Shortlist Best Local Film at Portobello Film Festival 2015

A film made by Year Five children from Barlby Primary School and digital:works

The North-West Ken Stories Project involved Year 5 children from Barlby Primary School working with education charity digital:works to uncover and tell the stories of the people who live in the area and have experienced the many changes that have taken place over the years. The resulting film is titled “More Hot for No.5” and you’ll need to watch it to understand this enigmatic title!

With training and support from digital:works the children researched the history of the area with the help of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea’s Local Studies archive. After the research element, the children made a documentary film about NW Kensington and its history which includes interviews with a variety of local residents who tell their stories of the area.

digital:works also set up a reminiscence group running in tandem with the school project. Many of the participants are interviewed in the film.

The film was launched at Kensington Aldridge Academy in front of an audience of over 200 and two of the children then went on BBC Radio London for an interview with Robert Elms.

The film, titled “More Hot for No.5” is available to watch online at You’ll need to watch the film to understand the enigmatic title!

Barlby Primary School

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