A year long collaboration with MADE TV culminates in a documentary and series of short films looking at the cinema history of a town defined by migration.
As the immigrant story is distorted by the media & populist politicians more and more within British society - the personal and complex strands of community are vital to explore; this particular project unravelled the impact of cinema on the migrant experience.
Local residents in Southall turned to cinemas as a refuge in times of violent oppression and thus the demand for Bollywood film screenings surged.
With the advent of VHS and DVDs consumption shifted through the decades, as well as the role film played in the everyday lives of the descendants of the first generation immigrants who came to Britain post-partition.
Through first-hand accounts and original screenplays: the rise and fall of these very English South Asian movie melting points have been brought to life for the very first time.
The former cinemas: