Directed and Created by Christopher Haydon
Music and Lyrics by Tim Sutton
Based on the original stage musical To The Streets! by Tim Sutton and Roy Williams
It’s 1963 and Lorraine, a Jamaican teenager, has just arrived in Bristol. She soon realises that her new home is not the warm, welcoming place she hoped it would be. In the face of racist hostility, she sings passionately about her desire to belong.
This short musical film is inspired by the brand-new stage musical To The Streets! A show that tells the inspiring story of the Bristol Bus Boycott – where a group of West Indian migrants organised a city-wide boycott of the bus company in protest at its racist employment policies. Their victory was a catalyst for the 1965 Race Relations Act and changed the course of British history.
Longing to Belong is available to watch on BBC iPlayer HERE – one of several films commissioned to reflect the Birmingham 2022 festival’s celebration of creativity and culture around the Commonwealth Games.
Longing to Belong has been screened as part of Flatpack’s Pick ‘n’ Mix: Birmingham 2022 event at The Mockingbird Cinema in December 2022, as well as the UK Shorts Showcase and Guardian’s of Hope Collection, as part of the I Will Tell International Film Festival in September 2023.
Longing to Belong is available to watch on BBC iPlayer HERE.
One of several films commissioned to reflect the Birmingham 2022 festival’s celebration of creativity and culture around the Commonwealth Games.
In the Summer of 2021, China Plate and Birmingham Hippodrome hosted the Bus Boycott Block Party, which provided a live preview of To The Streets! and showcased the talent of our four commissioned Birmingham based artists – Jane Thakoordin, Nilupa Yasmin, Black Heritage Walks Network and Overhear.
These 3 community-led projects bought residents and artists together to explore what it means to choose communities, the art of protest, and intergenerational stories within Caribbean and South Asian communities, and have been grown alongside To The Streets!
Head over to those project pages linked above to discover 8 bus stop art galleries, and a collection of digitally pinned audio pieces.
Uplifting new musical inspired by the Bristol Bus Boycott.
A co-created series of audio pieces made with artists and healthcare workers exploring their experiences of the Covid pandemic.
A short film about love, isolation and living with chronic pain. Commissioned as part of BBC Arts Culture in Quarantine.