The support and enthusiasm of Rebecca Johnson, the director, was a breath of fresh air. Rebecca understood the Centre and the work that was done at the time. Whilst making her own film “TOP GIRL”, Rebecca also filmed a “fly on the wall” documentary about the Centre and the people who used it. Called “Home Turf” the documentary is a piece of social history. Both young and old talk about the changes on the estate, what they think of the Centre and explain why they use the place. There have clearly been changes. Changes come through evolution and, in order to be embedded, changes need time to settle. We are currently in transition… waiting for our newly refurbished building. In the meantime we have worked with Fierce Productions on a number of other projects - the bigger plan in being involved with these projects is to create a record of “a moment in time”...
Top Girl is all about rebellious youngsters in Brixton, living a double life and almost believing it themselves! The confusion felt by the young people is shown as they struggle for acceptance with both their peers and their family. It is the usual generation gap, full of life, music and the musings of the young it is a quick “hit” of nostalgia for that moment in time when the sun shines and young people take their first faltering steps into growing up. Both joy and despair… leading to realisation in just a sharp intake of breath. Top Girl won awards for: Best Screenplay, Best Actress and Best Cinematography at the BFI Black Filmmakers Festival.
A new film titled “Honeytrap” was filmed in and around the Centre in 2013. Sadly the script was developed using a tragedy that had already impacted on the young people in the area. Gangs were a part of growing up. Now less of a concern to those of us living here, the impact of the grudges and unresolved issues between young people leads to murder. Local kids got involved both in front and behind the cameras. They mixed with those whose career paths already included “Youngers” (currently on TV) and learned just how hard it is to create a film that needs continuity, different lighting, scripts to be learned, people to be reliable and how to go the extra half mile!
Antique is a young lady well known to many members of the Trust (they went to school with her). Antique has run workshops for Build It, the Job Centre and many others. A Positive Person, Antique can sing… can she sing! Her latest video (released on 30th January 2014) was shot in our meeting room and is covered below. Antique is gearing herself up to tackle the issues around Bereavement in one of our “Tackling the difficult subjects” sessions. Despite the title we are hoping for positive outcomes from the workshops… we will be reminding you when and where. We start with a discussion about drug use in partnership with the NHS in June and hope to run a session once a month talking about those things you may not feel confident speaking about. All nationalities, all ages and all cultures are invited to come along to bring their views on those difficult subjects.
Check out the BEHIND THE SCENES footage of "One in a Million" filmed in our very own centre!
Here's the full release of Antique's video: "One in a Million"
SW9GGA Like Us is a result of egos and enthusiasm. Faced with the cameras our young people get into the groove with opinions, style and a lot of laughs! As a result of popular demand you can finally check out all the photos from the shoot! You are able to see the photos and even download them individually. Due to the massive number of photos, we have split the shoot in to one summary album and a set of eight albums containing all of the photos taken during the shoot. Instructions follow...
FRAMED! Benefit Bash When: Sunday, June 16th Where: The Grosvenor 17 Sidney Road SW9 0TP Time: 7:30 - 10:30 PM Ticket Price: Love donation We'll have a hat to pass around after the performances as well as a donation box at the door
Over the Summer holidays local residents of all ages, races and a passion for doing 'something' got together with friends from Vital Link to paint, draw and write poetry together. An amazing two piece band rapped and drummed; Farid put together an amazing meal in next to no time. The Black Film Archive showed a collection of films called Big City Stories - all about the integration of the Afro Caribbean community into Britain.
It’s amazing what can happen when a group of people sit down together to share time, space and food!
Many, many thanks to Farid, Salome, Mary, Esther, June, Toshi and friends!!!
There is more to life than 'Microsoft Office' at the Community Centre!