On Thursday 18 July, The Hock Cellar at The Griffin Brewery, Chiswick, played host to 100 guests and rolled out the red carpet for the premiere of ‘Brewing Stories’ – a film based on the history and importance of West London’s Brewery Workers.
Produced by digital:works, the film plays historical homage to the people who worked in the three main Thames side breweries in West London and showcases how these breweries were major employers, in which ‘their smoke and smells dominated this part of London for hundreds of years’.
The film beautifully captures the background of the brewing industry and features breweries including the Griffin Brewery (Fuller’s) in Chiswick, the Ram Brewery (Young’s) in Wandsworth and the Stag Brewery (Watney’s) in Mortlake. The story highlights how the breweries employed hundreds of people, with generations working for the same brewery.
The entire film was made by volunteers as part of a community project supported by digital:works and funded by Unite the Union and the National Lottery Heritage Fund. Among the guests at The Hock Cellar was a 96-year-old former brewery worker from Mortlake, as well as friends of Fuller’s, historians and brewing industry professionals.
Click here to watch Brewing Stories for yourself: