Could you board a ship and leave behind everything and everyone you’ve ever known?
IRPINIA is the story of Black British joy experienced through the eyes of the Windrush generation. The film documents the journey of young West Indian dreamer Dudley as he makes his way to England in search of a better life
ABOUT THE PROJECT
When he arrived in Croydon during the winter of 1960, Dudley only planned on spending five years in England. 62 years later, and against all odds he’s built a family and home in a country that was not always welcoming of people like him. From Hanover to Croydon with one suitcase and a dream Dudley carved out a life for himself and consequently three generations.
The documentary will serve as a reminder of how much fun, colour and vibrance the Windrush generation brought over when they landed on the sombre shores of Great Britain. Dudley Porteous now 85; will reflect on the wistful two weeks he spent aboard the Irpinia, the racial discrimination he and nearly half a million others faced upon their arrival and the hardships that come with starting afresh in an unknown land. These are stories that evoke nostalgia, stories that preserve family history, stories that breathe life into the tellers and anyone that chooses to listen.
WHERE YOUR SUPPORT WILL GO
Your contribution will go towards ensuring the smooth running of our production, costs such as paying crew, renting camera and lighting equipment, booking catering, transport, and overseeing post-production costs.
Our film is partially funded by the BFI doc society fund, so we’re looking for your support in raising the remaining £7,500 of our budget.
MEET THE TEAM:
Director: Jameisha Prescod
Specialising in documentary, experimental film, video journalism and immersive visual art, Jameisha is driven by authentic storytelling and applies creative digital techniques to uncover powerful human experiences.
Also the founder and creative director of You Look Okay To Me, the online space for chronic illness. They explore the social and cultural aspects of living with a chronic condition through visual mediums. Since the project's inception, the community has grown to almost 30,000 online.
Producer: Valery Akpojiyovwi
A London-based Researcher and freelance producer that Enjoys the nuance and subtleties of storytelling, specialising in development, factual entertainment, true crime and Scripted content. Valery is driven by stories that provoke and inspire imagination and challenge stereotypes. In particular, stories that represent black Britain the lived experience of women and other marginalised groups.
Cinematographer: Ray Miller Davis
Ray is a London based cinematographer and visual artist with Jamaican heritage.
He aims to create compelling visual images by adding depth, texture and composition for any projects whilst staying true to the emotions of the stories being told.
He is an alumnus of Ravensbourne University with a BA in Digital Film Production and is a Warner Bros. Creative Talent Scholar
Sound designer/composer: Idris Blac
Idris is a sound designer, composer and orchestrator specialising in film, TV and Gaming. He is also the founder and director of Blac Audio. A London-based music composition & sound design production house.
Production Manager: Lynette Ainie
Lynette has been working in production for 2 years. Experienced with working on music videos and short films. She is now venturing into tv and documentaries. She loves working alongside different creatives and seeing peoples stories come to life.
Production Assistant: Lisa Leach
Lisa is a production assistant and an aspiring producer. She has previous credits on High-End TV productions for Sky and Netflix and was recently selected to take part in The CallSheets “Step Up to Coordinator” course. Lisa is also actively developing and producing her own slate of documentaries and short films.
Thank you for all of your encouragement, love and support we cannot wait to bring you this amazing film.