In 2015, The Friends of Southwark Park were awarded £450 for a special screening of three local interest films at Shortwave Cinema.
The film screenings were promoted in the community through our Friends database (c590 members); the Peabody Trust’s online local noticeboards and our Southwark Park 2015 Summer Events booklet. The screenings were well-attended – 51 people in the matinee and 54 in the evening – 104 in total.
Many positive comments were made about the films, especially the opportunity to see the changes in Bermondsey and other South London neighbourhoods represented in all three films.
The day also gave opportunities for volunteers – six people helped out in various ways.
There were two free entry screenings (matinee and evening) of a community interest triple film bill:
We Was All One
This is a classic 60 minute Thames TV documentary filmed in and around Bermondsey in 1972. Featuring interviews with local people, including in The Hand and Marigold pub (now Marigolds) next to Bermondsey Square, the film is a unique look at Bermondsey over 40 years ago. Through a new DVD copy of the film direct from Freemantle (who own the Thames TV archives) we were able to present the picture on a big screen for the first time in many years. The film’s original cinematographer Mike Dodds attended the screenings, introduce the film and took questions afterwards.
It’s Our Park
The documentary film about Southwark Park, directed by Stewart Morgan, the making of which was supported by Bermondsey Square Community Fund earlier in 2014. Stewart Morgan attended and took questions afterwards.
Stewart Morgan’s documentary film about a butcher’s shop in Deptford.
About Bermondsey Square Community Fund
The Bermondsey Square Trust collects money from the occupiers and owners of Bermondsey Square through the occupiers’ leases and grants awards for ‘The marketing animation and promotion of the Bermondsey Square Estate and making a positive contribution to the wider neighbourhood and community of Bermondsey.’About the Community Fund