Portobello Film festival kicked off this week with free tickets to a variety of inspiring films, among them the premiere of a short documentary film The Children Of Portobello & Golborne with music by The Cure’s Jason Cooper. Cameras follow local school children as they explore the markets, telling the story of the immigrant arrivals to the area over the last 150 years. The children discover how the Spanish community arrived after the Civil War in the 1940s with their olive oil, paella and chorizo, the Moroccans followed with their exotic spices and tagines and how the incoming Caribbean immigrants in the 1960s changed Portobello forever. Through meeting local characters and devouring the multicultural food the students start to discover what makes Portobello and Golborne Markets so special.
The film, funded by Heritage Lottery, is part of a research project led by the Food Explorers, which has guided the making of an interactive map, exhibition and historical guide by students from Fox & Bevington Primary Schools. Food Explorers director Alison Aylen explains says: “This film follows the childrens’ journey as they learn about their local market history and community. It is a celebration of these thriving street markets and the diversity of its people and delicious food. These markets are something to be treasured and nurtured in the years to come.”