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Fierce Productions

May 21 2014   |   By: admin   |   0   |   Posted in Art, Community, Uncategorized

Fierce Productions is an amazing organisation that walked through our doors many years ago.

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”...

The film “Swagger Like Us” a stunning film about fashion and lifestyle on the fast vanishing “endz”.
“Electric” is a short film, filmed mainly in Wayland House - all about the disconnection that can arise when you leave a place and return, only to see things differently.
Top Girl

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.

Honeytrap (trailer to the forthcoming release)

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!

Honeytrap is due for release towards the end of the year - click here to learn more about it. One of the production assistants was Gary, Gary can be seen in Home Turf keeping discipline in army uniform… he now works full-time in the “movie” business… we’re just “keeping them moving in the right direction”. In the Centre we have many budding film makers. Our Big Local video and our Christmas Party video was put together by an outfit called Jack Joint, the videos made by Devon are lovingly worked on for months in our very own Computer Suite. Talent can be found everywhere, sometimes it can hide away under a stone, sometimes it can strut its stuff on the stage.

Emil and the Detectives! By Erich Kastner

Apr 15 2014   |   By: admin   |   0   |   Posted in Art, Community, Homepage Article, Uncategorized

Who spotted Million Binyam from Stockwell Park strutting her stuff on stage in Emil and the Detectives? Carl Miller’s adaption of the story of Emil being robbed by Mr Snow is clear about the stigma attached to poverty, and being poor. Set in 1920’s Germany against a background of rigid authoritarianism and conformity, the play explores the relationship of child to adult authority, the perceived dangers of the Big City and the relationship between parent and child. Pretty sure that Million could have brought her own views to the story! Kids from here…doing well… soon up for the Oscars… Stockwell Park nurtures champions! emil and the detectives
Just in case you are wondering who Million Binyam is - we were the first to recognise her star qualities! She has featured on our main logo for the past 4 years (alongside her brother, who we're sure is also a star in the making!!)

Antiqu’e: One in a Million

Apr 10 2014   |   By: admin   |   0   |   Posted in Art, Community, Music

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"

if it's antiqu'e it's inspirational

SW9GGER Photo Shoot: Looking Back… (find all your pics here)

Mar 28 2014   |   By: admin   |   0   |   Posted in Art, Community, Community Centre, Homepage Article


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...

flickr stream preview

In order to view the photos on flickr, begin by clicking on the photo montage above: 1) This will take you to the "SW9GGA Photos - Summa Dem!" album, which is the summary album of the photos 2) If you see a photo you like and want to see more of the same type: hover the mouse over the photo you like 3) A name such as 'SW9GGA 02345' will appear: take note of it 4) Click on 'View all albums', which is next to the current album's profile pic 5) Select the corresponding album to the photo name you noted in step 3. In this example (SW9GGA 02345) belongs to album '(5/8) SW9GGA 02001 - 02500' 6) Now, just scroll through the album's photos and you should find another copy of the photo you were interested, but now its surrounded by others taken around the same time! Tip: Print out these instructions as a guide, if you are still having trouble
If you want a copy of one of the photos on flickr: 1) click on the photo for a full preview 2) click the three dots on the right of the screen 3) click on "Download / All sizes", then choose "Original" for the best quality and finally hit the "Download" button 3 dots 4) The photo has now downloaded on the computer and should either be in the 'Downloads' or 'Pictures' folder or maybe even the Desktop (depending on your internet browser)
Don't forget to check out!

The Film
SW9GGER photo shoot slideshow  The Slideshow

Food Project: Nando’s Corporate Video Event

Feb 06 2014   |   By: admin   |   0   |   Posted in Community, Community Centre, Food, Homepage Article, Party

Mala Naicker (one of the Trust’s most active volunteers) arranged for the Trust to receive free chickens from the Clapham branch of Nando’s to enable volunteers to cook on Friday evenings and provide a hot meal for up to 100 people. Nando’s selected the Trust to be part of their corporate video and this was filmed on Thursday 6th February with over 100 local people attending. A meal was provided along with entertainment (for free!) by our groups who have been given free space to rehearse. This included the Tango dancers and the Hungarian break dancers. The young people who had contributed towards the CTH calendar were presented with prizes for their hard work. CTH staff attended. The evening was very successful with Trust staff and volunteers meeting the Managing Director of Nando’s and also two representatives from the American Food Donation Connection who are responsible for the redistribution of surplus food in association with the National Restaurant Association. This could be considered a controversial programme as currently the Mayor of London is trying to halt the distribution of surplus food to the homeless and poor on the streets. Those helping to supply food to the Trust include both Pret a Manger and EAT. The Trust does not currently advertise the free evening meal widely and there have been no reports of anti-social behaviour arising from the Food Project and we are hoping that the fact that the food is distributed by qualified volunteers within the confines of the building might mean we are going to continue to have food supplied. Nando’s are currently running a very successful employability project in South Africa and the Trust is keen to be a part of this as 6000 youngsters were placed in jobs arising from the South African Project and although many of the issues are the same many are different and we are due to meet the leader of the project in the near future.
Jolly Good Jem

360 Calories Per Leg

Three Hungry Men

Grateful Smile

May I Have More

Cock-a-Doodle Doo

Email from Nando’s after the event: “Hi Mala, Julie, Thank you so much for hosting us last night – and for going to such great lengths to making it a special occasion. We got some great footage, but more importantly we had a really emotional experience of seeing where our chicken is being put to such good use (and to think it used to go in the bin). We were all really moved by the great set up you have and the fantastic work you are doing. Thanks again. We’ll be in touch (and of course, we’ll send you a copy of the film when it’s done). Bob Do the Right Thing Manager”

What Are We? A poem by S.M.M. Alladin

Jan 21 2014   |   By: admin   |   0   |   Posted in Community

A poem emailed to us by one of our members:

Here is the poem I wrote on Tuesday gone when I attended "Poetry and Prose session at the Well Being Centre off Battersea Road."


                                                      What Are We?


                                             Are we humans or are we animals?

                                             The way we treat each other. Our cruelty

                                              to one another, it makes me wonder.

                                               What are we?

                                                 My tears more than all the water in all

                                                  Earth's oceans. I want to stop crying. I

                                                   will only stop when human inhumanity,

                                                     crimes against humanity, cease. Every

                                                      breath I take, my heart skips a beat, when

                                                       I see the wickedness, the demon seed of

                                                        humanity. Are we humans or animals? I

                                                         would say the latter. Convince me,

                                                          however, that we will stop rape, pillage

                                                           and plunder each other. Then maybe I

                                                            will consider the former. We are humans

                                                             not animals as I ponder.


                                                                   By Sheikh Mustapha Muhammad Alladin