Longing to Belong

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(Director: Christopher Haydon)

(Starring: Charlotte St.Croix, Tanaka Bingwa & Natasha Cox)

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.


London Tickets 

Friday 8th September 2023

Doors Open at 7:00pm

Event finishes at 9:30pm

Where: The Curzon Mayfair, 38 Curzon Street, London, W1J 7TY


Friday 8th September 2023

Doors open at 7:00pm

Event finishes at 9:30pm

Where: Scott Cinemas 51 Westbury Park Henleaze BS9 4HN

Birmingham Tickets

Friday 8th September 2023

Doors open at 7:30pm

Event finishes at 10:00pm

Where: The Mockingbird Cinema, Gibb Street, Deritend, B9 4AA

Experience the magic of cinema at the highly anticipated 17th edition of the I Will Tell Film Festival, taking place from the 7th to the 10th of September 2023. This year, the festival will expand its reach across three vibrant cities in the UK: London, Bristol, and Birmingham. With the generous support of the British Film Institute (BFI), the festival aims to bring captivating films to a wider audience, ensuring that everyone can partake in the celebration of exceptional storytelling.

One of the festival’s highlights is the UK Shorts collection, which showcases the very best of British talent in short filmmaking. Prepare to be mesmerized by a diverse array of stories and performances that you simply cannot afford to miss. These short films offer a unique platform for emerging filmmakers to shine, presenting their innovative visions and showcasing the depth of their creativity.

The I Will Tell Film Festival invites you to join them on this extraordinary cinematic journey, where storytelling becomes an art form that transcends boundaries. Don’t miss the opportunity to be part of a festival that celebrates the very best of British filmmaking while embracing diversity, creativity, and the power of narrative. Mark your calendars and get ready to experience the magic of the 17th edition of the I Will Tell Film Festival in September 2023!


August 22, 2023

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