In this dynamic new short documentary film The Children Of Portobello & Golborne directed by Darren O’Mahoney & produced by Alison Aylen, local school children explore the vibrant multicultural community of their local markets.

 Funded in part by Campden councillors with City Living, Local Life, this lighthearted film, created with children & for children, tells the story of the immigrant arrivals to the area over the last 150 years. As the students search for the answers to their multitude of questions they experience the bustle of the market and its people first-hand. The children discover how the Spanish community arrived after the Civil War with their olive oil, paella and chorizo, the Moroccans followed with their exotic spices and tagines and how the arrival of the Caribbean immigrants in the 1960s changed Portobello forever.  Through meeting these colourful local characters & devouring the multicultural food the students start to discover what makes Portobello & Golborne Markets so unique.

This short film is part of a research project led by the Food Explorers in partnership with the Hammersmith & Fulham Urban Studies Centre (HFUSC), which is set to run in schools throughout the RBKC over the next few years to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Portobello & Golborne Markets.  An interactive map, exhibition and historical guide have all been developed with students from Fox & Bevington Primary Schools to support the new curriculum.

As Food Explorers Director & film producer Alison Aylen explains, “We are very excited that our film is premiering at the Portobello Film Festival.  This film follows the childrens’ journey as they learn about their local market history and community.  It is a celebration of these thriving street markets and the diversity of its people and delicious food.  These markets are something to be treasured and nurtured in the years to come.”

Film footage was also collected from a unique four-school wide Food Explorers tasting event that took place in June where children got to taste a wide array of fresh market fruit and vegetables in addition to sampling International foods from local food businesses such as Jay Dee’s Caribbean, Falafel King, La Plaza & La Bodega, George’s Fisheries, Provenance Butchers & stall-holder Cheryl Devlin.

Funding for this film is being provided by the Heritage Foundation with additional funding support by Campden Ward through City Living, Local Life & RBKC Markets.

Date:  Wednesday, Septe
mber 16th, 2015, 6:15pm

Location: Portobello Pop Up Cinema, 3 Acklam Road, W10 5TY

For more information about this event or to reserve seating, please contact Alison Aylen at 07973909727 or email: