1000 Londoners

Ali in is and is head of Canine Welfare Training at Battersea Dogs and Cats Home.

Ali has worked at Battersea Dogs and Cats home for years and believes that any dog can be a good dog with a bit of love and training!


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.
Twitter: @1000_londoners
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

Film Maker:

Questions & Answers

  • What's your first memory of London? Going to Buckingham palace with my family as a kid - I had never seen a building so big!
  • What do you miss when you're away from London? The busyness. Especially when I go to other working sites and it's always quiet.
  • What's your favourite neighbourhood? I like to go out in Battersea, even though I live in Willesden
  • What's your favourite building? Battersea Power Station or St Mary Abbots Church Kensington
  • What's your ideal day out in London? Taking the dogs for a walk around Fryent country park - it's land upon land
  • What's your ideal night out in London? going to a ska concert, mainly around Camden or Brixton
  • What's your most hated building? Estates that look like cardboard cut-outs
  • What's the best view in London? I like to see green, so anywhere you can see green spaces
  • What's your favourite open space? Fryent country park
  • What's your favourite bar, pub or restaurant? Anything that sells food!
  • What's your favourite place to hang out? I'm not fussy; I like going out to bars with people from work
  • What's been your most memorable night out in London? the best nights have always been that ones that weren't planned
  • How would you like to spend your ideal day off in London? I would usually have a lie-in, take the dogs for a walk, and just chill out
  • Where would you take someone visiting from out of town? It always depends on what they're about. All my friends are quite similar to me so it's usually easy - something involving music or dogs!
  • What's the worst journey you've had to make in London? Most journey's are horrific! It only takes one thing to stop London moving, like the Chelsea Flower show, and there's always road works on top.
  • What's your personal London landmark? Carnaby St, for how it was in the late 70s. It reminds me of my childhood - meeting friends, having a laugh, and buying records.
  • Who's your favourite fictional Londoner? Del Boy Trotter
  • What's your favourite London film, book or documentary? I can' think of one.
  • If you could travel to any time period in London, past or future, where would you go? If you could travel to any time period in London, past or future, where London in the late 70s and early 80s, for the music scene. If I could push a button and go back there everyday it would be my idea of heaven.
  • For you, who is the ultimate Londoner? For you, who is the ultimate Londoner Squirt the dog. She is a staffordshire bull terrier, and is a Londoner through-and-through. She was raised and fostered by Battersea Dog and Cats home, and has various jobs here, from visiting hospitals to going to prisons. or Ray Winston or Antony Hokpins (welsh?!)

Ali has worked at Battersea Dogs and Cats home for years and believes that any dog can be a good dog with a bit of love and training!