What does Lambeth have in common with the New York borough of Brooklyn? In 2007 a group of local young people are about to find out with help of grants from the Heritage Lottery Young Roots Fund and British Council.
Endz-2-Da-Hood was dreamed up by the young people of Alford House who felt that life in the US would offer greater freedom and opportunity than living in England.
Eight young people aged 16 to 19 came together to explore their own culture and heritage in order to critically examine the similarities and differences between youth culture in Lambeth, London and Brooklyn, New York.
These young people took part in a personal development programme exploring their past, present and their future aspirations. They participated in film production and editing training. They then spent 10 days in New York with their peers from Madison Square Boys & Girls Club, Red Hook Youth Courts and the Council for Unity. Exploration of youth culture was carried out under their chosen thematic headings of, crime, education and fashion.
We are the Lambeth Boys is a fascinating look into the everyday lives of working class young people in the Britain of the 1950s. This documentary was part of the Free Cinema movement. It remains an important and ground-breaking piece of work.
The film focuses on the lives of young people who attend Alford House Club. Made for the Ford Motor Company’s “Look at Britain” series, We are the Lambeth Boys was directed by Karel Reisz, who would go on to direct critically-acclaimed feature films such as Saturday Night Sunday Morning and the award-winning The French Lieutenants Woman.
We are the Lambeth Boys was among the innovative films which paved the way for the modern observational style of documentary. The brilliance of We are the Lambeth Boys was recognised in its own time. It represented Britain at the Venice Film Festival and won the Grand Prix at the short film festival in Tours, France and it remains an important piece of social history as well as a ground-breaking piece of film making.
Made by our Honorary Treasurer Tim deVere Green in 2007. The film gives a glimps of activities at Alford House. The opinion of members past and present and the views of young people in the surrounding area.