Frequently AS=sked Questions
Here’s a bit more information about what we want to do
WHAT ARE WE LOOKING FOR?
We want to find couples with an inspiring story to tell about their path to love in the 1980s. We are looking for them to share their story, along with special photos and vintage video footage of a special day. We’ll gather the stories, photos and other memorabilia to make a brand new short film and build the first photographic archive about love in 1980s Britain.
WHAT HAPPENS IF YOUR STORY IS SELECTED?
All relevant submissions will be used to make a photographic archive and a selection of these stories will feature in a brand new short film. The film will be premiered as part of ‘Leytonstone Loves Film, a celebration of film produced by the Barbican in collaboration with local filmmakers, artists and organisations.
VERY IMPORTANT: We want to tell your story to the rest of the UK. If you are not comfortable with this, please think now whether you want to be involved.
WHO CAN TAKE PART?
We are particularly keen on hearing from people who live in the Waltham Forest area of London. We are happy to receive submissions of inspiring stories from across the country.
HOW DO PEOPLE SEND US THEIR STORIES?
Click 'Take Part' to submit your story, photos, video and audio files.
Email us if you have difficulty submitting your story - send us a message via the 'Contact' button at the bottom of this page.
WHAT ELSE ARE WE INTERESTED IN?
We are interested to find out about any special memorabilia, objects, clothing, photographs or souvenirs of that time. For example, concert or cinema tickets. It might be that you don’t have them anymore but if you have photographs of them, we’d love to see those.
WHY ARE WE EXPLORING THE 1980S?
The 1980s was a memorable decade for so many reasons. It was colourful, eclectic and sometimes strange and bizarre! It certainly produced some of the most spectacular art, music, film and fashion, which continue to inspire younger generations today. Like anything in life, you can’t have the good without the bad. Forty years on and the 1980s has so much resonance and parallels to our contemporary moment, we had a Conservative government, unemployment was high, racism was rife and there was a deadly new virus spreading across the globe.
And yet, in amongst all of this, we still had LOVE. People were falling in love, although this was easier if you fitted the norms of society. For those who didn’t falling in love often had to be in secret, especially those in gay or interracial/mixed faith relationships.
This is a project about celebrating unheard and diverse stories, about falling love in the 1980s and documenting British social history.
Film: submissions open 27 July and will close on 31 August 2020
Online submissions: open 27 July and close on 31 December 2020.
We will keep your personal information securely and not share it with anyone else.
If you have any more questions, please feel free to contact us.