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Documentary film to be produced about Weston’s Bournville estate

PUBLISHED: 17:00 06 December 2017

Young people from Boomsatsuma interviewing older people for a documentary project at the Bournville For All Healthy Living Centre.

Young people from Boomsatsuma interviewing older people for a documentary project at the Bournville For All Healthy Living Centre.


An ambitious filmmaking project is encouraging residents of Weston’s Bournville estate to share their stories.

Bournville: A Walk Down Memory Lane is the brainchild of a group of young Bournville residents and Bristol-based video production company Boomsatsuma, with funding coming from the Heritage Lottery.

The filmmakers are creating an hour-long professional documentary on the history of the Bournville and its residents, from the origins of the estate in 1927, to the present day.

With the support of a professional production team, the film itself will be researched, scripted, filmed and edited by a group of 11 to 19-year-olds who live on and around the estate.

The project will seek to understand what the estate was like, and how it has changed, through historical research and the sharing of memorabilia provided by senior residents.

A meeting between Boomsatsuma team members and estate residents took place at St Andrew’s Church, in Lonsdale Avenue, to share stories and ideas as part of the initial research process.

Weston Museum will also help the creative team by providing archive pictures and information relating to the estate’s origins.

The film will celebrate the people who live on the estate and be a chance for them to share their stories and memories.

Lyndsay Davies, Boomsatsuma project manager, said: “The team developing this project want to focus on the oral history supplied by residents.

“There are some people who moved to the Bournville as children in the 1940s and this is probably the last chance to hear their stories.

“They want to investigate the changes of a seaside housing estate through the stories of the residents, from the earliest memories around 1933 to the present day, so their voices – that otherwise would not be heard – can be recorded.”

Once the documentary is complete, there will be a premiere screening at Clevedon’s Curzon Cinema, in Church Road, and locals who helped out on the project will be invited.

If you have any photos, information or stories which could help the project, contact Lyndsay Davies on or 0117 9428429.

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