Event Information

Filmmaker Surjit Simplay has been a Charlie Chaplin fan since she was a kid, and when evidence emerged that Chaplin was born in a caravan in Smethwick’s Black Patch Park, cogs began to turn. The result was Gypsy Boy, a short film she made in the park itself with Chaplin’s son Michael in the lead role. 

As well as sharing her film today, Simplay will be exploring the historic importance of the park for the traveller community with special guests Ron Collins (Chair, Friends of Black Patch Park) and John Loveridge, a descendant of Queen Henty who owned the caravan in question. The event will close with a screening of Chaplin’s 1921 breakthrough classic The Kid

Presented in association with Screen Central.


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