Film Co Lab member Clare Holden recently curated Big City Stories, a high quality compilation programme of archive film material. In partnership with Black London’s Film Heritage Project which was launched in October 2010 and devised by Film London to provide expanded screen time for Black screen heritage, new opportunities for London educational and community audiences, and training and support for BAME curators and event organisers.
Big City Stories has been screened at the Ritzy Picturehouse, Brixton on Saturday 26th March 2011 as part of the celebrations to mark 100 years of that cinema’s existence, and at the BFI Southbank on 12th April 2011.
Big City Stories includes non-fiction images from the very earliest years of British cinema. Alongside these are fiction films which present dramatic interpretations of Black London’s stories over the years. These images bring together the personal perspectives of some African-Caribbean “home movies”, with those of established directors, and images from official archives.
Here are a few pics from the sold out screenings….