Southwark.TV ran a series of four screening+discussion events at Frank's Cafe as part of the Bold Tendencies programme. The themes, reflecting different aspects of local media engagement with community, were:
Thursday 2 August VIOLENCE The link between shame and violence has been explored by therapist counsellor Jonathan Asser who took his thesis into Wandsworth prison. He and two ex-offenders enlightened an enthralled audience supported by clips from forthcoming documentary and DVD. Thursday 23 August LONDON YOUNG VOICES This session screened films made by local young people from Primary School age onwards up to 18. Subjects included gangs, bullying, teenage pregnancy, friendship, revenge, meaning and identity. London Young Voices has been a 3-year positive media project run by Community TV Trust and generated a wide range of films of contrasting genres, from innocent exuberance to the dark and turbulent. Friday 24 August ON THE MARGINS CTVT spent time with both local Muslim and Traveller communities who know about life on the margins, are scrutinised, stereotyped and often vilified by mainstream media. This session concentrated on the Muslim focused films. Sunday 26 August ART, IMAGE & PECKHAM Trotter or Damilola Taylor ? Public perception of Peckham would not be recognised by many, indeed most of its inhabitants. Art galleries are playing positive and proactive roles in the area. CTVT collaborated with a number of Southwark galleries, including Peckham Space, South London Gallery, Coleman Gallery and Hannah Barry Gallery. What is or might be or should be their role ? Films shown looked at Sierra Leoneans in Peckham, at how Yinka Shonibare's Fourth Plinth and the new Borough Road Gallery showing David Bomberg's work, inspired students at St Saviour's & St Olave's to produce intellectually creative short films in response. Community engagement has been brought sharply into focus with the collapse of 116 year old Peckham Settlement.
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• The highly regarded over 60’s group is sharing the same location – an old cricket bat factory in Peckham – with (and at the same time as) the Royal Court Theatre and is being supported by them.
• The show is a banner kept flying for south London over 60’s creativity now that Southwark has cut its famous ‘Silver’ festival.
• ‘Absurd’ celebrates the avant-garde of the 1950’s – the cutting edge when members of the company were in their teens or twenties.
• The short residency in Peckham will be the first show for new 3rdthought Patron Felicity Finch – highly respected journalist and actor (and Ruth in The Archers).
• The company is welcoming Josie Kook-Clark, a young upcoming actor from the Italia Conti school, to this production.
• 3rdthought will also be starting their season of appearances at festivals (including the Mayor’s Olympic Open Air Festival in July and the Edinburgh Festival in August) with its remarkable face-to-face, one-to-one show ‘Invisible People’. This event recently appeared at St Pancras Station and at £1 per performance raised £250 for Great Ormond St Hospital in two hours.
• Jeanie Deane, company stalwart, celebrated her eightieth birthday last week with a complementary lunch at the Savoy followed by delightful ad hoc one in the rehearsal room in Bermondsey. Jeanie, after her triumphant Aunt Meme in last year’s ‘Saturday, Sunday, Monday’ plays Mrs Smith in The Bald Prima Donna in .Absurd’.
Previous work by the company includes Martin Crimp’s ‘Fewer Emergencies’ at the Unicorn Theatre in 2009 and ‘Pinter Party’ in 2010 at the same location. The fairground-tented multi-collaborative show ‘Paradise’ was presented at the Long Night of the Theatre in Berlin in 2009.
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PECKHAM TRAVELLERS at Peckhamplex
As part of the Elephant & The Nun Festival in Southwark, Peckham's cinema Peckhamplex was due to show the recent Community TV Trust production "PECKHAM TRAVELLERS". The event will be rescheduled for the autumn and will allow time for Q+A: How well do you know your neighbours ? What do you really know of their culture ? Did 'My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding' bother you, entertain, inform you, infuriate you ? Come along, join in, be enriched.
