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The AUSSIE PUNK ROCK MASSACRE 2024

Two mad punk-inspired films and three Australian cult film legends are hitting the road to introduce their outrageous new features. Andrew Leavold (The Search For Weng Weng) presents his new punk documentary PUB: THE MOVIE, and fellow Aussie Dick Dale unveils his splatter comedy RIBSPREADER. And the subject of PUB and actor in RIBSPREADER, Melbourne artist and punk rocker Fred Negro, is along for the gonzo adventure!

Filmmakers & Fred Negro will be present for Intro/ Q&A.

FAREWELL EUROPE TOUR

THAMESMEAD TEXAS are proud to present The AUSSIE PUNK ROCK MASSACRE.

SUNDAY 7 APRIL 2024

6:30PM – THE THAMESMEAD TEXAS ART BAR OPENS! 

7:30PM – FILM STARTS. CLOSES MIDNIGHT.

PUB: THE MOVIE (2022)

A beautiful rock’n’roll love letter to a bygone era and staying true to one’s art, and featuring interviews with rock legends including Tim Rogers (You Am I), Greg Macainsh (Skyhooks), Ross Knight (Cosmic Psychos) and Paul Stewart (Painters And Dockers), PUB: THE MOVIE was a smash hit at the 2022 Melbourne International Film Festival where it broke the Astor Theatre’s bar record! (78 mins)

ANDREW LEAVOLD

Andrew Leavold owned and managed Trash Video, the largest cult video rental store in Australia, from 1995 to 2010. He is also a filmmaker, published author, researcher, film festival curator, musician, TV presenter, and above all, unrepentant and voracious fan of the pulpier aspects of genre cinema.

RIBSPREADER (2022)

“Smokin’, it’ll kill you in the end. One way or another…” Decades after his career as a tobacco advertising icon, Bryan Burns’ life is in ruins. After his mother dies of lung cancer, he is tormented by a talking cigarette from an anti-smoking billboard who blames him for his mother’s death. Bryan’s already fragile mental state can’t handle the abuse and he snaps, transforming himself into The Ribspreader – a killer stalking the city streets, extinguishing smokers one-by-one and cutting out their lungs to make his macabre smoking jacket. But in a city of murderers, freaks and perverts, The Ribspreader isn’t the only killer out there and it’s not long before a turf war for victims erupts into a horrific showdown of explosive violence and bloody carnage! (90 mins)

DICK DALE

South Australian’s Dick Dale has been creating short horror and bad taste comedies filthy films since 1993. He spawned and has been curating the infamous and irreverent Trasharama-ago go Film Festival which is now celebrating it’s twenty Fifth year. Trasharama is the premiere and undisputed nastiest film Festival in Australia. It annually screens short horror, bad taste comedy and other cinematic oddities from all over this planet. 

Supported by Bow Arts Trust

LIGHT THE WAY 2023

LIGHT THE WAY 2023

An evening of light sculptures, projections, music and dance connecting Southmere and Crossway Park via the Ridgeway.

PROGRAMMED BY HIVE CURATES

THAMESMEAD TEXAS are proud to present a programme of short films by local filmmakers based in Thamesmead.

SATURDAY 4 MARCH 2023

5:00 – 10:00PM – FILM SCREENINGS WITH POP & POPCORN SERVED FROM THE THAMESMEAD TEXAS ART BAR! 

Finn Rabbitt Dove/ Vendor Beast

Vendor Beast explores cross species relationships, nostalgia and loss, in a world of increasingly manufactured landscapes. Footage of children, almost in flight, with captive polar bears becomes a dystopian analogy of the 1982 animation, The Snowman.

Ryan Powell/ Gasljus

In collaboration with composers Jakob Lindhagen & Dag Rosenqvist. 

Dust and ash role in, filling the streets of the former city with the memory of distant fires. The land has retreated and on the banks of an ever-looming Thames, a heron hunts as London’s last glass spires disappear into the silt.

Eva Lis/ The Shape of Light

The film is a series of still images that the artist took during the lockdown in Thamesmead in April 2020, using pinhole photography. Exposing photographic paper directly to light Eva captured the beauty of the surroundings in abstract frames. 

Riordan Tyson/ Sunflowers of Crossway Park

Sunflowers Symphony: A psychedelic depiction of the sunflowers at Crossway Park.

Comfort Adeneye/ A Month of Sundays 

A short analog film drama that honors social realism and slow cinema styles. With experimental use of montage as a narrative form and sound design, the audience is presented with a passionate and emotionally dense story of boyhood exploration.

Supported by Peabody Culture, Hive Curates & Bow Arts Trust

PLATO’S CAVE

PLATO’S CAVE

EXPERIMENTAL SHORT FILMS & ALPHAVILLE (1965) by Jean-Luc Godard

PROGRAMMED BY SAI-LI & MIKE DUNFORD

THAMESMEAD TEXAS are proud to present two film screenings led by our 2022 VOLUNTEER COHORT.

SATURDAY 19 NOVEMBER 2022: PLATO’S CAVE

6:00PM – OPEN for drinks and hot dogs 

7:15PM – EXPERIMENTAL SHORT FILMS, including works by Sai Li, Anna Lena Krause, Peter Gidal & Mike Dunford (73 minutes)

8:30 – 8:45PM – INTERVAL (15 mins)

8:4PM – ALPHAVILLE (1965) by Jean-Luc Godard (99 minutes)

10:20PM – Film concludes/ chat at bar (30 mins)

11:00PM – CLOSE

‘Our program focuses on the theme of film, not just as a means of story-telling, or narrative construction, but also on the alternative possibilities within moving-image making’.


The program is in two sections, the first is concerned with a very limited survey of differing ways of working with the moving image using examples from Sai Li, a visual artist based in London working in photography, film and installation; Anna Lena Krause, a visual artist from Berlin, currently based in London; Peter Gidal, an exponent of the structuralist material approach from the 1970’s and Mike Dunford, another film-maker from the 1970’s Film Co-op, now working in digital.


After a short interval, Jean Luc Godard’s celebrated film “Alphaville” (1965) will be screened. This work takes the standard detective and sci-fi genre and turns it on its head, with an almost Brechtian style of acting, counter-intuitive editing and sound and brilliant black and white cinemaphotography by Raoul Coutard, Godard’s famous cameraman. With nods to Metropolis (1927) and Dick Tracy (1937), and the beautiful Anna Karina (1940 – 2019) as the star.

