Welcome to the news & events blog on the portal

Welcome to the news & events blog on the portal

Here we aim to keep you updated on shoots, videos, great new reads, meetings, workshops, events and screenings. It’s been five years since we started this inspiring project with hundreds of volunteers putting in thousands of hours and at last we have a great documentary feature film as well as this portal.

We have some more great videos too, with excellent lectures from the Glasgow Beyond a Boundary conference, a terrific launch video filmed at the Oval featuring Selma James, several filmed legacy lectures, an introductory video, an on the streets filmed survey and numerous Liverpool Black Jacobins conference videos, all featuring. Thank you so much to eveyone who has contributed to date.

Every Cook Can Govern in Jamaica

We’re delighted the film will screen at the University of the West Indies on 27th January 2017 and are honoured that Professor Robert Hill, Literary Executor of C.L.R. James will introduce the film and event. For more details click here.

Queen Mary University of London screening: Wednesday 26th October, 6pm

Then we are screening the film at Queen Mary University in the Arts One Building, Lecture Theatre, Mile End Rd, E1 4NS on Wednesday 26th October at 6pm with a tremendous Q&A panel including Ceri Dingle (the film’s Co-director), Robbie Shilliam (Professor in International Relations) and Bill Schwarz (Professor in English). This event is free and open to all, but the organisers have kindly arranged for a collection on the door for our charity. Please click here to reserve your free place.

London South Bank University screening: Wednesday 26th October, 1.30pm

Our first university premiere is next, hosted by London South Bank University with a Q&A with Co-director Ceri Dingle on Wednesday 26th October 2016 at 1.30pm. Venue details:Elephant Studios Cinema (Room L294), London Road Building, London Road, London, SE1. This event is open to the public and free, but space is limited so booking is essential. Click here to reserve your free place.

Every Cook Can Govern at the Battle of Ideas Festival: Saturday 22 October, 13.30 – 15.30

Every Cook Can Govern at the Battle of Ideas Festival: Saturday 22 October, 13.30 – 15.30

We’re delighted the next major screening of our film is at the Battle of Ideas festival at the Barbican on Saturday 22nd October at 13.30. Professor Selwyn Cudjoe will introduce the film. Click here for screening details. There are amazing debates either side of the screening (including From Black Panthers to #blacklivesmatter: race in America, Decolonising education: is the curriculum ‘too white’?, Soweto to #RhodesMustFall: the changing face of South African resistance, Trump: the rise of The Donald, to name just a few of the 90 sessions taking place with 400 speakers). It’s worth coming to see the film and investing in a weekend ticket. For full details and tickets click here.

RITZY SCREENING: Wednesday 17th August 2016, 6.15pm

WORLDwrite is delighted to be screening Every Cook Can Govern at the Ritzy in Brixton on Wednesday 17th August at 6.15pm. There will be a post-screening Q&A with Directors Ceri Dingle and Rob Harris, which will be hosted by writer and lecturer Dr Graham Barnfield. To book your tickets please visit the Ritzy website here.

EAST MIDLANDS SALON SCREENING: Tuesday 21st June, 5.30pm

We are delighted that the East Midlands Salon is screening Every Cook Can Govern on Tuesday 21st June at 5.30pm at One Friar Gate Square, 8 Agard Street, Derby, DE1 1D. Tickets are available on Eventbrite here. Hope to see some of you there!

TOTTENHAM PREMIERE: Friday 10th June 2016, 7pm-9pm

TOTTENHAM PREMIERE: Friday 10th June 2016, 7pm-9pm

WORLDwrite is delighted to present the Tottenham premiere of Every Cook Can Govern in partnership with The Selby Trust. We hope you can join us on Friday 10th June at 7pm at The Selby Centre, Selby Road, Tottenham, London, N17 8JL, for a unique chance to see the film. The event is free-entry but please ensure you book your seats here.

EVERY COOK CAN GOVERN SCREENING & BRAINSTORMING SESSION: Thursday 26th May, 6.30pm-10pm

If film lights your fire or you just want to help out with the promotion of this major documentary on the life of an extraordinary figure, then this meeting could be exactly what you’re looking for! To ensure our film makes a world-wide impact, we need volunteers to brainstorm ideas to promote the film. Come along to our centre on Thursday 26th May at 7.30pm for a free screening followed by a brainstorming promotion session, where your ideas will certainly count. Please visit our Team London page to sign up. We’d love to hear from you!

