Documentary

Notting Hill: 21st Century Carnival

Nothin or Double Film’s first documentary, Notting Hill: 21st Century Carnival, had a private screening at The Print Room in October 2013.

Commissioned by the The Print Room to be a companion film to Karen Martinez‘s short film, After Mas, 21st Century Carnival follows Cyprian De Coteau, a Trinidadian living in London, as he returns to the Notting Hill Carnival after ten years absence.  The film attempts to find the heart of the carnival, from its roots in Trinidad and Tobago to the multicultural street festival of today.  Has the heritage of the carnival been lost or merely transformed?

Cyprian meets Trinidadians from all walks of life including: author Earl Lovelace; musician and poet, Anthony Joseph; Notting Hill councillors; theatre director Felix Cross; and costume designers Flamboyan, all of whom offer very differing views on the carnival.

Fantastic camera and sound work from Adam Brown and Josh White (Backlight Films), Tom Sands and Haydn West (Substantial Films) and Kirstie Howell (Elephant Sounds).  Thanks also to James Noon (Meridiem Records) for adding great, original music to the film and Maria Nunes for supplying some truly great photographs of the Trinidad & Tobago Carnival.

It was a truly wonderful experience and thanks to everyone who took part.

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