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May 2003
Our vibrant city
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City life

In pictures: see five films that capture the essence of life in Birmingham and the vibrancy of the city, from the people and the culture to the stunning architecture.

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As part of the bid to promote Birmingham as the 2008 city of culture, five films have been commissioned showing the life and vibrancy of Birmingham. The films were produced by Saskia Sutton.

Take a look - Birmingham really is a fabulous city.
If you don't have Realplayer to view the films, take a look at the picture galleries.

One of the faces in 'Immersion'

A film showing the wide range of people who use the stunning Victorian Moseley Street Baths. All races, ages and types use the pools.

Paul Green, writer and director, has done a number of fiction shorts and documentaries. His work has been showcased on television and screened at film festivals across Europe.

Paul has lived in Birmingham for the past twelve years and now considers himself an honorary Brummie!

See the film: Immersion Play video

A scene from 'Faces'

A montage of a typical day in Birmingham, featuring the huge range and diversity of Birmingham's population.

Ibrahim Emin is the director of Faces. His short film, entitled "Cult Fiction", won Best Film for the DKNY & the Electric Cinema Film Competition last year.

It was his directing debut and was judged by Trevor Beattie, Chairman of TBWA. Trevor offered Ibrahim the opportunity to direct a multicultural film for the Birmingham bid. 'Made in Birmingham' is now his second film.

See the film: Faces Play video

An ironic look at Birmingham
An ironic look at Birmingham
The Black Country

An ironic look at Birmingham through in the style of a major Hollywood film trailer.

Simon Smythe the director is a new director who specialises in pop promos, corporate films and title sequences. He's been signed up to direct a major science fiction TV series.

See the film: Black Country Play video

Asian sweets
Asian sweets

A sprint round the restaurants and styles of food available in Birmingham.

Charlotte Metcalf the director is a director of issue based films working for Channel 4, C5 and many news and documentary programmes. She works mainly in the third world where she highlights issues of race and sexuality.

See the film: Multiculinary Play video

Ballad of Birmingham
Ballad of Birmingham
Ballad of Birmingham

A glorious and uplifting anthem to the range of cultural activities and the bravura architecture in Birmingham.

Director Howard Guard's film career began when he won a place in the BFI's Top Ten Amateur Film competition whilst studying psychology at University. By the 70's he had founded his own successful production company.

The Museum of Modern Art NY placed 6 of his commercials in their archives.

See the film: Ballad of Birmingham Play video


Take a look at the picture gallery showing images from the five films:

Birmingham in pictures: gallery 1 Go to picture gallery

Birmingham in pictures: gallery 2 Go to picture gallery

Birmingham in pictures: gallery 3 Go to picture gallery

All of the films above were commissioned by Be in Birmingham 2008.

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