Second screening of Every Cook Can Govern: the life, works & impact of C.L.R. James

At 12pm on Saturday 23rd April at Rich Mix (Shoreditch), 35-47 Bethnal Green Rd, London, E1 6LA

As our launch screening of  Every Cook Can Govern got booked out straight away, we have arranged a second showing and would be thrilled to see you there! This is the first feature-length documentary to explore the life, writings and politics of the great Trinidad-born revolutionary C.L.R. James who died in Brixton in 1989. We hope you can join us on Saturday 23rd April at 12pm at Rich Mix (a terrific cinema!) in Shoreditch for a second chance to see the film. This is not a free event as the cinema hire is really expensive but we are subsidising tickets by paying half the costs which is all we can scrape together, but hope this will mean you can afford to join us there and bring family and friends. Please book your tickets here.

The launch of WORLDwrite’s long-awaited film Every Cook Can Govern: the life, works & impact of C.L.R. James

At 7.30pm on Thursday 31st March at The Arthur and Paula Lucas Theatre Kings College London, Strand Campus, WC2R 2LS

The launch of WORLDwrite’s long-awaited film Every Cook Can Govern: the life, works & impact of C.L.R. James

This is the first feature-length documentary to explore the life, writings and politics of the great Trinidad-born revolutionary C.L.R. James who died in Brixton in 1989.  The film interweaves never before seen footage of C.L.R. James with unique testimony from those he knew, alongside interviews with the world’s most eminent scholars of James’ life, work and politics.

From colonialism to cricket, from Marxism to the movies, from slavery to Shakespeare – James’ ideas, we learn, were shaped by a voracious love of reading and belief in mankind as history makers.  James devours the Western canon and celebrates the contributions of so-called ‘Dead White European Males’ to the best of what has been thought and said. He remains an uncompromising anti-colonialist and anti-Stalinist, unafraid to criticise the failures of his own mentees, including Eric Williams, the first Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago, and Kwame Nkrumah, Ghana’s first President

Happy New Year from the C.L.R. James Project volunteers!

 

This is just to say happy New Year to our friends and supporters. C.L.R. James Project volunteers are now at the edit stage of what promises to be a very comprehensive feature documentary. We have hours and hours of amazing interviews and footage and we will shortly be announcing a big one day watch-a-thon to go through the first lengthy rough cut for everyone’s thoughts on honing it down, so watch this space! This little video outtake of the ever helpful and incredibly knowledgeable writer on C.L.R. James, Christian Hogsbjerg, is just to say CHEERS!

A not to be missed crew meeting

Wednesday 28th October, 7.30pm

With only a few final interviews to shoot we are now at the edit stage of what promises to be a very comprehensive documentary on the life, works and impact of C.L.R. James. We are also thrilled to have been offered exclusive access to an interview with C.L.R. James in San Fernando, Trinidad filmed in the 1980’s and never previously screened! During this long interview, C.L.R. reflects on his life and works and even reads from his masterpiece, The Black Jacobins.

We will be discussing the interview transcripts at the crew meeting this coming Wednesday 28th October, 7.30pm at the WORLDwrite centre and reviewing sample clips we’ve been sent. The transcripts are available to read here and do email us if you can make it to the meeting.

Sadly the production team who shot this interview want paying for the footage and can’t afford to just let us have it. This is rather scary as we’re skint. So if you think this project is worthwhile, please chip in with a tenner or more on our JustGiving link here. We are determined to make our film tip-top and with this footage and your support to help pay for it, we can. Can you afford a big donation, £1000 or more? We’ll make sure you feature in the movie credits and invite you as a VIP to the premiere. You’ll never regret it.

2015 WORLDWRITE AWARDS

We are thrilled that Rob Harris, the C.L.R. James Project Coordinator, has won an Oscar style honour and award for his remarkable work as a WORLDwrite volunteer!

WORLDwrite’s 21st Birthday-Let’s celebrate!

 

With more than 20 major global youth exchange programmes, over 800 Citizen TV reports and 11 unique documentaries all made with thousands of young adults in the last 21 years, the charity has plenty to celebrate. We hope you will celebrate with us by voting for programmes, contributors and reporters you think deserve Oscar status for their remarkable work. There are 14 categories and you can decide who gets a medal here. Don’t forget to give us a birthday treat too! Just visit our JustGiving page here. We think 21 years of putting people first deserves it and our C.L.R. James documentary in the making needs you to dig deep.

Filmed Public Lecture & Portal Launch

Filmed Public Lecture & Portal Launch: C.L.R. James and opposition to WWII

a fireside chatWednesday 8th April, 7.00pm at HATCH, Homerton E9 6AB

An alternative lecture on C.L.R. James and other writers’ opposition to WWII with James Heartfield, lecturer, journalist and author of Unpatriotic History of the Second World War.

In a 1940 pamphlet entitled My Friends: A Fireside Chat on the War, C.L.R. James rejected entry into the Second World War and parodied Franklin Roosevelt’s fireside chats “My friends, why does the President want us to fight?…..Tell me, Mr. President, what democracy do I defend by going to fight Hitler? Hitler is a vile criminal and should be driven off the face of the earth. But I have no democracy and the democracy I haven’t got Hitler didn’t take from me. I know all those who have been taking away democracy from me and my people……..all of them aided by you, President Roosevelt……”

To discuss this rare and principled opposition by C.L.R. James and other writers, we are delighted to be hosting this filmed public lecture on Wednesday 8th April at 7.00pm at the exciting new venue HATCH, Homerton, a 1 minute walk from Homerton station.

We are also launching our C.L.R. James knowledge portal on the night and serving complimentary platters and snacks.

Tickets cost £7/£4 and as spaces are limited, it is wise to book as soon as possible. Please note that the entrance fee will help towards venue and film costs for this exciting event.

Tickets can be booked online via https://www.eventbrite.com/e/filmed-public-lecture-portal-launch-clr-james-and-opposition-to-wwii-tickets-16285204485

SHOOT: Filmed interview with James Heartfield on CLR James

Thursday 9th April, 1.30-5pm

James Heartfield, a lecturer, journalist and author of Unpatriotic History of the Second World War, will be interviewed on C.L.R. James’ opposition to World War 2 and the abolition of slavery debate. This is part of our multi-media project on the life, works and impact of C.L.R. James. Please email us right away if you would like to be behind the camera, but you will need to complete an online application form here.

NEW VOLUNTEERS INTRODUCTORY EVENING

Thursday 23rd April, 7.30pm

If you are interested in becoming a C.L.R. James volunteer and Citizen TV maker, this introductory evening is for you. On the night we’ll give you an overview of our work, explain our next volunteer-learner package and answer your questions. This meeting is a must for everyone wishing to volunteer and you’ll need to apply in good time as places fill up quickly. Click here to apply.

C.L.R. JAMES CREW MEETING

Thursday 30th April, 7.30pm

An existing crew has been meeting monthly for the past two years to familiarise themselves with C.L.R. James work. At this meeting we will be discussing books written by various individuals on C.L.R., who could make great subjects especially for a shoot in the USA. Volunteers will be introducing these and suggesting possible questions. Meeting attendees and active volunteers will get priority places on all shoots, so email us if you are interested in attending this crew meeting.

TRANSCRIBING

Thursday 7th May, 2-5pm OR 7-9pm

Our feature length documentary is running at full speed and the crew are now filming key people for the final film. We need volunteers to transcribe several major interviews which will be used by the post-production team to select from and weave the final film together. This work will also help you become familiar with this documentary project and a lesser known hero-for which many shoots are yet to come. Please email us if you can help out.

C.L.R. JAMES DOCUMENTARY: Introductory meeting

Monday 11th May, 7.30pm

At this introductory meeting we will be discussing some of C.L.R. James’ key works with new volunteers keen to catch up and get on board. This meeting may also be useful for older crew members as a ‘refresher’. Please email us if you can attend.

C.L.R. JAMES URGENT TASKS

May 19th OR May 20th, 2-5pm OR 6-9pm

We aim to complete our C.L.R. James documentary by late summer 2015, but there is plenty to do! There are key subjects to shoot, research to do, copyright to obtain and this knowledge portal to complete. If you are available for the whole day or a few hours, please let us know and we’ll rope you in to great effect. Email us if you are available on these dates as we really need all the help we can get.

CAMERA TRAINING FOR C.L.R. JAMES PROJECT VOLUNTEERS

Wednesday 27th May, 10-5pm

This is an intensive training day where you will learn the basics of camera-work, lighting, sound, to be able to shoot actual pieces for the final C.L.R. James film. Meeting attendees and active C.L.R. James volunteers will get priority places. Please email us right away, to see if there are spaces, but you will need to complete an online application form here.

Filmed Public Lecture: The Abolition of Slavery Debate

Wednesday 27th May, 7pm at Chats Palace, London, E9 6DF

black jacobins cover

An alternative lecture and discussion on factors which lead to the end of slavery. Were C.L.R James and Eric Williams right? Despite its profits, was slavery an inherently unstable system and outdated mode of production? With slaves dying like flies and rebellion on the cards was abolition ultimately a matter of economics? What role did moral objections play and what did William Wilberforce really have to do with it?

In his seminal work Black Jacobins C.L.R. James tells us “Despite the names that were to become so famous….we must beware of thinking that the ‘Friends of the Negro’ represented a force.”

