Documentary about the UK’s most diverse workforce at Stockwell Bus Garage in London where 80 nationalities work alongside each other to keep the capital moving. From an African tribal Chief to a cleaner who escapes forced marriage and FGM, it’s about migrants in search of new life and freedom.
PRESS: This lovely observational documentary shows modern multicultural Britain working brilliantly. Yeah, Nigel (whose surname may or may not rhyme with “bus garage”). Put that on your poster. Sam Woolaston, The Guardian.
There is a place in TV heaven for docs that are more emotionally engaged than the title suggests. This one finds the staff of a London bus depot to be a glad gang who have come to the UK from all over the world. They recall the horrors they fled, with a smile: it’s such a warm picture of multiculturalism, it’s a wonder it wasn’t deemed a breach of referendum impartiality rules. RT, Outstanding Documentary.
The Secret Life of a Bus Garage, was almost perfect… Hugo Rifkind, The Times
An utterly lovely film…concentrating less on commuter journeys than the life-changing ones staff took to get to London…Nick Poyntz draws out stories of the strife that made them flee their country of birth and the happy family they’ve forged in the British workplace. We’re part of the gang, sharing in both joy and sadness. James Searle, The Guardian
Tucked away in a late-night slot at the height of the referendum debate, this gem was largely overlooked, yet it had more to say about immigration, diversity and community than anything else around. Concentrating more on the personal lives of characters who work at Stockwell bus garage than on the work they do, Nick Poyntz’s documentary was full of humanity, humour and the highs and lows of ordinary lives. Steve Bryant, BFI.