Article: Reel Roots: Windrush – an exploration and celebration of Black British Caribbean stories and talent in cinema

Film Hub Scotland is thrilled to announce Reel Roots: Windrush, an exciting new film tour of Scotland available May-June 2022.

Reel Roots: Windrush is the first of a two-part series exploring Blackness in Britain, curated by The New Black Film Collective with support from Film Hub Scotland. Select your own choices from 10 features + shorts to build a fresh, inclusive and entertaining programme.

The programme is a spotlight on Black people of Caribbean heritage who have resided in the UK since the Windrush generation, and on the fruits of their culture in cinema. It offers a unique opportunity to give a sense of belonging to communities with this heritage, and to hear their many, complex stories.

License fees vary, ranging £50-100 + materials/VAT. Spanning several decades, the titles list includes fictional features, music and socio-political documentaries, and short films and interviews.

Participants can benefit from hands-on support and cultural guidance from The New Black Film Collective, who will help to facilitate community partnerships and enhanced activity, such as pre-recorded content, Facebook Live events, Q&As, panels, DJ sets, live music, and Caribbean cuisine.

Film Hub Scotland will also provide full marketing support, including bespoke tour posters and digital artwork, a full marketing pack, and social media budget, as well as offering some budget to support enhanced activity.

This project is open to exhibitors of all kinds. Venues must book 3+ titles to benefit from tour support; community cinemas and other non-venue exhibitors must book 2+.

Download the tour information guide for full details of the support available.

Feature films:

  • Rebel Dread (2020)
  • Marley (2012)
  • Babymother (1998)
  • I Am the Gorgon: Bunny ‘Striker’ Lee and the Roots of Reggae (2013)
  • Inna De Yard: The Soul of Jamaica (2019)
  • Dancehall Queen (1997)
  • Playing Away (1987)
  • Pressure (1976)
  • Lee Scratch Perry’s Vision of Paradise (2015)
  • The Stuart Hall Project (2013)

Synopses, formats, fees and other key booking information can be found in the tour information guide.

Short films:

Curate a conversation that offers your audience a broader range of perspectives by screening short films and interviews ahead of features.

  • 1000 Londoners: This multi-award-winning documentary project discovers the lives of 4 generations of Londoners with Caribbean heritage. Choose from 15 short film interviews at approximately 3-minutes each.
  • ‘Arrival’: Celebrating Windrush 2018: A short film documenting the celebrations of the 70th Anniversary of the Empire Windrush at London City Hall, featuring passengers of the SS Windrush and other special speakers.

Reel Roots: Windrush will be followed by by Reel Roots: Black History Month, a programme focusing on inspirational Black figures, available September-October 2022.

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