Britishness

Britishness

Eelyn Lee and a group of young writers from Sheffield go on a quest to find out the meaning of Britishness. The film explores issues of identity, race and belonging through poetry, interviews and discussions.

Utilising her open approach to filmmaking, Eelyn commissioned new work from her collaborators, seeking to make the film’s study of identity a dynamic and collective one, positioning ‘Britishness’ as a concept constantly in flux. Featuring Magid Magid, during his tenure as Lord Major of Sheffield; writer Désirée Reynolds; England footballer Kyle Walker and Sheffield’s Poet Laureate Otis Mensah amongst others.

The film was commissioned by Sheffield charity, Football Unites Racism Divides and developed through a series of film, poetry and discussion workshops with young people.

Magid MS copy


To mark Windrush Day 2020 the clip below has been released. It features Leyroy Wenham talking about the Windrush Scandal and Ross Walcott responding in spoken word.

" Lee’s film Britishness (2019) complicates the often indefinable notion of ‘Britishness’. Comprising spoken word poetry, interviews, and group discussions, the work follows young writers from Sheffield as they affirm, reject, and revise their visions of national identity and grapple with the consequences of Britain’s colonial history and their own personal experiences. The film posits ‘Britishness’ as a concept that is constantly in flux, moulded by ever-changing social, economic, political and historical narratives and carrying different significance for each individual. Through this lens, Lee invites viewers to question and re-evaluate their own definition of what it means to be British. "  - Marianna Tsionki, Senior Curator, CFCCA


Read a review of the film here

Commisioned by Football Unites Racism Divides.
Partners include Hive South Yorkshire.

Featuring Spoken word artists:
Fionn McCloskey
Ross Walcott
Shannon Johnson
L Worthy
Warda Yassin

Poetry Facilitator - Désirée Reynolds
Camera, Music & Ediitng - Dan Loops
Additional Camera - Richard Heap

Running Time: 57 mins / 2019

Screenings & Exhibitions inc:
Broadway Cinema, Nottingham, 2019 for ICO Screening Day [industry screening]
Off the Shelf Literature Festival, Sheffield, 2019 [premiere]
Showroom Cinema, Sheffield for Black History Month, 2019
Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art, Manchester Oct 2020 - Jan 2021

News

IMAGE 'Multiplicities in Flux' in Manchester

Saturday, 26 September 2020
Eelyn Lee's film, Britishness (2019) will be featured in a new exhibition at the Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art [CFCCA] in Manchester [15th Oct 2020 - 31st Jan 2021]. Multiplicities in... Read More...

IMAGE Solidarity - A Parallel State Event

Saturday, 01 August 2020
Eelyn Lee has curated the next online Parallel State event around the theme of Solidarity. Speakers include Désirée Reynolds [Sheffield], Chardine Taylor-Stone [London], Jade Montserrat [North Yorkshire] and Tiffany Diane Tso from the Asian American Feminist Collective [New York]. Eelyn has asked all four speakers to respond to the following... Read More...

IMAGE Eelyn Lee Awarded New Film Commission

Wednesday, 27 May 2020
Delighted to announce that Eelyn Lee has been awarded a commission from Chinese Art Now [CAN] to realise her new film project, Casting Fu Manchu.  Eelyn's project is one of six new CAN Digital Commissions that will premiere later this year in the lead up to the CAN Festival in February... Read More...