Category Archives: Film Night

May Film Night: FOREIGN

This Friday 5th May, the Hornbeam will be screening the documentary film Foreign.
Foreign documents the journeys of Mohamed from Mali and Jerry from Cameroon as they travel from sub-Saharan Africa to the European borders. Director Miriam Fassbender met the men over a period of three years during their migration and used a participative video approach, so that their own footage accounts for 7% of the film.
The evening is FREE ,with glorious pay-as-you-feel food from Stories & Supper volunteers. We will collect donations to cover the cost of the food and any other money raised will go towards the next Stories & Supper project.

Doors open at 6.30pm
Films start at 7pm

Stories and Supper
Stories and Supper

Local beers, cider, organic wine and spirits are available.

Please share the facebook event where you can  – thanks!
More about Stories and Supper here


November Film Night

Thurs 24 Nov – Food Glorious Food! Food-themed Film night 

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Come and watch a range of food-themed films we’ve put together which will give you some insight into where our food comes from or what’s wrong (or right) with it!

We’ll also provide some scrumptious food made from food that would be wasted donated by local shops. All we ask is you pay-what-you-feel!

Time: Doors open 6.30, film starts 7pm.

Note: If you have an idea for future Film Nights at the Hornbeam (always last Thurs of the month) please get in touch.

July Film night – Self-building their way out of the housing crisis

Come and hear John Struthers speak - Waltham Forest's 'housing hero plus films about self-building through the housing crisis.
Come and hear John Struthers speak – Waltham Forest’s ‘housing hero plus films about self-building through the housing crisis.

July’s film night at the Hornbeam will be organised by Family Foundations Self-build Group – a new self-build group in Waltham Forest.

Family Foundation are being mentored by John Struthers who organised a community eco self-build for 10 families which was part of  the Hornbeam-run Waltham Forest Green Open Homes last month.

John will be talking on the night about his experience over several years campaigning for a self-build housing project for families in housing need, including his own. John and ten other families now live in a secluded, eco-friendly set of houses in Chapel End, E17 called Headway Gardens.

Films will also be shown by Family Foundations – a new self-build group who have been inspired by John and others at Headway Gardens to replicate the project for a new set of E17 families.

Hear their inspiring stories and learn how people are taking the housing crisis into their own hands.  Full interviews from their edited interviews with BBC Radio 4’s You and Yours programme will also be screened. Listen to the programme from 35mins which is about Waltham Forest’s Green Open Homes which happened earlier this month, including an interview with John.

Opens 6.30pm, Film starts 7pm. Free pizza/snacks!

For more info contact

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May Film Night: Art Not Oil

Is Big Oil facing the final curtain? Art, oil and creative action

Hornbeam, Thursday 26th May.  Doors open 6.30, Film at 7pm.  Share the Facebook event and let us know you’re coming, email to help out

May’s film night features a very special guest – Danny Chivers – ace performance poet, great writer and very active in Art not Oil actions.artnotoil2

In the last two months, the Tate art galleries and the Edinburgh Festival have both ended their sponsorship deals with the oil company BP. This follows six years of creative activism from artists, performers and campaigners for fossil-free culture, including Shakespearean stage invasions, rebel art installations, disobedient choirs, surprise tattooists, guerrilla festivals, a pop-up Viking longship and a LOT of molasses.


Come and see how this dramatic story has unfolded, with a night of short films and real-life stories of creative activism and performance protest, curated by the Art Not Oil coalition.

And there’s free pizza!
Film starts at 7pm

To help out at this or any other Film Night email

April Film Night: Cowspiracy

28th April 6.30pm, Hornbeam Cafe

Have you ever wondered why leading environmental organizations are afraid to talk about animal agriculture? 

Come for a screening of a notorious and controversial documentary ‘Cowspiracy’, a thought-provoking discussion and – last but not least – free vegan pizza and great company. We will also screen a short – ‘Food Rebels’ about the work of our friends from Organiclea. Be part of it!

To help out at this or any other Film Night email


February Film Night: Food for People 26th February

poster feb 16 film nightFebruary Film Night at The Hornbeam Centre is right around the corner on Thursday 25th of February at 6:30pm. This month is hosted by OrganicLea, Community Food Growers’ Network and Landworkers’ Alliance and will focus on the upcoming campaign for a national food policy that puts control of our food system into the hands of the people who grow, eat, harvest, distribute food.

Food prices sky high… and ridiculously low.  Food producers under-valued.  Unprecedented waste.  How do we create the solutions?

We will show a few short films on movements across the world around food sovereignty as well as how countries like Australia and Canada have created food policy that ensures our food systems put people and the environment– not corporate agribusinesses. You will also get a chance to have your voice heard as the UK Food Sovereignty Movement starts a process to create The Peoples Food Policy for the UK. As always there will be free food, good company and beer and wine to purchase from Hornbeam Cafe.

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Food For Change Film Night: Jakarta Calls

jakarta callThis month: Jakarta Call and talk on Nicaraguan small producers with Janie Boyd

Thursday 29th October, Hornbeam Cafe, doors open at 6:30pm

This month, to keep momentum up after UK Food Sovereignty Gathering we are showing the Jakarta Call: La Vía Campesina. This documentary is an introduction to the international peasant movement with over 200 million members across the world. Discover and learn about how peasant organisations from all around the world use food sovereignty, agro-ecology, social and climate justice, solidarity, seeds, water, struggles by women, youth, indigenous and migrants, to create agrarian reform. DSC03685We hope also to be joined by Janie Boyd, over from Nicaragua where she runs social enterprises supporting community development, including a kitchen gardens project. A chance to hear about the similarities with our own edge-of-the-city growing projects… solidarity in action! Tortillas and beans and other Nicaraguan snacks will be available! Along with free organic popcorn, good chat and a lively pub visit afterwards.

To help out with food on the night – ESPECIALLY if you’re great at making corn tortillas – please email Rebecca on  Thanks!