JEAN-LUC GODARD (3 December 1930 – 13 September 2022) was a Franco-Swiss filmmaker and a leading member of the “French New Wave”. Known for stylistic innovations that challenged the conventions of Hollywood cinema, he is universally recognized as the most audacious, radical, as well as the most influential of the Nouvelle Vague filmmakers. His work reflects a fervent knowledge of film history, a comprehensive understanding of existential and Marxist philosophy, and a profound insight into the fragility of human relationships.


SAI LI
 ​​is a visual artist based in London. Her work ranges from photography, film to installation.Her research focuses on a binary of power confrontation, using the dynamic power in gender relations as a metaphor to further explore the fluid power relations between individuals and society. The reason for her to join the Thamesmead Travelling Cinema is that she enjoys the community atmosphere and the more human-focused group. Her favourite movie is American Beauty.

MIKE DUNFORD went to Goldsmiths College and did sculpture in 1964, and towards the end started making films in Standard 8mm. That led to showing work at the Drury Lane Arts Lab in 1968, and to joining with other film-makers to set up the London Film-makers Coop where they were able to make, process and show their films in their own cinema. Mike liked the idea of joining the Thamesmead Travelling Cinema because of a romantic attachment to the idea of a Travelling Cinema and also because he enjoyed the gig he had in Oakland California as a projectionist showing political documentary once a week at a community arts centre.  And he also like the idea of being able to talk with audience members about what we all just saw.

Supported by Bow Arts Trust

TWO FILMS OF PARIS BY AGNES VARDA

TWO FILMS OF PARIS BY AGNES VARDA

LES DITES CARIATIDES & CLÉO DE 5 À 7

PROGRAMMED BY LYDIA DE MATOS & ANDRE O’GARRO

https://vimeo.com/774839315

THAMESMEAD TEXAS are proud to present two film screenings led by our 2022 VOLUNTEER COHORT.

SATURDAY 12 NOVEMBER 2022: TWO FILMS OF PARIS BY AGNES VARDA

6:00PM – OPEN for drinks and hot dogs 

7:30PM – INTRO BY FILM SCHOLAR, Neil Archer

7:45PM – LES DITES CARIATIDES by Agnès Varda (12 minutes)

8:00PM – CLÉO DE 5 À 7 by Agnès Varda (90 minutes)

10:30PM – Film concludes/ chat at bar (30 mins)

11:00PM – CLOSE

On Saturday 12th November Paris comes to Thamesmead as Thamesmead Texas presents two films by the iconic Agnès Varda, LES DITES CARIATIDES (1984, runtime: 12 mins) and CLÉO DE 5 À 7 (1962, runtime 90 mins). Preceded by a short video introduction by film scholar Neil Archer, through these films you’ll have a chance to see the city of Paris as documented by one of its most beloved filmmakers. Both films are wonderfully inventive, visually charming, and full to the brim with warmth, wit, and humanity. We’ll be serving hot spiced wine all night, and playing some Françoise Hardy, Serge Gainsbourg, and Charles Aznavour to top it all off!

AGNES VARDA (French, b.1928) is a photographer and filmmaker. The only female director to emerge out of French New Wave cinema, Varda is considered a founder of the movement and was an early pioneer of using non-actors and location shooting. She is known for her political and feminist films such as Cléo from 5 to 7, Le Bonheur, Vagabond, and La Pointe Courte, which was her self-funded debut in 1954 at the age of 26.

NEIL ARCHER has an MA in World Cinemas at the University of Leeds, and a PhD in French cinema at the University of Cambridge. He is Senior Lecturer within the School of Humanities at Keele University, Staffordshire. “I have published widely on late twentieth- and twenty-first-century film aesthetics and the history of film industries, with a particular focus on popular British and other European cinemas, Hollywood cinema, mobility in cinema, and the relationship between globalization and film. My work has appeared in journals such as JCMS: Journal for Cinema and Media Studies, Studies in European Cinema, Journal of British Cinema and Television and Mobilities”.

Lydia de Matos is a 21-year-old student of language and cultural theory at University College London. Her research and artistic practice is interested in cinema’s relationship to time, memory, and constructed space, and expressions of stillness in the moving image. She believes in community-led, thoughtfully programmed cinema, and her favourite film is Miguel Gomes’ Tabu

Andre O’Garro is an aspiring documentary filmmaker/producer who recently finished studying Film and Media at Keele University. His interest in the medium blossomed at age 20 when he made ‘Out of The Cage’ a documentary about Lynne Bailey and her creative life post-retirement. He wanted to join the Thamesmead Travelling Cinema to meet other aspiring creatives and learn more about cinema programming.

Supported by Bow Arts Trust

A Clockwork Orange

PART 3, THAMESMEAD TRILOGY 2022

A CLOCKWORK ORANGE (1971), BY STANLEY KUBRICK

Alex, a psychopathic delinquent, is imprisoned for murder and rape. In order to reduce his sentence, he volunteers for an experimental therapy conducted by the government, but it goes askew.

THAMESMEAD TRAVELLING CINEMA PRESENTS: THAMESMEAD TRILOGY, PART 3
MATTHEW MELIA INTRODUCES: A CLOCKWORK ORANGE!

THAMESMEAD TEXAS are proud to present the Thamesmead Trilogy. This year’s summer programmes features films shot in and around Thamesmead,  which explore Coming of Age stories in Working Class Britain. Three evening film screening programmes at the Lakeside Centre will include:

Beautiful Thing (1996) by Jonathan Harvey/ 2 July 2022

Fish Tank (2009) by Andrea Arnold/ 6 August 2022

A Clockwork Orange (1971) by Stanley Kubrick/ 3 September 2022

SATURDAY 3 SEPTEMBER 2022, FROM 7:30PM

8:45PM INTRO BY MATTHEW MELIA

9:00PM A CLOCKWORK ORANGE (1971), BY STANLEY KUBRICK

11:00PM DRINKS AT MOLOKO PLUS MILK BAR

11:30PM CLOSE

MATTHEW MELIA is a Senior Lecturer and Course leader of the Humanities Foundation Degree at Kingston University. He has co-edited The Jaws Book: New Persepectives on the classic Summer Blockbuster for Bloomsbury; Anthony Burgess, Stanley Kubrick and A Clockwork Orange (Palgrave – forthcoming); and edited ReFocus: The Films of  Ken Russell (EUP – Forthcoming). He has taught modules on British cinema and cult and transgressive film and literature and is interested in the tension between analogue and digitial media as well as dead technology. 

STANLEY KUBRICK (July 26, 1928 – March 7, 1999) was an American film director, producer, screenwriter, and photographer. Widely considered one of the greatest filmmakers of all time, his films, almost all of which are adaptations of novels or short stories, cover a wide range of genres and are noted for their realism, dark humor, extensive set designs, and innovative cinematography. 

