur. Website | Twitter | Facebook

Dawinder Bansal grew up in her dad’s Black Country shop, Bansal Electrical, which rented VHS videos to the 1980s immigrant community. When he died the whole shop was put in storage and Dawinder is now exploring the stock, the cultural importance of these Asian video stores and revisiting the stories from that time. Twitter

Susan Kruse describes herself as “an introvert who makes stuff. I’ve given talks before, no-one walked out.” Her talk, Over 60mph and under -8 Celsius, explains how she uses wind, rain and ice to create her art. Website | Twitter

Danielle Blackburn is fascinated by adaptations in film and drama. Where do you strike that balance between staying ‘faithful’ to the original, and evolving it through a creative license? Twitter

David Thompson teaches education studies and popular culture, so naturally his talk is on teachers in film, from Educating Rita to The History Boys to Carry On Teacher! What can teachers learn from these teachers? Twitter

Joel Wilson is a Birmingham-based filmmaker who has a very specific list of movies to watch with his daughter as she grows up which he calls Parenting through Cinema. Website | Twitter

Jess Greenhill works at a Forest School and tells us all about them and how adults can benefit from “permission to play”. Twitter

Omar Khan is a freelance writer currently looking at how psychedelics have influenced art and counter-culture over the years. His talk is on how altered states of consciousness are represented in film. Website | Twitter

Robert Sharl is helping spearhead Flatpack’s forays into Asia (more info here) and his talk weaves together memories of films and toys with the times and places that produced them, in the hope of creating a loose map towards the next Flatpack Hong Kong. Website | Twitter.

Matthew Carter from the Black Country Cinema collective takes a subjective look at the unlikely and downright bizarre connections between the Hong Kong New Wave and Birmingham, based on stories from Hong Kong-British Brummies and the fragmented rumours and stories picked up over the years. Website | Twitter.

If you’d like to speak at a future Pecha Kucha in Birmigham, get in touch!