Justice4Windrush Film: ‘Why’

Client

Annie Lennox

Distribution

Broadcast + Company Website + Press + Social Media + YouTube

Type

Awareness & Advocacy

Location

London

Producer:

Colin MacFarlane

Director:

Steve Maud

DOP:

Rick Joaquim

Assistant Producer:

Molly Drnec

1st Assistant Director:

Joana Soares

BTS Producer:

Katia Hérault

Production Manager:

Yvonne Hamilton

1st Assistant Camera:

Christian Wood

2nd Assistant Camera:

Luke de Borde

2nd Assistant Director:

Kim Robinson

Gaffer:

Charlie Relph

Spark:

Brook Williams

Spark:

Gianni Morreale

Grip:

Scott Rhodes

Projectionists:

Duncan Walsh, Bruno Miles

Data Wrangler:

Jack River

Hair & Makeup:

Sue Michael

Hair & Makeup Trainee:

Sadiye Iver

BTS Camera:

Matt Crisp

Stills:

Des Willie

Stills:

Dan Massie

Music mixing & Mastering:

Harry Fetherstonhaugh

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 illegal immigrants. 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 Justice4Windrush 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.

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