Sited at Shoreditch Library the evening will unfold with screenings of Ayo Akingbade's Street 66 (2018) and Newsreel Collective's Divide and Rule – Never! (1978) followed by a talk with the two makers. Created 40 years apart, their talk will reflect on their shared influences and inspiration, filmmaking then and now, crossovers in their work and how Divide and Rule – Never! wrongly or rightly, continues to be relevant; having influenced Akingbade's upcoming film, Dear Babylon.
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Ayo Akingbade lives and works in London. Her short film Tower XYZ was produced as part of STOP PLAY RECORD and has been shown at multiple festivals and screenings throughout 2017. Tower XYZ received a Special Mention Award at the International Short Film Festival Oberhausen and won the inaugural Sonja Savić Award. She is a recipient of the 2018 Sundance Institute Ignite Fellowship for emerging filmmakers and currently exhibiting in Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2018.
Joy Chamberlain moved to London in 1976, a few years after meeting a member of Newsreel Collective at a Women's Film & Video Conference in California. Divide & Rule – Never! was the first film she worked on with them. While working with Newsreel, she became active in the workshop sector and her union, and received the training to become a film editor on mainly documentary and natural history films. She also directed two lesbian dramas for Channel Four and spent 10 years as a tutor & Joint Head of Fiction Directing at the National Film and Television School. She now works as a gardener.