Supported by Bow Arts Trust

Beautiful Thing

PART 1, THAMESMEAD TRILOGY 2022

BEAUTIFUL THING (1996), BY JONATHAN HARVEY

Shy Jamie (Glen Berry) and athletic Ste (Scott Neal) are teen boys who live near each other in the London projects. Both boys think they could be gay, and finally explore their feelings when Ste is allowed to stay over at Jamie’s place after an incident with his abusive father. There, the boys grow close and open themselves up to the idea of homosexuality, while Jamie’s caring mother, Sandra (Linda Henry), and quirky teen neighbor, Leah (Tameka Empson), offer much needed emotional support

THAMESMEAD TRAVELLING CINEMA PRESENTS: THAMESMEAD TRILOGY, PART 1
PRIDE TRAILERS, CURATED BY VANESSA SCULLY FOR THAMESMEAD TRILOGY, PART 1

THAMESMEAD TEXAS are proud to present the Thamesmead Trilogy. This year’s summer programmes features films shot in and around Thamesmead,  which explore Coming of Age stories in Working Class Britain. Three evening film screening programmes at the Lakeside Centre will include:

Beautiful Thing (1996) by Jonathan Harvey/ 2 July 2022

Fish Tank (2009) by Andrea Arnold/ 6 August 2022

A Clockwork Orange (1971) by Stanley Kubrick/ 3 September 2022

SATURDAY 2 JULY 2022, FROM 7:30PM

9:00PM INTRO BY JOHN LESLIE THOMPSON

9:05 SELECTION OF PRIDE TRAILERS, CURATED BY VANESSA SCULLY

9:15PM BEAUTIFUL THING (1996), BY JONATHAN HARVEY

10:40PM DRINKS AT BAR

11:30PM CLOSE

JONATHAN HARVEY was born in Liverpool in 1968, and was educated at Hull University (Psychology and Education) before moving to London, where he worked for four years as a special-needs teacher at a comprehensive school in Thamesmead, the area where his film Beautiful Thing (1996) is set. He started writing at the age of 16, with his play “The Cherry Blossom Tree”. He continued writing whilst studying and teaching, and it was for his play “Wildfire” that he was awarded an attachment to the National Theatre’s Studio at the end of 1992, prompting him to give up his teaching post and write full-time. He now lives in London with his boyfriend. 

Supported by Bow Arts Trust

CHILDHOOD CLASSICS #2

CHILDHOOD CLASSICS

LABYRINTH (1986), BY JIM HENSON

Sixteen-year-old Sarah is given thirteen hours to solve a labyrinth and rescue her baby brother Toby when her wish for him to be taken away is granted by the Goblin King Jareth.

Best of Bowie for Thamesmead Travelling Cinema!

THAMESMEAD TEXAS are proud to present a summer of childhood classics! Two dusk film screening programmes at Birchmere Park will include:

E.T. (1982), BY STEVEN SPIELBERG/ 30 JULY 2022

LABYRINTH (1986), BY JIM HENSON/ 13 AUGUST 2022

SATURDAY 30 JULY 2022, FROM 7:30PM

DUSK SCREENING:

7:30PM – Bar OPEN for snacks and drinks

8:30PM –  Film Screening of LABYRINTH (1986), BY JIM HENSON

10:30PM – CLOSE

Tickets are £1.50 per person, which includes a free portion of Popcorn! Children under 10 go free, but still require a ticket. Please select the free ticket for under 10’s.

The film screening will take place on at Birchmere Park, by the Changing Rooms, on the site of the Birchmere Carboot Sale, vehicle access via Southwood Rd, SE28 8EQ.

We are an open air outdoor cinema, please ensure you bring picnic blankets and camping chairs for seating. 

We recommend you dress warm, as temperature drops at dusk. Toilets and Parking available. Security on site.

Supported by Thamesmead Community Fund & Bow Arts Trust

FISH TANK

PART 2, THAMESMEAD TRILOGY 2022

FISH TANK (2009), BY ANDREA ARNOLD

Mia (Katie Jarvis) is a rebellious teenager on the verge of being kicked out of school. Her hard-partying mother, Joanne (Kierston Wareing), neglects Mia’s welfare in favor of her own, and her younger sister (Rebecca Griffiths) hangs out with a much older crowd. Sparks fly between Mia and Connor (Michael Fassbender), Joanne’s new boyfriend, and he encourages Mia to pursue her interest in dance. As the boundaries of the relationships become blurred, Mia and Joanne compete for Connor’s affection.

THAMESMEAD TEXAS are proud to present the Thamesmead Trilogy. This year’s summer programmes features films shot in and around Thamesmead,  which explore Coming of Age stories in Working Class Britain. Three evening film screening programmes at the Lakeside Centre will include:

Beautiful Thing (1996) by Jonathan Harvey/ 2 July 2022

Fish Tank (2009) by Andrea Arnold/ 6 August 2022

A Clockwork Orange (1971) by Stanley Kubrick/ 3 September 2022

SATURDAY 6 AUGUST 2022, FROM 7:30PM

8:20PM INTRO BY FILMMAKER LUCIA TAMBINI & PHOTOGRAPHER GEORGE PLEMPER

8:30PM SCREENING OF ‘WE WERE THAMESMEAD’ (2021) BY LUCIA TAMBINI

9:00PM COMFORT BREAK/ Q&A WITH FILMMAKER

9:30PM SCREENING OF FISH TANK (2009), BY ANDREA ARNOLD

11:30PM CLOSE

ANDREA ARNOLD: After years working in children’s television, Andrea Arnold came relatively late to directing, but her films instantly made ripples internationally, attracting enormous acclaim. Hard to pin down but often centred on female, working-class characters and marked by simple, unsettling images and intricate editing, their surface harshness is shot through with complexity and compassion. The eldest of four children, she was born on 5 April 1961 in Dartford, Kent, where she grew up on a council estate of the sort that would form the setting for her own work; her parents, in their teens when she was born, separated while she was still a child.

LUCIA TAMBINI was a respected film editor and camerawoman for ITV and Channel 4 news for over ten years before moving into documentary directing. After completing her MA in Documentary at the National Film School she’s gone on to work on many high-profile series, often with vulnerable contributors. She played a key role on the Bafta-award-winning Bedlam (about the Maudsley hospital) and on ‘Kids with Tourette’s’ which gained a Grierson award nomination. Her own films have also received several awards. She won the ‘Early bird award at the East End film festival for ‘Pipe Dreams’ and the Palme Do’r at the Southwest London Film festival for ‘A Place for us’ High-profile charity work includes films for Shelter, Oxfam, See Ability and other leading organisations.  ‘We were Thamesmead’ has won the Audience Award and Best Documentary at the WOF film festival and other film awards.

