It’s not often that my passions for great short films, the Caribbean, and my love for programming get to intersect. When I hosted my first shorts programme under Caribbean Pop-Up Cinema, the entire night at the Mockingbird Cinema in Birmingham felt surreal.
To be surrounded by a captive – mostly West Indian – audience who were just as moved as I was to see these types of diverse and authentic Caribbean stories on screen for the first time in the UK - it truly made us all feel like family that evening!
After 8 years working as a journalist and writer for Caribbean media and spending 3 years in Brazil, Denyce migrated from Barbados to Birmingham to study film and television, where she was awarded a Masters distinction at University of Birmingham in Film and Television: Research and Production. Already in love with Birmingham, she threw herself into the local film industry, and it wasn’t long before she was absorbed into the world of programming and film events within the West Midlands. She realised that she really loved film exhibition, and worked with some organisations and festivals on their film events as well as Caribbean Pop-Up Cinema, which she went on to found. Through community cinema, she found a way to connect others to an incredible array of Caribbean narratives which were previously not accessible.