Eric Williams in his book Capitalism and Slavery tells us “The commercial capitalism of the eighteenth century developed the wealth of Europe by means of slavery and monopoly. But in so doing it helped to create the industrial capitalism of the nineteenth century, which turned round and destroyed the power of commercial capitalism, slavery, and all its works. Without a grasp of these economic changes the history of the period is meaningless.”

This fascinating discussion will be introduced by journalist, lecturer and author James Heartfield.

Please arrive in time for drinks and complimentary snacks. This event will take place at the exciting venue, known as Chats Palace,  (42-44 Brooksby’s Walk,London E9 6DF. see map) a 5 minute walk from Homerton station.

Tickets cost £7/£4 and can be booked online via https://clr-alternative-lectures.eventbrite.com. As spaces are limited, it is wise to book as soon as possible.

See you at the event!

SHOOT: Interview with Christian Hogsbjerg

Sunday 31st May, 11-4pm

This is a key interview for the final C.L.R. James film with Dr Christian Høgsbjerg, an historian and teacher based in the UK, which has specialised his research on the life and work of C.L.R. James. For background see CLR James in Imperial Britain, where Hogsbjerg chronicles the life and work of C.L.R. during his first extended stay in Britain, from 1932 to 1938. Hogsbjerg will come and visit us at WORLDwrite, Hackney, to share his many insights into James. Please email us right away if you would like to be behind the camera, but you will need to complete an online application form here.

FILMED WORKSHOP & TALKS: Black Cultural Archives

Saturday 6th June, 2-5pm

This is a filmed workshop at the Black Cultural Archives (BCA) with two talks, one on Mangrove 9, the conflict between the police and the black community in Notting Hill at the start of the 1970s, followed by one on the Brixton Riots in the 1980’s. There are a few places available for those joining the C.L.R. James crew. Those attending will need to be at the Black Cultural Archives (1 Windrush Square, Brixton, SW2 1EF) at 1.30pm. Please email us, to see if there are spaces.

C.L.R. JAMES DOCUMENTARY CREW MEETING

Thursday 9th July, 7.30pm

We aim to complete the C.L.R. James documentary by late summer 2015, but there is plenty to do! There are shoots to plan, research to do and copyright to complete. Meeting attendees and active volunteers will get priority places on all shoots, so email us if you are interested in attending this crew meeting.

WATCH & LISTEN C.L.R. JAMES FILM WEEKEND

Saturday 20th & Sunday 21st June

On this weekend we will go through all the film and archive material (C.L.R. James speaking in interviews, newsreel footage of events during his life and historical montage reels) which we have collected to select clips that may be good for our documentary. This footage we hope will enhance the story we aim to tell and bring his works and their context to life. Click here to view the schedule for the footage we’ll be showing. We’ll be screening from 10am to 9pm on Saturday 20th and from 10am to around 6pm on Sunday 21st at the WORLDwrite Centre in Hackney. Whether you can attend for a few hours or all weekend, email us so that we can set up accordingly.

C.L.R. JAMES DOCUMENTARY CREW MEETING

Wednesday 12th August, 7.30PM

On Wednesday we will be arranging our very final shoots, which include presenting in beautiful London locations, and terrific interviews. Please do attend the meeting so that you can get involved, shoot, or star in our fantastic documentary.

C.L.R. JAMES DOCUMENTARY CREW MEETING

Thursday 11th June, 7.30pm

We aim to complete the C.L.R. James documentary by late summer 2015, but there is plenty to do! There are shoots to plan, research to do and copyright to complete. Meeting attendees and active volunteers will get priority places on all shoots, so email us if you are interested in attending this crew meeting.

PUT THIS IN YOUR DIARY THE WORLDWRITE AWARDS NIGHT

Saturday 8th August

We need your help NOW for our big event-in August 2015. It will be 21 years since the launch of WORLDwrite and to mark the occasion we are hosting a twenty first birthday party, with guest speakers and screenings. A highlight of the evening will be the WORLDwrite Awards Ceremony, where we will honour star volunteers and guest contributors from the last two-decades. We are looking for volunteers to work on and set up the Awards night. Please email us if you can help out.

C.L.R. JAMES DOCUMENTARY CREW MEETING

Wednesday 28th October, 7.30pm

If you fancy a bit of history, a taste of ‘revolutionary’ heritage, or just want to find out about this documentary project as a one off, this meeting at the WORLDwrite Centre is for you! Come along, meet some of the crew, get the latest project news and then decide what you’d like to do to help out. If you would like to join our C.L.R. James crew & can attend the meeting please email us.