Make It Your Business

My name is George Okello and I’m a local filmmaker based in Southwark.

I enjoy producing factual content and aspire to create positive social change with my artistry.

Recently I’ve been working on a series of promotional films championing the independent businesses that thrive on our high streets.

The project – titled Word! On The Street - is supported by Creation Trust and Southwark Council and offered young people the opportunity to go out and create promotional ‘vlogs’ about 10 different high streets within the borough.

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Dennis' Butchers appear in George's film about Peckham

I was particularly interested in getting to work with businesses within Peckham, an area that is witnessing considerable change, especially since I left and came back from University.

The project provided me with the opportunity to not only to raise awareness of the amazing array of businesses that exist in our neighbourhoods, but also get to know shop owners from areas such as Bermondsey, Elephant & Castle, Lordship Lane, Dulwich Village & Herne Hill and underline their status as role models in our communities.

Having grown up in South London, my filming style and beliefs as a human being have all greatly been influenced by the diversity of our city – a diversity I hope shines in my work through the fact that I’m proud of where we come from.

Beneath I’ve written a brief summary of what I’ve learned interviewing shop owners across the following areas. Have a watch and see if you can recognise any familiar faces and continue to support your local independent economy!


Peckham

Home to an incredible mix of businesses, including Persepolis, Dennis’ Butchers – one of the first black butchers in the South East, and Peckhamplex - London’s cheapest cinema, this documentary delicately unravels the diverse fabric of ‘the best community in the world’.


Herne Hill

Otherwise know as the hidden gem, this documentary gathers the thoughts of businesses such as Herne Hill Books, Jo’s House, Seasons of England Grocers and The Illusioneer to describe the almost ‘village’ like community located a mere twelve minutes trains journey away from Central London.


Lordship Lane

Focusing on three businesses, Really Maria’s, Lila’s Jewels and Franklins comment on what they like about owning an independent business in their local community and the fact that ‘you can find everything you wish here’.


Dulwich Village

Following Green Village’s Toy Shop, Village Books, Romeo Jones, Bartley’s Flowers and Scobies, this documentary unveils what makes Dulwich Village such a pleasant community to live and work in, and underlines the area as one of the surprise hallmarks for independence in our borough.


Elephant and Castle

Centring on businesses such as Beza’s Ethiopian Cuisine, La Bodeguita, Paname French Creperie and MG Skincare, this documentary examines Elephant as a flag bearer for not only independence, but also as a positive example of immigrant contribution and impact on our wider society.  


Bermondsey

Spending time with business owners such as Russell Dryden’s fishmongers and Bell and Sons Butchers, this documentary observes how business is done in the ‘Blue Country’ – one of the oldest communities in the borough.


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If you like my work you can view more of my content on my website or YouTube channel beneath (I make vlogs if that’s your cup of tea). If you have any questions regarding the project don’t hesitate to get in touch, especially if you’d like to promote your business in upcoming projects!

www.georgeokello.com

www.youtube.com/georgeokello93

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