Stop Press 22 October 2012 :

To Celebrate the official release on 22nd March 2012 of "Barnet - The Billion Pound Gamble" Charles Honderick has announced the official release of the full length version of "A Tale of Two Barnets" on YouTube


About Director Charles Honderick

My name is Charles Honderick, filmmaker, producer, musician, man about town.  I was born and raised in Florida.

I have been involved in film production for several years, making short films and music videos. I was looking for a new project and an opportunity arose to make a film about the people of Barnet, a suburb on the edge of London, in the year of the Olympics 2012. 

My mother's family are from the London Borough of Barnet and I'd spent a lot of time growing up there, so in a way this film was a labour of love. I wasn't quite sure what direction the film was going to take when it began, but as I interviewed people a story emerged.  I wanted to give the people of Barnet a platform to talk about important local issues and put on record what life is like in this part of London in a year when the eyes of the world are on the great city of  London. 

Although it's only a small film, I hope it makes a difference  and helps affect change for the better. 

Full Details of Charles Hondericks new film Barnet - The Billion Pound Gamble can be found on the film website

A Tale of Two Barnets

Barnet, site of the famous workhouse from the story Oliver Twist. Two hundred years after the birth of Charles Dickens, how has the area changed and how has it stayed the same? 

In 2012, Barnet is faced with the biggest economic crisis since the second world war. The council, faced with budget pressures has embarked on a massive outsourcing program under the title of "One Barnet", which removes all democratic accountability, but keeps all the financial risk. They have sought to plug gaps in finances by bringing in a whole raft of parking charges, which threaten the very existence of the local High street.

The makers of "A Tale of Two Barnets" visited every part of the Borough and allowed the people of Barnet talk about their lives and their concerns in 2012. The film is stark and enlightening. 

The film has received National acclaim. It has had the rare privilige of being shown at the House of Commons and has also been shown at the UNISON conference and the TUC in London. Edinburgh UNISON have shown the film during the Internationally acclaimed Edinburgh Festival. 

As well as prestigious screenings, the film has had a whole host of local screenings and been shown by various local charities such as the Stroke Association. In total, there have been 23 screenings of the film.

A DVD of the film is available to buy, simply send a cheque for £6 made out to "The Mill Hill Recording Company Ltd"

Please write on the back of the Cheque "A Tale of Two Barnets" DVD's normally arrive withing 7 days.


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The makers of the film are happy for the film to be shown to raise funds for all groups campaigning against outsourcing, cuts, council parking policies or for various community causes. Please notify us of the date and screening details. 

After the screening at the UNISON conference, several delegates commented that they believed the film showed the way forward for campaigns to raise public awareness of issues. High praise indeed.

A short follow up to the film is being made currently, to bring us up to date. 

Stop Press and News about A Tale of Two BArnets

Excerpts from A Tale of Two Barnets featured in the ITV Tonight Program "How much is your council charging you?" on Thursday 22nd March at 7.30pm

A Tale of Two Barnets has been given a write up in Scotlands Leading Newspaper - The Scotsman -

The filmmakers of A Tale of Two Barnets are now making a follow up film. People living in the London Borough of Barnet with a story to tell are invited to get in touch via the Contact Us section of this website.

What people are saying about  "A Tale of Two Barnets"

Kate Belgrave - Journalist - The interviews are the great part of it - really impressive

Ken Loach- Film Director - In the film you will hear some of the stories about the privations people are undergoing. It's particularly savage if you are disabled or you are old.

Julian Silverman - Pensioner and Barnet resident - The people of Barnet are humane and intelligent enough to run their borough democratically for themselves.

Roger Tichborne - Local Blogger - Reality Television is meant to bring to life the stories of ordinary people in the world today. Charles has brought these stories to life.

Starring .....

Screening details

Forthcoming Screening details

None Planned Currently

Previous screenings

World Premier

Monday 19th March - 6-8pm
The Phoenix Cinema,
52 High Road,
East Finchley,
The London Borough of Barnet

Tuesday 27th March - 7-9 pm,
St. John's Church, Somerset / Mowbray Roads,
New Barnet,
EN5 1R

Wednesday 28th March 1-2 PM
New Barnet Community Centre,
48/50 Victoria road,
New Barnet, EN4 9PF

Wednesday 28 March - 7 pm
Greek Cypriot Community Centre
2 Britannia Road,
North Finchley,
N12 9RU

Tuesday 3rd April - 7:30 pm
Larches House,
1 Rectory Lane,

Weds 4th April, 7pm
Cafe Buzz,
High Road,
North Finchley,

Tuesday 10th April 6.30 pm
The Blue Beetle
St Mary's Church
(next to Church End Library)
Hendon Lane, Finchley N3

Wednesday 18th April from 7pm
The Wilson Room
The House of Commons

Sat 28th April 7pm
The Church of the Sacred Heart and Mary Immaculate,

Mill Hill Broadway

Monday 21 May 2pm

Royal British Legion Club

1 St. John's Buildings,

Friern Barnet Road

London N11 3DP

020-8211 9888

Monday 21 May 7 pm

Boyden's Kitchen cafe

61 Friern Barnet Road, 

London N11 3EH (corner of Beaconsfield Road N11)

Tuesday 22nd May - 11.30 a.m.
Colindale Community Club,
The Hyde United Reformed Church,
Varley Parade,
Edgware Road, NW9 6RR


Tuesday 22nd May - 6.45 p.m.
North Road Community Centre,
230 Burnt Oak Broadway, 



Thursday 24th May 7 pm

Waterfall Tennis Club N11 1DN

R/O (behind) 100 Pymmes Green Road
New Southgate,


020 8368 5025 

Saturday 26th May 7 pm

Royal British Legion Club

1 St. John's Buildings,

Friern Barnet Road

London N11 3DP

020-8211 9888

Saturday 14 July - Noon.
Congress House
Great Russell Street
London WC1B 3LS

Monday 20th August
Unison Edingburgh Festival Screening
Douglas House 60,
Belford Road, 

Stop Press - Barnet Council have banned a leaflet advertising the film, produced by the local community organisation BAPS from all of Barnets Libraries - read the full story at the Edgware Press -

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