Here and Now: Film Installation

Here and Now:
A dialogue between Enoch Powell and the 'Others'

Words have power. Through words we tell our stories, and the stories of ‘others’. Sometimes the words used to express different experiences have striking similarities.

The film installation ‘Here and Now’ presents a fictional dialogue between politician, Enoch Powell, and a number of immigrants from different countries.

Powell (1912–1998) was the Conservative Member of Parliament for Wolverhampton South West. His "Rivers of Blood" speech, given on 20 April 1968, criticised Commonwealth immigration, and anti-discrimination legislation that had been proposed in the United Kingdom.

This speech was highly controversial and lead to his dismissal from the Shadow Cabinet by Conservative party leader Edward Heath. Five years later, Powell was interviewed for television news, where he spoke of his infamous speech and reaffirmed his political stance.

The voices of immigrants – the so-called ‘Others’ – are often much quieter compared to the voices of politicians in the media. Through acts of ‘othering’ migrants have often been subordinated, identified as ‘different’ and have had to fight to have their stories voiced.

All of the materials used in this film installation have been sourced from news clips dating from the 1960s and 1970s.  The appropriated footage has been dramatically juxtaposed, composing a new narrative that seeks to re-position the balance of power and re-present stories of migration with a focus on the voices, experiences and perspectives of migrants.

Here and Now: A dialogue between Enoch Powell and the ‘Others’, 2014, directed by Wen-Ling Lin and Sipei Lu in partnership with Duncan McCauley, with footage sourced from the Media Archive for Central England


To watch the news clips in full please visit Media Archive for Central England’s website or by following the links below.

[ATV Today: 17.04.1973: Enoch Powell Interview]

Here and Now [Programme 154]

[ATV Today: 08.11.1972: Ugandan Asians in Leicester]

[ATV Today: 20.02.1968: Immigration and Education]

[ATV Today: 23.02.1976: Unemployment crisis for Birmingham West Indian school-leavers]

[ATV Today: 05.12.1978: Rhodesian Immigrants]



Here and Now is a project developed by PhD students and staff in the School of Museum Studies in partnership with Duncan McCauley, Media Archive for Central England and the Migration Museum Project, June 2014 – February 2015.

Film Installation coordinated by Wen-Ling Lin and Sipei Lu and facilitated by Tom Duncan and Stefan Bünnig.

With special thanks to Bob Ahluwalia, Emma Morley and Richard Shenton for their support during the making of the Here and Now film.

This project has been generously supported by the University of Leicester Research Infrastructure Fund, Teaching Enhancement Project Fund and College of Arts, Humanities and Law Development Fund.


Duncan McCauley Media Archive for Central England

Migration Museum Project

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