GEORGE PLEMPER: Photography came into my life at a time when my sense of self and my place in the world was fast disappearing. Fortunately, when I picked up the camera, I felt better, people looked and responded to me differently. I thought, here at last, this is something I can do that is worthwhile and good.” The time was the 1970s and George Plemper was confronting himself for the first time with the unforgiving reality of teaching.

Supported by Bow Arts Trust

CHILDHOOD CLASSICS

CHILDHOOD CLASSICS

E.T. (1982), BY STEVEN SPIELBERG

A troubled child summons the courage to help a friendly alien escape Earth and return to his home world.

Tunes from 1982 for Thamesmead Travelling Cinema!

THAMESMEAD TEXAS are proud to present a summer of childhood classics! Two dusk film screening programmes at Birchmere Park will include:

E.T. (1982), BY STEVEN SPIELBERG/ 30 JULY 2022

LABYRINTH (1986), BY JIM HENSON/ 13 AUGUST 2022

SATURDAY 30 JULY 2022, FROM 7:30PM

DUSK SCREENING:

7:30PM – Bar OPEN for snacks and drinks

8:30PM –  Film Screening of E.T (1982), BY STEVEN SPIELBERG

10:30PM – CLOSE

Tickets are £1.50 per person, which includes a free portion of Popcorn! Children under 10 go free, but still require a ticket. Please select the free ticket for under 10’s.

The film screening will take place on at Birchmere Park, by the Changing Rooms, on the site of the Birchmere Carboot Sale, vehicle access via Southwood Rd, SE28 8EQ.

We are an open air outdoor cinema, please ensure you bring picnic blankets and camping chairs for seating. 

We recommend you dress warm, as temperature drops at dusk. Toilets and Parking available. Security on site.

Supported by Thamesmead Community Fund & Bow Arts Trust

LAKESIDERS

LAKESIDERS

Join us celebrate the opening of the Lakeside Centre in Thamesmead with works curated and shown by locally based artists!

With 38 affordable studios, two residential studios, a community darkroom, an early years nursery, a travelling cinema, a community garden and a café!

SATURDAY 16th JUNE 2022

7:30PM BAR OPENS / 8:15PM SCREENING
FOLLOWED BY DRINKS AT THE BAR
11:30PM CLOSE

Featuring works by:

Louise Jensen

Marcus Orlandi

Chloe Cooper & Jackie Walduck

Rómulo Gonçalves

Matt Berka

Sonia Roshal-Fedorova

Nii Okai Tagoe

Calum F Kerr

Sick Monday: Dean Kenning, Noor Afshan Mirza & Brad Butler, Liam Scully, Vanessa Scully

Vidal Montgomery

Supported by Bow Arts Trust

ANIMATION: THROUGH THE LENSE OF THE SURREAL

Thamesmead Texas are proud to present their first Animation Short program!

Experience the unique ways in which the delicate craft animation can express and convert intricate emotions and complex stories. Expect films and shorts from the likes of Roberto Catini, RENÉ LALOUX and more!

THAMESMEAD TRAVELLING CINEMA PRESENTS: ANIMATION!
ANIMATION: TRAILERS! CURATED BY WHITNEY MANASSIAN & RACHEAL OSHUNFUYI

THAMESMEAD TEXAS are proud to present ANIMATION: THROUGH THE LENSE OF THE SURREAL!

Curated by:

WHITNEY MANASSIAN & RACHEAL OSHUNFUYI

SATURDAY 30TH APRIL 2022

7:30PM BAR OPENS / 8:30PM SCREENING
FOLLOWED BY DRINKS AT THE BAR
11:30PM CLOSE

This volunteer led short program seeks to showcase the different aspects of the delicate craft of animation.

‘We decided to focus on showcasing different techniques of animation that may be overshadowed by mainstream culture and bring them to you in a fun and unique way

For the curation of this program, the fascinating animations we present to you have been chosen considering the concept of the surreal where by tackling the unconscious and subconscious artist use the irrational juxtaposition of images to express and convert intricate emotions and complex stories into unique experiences’.

Supported by Film FAN London & Bow Arts Trust

MIDNIGHT MADNESS

TITANE (2021), BY JULIA DUCOURNAU

Julia Ducournau’s Palme d’Or-winner is a jaw-dropping blast of Cronenbergian gothic. Conceptually audacious and dripping with insouciant attitude, Titane ignites a Molotov cocktail of gender politics, familial compassion, and female desire.

THAMESMEAD TRAVELLING CINEMA PRESENTS!

THAMESMEAD TEXAS are proud to present MIDNIGHT MADNESS!

SUNDAY 1 MAY 2022, FROM 7:30PM

8:30PM SCREENING OF TITANE (2021), BY JULIA DUCOURNAU
FOLLOWED BY DRINKS AT THE BAR
11:30PM CLOSE

JULIA DUCOURNAU is a French film director and screenwriter. She attended film school at La Fémis in Paris, where she studied screenwriting. In 2011, her short film JUNIOR won the Petit Rail d’Or at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival. Her first feature, the horror movie Raw (2016), won the coveted FIPRESCI prize at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival.

Supported by Film FAN London & Bow Arts Trust

CHRISTMAS SPECIAL

CHRISTMAS SPECIAL 2021

ELF (2003), BY JON FAVREAU

Raised as an over-sized elf, a human travels from the North Pole to NYC to meet his biological father who doesn’t know he exists and is in desperate need of some Christmas spirit. 

THAMESMEAD TEXAS are proud to present a Christmas special!

Join us for a family-friendly screening of Elf and get into the Christmas spirit with festive hot drinks and food.

Tickets are £2.50 per person, which includes a free portion of Popcorn! Children under 10 go free, but still require a ticket. Please select the free ticket for under 10’s.

SATURDAY 18 DECEMBER, FROM 3:00PM

3:00PM – OPEN for food and drinks

4:00PM – Film Screening of ELF (2003), BY JON FAVREAU

5:30PM – Open for drinks

7:00PM – CLOSE

The film screening will take place on Cygnet Square in South Thamesmead, SE2 9FA outside the new library.

Free on street parking is available on Seacourt Road and Yarnton Way. If you require disabled parking, please e-mail us with you car registration at thamesmeadnow@peabody.org.uk, please note there are limited disabled parking bays.

We recommend walking or cycling where possible, the closest bus stop is Yarnton Way/Harrow Manorway, which serves busses 180, 401 and B11. Or bus stop Newacress Library, which serves busses 177, 229, 244, 301, 401 and B11.

