Q&A: Joelle David

PUBLISHED: 16:41 05 June 2018

Joelle David

Joelle David founded production company Bluebird Pictures, whose upcoming film festival in Barking celebrates the borough’s culture and diversity.

What’s your connection with the borough?

I am the founder of Barking and Dagenham based production company Bluebird Pictures.

I have also lived here since I was 11 years old.

What’s the best thing about working or living in the borough?

The best thing about having my production company based here is that Barking is a great connection between London and Essex, which means I can travel to both areas for business fairly easily.

It also means I can engage with lots of different types of people for projects.

What one thing would you change?

I would like to form a greater sense of community in the borough.

We have so many different cultures and backgrounds but not enough common grounds to connect with each other.

This is what I am trying to do with Bluebird Pictures World Cinema Film Festival in June.

It will create a sense of different cultures in the borough by showcasing short films from around the world, which represent some of our community.

We also have a prize for Barking and Dagenham residents to submit their own short film on what culture means to them.

Use three words to describe the area.

Diverse, hardworking and entrepreneurial.

Who is the most inspiring person you have ever met?

Someone that really inspires me is council leader Darren Rodwell, for all the changes he has introduced within arts and culture in the borough.

What new law would you introduce if you were the prime minister?

Bank holidays should be compulsory for EVERYONE. Not just some jobs.

If you were the editor of this paper, what issues in the borough would you focus on?

More opportunities for young people, age 16-30, to get them into work and training.

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