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The Colony

Dir. Philip Donnellan
UK 1964, 57 mins
Cert: PG*

This one-hour documentary was unusual at the time in giving recent arrivals to Birmingham from the Caribbean the chance to speak for themselves. Featuring a tapestry of candid interviews with characters including teacher Bernice Smith and signalman Stan Crooke, it caused some controversy locally after Alderman Frank Price described it as ‘a wasted hour’. Today it stands as a fascinating time-capsule from a turbulent period.

Screening with Freedom Train (Central TV, 1983), a portrait of Handsworth-based cultural activist Derrick Anderson who went on to become the head of Lambeth Council.

Presented in association with Film 21, a new community cinema for Handsworth. Refreshments included.



The Colony & Handsworth Songs Poster - web

Poster design by Duncan Poulton


Date :
October 4, 2016 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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Event Tags:
Birmingham On Film, Film 21, Handsworth
This event was part of Birmingham on Film


Handsworth Library
Soho Rd, Handsworth
Birmingham, B21 9DP
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Tickets will be available from the venue on the day - box office opens 30 minutes before the advertised event start time.