Toxteth riots documentary

police and rioters in a Liverpool street either side of a burning van

Reproduced with the kind permission of the Liverpool 8 Law Centre

14 Oct 2017
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Free drop-in event, no need to book

A special screening of a new film 'Sin Bin of the City' by James Arthur Armstrong, followed by the opportunity to ask him questions.

James won the ITN Source Short Film Competition at Sheffield Doc/Fest in 2016 for his short film 'Ferguson, Missouri'. Upon winning he was granted full access to the vast archives of ITN, which inspired and feature in his new film.

"It was during the early stages of production that I began to see similarities to the 2014 race-related community backlash in Ferguson and the events that occurred in my home city of Liverpool 36-years previous. Racial tensions had been growing for years in Ferguson, much like Toxteth, Liverpool, and the result was a community coming together in violence and protest. Whilst archive footage provided me with a snapshot of events, I knew I needed to become involved with the community itself and hear, first-hand, the personal stories behind the newsreel images of this important political and social moment in British history.

For many people, the events of the summer of 1981 are something that should be forgotten - a blot on the history of a city and community that is best left in the past. My film aims to re-open the history books, bring unheard accounts to light and, most importantly, reflect on the modern relevance to wider communities today. Now more than ever we need to talk to each other, to listen to each other and understand how we see the world, and cinema, to me, is one of the best mediums for doing this." James Arthur Armstrong