22 June 2023

Windrush Day 75: Clive Smith presents Bristol’s Afrikan-Caribbean Legends of Martial Arts

Clive Smith head and shoulders wearing hat and scarf

Clive Smith, local documentary filmmaker

Join us on Windrush Day as award-winning filmmaker Clive Smith launches his new film about Bristol’s Afrikan-Caribbean legends of martial arts. The film gives an insight into the journey of racism and discrimination that they encountered whilst growing up in Bristol from the 1960s, and how a negative situation was turned into a positive.

Lloyd Russell, Lloyd Allen, Nathan Lewis, Sean Viera and Winston Williams tell their stories of why they started martial arts and the obstacles they encountered. Many of these young men went on to become UK and world class martial arts champions, to set up their own businesses and to mentor the young people who follow them.

This production also gives homage to Henry Cornwall, Max Maximen, Trevor Johnson and Stanmore Allen for their contributions to the Martial Arts world before they passed away.

This inspiring and informative film both educates and gives a true account of the many contributions the Windrush Generation have made for Bristol and the wider world. It is all captured by grassroots filmmaker Clive Smith “Telling Our Stories: As it is”.

Following the screening will be a panel discussion with Lloyd Allen, Nathan Lewis and Winston Williams hosted by Julz Davis.

The evening also includes an authentic Jamaican buffet by Nadine, performances by Vanessa Melody and Lawrence Hoo and DJ sets by DJ Style and Donovan.

With thanks

This event is kindly sponsored by The Regional History Centre, UWE and Arts Council England.

The event is part Bristol’s Summer of Film Takeover presented by Bristol UNESCO City of Film and partners.

A dedicated film programme to mark the 75th anniversary of Windrush can also be seen on the Vintage Mobile Cinema Bus in Broadmead from 22 – 24 June.

The national Windrush 75 Network helps to broaden public recognition of the contribution of the original Windrush Pioneers, as well as increasing public understanding of the history of race and migration to Britain across the decades.


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Your hosts: Clive Smith and Julz Davies

6pm – 7pm Jamaican buffet by Nadine

7pm – 7.30pm Welcome and film screening

7.30pm – 8.15pm Panel discussion with Lloyd Allen, Nathan Lewis and Winston Williams,

8.15pm – 8.30pm Performances by Antonette Clarke-Akalanne, Vanessa Melody and Lawrence Hoo

8.30pm – 10pm DJ set with Donovan and DJ Style

10pm Doors Close.