SCREENING of MOSQUE DVD
On Saturday 7th May there will be a screening of MOSQUE: The Story of Islam in Southwark, the recent educational DVD production by Community TV Trust. Christ Church, Barry Road, SE22 Saturday 7th May 2011 5pm-8pm Find out more about Muslims, their Mosques and Islam in Southwark. It’s time to meet your neighbours and think hard about the fear-mongering and stereotyping that dominate mainstream media. A Spring Celebration of Difference in Southwark’s myriad cultures and communities. This is part two of a two-part project with East Dulwich Community Centre.
LAUNCH OF TRAVELLERS DVD at TATE MODERN
Wed 22 June 2011 The launch of a new educational DVD project funded by Heritage Lottery Fund and produced by Community TV Trust takes place in mid summer at Tate Modern. There will be two screenings, one for schoolchildren and a second for the community. This project shows the local traveller community in many ways, including a wedding, boxing, a day at the races, a talent competition, a party, a museum, opportunities to hear direct from young travellers about their lives and their aspirations, and a chance to hear from traveller men - not always known for being ready to talk openly.
LOOKING FOR SIERRA LEONE
South London Gallery are hosting a screening of a new film about Sierra Leone in Southwark, its culture, people and history. Sierra Leone celebrates the 50th anniversary of its Independence which was gained on 27th April 1961. SCREENING: Friday 29th April at 7pm VENUE: South London Gallery 65 Peckham Road SE5 8UH The screening will be followed by a discussion, and the young filmmakers will be present. Chris Haydon of Community TV Trust produced the film with Ashley Whitfield of South London Gallery and Juma Bah, local Sierra Leonean who came up with the idea. A number of local businesses are featured in a film replete with archive footage and song. The visit of the Queen fifty years ago is recalled by women who actually sang for her - they sing again for the camera.
:FUSION OF SPOKEN WORD, SHORT FILM & VISUAL ART SATURDAY 5TH MARCH 2011::
What is it? A new vibrant night fusing spoken word, short filmand visual art When? This Saturday, 5th March 2011 Where? The Horse Pub, 124 Westminster Bridge Rd Nearest tube: Lambeth North and buses 12 & 148 will take you there Doors 7pm Show 8pm
ON THE MENU: *The finest talent of London's spoken word scene featuring INDIGO WILLIAMS, BELINDA ZHAWI & CATHERINE BROGAN *2 quirky short films and Q&As with the directors *Live visual art exhibition from the big smoke's talented illustrators, featuring the works from the students of Camberwell College of Arts ...as well as a special literary surprise for those who arriveearly & DJ playing after the show!
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BEHIND THE EYES
A ‘theatre in sound’ community performance inspired by Philip Ridley’s play Mercury Fur Inspired by Philip Ridley’s play Mercury Fur Schema Arts Collective is launching a new type of participatory cross arts community project. With the support of Southwark Community Council we have joined forces with aspiring young artists and performers from in and around Peckham to investigate how Mercury Fur can be used by young people to explore their identities and communities. Schema Arts is also working with the company to research how sound can be used live in performance to illustrate the physical and psychological world conjured up by the play.
Behind the Eyes is an experimental showcase based on Mercury Fur incorporating live performance, visual art and documentary film that explores how this play affects and reflects the live of young people in South East London. Theatre in sound Performing live in tandem with electro-acoustic composer Jack James, the company’s goal is to realise the musicality and poetic architecture of Ridley’s text on stage and in sound. As Ridley’s words spin and weave, so our live score will paint pictures in sound, creating an acoustic environment representative of the text. The portraits Philip Ridley is producing a series of special portraits examining the cast's shifting identities as they endeavor to form their character for performance. The film Awarding winning filmmaker Eva-Marie Elg is producing a short film that documents our rehearsals and probes into how Mercury Fur text affects and reflects our lives. The Artwork Marina Fages is a celebrated visual artist from Buenos Aires, Argentina. Taking inspiration from Mercury Fur Marina is creating a large-scale collage – the backdrop to our show.
