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History West Midlands have made a film about the real Peaky Blinders, with local historian Carl Chinn, Chair of Birmingham Community History at Birmingham University. In the video he reveals the truth behind the story in the TV series. Tiger Aspect (the maker of the BBC TV series) and West Midlands Police supported History West Midlands by providing stills/photographs.
If you’re not familiar with History West Midlands: it is an independent website providing free access to a variety of programmes and different media focusing on the history of the people of the West Midlands, their ideas, innovation and industry. The site is designed for anyone who wants to know more about the region, and provides resources for students, learners and educators.
As Digbeth Is Good posted: Digbeth Residents Association are screening the finale of the TV series in The Spotted Dog on the 17th – where they are putting on a selection of Edible Eastside’s Digbeth Pies. It’s a free event but you need to register for catering purposes. Priority will be given to Digbeth residents if it’s oversubscribed.
A few things to find out more about on this drizzly Friday afternoon:
- Eastside Project’s fifth birthday party – go and celebrate the past five years, and many future years to come with them (tonight)
- Comedy by Emily Rose + Spoken Word at Ort from 8pm (it’s free and it’s tonight)
- The Big Draw at IKON gallery (12th October)
- Oxjam Brum - 12 hours of music, 50+ bands, taking place across 7 locations – all in aid of Oxfam (12th October)
- Reference Works’ Stuart Whipp’s artist talk at the Library of Birmingham (12th October)
- Gone to Earth, a play by Eastside students at the Blue Orange Theatre. (12th/13th October)
Also catch the end of:
- Hall Green Arts Festival
- Birmingham Literature Festival
- Birmingham Comedy Festival
- Digbeth Speaks exhibition
- House of Beorma Archive by Outcrowd Collective at Capsule’s Discovery Season at the LoB.
In other news:
- Good For Nothing Birmingham (as blogged about earlier this week)
- Yamination Studios have a kickstarter (as blogged about earlier this week)
- Reminder that Flatpack festival are still open for submissions
- 383 project have been awarded Creative Digital Team of the Year at the Dadi Awards.
- Birmingham Favourites are looking for more contributors
- … as are we, Created in Birmingham.
We’re having somewhat a refresh on CiB. We’re looking for a handful of contributors.
Here’s a marginally tweaked repost of what Chris Unitt wrote when he was recruiting in June last year:
You don’t need an exhaustive knowledge of everything going on in the city to write on CiB. Quite the opposite. It’s worked really well when the writer has been curious about what’s been going on, taking nothing for granted and not quite understanding who does what and why.
You should probably:
- Be able to write with reasonable grammar and as few typos as possible
- Be up for writing something regularly
- Have an idea about how blogs/social media work
- Understand that CiB is all about promoting everyone but yourself
What’s in it for you?
Um… well, unless you count the (occasional) invitations to shows and events, nobody gets paid for writing things on this site. It’s a bit of fun. Or something to put on your CV. Or an excuse to get out and about more often.
You’ll have free rein to write about what you like, how you like (within reason – no more legal troubles, please).
How to get involved
Email email@example.com saying hello and that you’re interested. Please don’t write an essay, it’s really not necessary – just a short message will do. Include a link to your own blog, and twitter account if you have one.
We’d like to get things moving quite quickly, so if you could please send your expressions of interest by the end of next week (18th October). If you know anyone who you think would be interested, or good at it, please do tell them to get in touch.
Essentially the site isn’t changing too much – but if we have a team who write at least once a fortnight each, then you won’t just have our voices to listen to, and the site will remain populated with fantastic content. Or at least that’s the plan.
Looking forward to hearing from you,
Kerry and Kassie.
Good For Nothing brings together smart people to save social problems. It’s a national thing, and three bright sparks from Birmingham are bringing it to our area.
Good for Nothing is a community of thinkers, do-ers, makers and tinkerers applying their skills and energy to accelerate the work of cause-led innovators and change makers; it’s about diverse groups of people collaborating together, working in new, faster, fun and better ways by supporting ideas and people that are leading the way to what a flourishing 21st century society might look like.
Their first official Good For Nothing Birmingham meet-up is at the new Cherry Reds on John Bright Street, between 6pm-10.30pm, Thursday 24th October.
Yamination is the hub of multi-award winning stop-motion/frame animator, Drew Roper. ‘At-issue’ is his brand new short film about Bartholomew, an unemployed lovable puppet, and his audition for the dream job – acting. But when a bizarre affliction strikes, he grasps that unless he can learn to be himself, his dream won’t be realised.
Falling short of your own expectations and never giving up on your dreams is something everyone can relate to; this film gives a light hearted spin on that and some of the cultural issues facing Britain today. Bartholomew’s situation is one that many people face, so we are demonstrating that there is hope if you keep the faith, the persistence and the determination.
We are currently mid-way through production, but you can help us reach the finish line by pledging absolutely anything you can to help us finish the film. Please share the page and spread the word!
Yamination Studios (which is a mixture of yam-yam and animation nonetheless) have a comprehensive list of kickstarter backer rewards in return for helping to push them towards the finish line of their mission.
You can opt for various downloads, a signed DVD of the final film, A3/A1 prints, and even character drawings through to studio experiences; including animation workshops/masterclasses with skilled professionals (Fantastic Mr. Fox and Frankenweenie Art Department Model Maker Yossel Simpson Little and Shaun the Sheep, Creature Comforts, Rastamouse and Tim Burton’s A Corpse Bride character animator Tim Allen) amongst other fantastic rewards.
You can read more about their intentions with the money (“not to be spent on beer”) and the full rewards list on the kickstarter page too.
Best of luck Drew & team!
Twilightofthefreakingods is Stan’s Cafe’s celebration of five wonderful years @ A E Harris. It’s a large scale theatrical experiment taking place this Thursday and Saturday (Saturday event sold out), with a cast comprising of companies who have performed @ A E Harris over the last five years. There will be no rehearsals, and the cast will work from instructions and timetables given to them, with no idea what anyone else in the room will be doing – sure to result in surprises for the cast and audience alike.
As the show is both a celebration and unusually long, the bar will be open throughout serving flaming cocktails alongside snacks and more familiar drinks. Both cabaret and raked seating will be available for you to either engross yourself in the show or discuss it as it unfolds with your friends. You can change your viewing angle whenever you wish to concentrate on whatever strand of action you find most absorbing. Whatever happens it will be an event to which you will always want to say “and I was there”.
Twilightofthefreakingods will be the last performance at the venue before it ‘downsizes’.
Read more and buy tickets via Stan’s Cafe’s website.
Capital Theatre Festival have announced the first two productions for their 2013 programme of events:
From Capital Theatre Festival:
We are very excited to be supporting these plays from two West Midlands-based writers. Keep your eyes peeled for further news in the next couple of weeks
The festival will be taking place between 20th and 24th November at the mac. Like their facebook page / follow their Twitter to read more performing arts/theatre news in the area, as well as to keep an eye on their own festival updates.