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★ BAFTA Nominated
Best British Short Film 2022



Independent Documentary / 29 mins

Directed, Produced, Filmed &
co-edited



 

Every day, on the top floor of an iconic 1960’s shopping centre near the heart of the city, hundreds of regulars take up their usual spots in the London Palace Bingo Club. Some come for the cheap dinners and the free tea and coffee, but many stay to relax, socialise, play bingo, dominoes, gossip, and party together. 

 

As this area’s billion pound redevelopment nears its finish, the club finds itself the last piece of the old neighbourhood now sitting within a drastically altered picture,  surrounded on all sides by gleaming towers of high-end apartments.

 

The Palace film is a loud, emotional portrait of a unique community rooted in South London saying a reluctant goodbye to their social hub and playground of the past 20 years. Told through the stories of the regulars that loved and depended on it, and the owner who couldn’t save it.

Shown on MUBI

Shown on Bertha DocHouse March 2022

Featured in festivals worldwide 2021/2022:

Best Documentary Winner - Short To The Point

Best Cinematography Nominee - Queens World Festival

Best Documentary Short Nominee - Queens World Festival

 Finalist - Independant Short Awards

 Semi Finalist - ARFF Paris

Official Selection - Aesthetica Film Festival 

Official Selection - Bolton International Film Festival 

Official Selection - London Short Film Festival 

Official Selection - Älvsbyn Film Festival 

Official Selection - Gindie Film Festival 

Official Selection - Helsinki International Film Festival

Official Selection - Ponferrada International Film Festival

Screenings:

Screening 1st December 2o22 - Algiers International Film Festival, Algeria

Screening 23rd October 2022 - Filmets Badalona Film Festival, Spain

Screening 24th September 2022 - Remembering Elephant, Draper Hall, London

Screening 10th September 2022 - Beyond Beck Road, Open House Festival, London

Screening 10th September 2022 - Brunswick Park Festival, London

Screening 14th August 2022 - Supernormal Festival, Oxfordshire

Screening 6th Apr 2022 - The Cinema Museum, London

Screening 6th March 2022 - BAFTA Sessions, BAFTA piccadilly, London

Screening 21st Jan 2022 - London Short Film Festival - ICA, London

Screening 4th-6th Nov 2021 - Aesthetica Film Festival - Friargate Theater, York

Screening 30th Sept 2021 - Bolton International Film Festival - Bolton Museum & Library