Get to know your neighbours: Beatroot Creative

Who are they?

With a focus on working in Waltham Forest and helmed by community development specialist Emma Betts, Beatroots Creative is a social enterprise committed to developing young people's skills, supporting health and wellbeing, and bringing communities together through music.

Last year, they developed the project Grime Waltham Forest to both shine a light on the borough's incredible grime heritage, and develop and showcase it’s young people's skills.

What are they up to at Leytonstone Loves Film?

As part of the project, Beatroots Creative commissioned youth focused social enterprise, MVP Workshops, to train and work with a group of 16-25 year old filmmakers to create Grime Waltham Forest – The Documentary – which we’re very pleased to be giving a hometown airing on Saturday 28th September.

The story of grime, now one of the UK’s most successful cultural exports, began right here in ‘00s East London with young, working class Londoners venting their frustrations through the kind of DIY music-making historically associated with punk.

The finished doc celebrates the artists, producers and promoters from the borough who contributed to the creation and development of the genre. The film features archive footage as well as interviews with JammerChad 'Ratty' StennettDPowerSharky MajorCoelle (aka Lady Fury), BruzaMizz Beats and Alex Boateng (aka Twin).

Their favourite memory of Leytonstone?

Emma: “Seeing so many amazing artists as part of Africa Express: The Circus as part of the Borough of Culture celebrations earlier this year is definitely one. 

In terms of the project, last year’s “Where next for Grime?” panel at the Leytonstone Ballroom - with Sharky Major, Jammer, Flowdan, Laura ‘Hyperfrank’ Brosnan, Lemzi and Twin, expertly chaired by Chantelle Fiddy - is another.  A chance to hear some of the legends of the genre, as well as the rising talent they’ve influenced, speaking together in one room and sharing their insights is something we won’t forget!”

How can you get involved?

Over the next few months, they’ll be adding more content to the Grime Waltham Forest website including footage from last year’s two week programme of events. They’re also going to be developing some educational resources for schools and colleges to sit alongside the film, as well as looking for more opportunities for screenings.

If you’d like to get involved in any of these activities, or more generally help out volunteering, get in touch with Emma.

And, of course, you can follow them on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook for their latest!


Get to know your neighbours: E17 Films

Who are they?

E17 Films are a Waltham Forest non-profit CIC community group founded in 2010 with a mission to “support emerging talent from around the corner, around the world.”

They run the Walthamstow International Film Festival co-founded by long-time locals Liza and Fletch Fletcher, alongside community workshops, school participation and screenings that look to tap into the diverse tastes and heritages of the neighbourhood they’ve now called home for 10 years.

They’re passionate about developing young talent across the borough and currently have more initiatives to nurture emerging creatives and a major presentation of Walthamstow’s silent film history in the works.

What are they up to at Leytonstone Loves Film?

On Wednesday 25th September we’re very excited to be hosting E17 Films’ second Future Film Focus, a free morning of talks about careers in TV journalism, factual entertainment and documentary for young people attending school or college in Waltham Forest.

There’ll be industry pros and previous E17 alumni talking about their experiences and taking students through navigating those precarious first steps into the industry. Plus, there’ll be lots of info on potential bursaries and apprenticeships.

School or community group keen to attend? Drop a line to [email protected].

Their favourite way to wile away a day in the borough?

Liza: “I love Leytonstone High Street and in particular, District Mot which does great veggie and vegan dishes. I also recommend The North Star pub hidden round the back with its lino floor and jukebox, unchanged since the 1980s.”

How can you get involved year-round?

If you’re a short filmmaker, submissions for the Walthamstow International Film Festival are open now for micro-shorts under 5 minutes. Get their next edition’s dates – June 13-14 2020 – in the diary now!

Plus, follow them on Twitter and Facebook to stay on top of their regular networking and training.