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Sam the Wheels, Witness and Filmmaker (12A*)

The Decolonising Lens

a mother and two kids walking through London with red telephone boxes in the background

A special evening celebrating the work of archivist and filmmaker Clovis Salmon, aka Sam ‘The Wheels‘.

Clovis Salmon was among the first generation of migrants from the West Indies to settle in the UK, arriving in London in Nov 1954. Having run his own bike shop in Jamaica, he joined Holdsworth Cycle Co as a bike repair man and soon became known as Sam ‘The Wheels‘.

In 1959 Salmon, a Pentecostal preacher and self-taught amateur filmmaker, began filming church services and community events (weddings, christenings, funerals) in his neighbourhood in Brixton. The resulting rushes are now recognised as a unique archive of Brixton’s cultural heritage.

This screening features material shot by Salmon, a short documentary by Sandi Hudson-Francis and recorded interview with Salmon, Hudson-Francis and Mark Sealy.

The screening is followed by a Q&A with Sandi Hudson-Francis, Mark Sealy (Autograph ABP) and Lucy Davies (198 Contemporary Arts and Learning).

Tagged with: Cinema

Held in partnership with 198 Contemporary Arts and Learning, Autograph ABP and Photography and the Archive Research Centre at the University of the Arts London.

This event is part of the ongoing lecture series, The Decolonising Lens, be a series of five in-conversations featuring core PARC member Mark Sealy alongside leading academics and practitioners, exploring the decolonial as a concept and methodology for disentangling the web of dominant narratives that structure our institutions and our thought.


All footage shot by Clovis Salmon was filmed across the 1960s and digitised in 2008.


Somerleyton 1. The Great Conflict of Somerleyton Road (1963–64) UK 2008 Dir Clovis Salmon 23 mins

Somerleyton 2. UK 2008 Dir Clovis Salmon 7 min

Somerleyton 3. UK 2008 Dir Clovis Salmon 2 min

Somerleyton 6 Post Riots UK 2008 Dir Clovis Salmon 9 min

Super Sam UK 2019 Dir Sandi Hudson-Francis 44 min

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