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“The Enemies Within”

Posted: February 15th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Film, Workers | Tags: , , | No Comments »

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On Sunday 1st March, 1pm, Grow Heathrow’s 5th birthday presents “The Enemies Within”, a verbatim account from the miners, their wives and families, who took part in the Miners’ Strike 1984-85. It is their voices, as recounted to a group of actors from the Young Vic Theatre in the summer of 1985 and subsequently performed at that theatre, and 25 years later at the Octagon Theatre in Bolton, the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield, and the Barnsley Working Mens’ Club.

They describe the experiences they went through in the struggle for their jobs, their democratic rights, and the very future of their communities. And it is also a record of the brutal oppression and violence they were met with in the course of that struggle. Their lives were changed forever. As was the future of all trade unions. But the struggle continues. And their resistance continues… their voices can be heard just as clearly and passionately today.

Film Screening: Zones to Defend! 14th of October, 7pm

Posted: October 7th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Film | Tags: , | No Comments »

Zones to Defend!

Tuesday 14th october 2014, 7pm at Grow Heathrow

Some videos and informal discussion around resistance on protest sites in France.

La ZAD (Zone a defendre) – is Europe’s largest land occupation and exists to resist the proposed building of Notre Dame airport near Nantes. There is a widespread alliance between activists, local residents and farmers, which after an eviction in 2012 saw 40,000 people reoccupy the site!

ZAD: Testet http://tantquilyauradesbouilles.wordpress.com

ZAD: Notre Dame Des Landes http://zad.nadir.org


New Video: “You can’t evict an idea”

Posted: August 29th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Action, Film, legal | Tags: , , , , , , , , | No Comments »

Grow Heathrow: Resisting Eviction from Sean Richard on Vimeo.

Nearly five years later the group has cleared 30 tonnes of rubbish and runs a popular community space called Grow Heathrow with a bicycle workshop, food-growing club, renewable energy courses, and an art space.

On Friday the 15th of August, after a three year court battle, bailiffs arrived for the first time to evict the group and were met with nearly 200 people supporting Grow Heathrow to continue the project.

The bailiffs will be returning soon and the members of community garden are preparing with various resistance tactics. The group are trying to negotiate with the owner to buy the land with the support of John McDonnell MP and the Sipson Resident’s Association.

To follow their story see:

transitionheathrow.com @transheathrow


Video by film-maker Sean Richard

Grow Heathrow on Catch 21

Posted: May 8th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Film, Media | Tags: , , , | No Comments »

“You really need to come down here – I’m in absolute awe of the place. It’s truly inspirational.” Stop, I’m blushing! That’s not a bad final piece to camera from the presenter Antonio Castaldo, when Grow Heathrow featured on the cutting edge video channel Catch 21.

Free film showing in The Five Bells

Posted: December 3rd, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Film | Tags: , , | No Comments »

On Thursday 13th December, from 7pm in the Five Bells Pub, Harmondsworth; Transition Heathrow have organised a FREE film screening of climate change documentary ‘The Age of Stupid’.

It will be an opportunity to get local community groups together, so we can share what we all are doing, look for collaborations and to think about how our community can become more resilient in the economic and ecological crises. And of course, there will be popcorn on hand too.

Please pass on this call out and poster above, and put the date in your diary. Would be great to see you or a representative from your community group there.

*** The Age of Stupid is a 90-minute film about climate change, set in the future. Oscar-nominated Pete Postlethwaite (In The Name of the Father, Brassed Off) stars as a man living alone in the devasted world of 2055 …………. Why didn’t we stop climate change when we had the chance? ***

The Five Bells Pub is in Harmondsworth. More info here: http://www.beerintheevening.com/pubs/s/10/1023/Five_Bells/Harmondsworth

Cinema evening: Discover Venezuela’s food fight

Posted: November 28th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Film | Tags: , , , | No Comments »

A massive food fight is hitting the Heathrow villages. A massive, intercontinental fight between the 99% and the 1%, to control food.

In the Heathrow villages, the powerful supermarkets have left us worried about whether we can put food on the table for our families. Some residents have resorted to scavenging hundreds of pounds worth of good quality food from supermarket bins, where they throw it away ever day, safely wrapped in clean bags. In 2012, dozens of busy Heathrow villagers this year visited Grow Heathrow, the organic garden in Sipson, to learn how to grow their own food on windowsills and local abandoned flowerbeds. For 99% of Londoners, sowing the seeds of change tastes like fresh home-grown tomatoes and never having to visit the corporate, tax-dodging supermarkets that are owned by the 1%. The seeds of change are sprouting.

4000 miles away, an award-winning film crew flew to lush coastal villages, sailed on choppy sea waters and pushed, jostled and bustled through noisy concrete jungles to bring us the breathtaking story of the 99% in Venezuela, the underdogs who are winning the food fight. From cocoa growers overthrowing the boss and sharing his profits between them, to fisherfolk working together to save the endangered sea turtle and make enough money to feed their families, the critically acclaimed film opens our eyes to the power of the 99%.

Join us at 6.30pm on Thursday 6th December to join the food fight and learn how the grassroots 99% can beat the corporate 1% in the global food fight. At Grow Heathrow in Sipson, we’re opening our doors for an open evening, with a guided tour and free public screening of Growing Change, the award-winning film from Simon Cunich that reveals for the first time the breathtaking Venezuelan food fight.

6.30 –7.30: Tour and Q&A with Sam and Sam

7.30 – 8.30: Growing Change Screening

And why not stick around for a cup of tea?

At Grow Heathrow, Vineries Close, Sipson, West Drayton, UB7 0JG. Check out our travel tips.

Just Do It unleashed online

Posted: June 29th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Film | Tags: , , | No Comments »

The action-packed and inspirational direct action documentary Just Do It – a tale of modern-day outlaws joins the digital world!

Going behind the scenes of the secretive world of direct action into unchartered territory, Just Do It is a unique look at the planning and plotting behind the mass media headlines.

You can now download or stream the film direct from the Just Do It website here or get your hands on the FREE Creative Commons version of the film via the wonderful folks at VODO. Spread the word, share the news and get watching! http://justdoitfilm.com/jdi-goes-digital

In Transition 2.0

Posted: May 8th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Film | Tags: , , | No Comments »

Here’s another date for your diary. On Thursday 7th June, as the next installment of Grow Heathrow’s first Thursday of the month off-grid film club, we will be showing the Transition Network’s brand new film In Transition 2.0 

Filmmaker Emma Goude will be making the journey up here and will be taking questions after the film. We are inviting every Transition Town group across London and from the Thames Valley region to come and watch it with us so it should be a packed greenhouse.

Watch the trailer here and don’t miss out on this free film screening, starting at 8.30pm. Crash space is available if requested.

In Transition 2.0 is the new film from Transition Network, capturing inspiring stories of Transition initiatives around the world, responding to uncertain times with creativity, solutions and ‘engaged optimism’.