'1500 & Counting' Virtual Film Tour - NOTTINGHAM

4 August 2020, 6:30PM – 8:00PM

Online Event

'1500 & Counting' is a documentary film investigating deaths in custody and police brutality in the UK, by Troy James and Siana Bangura.

About this Event

'1500 & Counting' is a documentary film investigating deaths in custody and police brutality in the UK - a timely subject - and was released in May 2019. After a series of initial screenings, the film will now be toured this summer virtually.


On Sunday 3rd May 2015, Sheku Bayoh was killed by up to nine police officers in Kirkcaldy, Scotland. Five years later, his family are still demanding answers.

The murder of George Floyd in 2020, which has sparked global uprisings and a resurgence of the Black Lives Matter movement has brought the issues of deaths in custody and directly following, or during, police contact into sharp relief once more. There are devastating and chilling parallels between the brutal execution of George Floyd and the killing of Sheku Bayoh. The two men were both loving partners, fathers, sons and brothers.

A report by INQUEST, published on 22nd October 2015 revealed that since 1990, there had been at least 1532 deaths in police custody, or following police contact, in the UK. Of this number, more than 500 victims came from Black and ethnic minority backgrounds, despite people from minority backgrounds making up only 14% of the UK population (as of the 2011 census). No officer has been punished for these deaths. Even one death at the hands of the state is too many, and in 2020, this number is now well over 1700 deaths and counting - yet still, there is no justice.

Event series

We are thrilled to be hosting a series of online screenings - in partnerships with local venues and activists in London, Birmingham, Nottingham and Bristol - alongside roundtable discussions digging deep into the film's key themes and messages.

After each film screening, there will be a panel discussion and Q&A. Joining the filmmakers in conversation at different points in the tour will be Kadi Johnson, Sheku Bayoh's sister and Janet Alder, the sister of Christopher Alder as well as a local activist at each stop.

This event is in partnership with Nottingham's New Art Exchange.

With thanks to support from Arts Council England.


Post the screening and Q&A each night will be a further opportunity for frank courageous conversations. In smaller groups, those able to and willing can sign up for our virtual roundtables. Spaces at these are extremely limited. The discussion will be facilitated and a graphic notetaker will be present to document the conversations creatively. We aim to keep these smaller discussions localised.

Sign up for the Nottingham roundtable here: www.eventbrite.com/e/1500-counting-virtual-film-tour-roundtable-discussion-nottingham-tickets-113935333650

Courageous Films

Courageous Films is a social justice film production house founded by writer and producer Siana Bangura. '1500 & Counting' is the first film from the house.

Follow us on Instagram: @courageous_films

Watch the film's trailer and snippets over on the '1500 & Counting' YouTube channel: bit.ly/1500FilmonYouTube


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