The new short film from 1000 Londoners, follows Sophie, a mother of two from Brixton. The film takes us on a 5 year journey, as the neighbours of Thornbury Street come together as a community.
Sophie grew up in the RAF, so knowing those around her has always been fundamental to her way of life and she missed that kind of camaraderie in her area.
In 2009, in an attempt to bring her community together, Sophie organised a street party. It was a great success and blossomed into an annual tradition and inspired many more streets to do the same. This year, Sophie took her community bonding endeavours one step further, organising an exhibition of photographs of their neighbors at the Ritzy in Brixton.
Photo credit: © Jamie Lancaster
This film is part of 1000 Londoners, a five-year digital project which aims to create a digital portrait of a city through 1000 of the people who identify themselves with it. The profile contains a 3 minute film that gives an insight into the life of the Londoner, as well as their personal photos of London and some answers to crucial questions about their views on London life. Over the course of the project we aim to reveal as many facets of the capital as possible, seeing city life from 1000 points of view.
1000 Londoners is produced by South London based film production company and social enterprise, Chocolate Films. The filmmakers from Chocolate Films will be both producing the films and providing opportunities to young people and community groups to make their own short documentaries, which will contribute to the 1000 films. Visit chocolatefilms.com
The way that I've grown up, in the RAF, we have always known everybody who lived close to us and it's just been a very natural thing for me. I think London can be quite isolating. I think a lot of people come here and they come here for work, and so that's what they do. They work really hard all hours of the day and that's exactly what I was doing. But then there was the recession around 2008 and I suddenly had a lot more time on my hands. At the time, the only people that I knew on the street were my next door neighbours on one side and we'd met them because Holly next door likes to stick her head over the fence to say hello every so often. And so I said to her, you know, "I would really like to get to know everybody around here. Do you think that we could have a street party?". And she said "yeah, you know, I'd come." The idea for me was that you just take whatever you're having for lunch that day out onto the street along with a table that you've got in the garden, a few chairs, which you're king to have in the house anyway and see who comes and sits down next to you and meet your neighbours that way. It was really simple and just really lovely because of it. We're upstairs at the Ritzy bar this evening which is in Brixton and we're here because Jamie, my partner, and myself have recently finished a photography project. So this exhibition is all about our neighbours and it's all about the different people who live behind the closed doors on our street. Loads of people are here this evening. We've got loads of the people that are in the photos who've come down. It's turning into quite a do. I'm hoping that what I've given my daughters by doing all this community work in my street is the opportunity to experience a little bit of what I had while I was growing up.
Thanks to everybody but mostly thank you to Sophie for organising the whole thing, you've been absolutely brilliant. But lastly I'd like to ask you if you'd marry me.
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