The year was 1959, and London was still smarting from the ugly race riots that had scarred Notting Hill just a year before. In response to that blight against the community, the first edition of the Notting Hill Carnival was held at the St. Pancreas Town Hall, attracting scores of people who wanted to celebrate rather than denigrate. Moving outdoors in the early 1960s, the Carnival now attracts over a million visitors to London every year. Don Letts (Punk: Attitude; The Clash: Westway to the World) brings the story of the Carnival to life with this vibrant doc, following its progress through the swinging Sixties, to the tumultuous 1970s, when riots threatened to quash the event, to today. And we’d be remiss if we didn’t mention the incredible soundtrack.
Partners: Brassneck TV (London), distributed by Electric Sky (Brighton)
Length: 1 x 48 minutes
Wrapped: August 2009
Rights available: All worldwide