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 their eyes, would merely be lost in time.

A journey of Queens from the Commonwealth to Birmingham, reliving their unique stories and sharing their sacrifices with generations to come.

A black-tie premiere event has been organised for Saturday 9th of July starting at 6.30pm, as a celebration and the release of the strong documentary – Queens of the Commonwealth.

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When you have purchased your ticket, a printed version will be sent to you.

It starts at 6.30pm and the screening begins at 7pm.

The Pavilion at Moor Lane is located within Perry Barr and walking distance to the Alexander Stadium where the Athletics and Ceremonies for the Commonwealth Games 2022 will take place.
Full Address: The Pavilion Moor Lane, Perry Barr, Birmingham, B6 7AA
Nearest Motorway – M6
Nearest Junction – J6 & J7
Nearest Station – Erdington Train Station. Perry Barr Station is NOW closed for refurbishment
Nearest Airport – Birmingham International Airport
Nearest Buses –
11A, 11C, 7, 934, 28 local buses will bring you close to the Pavilion

Car parking is very limited and there will be parking for runners with a disability. All other cars should park as directed and on local roads.

The entry fee will cover your entry plus light snacks and refreshments on the evening.

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.

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.

Christina Savvas - Research lead

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.

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.

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