There will be heaters, but we recommend to dress warm and bring blankets.

The event will be delivered by Continental Drifts on behalf of Peabody’s Culture Team in Thamesmead. For any questions please email lisa.drew@peabody.org.uk

Supported by Peabody Trust

Jamaica Weekender

JAMAICA WEEKENDER, WORLD CINEMA SEASON 2021

THAMESMEAD TEXAS are proud to present a season of WORLD CINEMA! Travel the world with The Thamesmead Travelling Cinema. We launch our FOURTH programme of the Autumn 2021 season with a screening event co-programmed with emerging, local filmmaker Kaleb D’Aguilar.

Jamaican Spotify playlist curated by Empress Hasina
JAMAICA WEEKENDER WORLD CINEMA SEASON, 2021 Introduction by Filmmaker Kaleb D’Aguilar

SATURDAY 11 DECEMBER, 2021, FROM 7:30PM, WITH INTRO BY KALEB D’AGULAR
25 MINUTE SHORTS PROGRAMME
95 MINUTE FEATURE FILM
FOLLOWED BY DRINKS AT THE BAR
CLOSE 11:30PM

SHORT FILMS:

NO ENTRY (2020), BY KALEB D’AGULAR

Against the backdrop of the Windrush scandal, a Jamaican mother struggles to keep her relationship with her son intact. Despite the government’s aggressive anti-immigration tactics, she keeps the threat of deportation a secret. As her psychological state begins to deteriorate, she grapples with the fear of losing her son and the country she calls home. 12:00 mins.

MOTHERLAND (2020), BY ELLEN EVANS

MOTHERLAND traces the experiences of two young men forcibly returned to Jamaica after a lifetime in Britain, alongside the story of a Windrush-generation man denied re-entry to the UK. Through the personal accounts of those who have had their British identity questioned by the state, MOTHERLAND explores what it really means for someone to “go back home”. 13:22 mins.

FEATURE FILM:

YOUNG SOUL REBELS (1991), BY ISAAC JULIEN

In the long hot summer of 1977, London prepared for the Silver Jubilee celebrations to the sounds of the burgeoning punk, soul and funk scenes. Soul boys Chris (Valentine Nonyela) and Caz (Mo Sesay), a pair of pirate radio DJs, broadcast their show from a friend’s garage, tussling with the local skinheads, and clubbing with Chris’s sassy music-industry girlfriend Tracy (Sophie Okonedo). But social and sexual tensions in the community reach boiling point following the murder of a local black gay man. With its soulful soundtrack – with Funkadelic, X-Ray Spex, Parliament, Sylvester and more – and enthusiastic young cast, this Cannes Critics’ Week prize-winner is an engaging and sensitive drama from acclaimed artist and filmmaker Isaac Julien. Text taken from Close Up. 95 mins.

KALEB D’AGULAR is a Jamaican writer and filmmaker currently based in London. His background is in theatre and performance, but after completing his BSc in Anthropology, Kaleb transitioned to writing and directing for film. His curiosity in culture and the tensions between the individual and society drives his storytelling, which he hopes will help embolden the voices of the underclass and marginalised communities.

ELLEN EVANS is a documentary filmmaker living and working in London. Before she began making documentaries, she was an Immigration and Asylum caseworker for a Labour MP.

Filmmaker and installation artist, ISSAC JULIEN CBE RA, was born in 1960 in London, where he currently lives and works. His multi-screen film installations and photographs incorporate different artistic disciplines to create a poetic and unique visual language. His 1989 documentary-drama exploring author Langston Hughes and the Harlem Renaissance titled Looking for Langston garnered Julien a cult following while his 1991 debut feature Young Soul Rebels won the Semaine de la Critique prize at the Cannes Film Festival.

Supported by Film FAN London & Bow Arts Trust

Cape Verde Weekender

CAPE VERDE WEEKENDER, WORLD CINEMA SEASON 2021

THAMESMEAD TEXAS are proud to present a season of WORLD CINEMA! Travel the world with The Thamesmead Travelling Cinema. We launch our THIRD programme of the Autumn 2021 season with a screening event co-programmed with local artist and friend of the Cape Verdean community, GARY DROSTLE.

Cape Verde Weekender trailer

Cape Verde Spotify playlist curated by Carmina Sanches

Explore the CAPE VERDE diaspora

SATURDAY 20 NOVEMBER 2021
FILMMAKER IN FOCUS – PEDRO COSTA

O NOSSO HOMEM, (2011), 24 MINS
VITALINA VARELA, (2019), 124 mins

WINNER GOLDEN LEOPARD
WINNER BEST ACTRESS VITALINA VARELA
LOCARNO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
A Cape Verdean woman navigates her way through Lisbon, following the scanty physical traces her deceased husband left behind and discovering his secret, illicit life.

HOMECOOKED CAPE VERDEAN CUISINE + LIVE MUSIC

5:30PM BAR OPENS / 7:30PM FILM STARTS / 7:15PM LAST ENTRY

CELEBRATING LOCAL CULTURE & LOCAL PEOPLE – LOCALLY!

Throughout his career, Portuguese filmmaker PEDRO COSTA has moved almost exclusively along a single trajectory, creating a hermetically sealed universe inspired by the marginalised residents of Fontainhas, a now-demolished shantytown on the outskirts of Lisbon. As the neighbourhood disappeared, Costa retreated into the memories of his protagonists, increasingly focusing on immigrants from the Cape Verde islands. In telling their stories, Costa blends fact and fiction in a complex interplay of imagination, history, politics and cinema. Though intensely visual, Costa’s films draw on oral storytelling, presenting wordy narratives which at once celebrate and problematise language, examining the (im)possibility of adequately describing the lived experience. Taken from ‘Where to begin with Pedro Costa’, BFI Features

GARY DROSTLE (born 1961) is a British artist specialising in public art, sculpture and mosaic as well as mural painting and drawing. He was also President of the British Association for Modern Mosaic, a lecturer at The Chicago Mosaic School and is on the editorial board of Andamento the Journal of Contemporary Mosaics. Born in Woolwich, London, United Kingdom, the son of Docker and Trade Union activist Frederick Drostle. He studied art at the St Martin’s School of Art (1979) and Hornsey College of Art (1980–1983) (now Middlesex University) where he undertook a Bachelor of Arts (Fine Art). His graduate work was selected for the Christie’s ‘Pick of the New Graduate Art’ exhibition in 1984.

