Women in Film Event

Earlier this spring, Women in film SE15 held a three day workshop over three weekends at The Green.

Tracey Francis, one of the founders of the group told us: “It was a fantastic collaborative experience. The attendees learnt a lot  – including how to use Celtx – and came away with skills and hopefully the confidence to write a script. There were so many brilliant ideas that we hope the attendees take their ideas and writing further. There was definitely award-winning material in the room.

Thanks to Maxine for her energy and knowledge, and Sasha who is working on editing the material together to be screened at our event during the Peckham and Nunhead Film Festival 2018. “

‘Learnt a lot and only day one’ – Jacqui

‘I can’t believe how amazing that screenwriting workshop was, the amount of inspiration in just 2 days. What a space for us women to grow as we learn to tell our stories. Thank you! ‘ – Gabrielle

Women in Film SE15 is currently running a series of events at the cinema in Deptford, and will be screening here during the Peckham & Nunhead free film festival in September. If you would like to help out with the screening during the festival just email us so you can come along to one of the planning meetings.

The group was set up to discuss not only the representation of women in film but also inviting female directors who controlled the shots behind the camera to share this experience. They have a blog to pursue areas that we find interesting, to record the insights that occur  around this topic and at times showcase films we have made.

Flygerians recipe

On a Wednesday evening the aroma wafting over from next door at The Old Nun’s Head is just too irresistible. The pop-up kitchen each week is hosted by sisters Jess & Jo, AKA the Flygerians, AKA the Garden of Edun, serving up their Nigerian take on traditional British classics. These energetic ladies are also found hosting supper clubs at Studio@61 raising funds for local charities such as Little Village and the Westminster House Youth Club.

To whet the appetite, here is their recipe for their classic Cassava fries…
Or pop to the Old Nuns Head on Wednesdays 6-10pm (kids allowed til 8.30pm)

Keep up to date with these active sisters via @thegardenofedun on twitter & instagram

Naughty pot of cassava (one of our signature dishes)

What the hell is cassava I hear you ask? Cassava is a healthier vegan alternative to
chips and French fries. It’s a root vegetable grown in most tropical countries
especially in Africa. Nigeria is the world’s largest producer of cassava as the root
veg thrives in hot climates. In the UK it can be found at Asian and African food
markets, head down to Peckham high street to purchase this delicious melt in
your mouth, crispy-extra but soft-centre veg of deliciousness! You won’t regret it!

Author: The Flygerians
Recipe type: Starter / side dish
Serves : 3-4

What you will need
 2-3 pounds of cassava
 1 pinch of salt and 1 pinch of pepper ( add to taste)

 Chopped spring onions – 2 full stems
 Cooking oil ( enough to fill a mini deep fryer if you have one or enough to
fill a medium pot half way)
 Sharp cutting/ peeling knife

1. Carefully cut off both end of your cassava and cut it long ways in half.
2. Make a shallow cut into the skin of your cassava and carefully make your
way through it to cut off the skin. ( like you would peel a potato- the old
school way)
3. Cut into chunky chip shapes, once it’s all cut rinse the cassava with some
warm water to remove any Cassava skin residue.
4. Place the cassava in a pot of warm or boiling water on the stove, enough to
cover the cassava.
5. Bring to boil and cook on a high heat till tender. Use a fork to check if its
boiled, it should be soft and you should be able to pierce the cassava the
whole way through.
6. Whilst the cassava is boiling put your oil in another pan or turn on your
deep fryer to heat up the oil.
7. Once your cassava is cooked drain the water and wait for the oil in your
separate pot/ fryer to be hot.
8. Dunk them in carefully and let them cook for 6-8 mins.
9. Remove them from the pot/ fryer into a serving dish or individual naughty
pots. (how we serve ours)
10. Sprinkle some salt and pepper to taste and ENJOY! Best served hot with
your choice of dip. We serve ours with a homemade crayfish and tomato

Nunhead’s Hidden Spaces

Every Shade of Green in Nunheadstatue in the cemetery

It’s an chilly, overcast Sunday afternoon in London and I’m a little gloomy having just returned from 3,200 meters above sea level in the French Pyrenees. I grab my little Cannon G12 and decide to look for some inspiration in Nunhead’s many green spaces.

