Organiser's of this year's 'Caribbean UK Film Festival', are set for a bumper year as the doors to the 1960's themed event open with an 'all male' line up!
Visitors are encouraged to attend with their children who'll be inspired by the successful attainments of Britain's black male role models whose achievements start in the 60's and continue today ...
Day 1's film festival programme follows, and today only, tickets can be purchased for £10 (that's a 50% saving), if you enter the word CHAMPIONS when booking!
Visit the film festival website or check out the booking page for information on the range of activities happening across the two days, including the 'free' 1960's Generation - Generation Exhibition, charting a timeline of the Black British experience in 20th century Britain.
Sunday 10 July
Ten Bob in Winter
dir. Lloyd Reckford, 1963
(U) – 12 min
This enigmatic short film, shot in black and
white, is fresh and experimental but still light
hearted and accessible. In place of dialogue, the
director narrates in a Jazz Rap style reminiscent
of Langston Hughes, while a sparky Jazz
soundtrack is provided by the Joe Harriott
Quintet. The film traces class tensions within a
Jemima & Johnny
dir. Lionel Ngakane, 1966
(U) – 28 min
In a West London community divided by racism,
a young white English boy befriends the young
daughter of recent immigrants from the
Caribbean. Followed by an audience with Jim
Pines, writer and lecturer at the University
of Luton, Earl Cameron OBE and guests.
Courtesy of the British Film Institute
EYE ON THE CARIBBEAN PRESENTS: Antigua and Barbuda
A Presentation by His Excellency High
Commissioner Dr Carl Roberts
Discover the history and landscape of these
islands. Antiguans and Barbadians are
descendants of the Sibony, and West Africans
taken to the islands as part of the slave trade.
The 17th century sugar industry has left its mark
on the landscape today. Antigua is the home of
cricketers Curtley Ambrose, Richie Richardson
and Sir Vivian Richards, Sailing Week and yacht
regattas, St Johns Cathedral and Shirley
Heights. It boasts well preserved coral reefs,
ruins and shipwrecks, beautiful beaches and
A Carnival History
dir. Clarence Thompson, 2008,
(U) – 30 min
This rare film tells the history of the Carnival
tradition which has spread from Africa to the
Caribbean and Europe. Followed by an audience
with Clarence Thompson MBE and founder of
the 'Ebony Steel Band', Pepe
Claudia Jones - A Woman of Our Times
Courtesy of Black History Walks,
(U) – 60 min
Journalist Claudia Jones arrived in Britain
aboard the Royal Navy ship Queen Elizabeth in
1955. She produced Britain’s first black
newspaper in 1958 and was instrumental in
setting up the Notting Hill Carnival in 1959.
Followed by an audience with Tony Warner,
founder of Black History Walks, and guest:
Professor Gus John.
WORLD CINEMA DAY opens tomorrow at the V&A - tickets are £5.00 for the afternoon programme, starts at 1pm, ends at 5pm. Limited tickets available - advanced booking strongly recommended!