A documentary looking at the 1981 Toxteth Riots and the circumstances surrounding Liverpool 8 at the time of the unrest.
Britain, 1981. Margaret Thatcher is Prime Minister and tensions are rising in communities around the country.
On a hot summer evening in the L8 area of Liverpool, the arrest of Leroy Cooper, a young, black man, ignites a social uprising within an over-policed and under-valued community. The nights that follow are filled with violence, rioting, and destruction — a brutal social clash that was dubbed ‘The Toxteth Riots’ by the media and would damage the city for decades.
Sin Bin of the City unravels the events of that fateful summer, cutting through the noise to the voices of the community a...t the centre of the conflict. Through extensive archive research and personal testimony, the film details the feelings of the L8 community: their perceived oppression by a racist police force and isolation from their own city, the events of the so-called riots and the attempts of the Conservative government to gloss over a city in managed decline.
Shedding new light on events that are still seen as taboo today, Sin Bin of the City asks what, if anything, has changed in a community today?
Screening: 18:20 — 18:40
Filmmaker Q&A: 18:40 — 19:00
This event is part of the ninth annual LightNight Liverpool, the free one-night arts festival, which is taking place on Friday 18 May 2018.
LightNight showcases the creative lifeblood of Liverpool, presenting new and ambitious artistic commissions amidst a vibrant programme of more than 100 events including everything from concerts, exhibitions, hands-on workshops and dance to street performance, theatre and talks.
It’s the perfect chance to enjoy the bustling atmosphere and experience the city’s cultural offer after-hours with friends and family.
This LightNight we will question and reflect upon the transformative nature of the self and the world around us. Understood as a significant change in people or place, ‘transformation’ is happening all around us: visible or invisible, turbulent and political, personal and emotional.
LightNight Liverpool is produced by local social enterprise Open Culture.
Festival guides can be purchased from selected venues across the city centre 1-18 May or ordered online at lightnightliverpool.co.uk.