Back in the Day

Rebecca Johnson
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Set in Brixton, with parts filmed at The Community Trust. Writer and director Rebecca Johnson makes her feature Honeytrap. Based on true events, 15-year-old Layla (Jessica Sula) sets up the boy in love with her to be killed, capturing the agonising contradiction of Layla’s choice, caught between local top boy Troy (Lucien Laviscount) and loyal but low status friend Shaun (Ntonga Mwanza). This is a rarely seen female perspective on gang culture, as Layla negotiates becoming a woman in an unforgiving, hyper-masculine world. Tense, shocking and incredibly moving film is a true tour de force.

Project Morrinho
Southbank Centre

Text by Cathy Mager

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Project Morrinho is an ever-growing social project that originates from a miniature city hand-built by young people that live in the Pereira da Silva favela in Rio de Janeiro. This new work was commissioned by me for the
    Southbank Centre and created by young people from Pereira da Silva and Stockwell Park Estate in Lambeth, a borough with the largest Portuguese speaking community in the UK.
    This unusual collaboration made news across the world including The Guardian, Evening Standard, BBC News, and the Rio Times.
    The Project Morrinho story began when a 14 year-old boy moved to the favela and decided to play with bricks he found in his back yard to create buildings inspired by the new places and surrounding buildings he saw. Other children took notice and their new shared hobby grew to become a miniature replica of their community built into a hillside woodland where they played out imaginary adventures with toys. The fame of this miniature favela has steadily spread, along with the positive message it put out about young people in such areas, normally synonymous with poverty and crime. In this respect Morrinho has become an inspiration to young people across the world.
    For two weeks 10 young people from Stockwell Park Estate collaborated with six artists from Project Morrinho to discover differences and similarities about the environments where they live to inspire a joint landscape of made up of 4,000 bricks depicting buildings, landmarks, playgrounds, parks and homes. Like the Rio favelas, Stockwell Park Estate’s thriving community centre and its aspiring young residents are often overshadowed by its reputation for drug-related crime and poverty. Project Morrinho has sought to share with Stockwell Park Estate how they can bring about positive change in their community.
    At the end of the exhibition the favela was broken up and over 2,000 bricks have been rehomed in Brazil, Norway, London Metropolitan University and to hundreds of individuals across from across the UK including. A large section has also been taken to form part of a new favela to built in Stockwell Park Estate by a pond by the young people that contributed. They will be teaching other children on the estate the skills they have learnt from Project Morrinho
    Project Morrinho Southbank Centre Favela is a part of the Southbank Centre’s Learning and Participation programme.

Big Night Out

"The Big Night Out" took place in 2005 and was arranged to give people on the estate a chance to celebrate 10 years of The Community Trust and look forward to a bright future, with the impending transfer of property and investment potential from the creation of new partnerships and a new housing trust: Community Trust Housing.

Big Day Out

The Community Trust had to take the WHOLE estate with them and the video shows the first tentative steps towards bringing in a vote for the estate to be resident controlled. Run for residents by residents, the Fun Day was the first of many that helped bring people out of their flats to work together, to talk, to laugh and discuss how we could tackle the issues that faced those of us who lived there. We knew that openness and honesty was the universal language that tenants wanted to hear. We door knocked every single household to ask what they felt would make the estate a better place to live. We expected to be told about security and locks and evictions and discipline. Instead our wonderful residents told us how they feared for the future of their children, how poverty affected their life chances, how a poor education demotivated and destroyed lives and how the shifting population that brought more and more people from overseas was bewildering and disruptive and brought with it challenges that no one had foreseen. We had become a transit camp — no one wanted to stay ... our sights were fixed on getting out ... by any means necessary!