Black History Studies and the Phoenix Cinema


Phoenix Cinema


During July 2010 to March 2013, Black History Studies worked with Eleanor Sier at the Phoenix Cinema to bring in a diverse audience and to reach out to members of the African community that are underrepresented at the cinema. These screening were funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, Film London and the UK Film Council’s Digital Film Archive Fund, supported by the National Lottery. The funding was obtained by the Phoenix Cinema to coincide with the centenary celebrations of the Phoenix Cinema that took place in 2012. 


In association with the Phoenix cinema, Black History Studies screened the following films:

    • Sunday 31st March 2010 – Burning an Illusion with Q&A with Menelik Shabazz
    • Sunday 3rd October 2010 – Pressure by Horace Ove 
    • Sunday 23rd January 2011 – Playing Away by Horace Ove with Q&A with Stephen Bourne
    • Sunday 17th July 2011- Territories and Handsworth Songs. The screening was followed by a discussion with Lina Gopaul of Smoking Dogs Films 
    • Sunday 15th January 2012 – Songs of Freedom. This was followed by a discussion with Stephen Bourne. 
    • Sunday 18th March 2012 – Imitation of Life 
    • Sunday 10th June 2012 – From the Archives: Big City Stories. The screening was followed by a discussion with June Givanni and Imruh Bakari, curators of Big City Stories, Stephen Bourne, Britain’s leading authority on Black Film History and Kunle Olulode 
    • Sunday 15th July 2012 – Black Power Salute and The Athlete. The screening was followed by a discussion with Geoff Small, Director of Black Power Salute 
    • Sunday 24th February 2013 – The Importance of Black History and More than a Month. The screening was followed by a discussion with Nosa Igbeindion, Director of ‘How Important is Black History’ and Sheila Nortley