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Presented by Velvet Joy Productions and Arnolfini – a documentary film and a new book of documentary photography looking at untold stories from Britain under austerity. “This book illustrates a truth we cannot ignore” (Ken Loach).

Invisible Britain: Portraits of Hope and Resilience reveals untold stories from people who have been left out of the media narrative and left behind by government policy. Featuring the work of accomplished documentary photographers, the book shows how an unprecedented world of austerity, de-industrialisation and social upheaval is affecting us all.

Sleaford Mods – Invisible Britain shows the most relevant and uncompromising British band in years sticking two fingers up to the zeitgeist and articulating the rage and desperation of those without a voice in austerity Britain. Part band doc, part look at the state of the nation, the film features individuals and communities attempting to find hope among the ruins, against a blistering soundtrack by Sleaford Mods.

Following the screening there will be a panel Q&A to discuss the book with director/editor Paul Sng, activist Karen Passmore (DPAC), photographer Kirsty Mackay and host Grant Scott from the United Nations of Photography.


“A beautiful collection, a portrait of humour, resilience and endurance.” Kit de Waal

“A profoundly important human document, haunting for all the right reasons, and must be read.” Alan Moore

“Stories of defiance, of fight, and of faith that a better country awaits us all.” Aditya Chakrabortty


Velvet Joy Productions is an independent visual arts studio set up by director/producer Paul Sng in 2015 to explore the lives and works of individuals who have been neglected, marginalised or misrepresented in mainstream media. Filmography: Sleaford Mods – Invisible Britain (2015) and Dispossession: The Great Social Housing Swindle (2017).


Please note this event is appropriate for those age 15 and over.