1000 Londoners is a unique digital portrait of the city of London organised by Chocolate Films. The project offers an insight into the lives of 1000 people who consider themselves to be Londoners, taking in all ages, religions, race, income, interests and opinions; a true reflection of diversity.

As a London film maker myself, it is fantastic to be contributing to such a significant project. The often emotive films are categorised into different seasons and screened at famous picture houses or festivals throughout London, many of which have been sell out successes.

The 1000 Londoners project is being archived by The BFI to be shared again in 100 years time and is the biggest digital Portrait of London to ever be done so I am extremely proud to be so actively involved.

Take a look at some of my videos and learn more about the individuals that have featured.


'Rap'. Is my most successful film so far, it was screened as part of the 'Windrush Generations' which sold out at every venue. The National Portrait Gallery, The Tate Modern, The Barbican, Museum of London, The Curzon in Soho and The Ritzy in Brixton all screened the film and it's fantastic that the film has reached so many.

Rap is the son of Darcus Howe, who moved from Trinidad to the UK in the late 1960s and became a very well known broadcaster. A proud advocate for Black rights, Darcus campaigned for most of his life but as a result, missed out on being around for his children.

Rap tells us how he doesn't resent his father for not being around but wants to protect his own children, wishing that there were more positive voices within the Black community in London.


'Barry'. was screened at The National Portrait Gallery, The Barbican, The Curzon, The Ritzy, Hackney Picturehouse and City Hall as part of the very successful 'Goodbye Europe' season.

The film features Royal Air Force Veteran, Barry, as he talks about his frustrations and reminisces about a time where community spirit was present.


'Paul' was my first solo film and was screened at Hackney Picturehouse and The Ritzy in Brixton. It was part of the 'Masculinity - Man Up' season of films and showed Paul as he discussed his past struggles with drug addiction and how he has since found ways to express himself.

Follow Paul through his exceptional London flat as he shows off his eccentric personality - he even has a cow in the garden!


'Isobel' is my latest film and was screened before the feature film 'Knives Out' at Archlight Cinema in Battersea. It shows Isobel Midnight talking about her introduction to fire eating and the strong women who have encouraged her to succeed.

Isobel has proudly performed her fire eating acts all around the world and has even broken two Guinness World Records, showing she clearly has an amazing talent; it was fantastic to see her in action.

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Alongside my solo films I have also joined forces with other likeminded film makers on the below films.


"Jay" was the first short film I worked on alongside a group of other film makers as part of the Select 18 group. We followed Jay, current British Supermoto champion, as he prepared for a race at Lydden Hill, Kent. In the film, he speaks openly about his battle with drug addiction and the important role Supermoto plays on his road to recovery.

"Jay" was screened at Hackney Picturehouse and was part of the 'Easy Rider' Season of micro documentaries. It also had a further screenings at The Charlton and Woolwich Free Film Festival.


Many Londoners will be familiar with Gareth, a book seller on the South Bank who has built a great reputation within the community. Meet Gareth as he talks about his fear that one day, digital book sales will surpass print and he will be forced to leave the market he loves.

'Gareth' was screened at Hackney Picturehouse and was part of the 'Selling Out' season of microdocumentries. It was also screened at Greenwich Picturehouse.


'Gary' was screened at Hackney Picturehouse, The Lexi Cinema in West London and Greenwich Picturehouse. As part of the 'Caring for London' season of short films, it follows Gary as he tends to the beautiful gardens of the Royal Parks in Greenwich. His positive and caring attitude, along with his infectious laugh, are amazing to see and you can tell he truly loves his job as a rose gardener.


Energetic fashion designer Vanessa, launched her own clothing line called Nina Baker and has stalls and rails across boutiques and markets in London. Screened at Hackney Picturehouse, Charlton and Woolwich Free Film Festival as part of the 'Selling Out' season, it was great to see how her unique blazers come to life.


With an alternative look, feminist punk, Iris, talks about how as a strong and confident woman, she loves expressing herself through her unique style. 'Iris' was screened at Hackney and Greenwich Picturehouse, The Lexi and The Ritzy in Brixton as part of 'Century - 10 women and 10 decades'. A sell-out at all venues, it's great to see Iris speak up for women; she believes that all women should love and respect each other, not compete.


'Christine' was screened at Hackney Picturehouse where it was a sell-out and I am so proud to have featured, although understandably it was a difficult subject matter for me to discuss. As part of 'The City of Dog' season of films, it was also screened at Picturehouse Central in Shaftesbury Avenue, Greenwich Picturehouse and The Charlton and Woolwich Free Film Festival and shows me back in 2016 talking about a life that I have now left behind.


Paul has been diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia five times. He uses roller skating to deal with his mental health issues, finding that the exercise and social interaction helps him manage his condition without medication. Paul invited a number of film makers to visit him at the Halloween Skate in Hyde Park which was later screened at Hackney Picturehouse, as part of the 'Necropolis' Season.


Steve is a baker at Beigel Bake on Brick Lane, where he has worked for over 15 years. We followed him as he explores the history of the shop and tells us how the pronunciation of ‘bagel’ is a source of argument. As part of the 'All you can eat' season, 'Steve' was screened at Hackney Picturehouse and The Ritzy in Brixton.