Search

‘Stories of Brent’ film to premiere next month

PUBLISHED: 17:44 20 May 2016 | UPDATED: 17:44 20 May 2016

Liz Mitchell from Boney M is featured in the film

Liz Mitchell from Boney M is featured in the film

Archant

Former heavyweight boxing champion Audley Harrison and England women’s football superstar Rachel Yankey are among a host of local celebrities and residents who’ve taken part in a new film about Brent.

Lorraine King and Audley Harrison are both in the film Lorraine King and Audley Harrison are both in the film

The 30 minute documentary film by Brent Housing Partnership, which manages and owns social homes in the borough, entitled Stories of Brent took eight months to complete and features locals talking about life in the borough.

Nadia Khan, executive producer of the film, said: “This is about how local people see Brent and its future. Sometimes people can have a sense of disconnection; we wanted to make a film about community.

“We have a wealth of talented and committed people here, we’re also one of the most diverse boroughs in London. This is about celebrating that and hopefully helping to make it an even better place.”

The film, which will premiere on June 17 at the Brent Civic Centre in Wembley, also features former Boney M lead singer Liz Mitchell who grew up in Harlesden.

She said: “I was born in Jamaica and came to live in Brent in the early 60s. I have travelled around the world, but Brent really represents home to me. It’s where I grew up, where I went school and where I hold the wonderful memories of getting married.

“Brent has so much talent, there is a very positive energy in the air and it’s a very important place for music. I am proud to say I grew up here.”

The documentary is part of Brent Council’s Love Where You Live campaign.

Brent Council hopes to instill a sense of pride in the community while “encouraging residents to take ownership of the borough and the opportunities available”.

Other local celebrities featured include boxer Ashley Theophane, film director Samuell Benta, boy band and Britain’s Got Talent semi-finalists Sakyi 4, Kiss FM DJ AJ King as well as local Labour MP Dawn Butler.

In total, more than 150 people, including residents and local businesses, were interviewed for the film - all were either born or raised in Brent.

Clary Salandy of Mahogany Carnival Design in Harlesden, said: “We were so pleased to take part. It’s very important to feel you’re part of where you live.

“There are people who’ve been here for many years and some who are new. This is a really good way to get to know who your neighbours are.”

Also featured in the film is Brent and Kilburn Times digital editor Lorraine King who said: “I was flattered they asked me. I’m Brent born and bred, although if this film is a success I might be off to Hollywood.”

The premiere will feature a short pre-film concert by St. Michaels’ Steel Band and be followed by a Q&A with Rachel Yankey and the film’s producers.

There is also a Facebook campaign being run, encouraging people from Brent to share their personal ‘Brent stories’.

For more information and details about tickets for the premiere go to facebook.com/brentstories.

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Kilburn Times visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Kilburn Times staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Kilburn Times account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Latest Kilburn & Brent News Stories

Yesterday, 17:26

Keeping young people safe is the idea behind a fundraising campaign to keep a community hub in Queen’s Park open seven days a week.

Yesterday, 16:43

Aspiring actors and film lovers are invited to question TV star Samuel West at a question and answer session in Kensal Rise.

Yesterday, 16:04

A murder suspect who stabbed a record label boss to death with a Swiss army knife told a court it was “pure chance” he pulled out a blade and not a corkscrew.

Yesterday, 11:10

Two friends put their baking skills together to raise more than £300 for a cancer charity.

Yesterday, 10:11

A community library in Kensal Rise has received a £75,000 boost which is bringing it closer to opening after seven years of campaigning.

Yesterday, 08:37

Objectors have until the end of today to make their voices heard against a proposed development to create a freight ‘super hub’ in Cricklewood.

Yesterday, 06:58

A community hub has opened in Kingsbury where people can eat, knit or simply hang out and chat.

Tue, 17:25

An award-winning play by a Brondesbury playwright who was inspired by the ongoing migrant crisis and the lives of refugees is being staged.

PROMOTED CONTENT

If you have been looking for laser hair removal, beauty salon treatments, or skin care services you may be confused and overwhelmed with so much information out there and so many clinics and salons promising miraculous results.

Louise McGowan, who started as headmistress of Convent of Jesus and Mary Language College in September, speaks to education editor James Scott about life at the school.

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Most Read Kilburn News

Show Job Lists

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Brent & Kilburn Times
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now