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The curtains have drawn on the first film festival to take place in Winchmore Hill. There hadn’t been a public film screening in the area since 1959 and therein lay our biggest challenge. Nobody had done this in Winchmore Hill for more than 50 years.

It started in October 2011 when we came across a flyer in a Salisbury Arms toilet calling for local people to get involved in the festival. We’d already thought about putting on a film screening in Winchmore Hill and the N21 Festival seemed like the perfect opportunity to do so. We got in touch and this is what happened.

Over 300 people attended the film screenings, not just from Winchmore Hill but all over London. We screened over 30 films and had introductions and Q&As from film makers and film industry professionals including Cairo Cannon, (Producer of Dreams of a Life) and a pre-recorded interview with Joe Dante (Director of The Burbs).

Live music was provided by accomplished musicians including Costas Fotopoulos who regularly provides live improvisations to silent films at BFI Southbank, harpist Melissa Parmar who’s performed with numerous orchestras including the RCM Symphony Orchestra and King’s College London Symphony Orchestra, and cellist Marianne Tyler Brown who’s also performed with many leading orchestras and ensembles including The Halle and the Welsh National Opera.

Catering included freshly cooked popcorn from The Rotary Club of Enfield, themed fairy cakes from The Fairies of London, Sardinian antipasti boxes from Palmavera Fine Foods, free pizza from Pizza Express and a pop-up bar from The Queens Head pub.

It’s taken a tremendous amount of work but we’re thrilled with it’s success and extremely grateful to everyone who supported us and attended the events. Thank you!

We’d like to give a very special thank you to

Ann and Hugh Humphrey, Lynne Yazgan, David Latter, Joe Studman, Christine Studman, Catherine Drennan, Neil Purcell, Denise Ryan, Gillian Foyle, John Clark, Helen Cox, Pamela Hutchinson, Cairo Cannon, and Michael Taylor.

Our sponsors

The Fenton Dental Studio,
The Southgate District Civic Trust
The Fairies of London.

Our volunteers

Becky Allan, Katie Butt, Ben Craster, Graham Elder, Rachel Forster, Pat Ford, Kay Lily, Marina Palmer, Pat Phillips, John Phillips, Sam Phillips, Iain Phillips

And to:

David Stogden, Diliana Stoynova, Paul Everitt, Lorraine Cox, Joe Dante, Jennifer Eiss, Tom Ludlam, Costas Fotopoulos, Melissa Parmar, Marianne Tyler Brown, Emma Lundie and Palmavera Fine Foods, Russdales Flooring for the red carpet, Pizza Express Winchmore Hill, The Queens Head pub, Rotary Club of Enfield, Enfield Local Studies Library & Archives, Waterhouse Hall United Reformed Church, 3rd Southgate Scout HQ, Winchmore Hill Quakers, New Empress Magazine, Silent London, Fabulous Films, Dogwoof, Future Shorts, MyStreet Films, Planet Amateur Film Society, Interfilm Berlin, Blanche Pictures, Studiocanoe, Joseph Caruana, and Stian Smestad.

To see images, videos and a review of each of the screenings, click on the film title in the menu.

John Stewart and Ellie Phillips

Before the event

Commemorating the centenary of Henrietta Cresswell’s book,“Winchmore Hill : Memories of a Lost Village”, and bringing back cinema to Winchmore Hill for the first time in 53 years, this unique Film Festival explores Winchmore Hill’s transition from a village to a suburb.


This is your only chance to view archive footage dating back from the 1930s, Hollywood blockbusters, award winning short films and documentaries on the big screen in Winchmore Hill.

The N21 Film Festival will feature much more than just movies.

We have live music from accomplished musicians, including a Harpist, Cellist and Pianist. Varied Food and drink will also be provided by Pizza Express, The Fairies of London, Palmavera Fine Foods, Baskervilles Tea Shop and The Queens Head Pub.

There will also be introductions and Q&As from film makers and film industry professionals, including a pre-recorded interview with the director of ‘The Burbs’, Joe Dante, and an introduction and Q&A with Cairo Cannon; producer of the award winning documentary, ‘Dreams of a Life’.

Join us between the 16th and 22nd June for a unique series of live, communal screenings in the suburbs.

Screenings include:

Sleep Furiously 2008

Directed by Gideon Koppel. Featuring music by Aphex Twin.

Winner of Best First Film from the Guardian and an official selection of the Telluride, Locarno and Edinburgh film festivals.
The film is a meditative study of a small farming community in mid-Wales that observes the rhythms of country life, and the rhythms of the monthly visits of the mobile library. But it is a life that is changing – the village school is about to close, mechanisation is replacing many of the old ways, congregations are dwindling, but the village show and the sheepdog trials carry on. Koppel’s interest in the eccentricities of life is simultaneously affectionate, moving and funny.

Local History on Film

Sponsored by the Southgate District Civic Trust
A chance to see your area the way it used to be. Featuring archive footage of Enfield and unscreened footage from Planet Amateur films; a film society that operated in the Southgate area from the 1930's to the 1950's. There will also be piano accompaniment for silent films.
Footage sourced from Enfield Local Studies Library & Archives and The Southgate District Civic Trust.

Dreams of a Life 2011

Directed by Carol Morley.

Nominated for Grierson Award Best Documentary at London Film Festival and Best Documentary at London Critics’ Circle.
Nobody noticed when thirty-eight year old Joyce Vincent died in her bedsit above a shopping mall in North London in 2003. When her remains were discovered three years later, her heating and her television were still on. Newspaper reports offered few details of Joyce’s life – not even a photograph. Who was Joyce Vincent? And how could this happen to someone in our day and age – the so-called age of communication?
Dreams of a Life is Carol Morley’s quest to discover who Joyce was and how she came to be so forgotten.

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