Asunder – Janet Marrett (short)
Olivia, a trainee professional, finds herself opposing the government that is seeking to criminalise her mother. An intricate story about family, politics and justice.
The Track – Louisa Connolly Burnham (short)
Based on a true story, one night’s stay at a five star hotel is unexpectedly donated to ‘The Track’, a day shelter for rough sleepers; a place where our lead Grace, a volunteer hands out shower, food and clothing tokens whilst constantly mesmerised by a waxed orange presenter on the communal TV scolding a £250,000 tattered house, unoccupied. When one loyal member, Nate, an ex-teacher, is gifted this grand night’s stay he is painfully turned away by a very unhelpful receptionist because of incorrect personal information. Grace unexpectedly comes across him and in a rash but brave panic calls on her boyfriend to take him in to their nearby flat, but it might be too late as the cold encapsulates his body and becomes his worst enemy.
In support of Shelter, West London Mission, Ark Resettlement Services and The Vineyard.
Hostile – Sonita Gale (feature)
A feature-length documentary focusing on the UK’s complicated relationship with its migrant communities. Told through the stories of four participants from Black and Asian backgrounds, the film reveals the impact of the evolving hostile environment – a term used by the UK government in 2012 to illustrate the atmosphere they wanted to create for migrants, with the intention of provoking them to leave of their own accord. Hostile explores how the lives of international students, members of the Windrush generation and ‘highly-skilled migrants’ have been affected.
After decades of hostile immigration policies, Britain has reached a crisis point. With Brexit, the Points Based Immigration system and the Nationality and Borders Bill taking effect, the film asks – once the ‘hostile environment’ has targeted all migrants, who will it extend to next?
This screening will be followed by a Q&A.