Supported by Film FAN London & Bow Arts Trust

India/East Africa Weekender

INDIA – EAST AFRICA WEEKENDER, WORLD CINEMA SEASON 2021

THAMESMEAD TEXAS presents a season of WORLD CINEMA, consisting of a series of weekend screening events throughout Autumn 2021, spotlighting ethnically diverse communities based in Thamesmead, from countries afar as Cape Verde, Nigeria, Kenya, Uganda, and Jamaica. We launch our SECOND programme of the Autumn 2021 season with a weekend screening event co-programmed with local artists Said Adrus and Bhajan Hunjan.

Indian Weekender Spotify playlist curated by Ashwani Sharma & Said Adrus
India/ East Africa Weekender Trailers curated by Bhajan Hunjan & Said Adrus

SATURDAY 23 OCTOBER 2021, FROM 7:30PM, WITH INTRO BY SAID ADRUS
ARTIST SPOTLIGHT – SAID ADRUS WITH RIDDLE OF BAKULI (2020) PLUS RETROSPECTIVE OF THE ARTIST’S MOVING IMAGE DATING FROM 1995 PLUS LIVE DISCUSSION WITH ARTIST AND ASHWANI SHARMA! INCLUDING HOMECOOKED INDIAN CUISINE & BEATS SELECTED BY ASHWANI SHARMA!

ON THE SPOT, (1995) 28 mins, 47 seconds

On the Spot explores Self/Portraiture and is influenced by the South Asian Underground music scene where Tabla beats mix with technology.

KHANA PINA, (2002) 2 mins, 43 seconds

A short video was part of a larger piece of work made for Year of the Artist & shown at an offsite space in Nottingham.

PAVILLION V, (2014) 5 minutes, 18 seconds

LOST PAVILLION, (2007) 8 minutes, 40 seconds
Part of Pavilion Series a project which explored the involvement of Indian Soldiers in British Army during WW1 & WW2, captures the neglect & desecration of Muslim Soldiers’ graves in Woking.

IDEAS IN THE AIR, (2009) 1 minute, 14 seconds

Moving image clip played on a loop for the International residency with Bow Arts at Balfron Tower, East London

RIDDLE OF BAKULI, (2020) 23 mins, 6 seconds

‘The Riddle of Bakuli’ expresses a personal journey in which Said Adrus shares his South Asian narrative within an East African context.

45 MINUTE (SIT DOWN) SHORTS PROGRAMME
Q&A WITH ARTIST & ASHWANI SHARMA!
FOLLOWED BY DRINKS AT THE BAR
CLOSE 11PM

SUNDAY 24 OCTOBER 2021, FROM 7:30PM
ARTISTS BHAJAN HUNJAN AND SAID ADRUS SELECT TRAILERS AND INTRODUCE WORK BY ACCLAIMED INDIE FILMMAKER GURINDER CHADHA! INCLUDING HOMECOOKED INDIAN CUISINE & BEATS SELECTED BY ASHWANI SHARMA!

A SELECTION OF TRAILER SELECTED BY BHAJAN HUNJAN AND SAID ADRUS, 15 minutes

I’M BRITISH BUT, (1989) 29 MINUTES

Before she hit the big time with Bend it Like Beckham, Gurinder Chadha made this fascinating documentary on what it meant to be a young British Asian in the 1980s. The young people interviewed are from across the UK; the common thread is that they see it as home, but their differing views about what being Asian and British means for them are underscored by the beats of Bhangra and Bangla music.

One Pakistani woman brought up in Glasgow says that she sees herself not as British but as Scottish/Pakistani – it’s fascinating to realise how some of the more strongly held cultural values are passed on not just from generation to generation, but to immigrant communities, too.

BHAJI ON THE BEACH (1993) 103 MINUTES

Indian women (Kim Vithana, Sarita Khajuria) try but cannot escape their problems on a day trip to a British beach resort.

145 MINUTE PROGRAMME (2 HRS, 15 MINS)
FOLLOWED BY DRINKS AT THE BAR
CLOSE 11PM

London based artist SAID ADRUS has been active since the 80’s mainly in the United Kingdom and Switzerland, but as well in Italy, Turkey and Uganda. Adrus has drawn upon painting, drawing and printmaking to express himself, blurring the lines between techniques and media. He has done as well numerous exhibitions, performances, on site realisations and artistic collaborations combining installations, movies, music… Throughout his practice and among the talks and research he has done, Adrus has tried to address issues such as displacement, estrangement, racism, a range of social and historical tensions to which he has been personally confronted since he was a kid. He currently shares his time between London, where his studio is, and Burgdorf near Bern in Switzerland. @saidadrus

Visual artist BHAJAN HUNJAN is a painter and printmaker. Alongside her studio practice she works on Public Art commissions and projects in the built environment, created through community consultation and participation that engage people. She also works as an artist educator with diverse communities and in schools. Bhajan Hunjan lived in Thamesmead as part of the Bow Arts Community of Artists from 2018 – 2021 www.bhajanhunjan.com

ASHWANI SHARMA is the Course Leader for the BA (Hons) Film and Screen Studies at the London College of Communication (LCC), University of the Arts London (UAL). He is presently completing a book on ‘Race and Visual Culture’ (Bloomsbury Academic) in which he is examining the aesthetics and politics of racial capitalism, diasporic time and space. Ashwani is a founding editor of darkmatter journal http://www.darkmatter101.org. He is the co-editor of Disorienting Rhythms: The Politics of the New Asian Music (Zed Books). He is also a member of the Black Study Group (London), and is developing an online (sub)urban archival project ‘Must We Burn Croydon’ http://burncroydon.tumblr.com/. He writes and performs poetry, DJs, has worked in the BBC and independent film in sound, and has been an aeronautical engineer.

GURINDER CHADHA was born in Kenya, and grew up in Southall, London, England. She began her career as a news reporter with BBC Radio, directed several award winning documentaries for the BBC, and began an alliance with the British Film Institute (BFI) and Channel Four. In 2001, Chadha set up her own production company: Bend It Films.

Supported by Film FAN London & Bow Arts Trust

Nigerian Weekender

NIGERIAN WEEKENDER, WORLD CINEMA SEASON 2021

THAMESMEAD TEXAS presents a season of WORLD CINEMA, consisting of a series of weekend screening events throughout Autumn 2021, spotlighting ethnically diverse communities based in Thamesmead, from countries afar as Cape Verde, Nigeria, Kenya, Uganda, and Jamaica. We launch our WORLD CINEMA season on the weekend of 25-26 September 2021 with a NOLLYWOOD weekender, co-programmed with local living legend RUKE AMATA, a pioneer in early Nigerian Cinema. Over the course of the weekend, we will screen HERITAGE films by the AMATA brothers, who’s family helped spawn an industry of what we now know as NOLLYWOOD!

