Reel Roots Windrush Film Hub Scotland: A graphic collage of stereos, records, picket signs, and people including Don Letts, with a bright green background reads "Reel Roots: Windrush"

Reel Roots: Windrush

Film Hub Scotland is thrilled to announce an exciting new film tour of Scotland, available May-June 2022.

Reel Roots: Windrush is the first of a two-part series exploring Blackness in Britain, curated by The New Black Film Collective with support from Film Hub Scotland. Select your own choices from 10 features + shorts to build a fresh, inclusive and entertaining programme.

The programme is a spotlight on Black people of Caribbean heritage who have resided in the UK since the Windrush generation, and on the fruits of their culture in cinema. It offers a unique opportunity to give a sense of belonging to communities with this heritage, and to hear their many, complex stories.

License fees vary, ranging £50-100 + materials/VAT. Spanning several decades, the titles list includes fictional features, music and socio-political documentaries, and short films and interviews.

Participants can benefit from hands-on support and cultural guidance from The New Black Film Collective, who will help to facilitate community partnerships and enhanced activity, such as pre-recorded content, Facebook Live events, Q&As, panels, DJ sets, live music, and Caribbean cuisine.

Film Hub Scotland will also provide full marketing support, including bespoke tour posters and digital artwork, a full marketing pack, and social media budget, as well as offering some budget to support enhanced activity.

Reel Roots: Windrush is open to exhibitors of all kinds. Venues must book 3+ titles to benefit from tour support; community cinemas and other non-venue exhibitors must book 2+.

Download the tour information guide for full details of available support.

Feature films:

Rebel Dread (2020)
Marley (2012)
Babymother (1998)
I Am the Gorgon: Bunny ‘Striker’ Lee and the Roots of Reggae (2013)
Inna De Yard: The Soul of Jamaica (2019)
Dancehall Queen (1997)
Playing Away (1987)
Pressure (1976)
Lee Scratch Perry’s Vision of Paradise (2015)
The Stuart Hall Project (2013)

Synopses, formats, fees and other key booking information can be found in the tour information guide.

Short films:

Curate a conversation that offers your audience a broader range of perspectives by screening short films and interviews ahead of features.

1000 Londoners

This multi-award-winning documentary project discovers the lives of 4 generations of Londoners with Caribbean heritage. Choose from 15 short film interviews at approximately 3-minutes each.

‘Arrival’: Celebrating Windrush 2018

A short film documenting the celebrations of the 70th Anniversary of the Empire Windrush at London City Hall, featuring passengers of the SS Windrush and other special speakers.

Read more and book here.

Reel Roots: Windrush will be followed by by Reel Roots: Black History Month, a programme focusing on inspirational Black figures, available September-October 2022.