The Twelve30 Collective showcases classic and contemporary films from the Caribbean and its diaspora. Our aim is to change the way Caribbean cinema is viewed within the global film landscape. We partner with cinemas, festivals, academic institutions and community groups in the UK to programme and screen films, both in-person and online.
Our name is inspired by the past days of watching movies at the old Caribbean cinema palaces—12.30pm was the time each day the first feature screened in most cinemas across the region. The name is also a nod to Caribbean cinema's relationship to both the Hollywood industry and the Third Cinema tradition.
"All Port-of-Spain is a 12.30 show/Some playing Kojak, some Fidel Castro"
- Derek Walcott, The Spoiler's Return
Jonathan Ali (@jonathanaliTT) is a film curator and writer based in London. He has worked for various film festivals including East End Film Festival, Trinidad and Tobago Film Festival, and Toronto International Film Festival. He is currently Director of Programming for the Caribbean-themed Third Horizon Film Festival, in Miami, Florida, recently named one of the “25 Coolest Film Festivals in the World” by MovieMaker Magazine. Jonathan’s writing on cinema has appeared in various print and online publications.
Lisa Harewood (@lisafromtherock) is a digital storyteller. She produced the micro-budget feature A Hand Full of Dirt (2011) and wrote and directed the short film Auntie (2013). She is the creative director of the Barrel Stories Project, a multi-platform initiative documenting the experiences of Caribbean families separated due to migration. A virtual reality component, Love and Seawater, was selected for talent labs at Sheffield Doc/Fest and IDFA DocLab Forum.