Justice4Windrush Film: ‘Why’

Creating this Justice4Windrush film has been an amazing journey for us. It’s also a testament to the power of film.

In 2012 the UK government introduced the Hostile Environment policy that saw over 16,700 British citizens from the Caribbean who arrived during the Windrush era mis-classified as immigrants without the legal right to remain in the UK. The fallout was huge and continues today – affecting not just the original immigrants, but also their descendants who have only ever known life in this country.

Our Justice4Windrush film started as a discussion between our MD, Steve Maud, actor Colin McFarlane, and Annie Lennox. From there, it grew to become a fully-fledged campaign concept brought together through film. We put the call out to celebrities and the Windrush community, bringing them all together for the first time in a show of solidarity designed to raise awareness and hold the UK government to account for the injustice experienced by victims of the Home Office’s Hostile Environment Policy.

The result is our film, which has gathered support from a list of contributors that includes some of the most prominent figures in music, theatre and the legal profession, in addition to Windrush activists who have long called for redress. Beyond this high-profile list of contributors, our film also saw us bring some of the most talented filmmakers in the UK get on board to add their skills.

Among the prominent voices brought together are Baroness Doreen Lawrence, Former Police SI Leroy Logan MBE, stars of film and screen such as Hannah Waddingham, Adrian Lester, Danny Sapani, Eddie Marsan and Jay Blades MBE, and a long list of musical icons such as Leee John, Jazmine Flowers, Don Letts, AJ Tracey, Hak Baker, Mega and Cashh, as well as many others.

In giving these stories the platform they deserve, this historic campaign shows how our films can bring people together, bridge divides and level the playing field.

Our Justice4Windrush film may be out there now, but the story is not over: the fight for justice continues.

To get a glimpse of how this film came together behind the scenes, watch our BTS film here.


Annie Lennox & Mary’s Meals

In 2012, our creative director had the chance to spend a week in Malawi with Annie Lennox, as she went to visit some of the projects supported by her foundation, SING.

Mary’s Meals are a large NGO providing daily porridge to thousands of children across Africa. This allows them to concentrate and draws them to school, helping create brighter futures.

The organisation grew out of a charity called Scottish International Relief (SIR), which was set up after Magnus MacFarlane-Barrow and his brother Fergus took aid from their home in Scotland to Bosnia-Herzegovina, during the conflict in 1992. Mary’s Meals was then created in 2002 after Magnus visited Malawi during a famine and met a mother dying from AIDS. When Magnus asked her eldest son Edward what his dreams were in life, he replied simply: “I want to have enough food to eat and to go to school one day.”

Began by feeding just 200 children in Malawi in 2002, today Mary’s Meals feed 2,429,182 hungry children every school day across 18 countries.