Coronet Inside Out: Matthew Bartlett
As part of Coronet Inside Out, we are delighted to share the first of two films about carnival culture to mark a weekend which would have been a moment of celebration for the whole of London at the Notting Hill Carnival, but which this year has been cancelled for the first time in its history.
NOTTING HILL: 21st CENTURY CARNIVAL
Notting Hill: 21st Century Carnival is a short documentary which looks at the modern meaning of the Notting Hill Carnival, its origins and its place in society today.
Commissioned by the Coronet, the film explores the heritage of the Notting Hill Carnival, following Cyprian de Coteau, a Trinidadian living in London, as he returns to the carnival after ten years absence. In his search for the heart of the carnival, from its roots in Trinidad and Tobago to the multicultural street festival of today, he solicits differing opinions from a broad cross-section of Trinidadians: author Earl Lovelace; musician and poet, Anthony Joseph; activist and writer; Attillah Springer; Notting Hill Councillors, theatre director Felix Cross; Tabernacle Director (at the time) Christopher Scholey, and costume designers Flamboyan among them.
Matthew Bartlett and James Kermack
The Print Room (The Coronet Theatre)
Presented (with additional research and material) by
Cyprian de Coteau
Tom Sands and Matthew Bartlett
Adam Brown, Haydn West and Josh White
Stills Photography by
Kirstie Howell and Tom Sands
Original music by