Goodbye Europe, hello Londoners!
We’ve had the first two screenings of our brand new series of Movie Nights ‘Goodbye Europe’, an anthology of new short films featuring Londoners from the 28 nations of the EU. These micro-documentaries tell the unique tales of people living across the capital, from all different backgrounds and walks of life.
On Friday we were at the National Portrait Gallery, as part of their popular Friday Lates programme. We had a completely packed out screening, with an excitable buzz of anticipation in the air. From meeting young Arthur, a baby from Ireland, to Jewish refugees and couple Bob and Ann who were brought to the UK on the Kindertransport, the audience laughed, smiled and reflected upon the different stories they were hearing.
Afterwards a panel discussion gave people the chance to meet Isabelle from France, a pioneer in mobility, Roland from Italy who has a music studio in Ealing, Diana from Romania who enjoys the Romanian music scene available in London and Lina from Lithuania, whose demanding job as a social worker doesn’t dampen her spirit. Led by Creative Director of 1000 Londoners Rachel Wang, the audience got the chance to ask questions to the contributors as well as the independent filmmaker Christine Lutzu.
Monday brought us to the Museum of London, where the screening took place as part of their Brexit Talks event, where museum team members were on hand to gather oral histories and views on Brexit from attendees. It was great to meet so many people, and to hear their thoughts and views. After the screening there was the chance for people to discuss 1000 Londoners further, as well as meet some of the contributors, all the while viewing objects from the Museum of London’s collections.