Show times 24/2/2011 19.30 25/2/2011 21.30 26/2/2100 19.30
Venue The Sassoon Gallery 213 Blenheim Grove, Peckham, SE15 4QL
For transport information and gallery opening hours please visit www.thesassoongallery.co.uk
The Performance runs for approximately 40 minutes and contains strong language. Not suitable for under 16s.
Behind the Eyes is a volunteer project sponsored by Happy Endings Productions and funded by Southwark Council.
MOSQUE PREVIEW on 7/7
Community TV Trust is holding a preview screening of its film on the mosques and muslims of Southwark on the anniversary of the 7/7 bombings. The project has had access to a number of the boroughs mosques and muslim communities who have welcomed this initiative. The full DVD will be launched at Tate Modern in late September.
PECKHAM MOSQUE OPEN DAY 2007
On Monday 10th September, Peckham Mosque on Choumert Grove will be having an open afternoon from 2-4pm for people to meet the Muslim community and learn more about Islam. There will be the opportunity to view the Mosque and to ask questions. Everyone is welcome.
May 2006 Screening
Southwark.TV's next film screening event will be on Monday 15th May at a venue to be confirmed. There will be a collection of new work from around the Borough, including Castle Arts with a series of 'dream' films, and Southwark FE College who recently completed a project to produce promo films for Southwark.TV itself. Stylish work all round, worth the trip. Look out also for local filmmakers making a first appearance plus a glimpse behind the Israeli walls incarcerating the residents and children of Qalqiliya on Palestine's West Bank.
Start time is 6.15pm
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NOW WE ARE FOUR
Southwark.TV will be four years old on the first Monday of February 2007. It is proving to be a robust model for community media practice, combining as it does local talent, volunteering, project by project funding, plus charitable donations and unstinting support from Community TV Trust. Southwark.TV is conducting research with its partner organisations - now numbering over fifty - to see how they are all feeling about it, about the continuing needs they experience and about their ambitions. There will be a celebratory event at the Southwark City Learning Centre in February to honour the fourth anniversary milestone.
SOUTHWARK.TV FESTIVAL of Film & Photography
The inaugural Southwark.TV Festival of Film & Photography launches with a 4-day event at Corsica Studios, following media training and filmmaking for four local mental health groups. Funding for the project came from Awards For All. The four groups taking part in the Festival are - Castle Arts, Cooltan Arts, Creative Routes, Mental Fight Club.
World Mental Health Day falls on Tuesday 10th October 2006.
The series of TV programmes, made with local people in front of and behind the camera, comes to an end soon with the broadcast of our tenth one-hour edition of SOUTHWARK HOUR on the Community Channel.
Voters hacked off - but unlikely to vote !
Giving a talk recently to a hundred or so students from London College of Communication I was asking them a series of questions, seeking quick responses and a steer for me in how best to pitch the talk I had been invited to give - about "Southwark.TV". I was learning that most students watched TV every day, did not much respect the output, went online daily, in this sample were interested in careers in graphic & web design, with just a few aiming at broadcast television.
TRUST ? NO CHANCE: ACTION ? NO CHANCE.
For some reason I then asked:
"Are there people here who no longer trust the Prime Minister ?"
It was amazing ! Where generally in response to my questions hands were being feebly offered up, at this question hands shot up. You know, like the zealous swot in the classroom. Not only that, I could not see anyone who had not put their hand up. The entire room was politicised and showing what it thought of recent events. Or was it ?
I paused, a little shocked at the release of energy the question had triggered. I ventured one more question:
"Who's going to vote (in the next election) ?"
Guess what ?
About five people put up a tentative hand.
That is depressing. To have such a powerful and general feeling of dissatisfaction ... and for it to be matched by an almost uniform lethargy. Well, you get the Government you deserve.
And this is a Government that supports the slaughter of Fallujans in the name of 'democracy'. Blair and Bush are killing ordinary Iraqis, alright - in pursuit of "insurgents", in order to enable elections to take place where people can vote. Meanwhile here in the UK people cannot be bothered !!