Imaginary Poland

In a collaboration between Polish Expats Association and Flatpack Festival 2014, PEA presents Imaginary Poland. A series of events taking place in Digbeth, featuring an exhibition and events from artist Brendan Jackson, exploring darker subject matter in 1970s Polish cinema and television:

Imaginary Poland – exhibition
When: Thursday 27th – Sunday 30th March
Where: Flatpack Kavarna, Spotlight, Unit 2, Lower Trinity Street, Birmingham B9 4AG
Free entry

An exhibition exploring Calling 07, a crime series broadcast by Polish television between 1976 and 1987 and inspired by the James Bond character, who was considered to be anti-socialist.

Calling 07 – performative lecture
When: Sunday 30th March, 13:00
Where: Flatpack Palais, Spotlight, Unit 2, Lower Trinity Street, Birmingham B9 4AG
Free entry

The exhibition will be accompanied by a multi-faceted performative lecture from Dr Iwona Kurz (Director of Film and Visual Culture, Institute of Polish Culture, Warsaw), who will look at the reasons why evil did not exist in Poland under communism, or at least, not in the movies.

The Dark House – film screening
When: Sunday 30th March, 14:15
Where: Flatpack Palais, Spotlight, Unit 2, Lower Trinity Street, Birmingham B9 4AG
Tickets: £7.50/£5.50 (concessions)

Directly following Iwona Kurz’s talk, there will be a screening of director Wojciech Smarzowski’s film The Dark House. The story switches between the murder of a family on a remote farm in 1978, and an investigation which takes place during martial law four years later. Please note that due to adult content, the film is Certificate 18.

Pamela Pinski

Digbeth and Proud

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