Spanish Steps: flamenco in a foreign land is a warm -hearted documentary about how Britain caught the flamenco bug. Elders of the flamenco scene recount how they fell into the world of Spanish dance which shaped their lives and influenced future generations.  Personal stories are told against a vivid backdrop of archive footage & photos as well as contemporary flamenco. 

Producer/Director Anna Holmes. Associate Director Victor Ortega.

Spanish Steps previewed in London at the Instituto Cervantes in July 2010.  We had a great response and plan to do a bit more work on the film before we release dvd’s for sale and begin our marketing campaign. Keep an eye out for more news.

Here are some responses to the film.

Views from contributing flamenco artists

‘A fine work put together with sympathy and great understanding for those dedicated people - the London flamencos.’

‘I feel yo
u have made the film just for me’

‘Muy bien, muy bien, muy bien.  I can’t say more. Everything in the film is fantastic’.

‘The best film of flamenco. Thank you."

‘It took me back and I enjoyed every moment. It will succeed’
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'You've captured the atmosphere perfectly'.

London Spanish Instituto Cervante’s blog

Flamenco was one of those imports that helped lift the gloom, and captured the imagination of a sizeable number of Londoners. They joined up with Spanish expats who had fled life under Franco, and a burgeoning flamenco scene soon took hold, particularly in Soho.
As the film reveals, it would not be long before flamenco nights were being staged the length and breadth of Britain, from the Welsh Valleys to the towns of mid-Scotland.

With no narrator, the film tells its story in the words of those dancers. Anna was a journalist before embarking on a career in theatre and scriptwriting, and her eye for a good story means her documentary is packed with fascinating anecdotes and reminiscences, some of them inspiring and touching, others simply amusing.

Despite having only the tiniest of budgets, Anna has produced a thoroughly professional film and succeeded in her aim of recording a piece of history.

Dance Today September 2010


The documentary - a miracle considering the small budget - traces the introduction of flamenco into the UK from the 1950's through the voices of those who were there at the time.
Known for post war austerity and the notorious smog, the 1950s were difficult times. However they mark the start of great social change among which was flamenco. The dance captured the imagination of a number of Londoners who joined with Spanish expatriates who had fled life under Franco. With no narrator the film's story comes out of the mouths of the flamenco pioneers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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