I start with Nunhead Cemetery, or rather All Saints Cemetery Nunhead, as it is one of my personal favourites. You may be amused that I choose a 52 acre Victorian cemetery to lift a gloomy mood – not a natural choice you may think. It’s the last Sunday of April and I bump into the team from F.O.N.C. (Friends of Nunhead Cemetery). Their lovely warm smiles – and Portakabin office – are looking very inviting but I stay focussed on my photography mission. Rob volunteers to take me on a private walking tour of the western side of the cemetery. This is the part I am least familiar with so I accept the kind offer happily.

flowersI’m surprised to discover that the western side of the cemetery was for burials of people deemed “non-believers” by the church. This includes a number of notable clergy. Rob mentions that many tombs have nautical references as we are not far from Greenwich and I notice a sculpture of a gowned woman holding a ships anchor. We head uphill to yet another surprise. A solitary bench facing an unexpected and unbroken view of St Paul’s Cathedral in the distance. Rob informs me that this is one of the few views in London protected in law that can never be obstructed by development. As we amber along, Rob takes me to one of his favourite tombstones of an angel kneeling in prayer. Sweetly, someone has placed a cut bunch of Spring bluebells in the angel’s clasped hands. We walk on and come to “East Street Market” corner. This is an area of the cemetery reserved for the burial of East Street Market traders.

As Rob and I chat, I get a real insight into the tireless work of the F.O.N.C. The thing that strikes me the most is that everything the volunteers do – from repairing angel limbs, to weeding, to protecting and regenerating woodland wildlife, to removing trees that are endangering tombs – is done in such a away as to be “invisible” to the many thousands of families, artists, couples, photographers, film crews, joggers, ramblers, entomologists and dog owners who enjoy Nunhead Cemetery every single year. Perhaps contrary to its original purpose, the whole atmosphere at Nunhead Cemetery is one of both man and nature very much alive! The next Nunhead Cemetery “Annual Open Day” is on the 21st May 2016 and the “Animals in Service” Public Art exhibition commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Somme runs throughout weekends in May 2016. Not to be missed.

Kirkwood nature reserveReluctantly, I leave Rob and head to my next destination – the Kirkwood Nature Reserve. Although I live nearby, I confess I have never actually been here. The first thing I discover is that this small hidden green space is indeed a thriving nature reserve with winding path, trees in full spring blossom and all manner of birds, beetles and butterflies. Head to the rustic bridge, look for Speckled Wood butterflies and Stag beetles, rest on the well placed curved benches or bring your dog for a more energetic experience.Bench in Consort Park





My next stop couldn’t be more different – the small and perfectly manicured Consort Park. Groomed lawns, picnic benches, pruned trees and landscaped paths. This is a favourite amongst local teenagers and dog walkers alike and I meet Mike and his elderly, well-fed, bull terrier out for some late afternoon fresh air.

log bench

From Consort Park I head to the nearby Cossall Park and find yet a different experience again. This large, hidden, lawned and tree lined green space is all about carefree childhood. The local children have set up an informal football match which is now is in full swing complete with jumpers used as goalposts. View of Cossall ParkThis reminds me of my own childhood when we were free to play without adult supervision until dusk in our local parks in suburban Melbourne. It’s great to see children running, competing, yelling and laughing. Certainly puts paid to the idea that all children want to do is play with digital devices! It seems to me that if we provide safe, enclosed, green spaces children will simply come. And for such a small ward, Nunhead certainly has many, excellent green spaces for the enjoyment of adults, children and pets alike.

Vicky Kitson
24th April 2016