Secret Projects’ Film Review

Secret Projects' Film Review

 19th Nov 2018 |  From The Heart Of... |  Fritha Mason


Slumdog Millionaire 

Slumdog Millionaire follows the story of 18-year old Jamal Malik from the Dharavi slum, Asia's largest slum, as he is a contestant on the Indian version of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? This film really captures the extreme socioeconomic inequality that characterises Indian society.  


Kanchipuram or Kanjivaram Silk is a type of silk sari made in the Kanchipuram region in Tamil Nadu, India. These saris are worn by brides in Tamil Nadu, Karnataka & Andhra Pradesh. This Tamil-language film depicts the struggle and exploitation of silk-weavers in Southern India, and portrays the emergence of the communist cooperative movement that emerged to fight for silk-weavers' rights. We think it is an important film in bringing to light the plight of garment workers throughout the country. 


Dangal is in part a sports drama after Indian Olympic wresting, but also a social commentary on female oppression in India. Based on a true story, the films serves as a role model for young women pursuing male-dominated industries. 

Bandit Queen 

This film is based on a true story. It is about a woman who was divorced and disowned, later becoming the leader of a group of bandits. While it doesn't end well, it is a powerful portrayal of the harsh realities faced by many women living in India.


When 5-year old Saroo gets lost on a train which takes him thousands of miles across India away from home and family, he must learn to survive alone in Calcutta, before ultimately being adopted by an Australian couple. Twenty-five years later he sets out to find his lost family and finally return to his first home.


This biopic is an epic three hours long, during which we see Gandhi age 50 years. A must-see for anyone interested in Indian Independence and the incredible life of Mahatmas Gandhi. 

Monsoon Wedding 

This film follows a modern and global sprawling extended family reunited for a wedding in Delhi. Indian weddings are huge and spectacular! And this is a funny and nuanced portrayal of a particularly chaotic one. 


This sweet romantic comedy makes an important observation about modern life! When an American businessman is told his company is moving its operations to India, he is told that he will be moving there to lead the project. While initially baffled by Indian culture, he eventually begins to appreciate his new surroundings and learn a lot about himself along the way. 

More Bollywood films...

Lagaan: Once Upon a Time In India 

English Vinglish 

Magalir Mattum 

Ethir Neechal 

2 States 


Maine Pyaar Kiye 

36 Vayanthinale


True Cost 

Filmmaker Andrew Morgan travels around the world to meet the people behind our clothes, exposing the human and environmental costs of the global fashion industry. This is a really important documentary to us all at Secret Projects, as a fair and sustainable fashion industry is a central goal of ours. 

Born Into Brothels 

Photographer Zana Briski journeys into Kolkata's red light district. She teaches the children of prostitutes the basics of photography so that they can document their own lives on the streets of one of the world's poorest cities. This documentary is a testimony to the transformative power of art! 

The Price of Free 

Follow the utterly inspirational Nobel Peace Laureate Kailash Satyarthi on his journey to liberate all children from slavery. This documentary reveals the devastating extent of child slavery in the twenty-first century, but also shines light on a global movement of ardent activists fighting against it. 


Introducing the Secret Projects Dig Dog Range for pets!

Introducing the Secret Projects Dig Dog Range for pets!

Our latest range is for our four-legged friends! Introducing the Secret Projects Dig Dog range for pets! Pets love scraps and so do we! Made from the . . . scrap pieces of fabric left over from production of our other collections, we knew that our latest range for pets would go down a storm with pets and their owners alike! Although the bandannas are perhaps more appreciated by the owners than their furry companion, every dog will just love that each bandana comes with a matching treat bag - and all pet lovers know just how important treats are! Very handily, our little bags have a secure drawstring, so treats stay safely inside whilst out on a walk. Cuteness aside, (and this range is so cute...) our Dig Dog range is made for us by our Makers (the name we give to the women who lovingly stitch our products) and each woman is paid a fair wage for her skills and is able to use the money she earns with us to support herself, her children and her family. So, your pet is responsible for empowering women economically! Woof! The Dig Dog range is available in a range of sizes and pattern and colours - so you can be sure to find something that is perfect for your pooch! Click here to view the full collection.   Image: Coco and Biscuit resplendent in their Dig Dog range bandannas!      
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Our first destash!

Our first destash!

What to do on a rainy Sunday? Hold our very first destash! You may be asking what a destash is?  In short, it's a call out to people to go through old . . . sewing supplies and fabric etc. and donate it to a good cause. With that good cause being Secret Projects! We set up in the Pulborough Village Hall (which is close to where our Business Unit is), and, through various advertising methods, the word had spread and we were delighted to welcome scores of people who came along with their very gratefully received donations. Donations weren't just brought in on the day, we had parcels sent to us and others dropped supplies round to our CEO's house in Pulborough ahead of the official destash day. In total we collected 325 kilos of delici0us pre-loved sewing supplies. Much of the fabric donated has been sorted and will be made up into our ever popular and best selling scrap packs available through our eBay and Etsy Stores. In fact, we now have over 30 different scrap packs to purchase and more will be added, so do keep visiting our stores. We are still taking donations and if you do have any fabric or pre-loved sewing supplies, please do get in touch via And of course the most enormous thank you everyone who donated to, and also helped us run our very first destash! More to come! Let's hear it for destashing!   Image: offering a cup of tea to all who came along to the destash was one way of us saying a big thank you.
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We would LOVE you to donate any unwanted sewing supplies to us!

We would LOVE you to donate any unwanted sewing supplies to us!

We can make such good use of your pre-loved sewing supplies We have added various items of pre-loved sewing supplies to our online stores, including . . . scrap fabrics and buttons for the past few years and it has developed into a small but very good source of income for our Community Benefit Society. The pre-loved sewing supplies market is only getting stronger and is something we are keen to develop and grow and are therefore putting out an 'ask' to our customers and supporters (and of course, anyone else who reads this!) for your old sewing items. We would LOVE them! Ideas for sewing supplies donations! From scrap fabric, to buttons, to pins, to needles, to embroidery equipment, we would adore to talk to you about what you have. Sewing items can often have sentimental value - in fact, our Comms Manager, Margaret was just telling us about a pin cushion she has of her mother's that she could only give away to someone who would really appreciate, and make good use of. Maybe this has resonated with you. So, if you do have sewing supplies you would like to donate, please email Fritha Vincent Mason at: We would just LOVE your pre-loved sewing supplies!  
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