Nigerian Weekender trailer

Nigerian Weekender Spotify playlist curated by Ruke Amata
NOLLYWOOD TRAILERS, CURATED BY VANESSA SCULLY FOR WORLD CINEMA SEASON

THE AMATA BROTHERS DOUBLE BILL, selected by RUKE AMATA and Scully & Scully

7:30PM – 11:30PM, INTRO WITH RUKE AMATA, FOLLOWED BY INFORMAL Q&A BY THE BAR
Saturday 25 September 2021

Filmmaker: Ruke Amata
Fiction: S.O.D (Son of the Devil), 1997
92 minutes

Chico (played by Zack Amata) is a successful businessman and everything is going perfectly, yet unbeknown to him, his nearest and dearest are plotting against him and will take everything. When Chico finds himself on the other side of a 5-year prison spell he quickly learns that nobody wants to know you when you are down and out, except perhaps the sharply dressed handsome figure S.O.D. (played by Fred Amata). Will Chico accept S.O.D’s help and at what price?

15-minute interval between films/ bar reopens

Filmmaker: Fred Amata
Fiction: Dust to Dust, 1997
94 minutes

University educated Niki (played by Francis Duru) is plagued by vivid nightmares of being buried alive and the premature death of his beloved sister Reke (played by Evelyn Omono). Are these nightmares or are they premonitions? Niki’s waking day begins to crumble around him as he fights to prevent his once middle class family falling into destitution. Where work is scarce and governmental support doesn’t exist, can Niki’s university degree cut it in the real world, or will desperate measures need to be taken?

THE AMATA BROTHERS WEEKENDER, selected by RUKE AMATA and Scully & Scully

5:30-7:30PM LIVE MUSIC BY AYAN DE FIRST, MR CULTURE
7:30PM – 11:30PM, INTRO WITH RUKE AMATA, FOLLOWED BY INFORMAL Q&A BY THE BAR
Sunday 26 September 2021

A selection of NEW NOLLYWOOD trailers selected by RUKE AMATA and Scully & Scully
15 minutes

Filmmaker: Fred Amata
Fiction: The Addict, 199?
73 minutes

The Addict opens with dramatic scenes as a mother and her son Shota (played by Anthony Nwakalor) face each other off in a tense confrontation. What lead to this desperate act of aggression? As Shota reflects on his act of violence, we follow him through his childhood and see how innocence can easily be corrupted, leading to dire consequences for a family and society as a whole.

RUKE AMATA, from the Amata family, is one of the founding producers of the Nigerian Movie industry that has come to be known as “Nollywood”. A graduate of Dramatic Arts, from one of the leading universities in Nigeria, he studied under Nobel Laureate – Wole Soyinka and has been a practicing audio-visual practitioner and consultant for over 25 years, exhibiting a high level of professionalism, dedication and commitment. A producer, writer, actor, cinematographer, editor and director, his credits include award-winning movies such as: S.O.D, Osoufia in London, The Return, The Fire and The Glory, Battle of Love, The Past Came Calling, Shameful Deceit and a host of others. He also produced and directed the highly acclaimed TV drama series “Bachelors”. He is the initiator of the acting talent hunt and training programme: Class Act UK.

FRED AMATA is a Nigerian actor, producer and director. A graduate of Theatre Arts from the University of Jos and one of the most prolific directors of early Nollywood, Fred shot into limelight in 1986 for his role in a film titled Legacy. He is known for directing Letters to a Stranger (2007), Tumini’s Song (2006) and Road to Redemption (2016). He currently serves as the President of the Directors Guild of Nigeria, since February 27, 2016.

AYAN DE FIRST, MR CULTURE is a celebrity ‘Talking Drummer’ who performs at both African and multi-cultural events across the UK and Europe who have appeared in all British national newspapers and on all British Television channels. He also teaches Nigerian and African culture, works within educational sectors, offering drumming lessons to willing pupils as well as showing them how to play cultural instruments.

Supported by Film FAN London & Bow Arts Trust

Gypsy, Romany, Traveller Weekender, GRT History Month

GYPSY, ROMANY, TRAVELLER WEEKENDER, GRT HISTORY MONTH
19 – 20 June 2021

Thamesmead Texas have produced a special screening programme marking Gypsy, Romany, Traveller communities to coincide with GRT month. Screening weekend from The Thamesmead Travelling Cinema, Lakeside Centre, 19-20 June as part of National Lottery Cinema Weekend 2021.

GRT FILM PROGRAMME selected by Scully & Scully/ Saturday 19 June 2021

Director: Mike Newell
Into the West, 1992
97 mins

Into the West is a 1992 Irish magical realist film about Irish Travellers written by Jim Sheridan and directed by Mike Newell, starring Gabriel Byrne and Ellen Barkin.

GRT FILM PROGRAMME selected by Scully & Scully/ Sunday 20 June 2021

Artist: Daniel Turner
Experimental Film (Short): Glamour, 2021
9 minutes, 45 seconds

“Glamour” was originally referred to a magic spell, an illusion said to be cast by witches, particularly this was associated with witches of Roma (“Gypsy”) origin, male and female. Originally commissioned for the Estuary Festival 2021, in partnership with A Scully & Scully production.

Artist: Roz Mortimer
Experimental Documentary: The Deathless Woman, 2019
89 minutes

The Deathless Woman is a ghost story for the 21st Century. This urgent and magical hybrid documentary fluidly interweaves fantastical re-imaginings of buried secrets with a ghostly narration and direct to camera testimony from survivors and witnesses of historic and contemporary crimes against the Roma in Poland and Hungary. A Roma woman buried alive in a forest in Poland during WWII returns to haunt us, uncovering a history of atrocities against the Roma in Europe. She is the Deathless Woman. Motivated by rage, she rises from her grave to draw our attention to the persecution of the Roma people from the 1940s to the neo-Nazi hate crimes of the present day.

Daniel Turner (Aka The Gypsy Sculptor) is an artist and educator from London, a Romani born in Kent whose family are still based in South East London with its many close associations with Romani culture. Dan trained at Central St Martins School of Art where he completed a BA Honours Degree in Fine Art (Sculpture). He works across media, including sculpture, video and painting. His work “Seeds of Healing” was shown in FUTUROMA at the Venice Biennale 2019. In 2020 he exhibited in Wales, in the Gypsy Maker Project, supported by the Romani Cultural and Arts Company, and in Berlin at the Kaidikhas Gallery. He is currently working with the London Bronze Casting Company on their New Edition’s commission.

