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Britain on Film: Protest!

  • Harris Academy South Norwood 2 Cumberlow Avenue London SE25 6AE (map)

Dir. Various • 1910 - 1986 • UK • Documentary • 78 mins • Cert 12A

At a time of intense public activism both at home and across the globe, explore the varied and fascinating history of public protest in the UK with new archive film programme: Britain on Film: Protest!

From a 1910 suffragette demonstration to striking coal miners in the Rhondda Valley, and from female CND protesters spanning the Tamar Bridge to the defeat of fascists at London’s Cable Street, this absorbing, illuminating collection examines the nature of protests large and small and for causes regional and national, by participants fighting for suffrage and democracy, against exploitation and inequality, for fair wages and worker’s rights, for public safety, freedom and community and in the face of war and oppression.

Sourced from the national and regional archives and newly digitised, Britain on Film: Protest! tells a story not just about specific protests and their causes but about a tumultuous social, political and economic century and the constant, dynamic presence of public dissent and its effects as a weapon of change – at a time when raising our voices feels more essential than ever.

We’re pleased to be welcoming Jeremy Taylor, Ariana Hart and Heather McIntosh who will be leading a discussion on the film.

Jeremy Taylor works as Head of History and Politics at a secondary school in Lambeth and also Branch Secretary of South Norwood Labour Party. Active in Left wing politics since his teenager years, he rejoined the Labour Party in 2015 after a 21 year absence. Passionated about history and politics, he’s been teaching these topics for the past 20 years.

Ariana Hart studies a politics and international relations degree at SOAS and represents the Croydon North Labour Party as a Youth Officer. Deeply involved with local campaigns to improve lives of youth in her community, Ariana have been an advocate for the end of knife crime as well as encouraging registration to vote and expansion of youth services. 

Heather McIntosh is the curator of Britain on Film: Protest! Previously programming and curating Curzon’s digital venue, Curzon On Demand, she now fulfils her wish to work with cinemas more directly. Heather joined the Independent Cinema Office as a Film Programmer in March 2018. 

Jane Nicholl is is an anarchist and an anti fascist as well as a co-founder of the South Norwood Tourist Board, whose many local actions have included reclaiming an area of disused land and transforming it into the community run Sensible Garden, the re-naming of the Country Park Lake and more recently organising a solidarity march with Grenfell which had a massive community turnout of 350.

And our very own volunteer Mia. Recently featured by Extinction Rebellion (and Leonardo DiCaprio!) on Instagram for her work in climate change activism, Mia believes that "we have a voice and together we are louder".

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