Film Preview: A Tale Of Two Barnets

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Film Preview: A Tale Of Two Barnets

A documentary about the lives and concerns of people in Barnet gets its world premier at the Phoenix this month.

Barnet was the site of the infamous workhouse from Dickens' Oliver Twist. 200 years since the novelist's birth you can't move for Dickensian celebrations but the people of Barnet are taking stock. A Tale of Two Barnets looks at what has changed and what has stayed the same.

Film maker Charles Honderick, whose mother's family are from Barnet, spent six months interviewing diverse local residents, business people and councillors about the challenges they face in 2012 with austerity biting, the Olympics looming and their high street under threat.

Watch the trailer:

The world premier of A Tale of Two Barnets is on Monday 19 March at 6pm at the Phoenix Cinema, East Finchley. Entry is £1 on the door.

While you're there, try the Top Ten Things To Do In The Borough Of Barnet

Last Updated 05 March 2012

London Remembers

Barnet is a great borough but probably not the site of Oliver Twist's Workhouse.  Sorry to contradict you but, very recently a workhouse in Cleveland Street, Fitzrovia, has been saved from demolition though the efforts a historian who has pretty well proved that it was Oliver's home.  Dickens lived just nine doors away for a total of about 4 years.  English Heritage found the evidence convincing enough that they listed the building.  The historian, Ruth Richardson, has written a book about Dickens, his life in that street, and her investigation into the connection.  Let's hope Dickens home still standing at 22 Cleveland street is also listed soon.

Rog T

There are many well established links between Charles Dickens and Barnet, various pubs as well as the workhouse. The local legend is that one of Dickens friends heard the famous "I want some more" comment. There is an interesting section on Dickens links with Barnet at the Barnet Museum - As to our heritage, I agree with London Remembers that we should be preserving all of these landmarks. Barnet Workhouse was demolished in 2002 despite a strong local campaign. You can read about this here  - - Sadly that's how we treat our history


 Let's hope Dickens home still standing at 22 Cleveland street is also listed soon.