Roz Mortimer is an artist, writer and independent filmmaker who lives and works in London. She initially trained as a textile artist and exhibited installation and sculptural work before starting to make films in 1995. She has an MA in Visual Sociology and a PhD in Documentary Film, teaches alternative documentary practice at universities in the UK and USA and is currently Senior Lecturer in Film at University for the Creative Arts. Roz’s genre-breaking films blur the boundaries between staged theatre and documentary whilst challenging our social and political understanding of the world. The Deathless Woman is her first scripted feature.

Supported by The Lottery Cinema Weekend & Bow Arts Trust

Gypsy, Romany, Traveller Showcase, Estuary Festival

GYPSY, ROMANY, TRAVELLER SHOWCASE, ESTUARY FESTIVAL
30 May 2021

THAMESMEAD TEXAS presents: For the Estuary Festival 2021, Thamesmead Texas have commissioned two artist filmmakers to produce new works for a screening programme in response to the theme of Imperial Legacy, specific to the sub themes of territories’, land ownership and mobile populations. The two featured artist filmmakers: Asmita Shrish and Daniel Turner (Aka ‘The Gypsy Sculptor’) are deeply embedded in Thamesmead, with a history of either living or researching in the locality. Thamesmead Texas have supported both Asmita and Dan to produce and display the works for a curated film programme, alongside an accompanying series of short films of their choice, for display from the Thamesmead Travelling Cinema, Lakeside Centre throughout the weekend of the Estuary Festival 29-30 May 2021.

GRT Spotify playlist curated by Daniel Turner & Liam Scully

GRT FILMS selected by Daniel Turner and Scully & Scully

Group: Black Saint
Music Video, 2018
4 minutes, 43 seconds

A moving image portrait celebrating GRT culture.

Scriptwriter: Damien Le Bas
Documentary: Roads from the Past, 2019
5 minutes, 43 seconds

A short history of Britain’s Gypsies, Roma and Travellers.

Filmmaker: Damien James Le Bas
Documentary: Riley Smith – Portrait of an English Tap Dancer, 2014
4 minutes, 25 seconds

Riley Smith learned tap dancing from his father, following in the footsteps of his grandfather and other ancestors.

Filmmaker: Shane Meadows
Documentary: King of the Gypsies, 1995
10 minutes, 13 seconds

A short documentary about Bartley Gorman, a bare-knuckle boxer born in Uttoxeter and a man that Shane had known for many years.

Artist: Daniel Turner
Experimental Film: Glamour, 2021
9 minutes, 45 seconds

“Glamour” was originally referred to a magic spell, an illusion said to be cast by witches, particularly this was associated with witches of Roma (“Gypsy”) origin, male and female.

Daniel Turner (Aka The Gypsy Sculptor) is an artist and educator from London, a Romani born in Kent whose family are still based in South East London with its many close associations with Romani culture. Dan trained at Central St Martins School of Art where he completed a BA Honours Degree in Fine Art (Sculpture). He works across media, including sculpture, video and painting. His work “Seeds of Healing” was shown in FUTUROMA at the Venice Biennale 2019. In 2020 he exhibited in Wales, in the Gypsy Maker Project, supported by the Romani Cultural and Arts Company, and in Berlin at the Kaidikhas Gallery. He is currently working with the London Bronze Casting Company on their New Edition’s commission.

Supported by Peabody Trust & Bow Arts Trust

Nepalese Showcase, Estuary Festival

NEPALESE SHOWCASE, ESTUARY FESTIVAL
29 May 2021

THAMESMEAD TEXAS presents: For the Estuary Festival 2021, Thamesmead Texas have commissioned two artist filmmakers to produce new works for a screening programme in response to the theme of Imperial Legacy, specific to the sub themes of territories’, land ownership and mobile populations. The two featured artist filmmakers: Asmita Shrish and Daniel Turner (Aka ‘The Gypsy Sculptor’) are deeply embedded in Thamesmead, with a history of either living or researching in the locality. Thamesmead Texas have supported both Asmita and Dan to produce and display the works for a curated film programme, alongside an accompanying series of short films of their choice, for display from the Thamesmead Travelling Cinema, Lakeside Centre throughout the weekend of the Estuary Festival 29-30 May 2021.

Nepalese Spotify playlist curated by Asmita Shrish

NEPALI FILMS selected by Asmita Shrish

Group: Hamro Bajey Bajai, Farak Squad
Music Video, 2020 (Represented by Samir Gurung)
4 minutes, 48 seconds

The lively Baje Bajais of Woolwich wanted to show us how a real dance video is done so here is a special project in collaboration with the Hamro Baje Bajai charity organisation.

Filmmaker: Laxcha Bantawa 
Pawan, 2014 
Documentary 
10 minutes, 3 seconds
 

A little boy moves to the UK with his family from a village in Nepal. Moving home from East to West is a big change for this Nepalese family. Watch the film to see how they have settled in their new lives in Leeds. Winner of Kathmandu International Mountain Film Festival 2014. 

Group: Hamro Bajey Bajai, Farak Squad
Music Video, 2020 (Represented by Samir Gurung)
3 minutes, 43 seconds

Music Video shot in Woolwich riverside showing Nepali youth in Woolwich.

Artist: Maximus Limbu 
Vendors, 2020
Video
7 minutes, 50 seconds

 
Vendors is a reflection of street vending culture during the time of Pandemic in a city called Damak, Nepal. I use poetic gestures to interweave the snippet of reality with the collage of images and the conversation gathered between the shopkeeper and their customers.

Filmmaker: Asmita Shrish
Little Nepal, 2021
Documentary (pilot)
7 minutes, 15 seconds

This pilot in particular features four Gurkha widows in their 70s living in Woolwich.

Asmita Shrish is an independent filmmaker living in London for the past 10 years and deeply connected with the Nepali diaspora in the UK. Her filmmaking practice oscillates from documentaries to dramas, anchoring real issues and narratives to navigate and represent identity within physical and metaphysical space. Her films have always been the results of collaborations with the subjects/casts with particular attraction towards characters that are intimately close to their environment. . In my past documentaries the environment could mean a mountain, a town or neighbourhoods in a city. She has been mentored by auteurs Naomi Kawase, Bela Tarr and Shirin Neshat. Her films Auntie Ganga, Gyalmu’s House and Chandra have won multiple awards in film festivals around the world. Asmita is an alumni of Berlinale Talents (2020), BFI Network/BAFTA crew (2019/2020), Asian Film Academy alumni (2014) and is fellow of IDFA Academy (2011). She is also endorsed by British Council and a recent beneficiary of the Sinchi Fund 2019/2020 as an emerging Indigenous filmmaker.

Supported by Peabody Trust & Bow Arts Trust