Aug 13: What Happened?
Location: Deptford/Lewisham - London
Original format: 1/2" Reel to Reel - Umatic copy
With testimony from eyewitnesses varying, and often contradicting official reports, the battle has become a contested historical event. Among the events captured is the Bishop of Southwark’s speech to the anti-fascist protesters in Ladywell Fields before the march, the National Front march being escorted through New Cross by police, and the clash between protesters and police in Lewisham town centre.
Originally distributed on VHS to anti-racist groups by Albany Video in Deptford in the 1970s and early '80s, the film has for long been considered lost or destroyed. It was recently discovered in the archive of production company Spectacle.
Nick Fry - camera
Pete Anderson - Producer
An Albany Video production
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I am Bishop Colin Winter's eldest son and, although I attended this rally in 1977, I didn't know about it until Wail Quasim Tweeted an exerp earlier this week in relation to the 'Black lives Matter" campaign. I enjoyed watching the whole film and have shared my father's speech with his grandchildren, whom he never met due to his premature death in 1981. Although things have improved in the UK since 1977, many of my father's comments about racism are unfortunately as valid today, as they were in 1977.