In 2016 LGK in the community embraced on a journey to collate the stories of 1st generation migrants that settles in Birmingham from the beautiful Island of Cyprus.
Working with the heritage lottery fund we secured a grant to document these journeys for the 1st time in history. This then led to an independent piece of work on re living the voyage of Greek Cypriot women from Cyprus to Birmingham. In November 2019 LGK launched its 1st production of a documentary known as Queens of Amathus.
A journey of Greek Cypriot women from Cyprus to Birmingham re living their unique stories and sharing their sacrifices with generations to come.
Post the pandemic’s initial wave in early 2021 we were also successful again in securing funds to produce our second documentary Queens of the Commonwealth.
This production documents the unique journey of 22 queens from various commonwealth nations that have migrated to Birmingham. All these stories are at risk and without organisations like LGK who are actively collecting these Hollywood standard life experiences through our queens they would merely be lost in time.

IT IS BECAUSE THE SACIFICES OF THE QUEENS OF YESTERDAY THAT WE LIVE THE PRIVILEDGED LIVES WE LIVE TODAY

UPCOMING PROJECTS...

Queens of the Commonwealth – The journey of commonwealth female migrants to Birmingham re living their voyage to the second city. The 22 queens of the commonwealth are Birmingham’s true heroes.

QUEEN OF THE COMMONWEALTH PRODUCTION TEAM

Panikos Panayiotou - Director and Producer

Panayiotis Panayiotou, also known as Panikos, was born in 1979 to parents Anastasia and Mihalis Panayiotou. Panikos began this whole journey into production with the publication Amathus to Birmingham (2016) inspired by his own parents who are also refugees from the 1974 Turkish invasion.

A2B’ as this project is known, documented the stories of families who moved from Cyprus to Birmingham. During this project it became apparent that the female perspective needed more attention and he was inspired to search deeper into the stories of the strong females in the community. This then inspired him to create his 1st documentary Queens of Amathus, and in his own words ‘due to the sacrifices of the Queens of yesterday, is the reason we live the life we live today’. Panikos is now an established documentary maker currently working on a series of projects which include ‘The Queens of the Commonwealth’ a celebration of migrant women from various backgrounds and their journey to the UK. He is also currently working on the sequel of Queens of Amathus re living the journey of Cypriot women from Cyprus to the rest of the world.

Lance Latchman - Director of Photography/Assistant Director

Lance Latchman is a full-time producer/director and has a great passion for transforming factual stories into captivating videos or film. Through his production company, Cuecard Productions, Lance empowers people and companies to share their stories, and leave a positive mark on the world.

Christina Savvas - Narrator

Christina is a journalist who was born in Birmingham to Cypriot parents. Her mother Kika came to England as a refugee in 1974 with her parents and eight siblings. Father Savva moved to the UK in the 60s when he was just a year old.

She later gained employment at the Birmingham Mail and worked in various roles including investigative reporter and social media before being promoted to Senior Editor Customer for the West Midlands and Cheshire region. Although she has always been interested in her family history she regrets not asking her grandparents more questions before they died at young ages. The opportunity to work on Queens of Amathus was one that could not be missed.

Petros Kkolas - Production coordinator

Petros Kkolas is the Production Coordinator of the Queens Project. He is a Consultant Engineer. He studied Civil Engineering in Coventry University since his graduation he is employed by global engineering firms. Following his studies, Petros moved to Cyprus for 2 years and migrated to Birmingham in 2014, to begin his career in engineering consulting.

He joined the documentary team in 2019 and supported in the organisation and planning of the Premiere in Cyprus, which was under the auspices of the Presidential Commissioner of the Diaspora, Mr Photis Photiou. Since 2020 is the Production Planner of the Queens of Amathus – The Journey Continues and Queens of Commonwealth. He is responsible for the planning of interviews and public relations of the projects. He is an active member of the secretariat of National Federation of Cypriots in the UK and he acts as the Media Liaison in Cyprus for the HandoffCyprus Campaign. He enjoys photography and creative writing.

Ben Robinson

Ben is a BBC-trained multi award-winning media creative and entrepreneur who has worked on some of Britain's most iconic TV shows. In 2000 he launched Birmingham indie Zebra Digital, creating award-winning series for British and global broadcasters.

In 2017 Ben co-founded Coventry and Solihull-based media and theatre company STAMP CIC. The company disseminates primary academic research through innovative digital content and installations. Ben is a visiting lecturer at several universities in the Midlands including BCU, Derby and Birmingham. He also regularly speaks, chairs or produces sessions at media events. He has also been actively involved in initiatives to mentor young people and to support their work in the media industry.

Gabriel Timotheou

Born and bred in Birmingham, I'm a 26 year old masters graduate with a passion for travel, adventure and all things photography. I love to immerse myself in the culture wherever I go. My goal is to showcase the scenes, moments and memories I capture, and share my unique perspective to you.

QUEENS OF AMATHUS - THE JOURNEY CONTINUES

The LGK production team are working hard with the Cypriot government and members of the pan-Cypriot diaspora business community on a production that will re live the journey of Greek Cypriot women from Cyprus to the rest of the World predicted release date March 2023…

In the News...

Queens of Amathus: Tears of joy as emotional migration film premieres at Cineworld Broad Street...

More than 20 Greek Cypriot ladies who migrated from Cyprus to Birmingham opened up their hearts for a documentary screened at Cineworld Broad Street – and there’s a new book about their amazing stories too.

Read more in the Birmingham Mail >>

From Amathus to Birmingham: The incredible journeys made by Greek Cypriots to our city

Cypriot community has played a major role in the city’s development, most influentially through the fish and chip shop trade.

Read more in the Birmingham Mail >>

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