“What the eye does not see is what they don’t want you to see, or think over, or act on.” – Danny Dorling
Invisible Britain is a platform that works with underrepresented individuals and communities to amplify their voices and help enable them to to tell their stories via a diverse range of creative projects. The platform also runs workshops on the creative arts, a mentorship scheme and provide practical support and advice regarding creative opportunities, as well as offering paid work placements on film and television productions.
Tonight we have film maker Paul Sng, award winning artist and photographer Andrew Jackson and documentary photographer Inès Elsa Dalal joining us for the post screening panel discussion on some of the themes in the film and personal stories from the accompanying book.
Sleaford Mods – Invisible Britain is a feature documentary that shows the most relevant and uncompromising British band in years sticking two fingers up to the zeitgeist and articulating the rage and desperation of those without a voice in austerity Britain. The film follows Sleaford Mods on a tour of the UK in the run up to the 2015 General Election, visiting the neglected, broken down and boarded up parts of the country that many would prefer to ignore. Part band doc, part look at the state of the nation, the documentary features individuals and communities attempting to find hope among the ruins, against a blistering soundtrack by Sleaford Mods.
“This documentary is a good thing, an insight into an ‘actual’ band, fucking about, working, no gloss, no bollocks. This is music.” – JASON WILLIAMSON
“If you’re angry about the bullying ruling bastards and you give even half a toss, you have to watch this film.” – MAXINE PEAKE
“A vital document of a vital band in vicious times, Invisible Britain makes you despair and rejoice in equal measure.” – LOUDER THAN WAR
More about the film maker:
Paul Sng is a filmmaker and writer of dual British and Singaporean heritage, based in Edinburgh, Scotland. His work focuses on people who challenge the status quo. In 2015 he founded Velvet Joy Productions to explore the lives and work of individuals who have been neglected, marginalised or misrepresented in the arts and media.
His first feature documentary, Sleaford Mods – Invisible Britain, is part band documentary, part state of the nation film that followed the band Sleaford Mods on a tour of the UK in the run-up to the 2015 General Election. His second feature, the critically-acclaimed Dispossession: The Great Social Housing Swindle, focuses on the failures and deception behind the social housing crisis, and was released in cinemas in June 2017. A TV version of the film was commissioned by Channel 5 and aired in March 2018 under the title Social Housing, Social Cleansing.
His first book, Invisible Britain: Portraits of Hope and Resilience, was published in November 2018 by Policy Press, and reveals untold stories and portraits of people who have been left out of the media narrative and left behind by government policy.
Paul’s upcoming projects include Poly Styrene: I Am A Cliché, a documentary celebrating the life and work of the X-Ray Spex punk icon.
Tickets are free for Impact Hub Birmingham members and start from £5 for non members. We have a special offer of 2 tickets for £6 if you want to bring a friend! Book your tickets here.
Doors open at 6.30pm and the film starts at 7pm.
As the golden sunlight from a warm Brummie sunset glistens through the windows of Impact Hub Birmingham, members and guests alike close the lids of laptops and breathe a sigh of relief as another day of world changing activities comes to a close. Meanwhile, a laptop lid is opened, coffee is poured and seats are dragged into a seating arrangement fit for the kings, queens and all those in between, ready to consume another evening of spectacular film programming.
Yellow Wednesdays brings a mix of cinema, from the submissions of local Brummie individuals and companies, through to the more Cannes film festival less Odeon multiplex, captivating stories from all other the world. We aim to bring a rich and diverse programme of films to fill your year, and you can catch it all at Impact Hub Birmingham, keep an eye out on the website for forthcoming films.
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