A series of short films celebrating the Southside area of Birmingham

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southside stories

welcome to southside stories

Southside Stories is a celebration of the people who live and work in one of Birmingham’s most exciting and diverse areas. Ranging from dancers to hairdressers to business owners, you’ll see the work that goes on behind the scenes at the Birmingham Hippodrome, get an insight into the world of Rosie Kay Dance Company and take a look around one of the country’s oldest record shops.

 

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Jimmy Shannon - The Diskery

Jimmy runs The Diskery, one of the oldest record shops in the world. Established in 1952, the business has defied the national decline in music shops by offering outstanding personal service and a
passion for vinyl.

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Jonathan Thompson & Jason Lane - The Hippodrome

Jonathan and Jason work at the UK's busiest theatre but when pressure at work spills over at home; the couple invoke
'the two minute rule'.

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Emma Scott - Mr Chills' Sweet Emporium

Set in the historic Back to Backs museum, Mr Chills' sweet shop serves traditional confectionary to tourists, locals and Hippodrome regulars alike. Emma gives us a guided tour of the shop and reveals her favourite sweets.

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Pauline Williams - Kings Unisex Salon

Arriving from Jamaica in the 1980s, Pauline started out working in Birmingham City Centre, undertaking various jobs until she partnered with a men's barber shop and became the Nail Queen of Southside.

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Vivienne Pang - Caffe Chino

Student Vivienne works in the stunning Café Chino serving an incredible array of Chinese pastries. She loves Chinese New Year in Southside and extols the virtues of bubble tea.

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Justin Averill - Matthews Electronics

PA salesman Justin Averill demonstrates his hidden stage talents, singing a self-penned song from his repertoire.

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James Wong - Chung Ying Garden

Brought up by Chinese born parents in 1980s Birmingham, James explains how his father built the first restaurant in China Town using winnings from horse betting.

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Pedro Santana-Ortega - Queen's Tavern

Drag artist Pedro entertains regulars at The Queen's Tavern's Spanish Night with music, dancing and paella.

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Rosie Kay - danceXchange

Rosie Kay, one of the UK's leading contemporary dance choreographers, travelled the world before settling in Birmingham and residing at the outstanding facilities at DanceXchange.

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Mr Singh - Hurst St News

One of Southside's longest residing businessmen, Mr Singh talks about a time when the area garnered a less than glamorous reputation and how things have improved with the
regeneration of the city.

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