London- the big amount of people crossing the Channel to reach UK is known to everyone from
a long time, everyone talks about it, everyone reads about it. Italian immigration is an important
phenomenon and it’s also very difficult to know the certain number of how many italians are
coming to London. Such as 2000 each month!
Even the Prime Minister David Cameron has recognized the fact that there are more italians willing
to get in UK than all the other countries. Why so many italians crave to come in London? There
are many answers: because of their dreams, their hopes, their urge to express themselves, their
expectations of a better future, because they are searching for richness, for a place that can listen to
them, because they are looking for all of the chances that Italy has never offered.
Although, if we analize it, we find out that the impact with London is not easy at all. Often,
graduated people are not able to find a proper job and 90% of them are forced to work as waiters for
the first months, if they are lucky, otherwise they have to work hardly in the kitchens. What kind of
immigrant is the second generation one? Young, often graduated, often resolute, even more without
any target. In conclusion, London seems to be a real goal for everyone who wants to start again, a
white page where you can write the new story of your life, maybe continuing it with other words,
commas or points.
To understand better this kind of immigration and the way behind, a young talented director
(immigrated, of course) has started to narrate the life of italians in London by filming them, through
their stories, acts, impressions. This already famous director is Luca Vullo, with square glasses,
messy hair, wide forehead and a long wise beard, just like the artists. Luca started to film the life
of italians in London, from the famous ones to the unknowns, in every sector, from journalism to
catering, with the purpose of revealing something that exists everyday in London, even if we can’t
see it: italian people. Luca Vullo leaves from Sicily, he gets interested in cinema at eighteen years
old and starts to think seriously about it at twenty, when he starts to film documentaries, short films
and commercial clips, getting so close to the camera that it quickly becomes his third inseparable
When someone meets Luca is somehow impressed that there aren’t only two eyes looking around,
but there is a third one stealing some part of us that we weren’t aware to own. He takes this part and
he shows it to us in a documentary called Influx, already recorded and now in the assembly step. It
will be ready for March, but everyone already knows it and reads about it, it’s already a big success
and Luca deserves it all, because he’s a genuine person, in front of his friends and also behind the
camera. Everyone loves him.
Maybe we feel it because we met his third eye at least once, maybe because we are immigrants and
we understand the hard steps we made to get in UK, or simply because it’s about all of us. Because
Influx is all of us. Influx is you that is reading and probably thinking of coming in London. Or
maybe you’re already in London. Influx is an act, a smile, a grimace, a sigh, a victory, a defeat.
Influx is through all of us.
Luca Vullo is not just a director, he invented something that thrilled academics, schools, theaters,
actors, institutes of italian culture and universities: the way of teaching body language to foreigners,
something typical italian (expecially of the southern ones). For example, the umbrella gesture, the
horns one, and so on.
Gestures that talk instead of words, with Luca getting silent, putting down the camera, reaching
the desk and becoming a dumb teacher who talks with his body. And this is so much liked that
he’s called from all over the world, Cambridge, Norway, USA, Germany, Denmark.. Gestures are
something very fascinating and body language is one of the first ways of communication of the
human: thinking of a caress, how many words should we use to describe that moment? Really a lot,
meanwhile a gesture can say way more. This is what Luca is trying to teach.
Successful immigrant, started from zero, Luca has attracted like Forrest Gump a lot of people
following him, because we are all running toward something.. Or maybe escaping from something.
The only thing that will immortalize us is Influx, the awaited documentary, and people will talk
about it. They will talk about us for a long time and it will be needed for the next generations, so
that they will understand who we used to be.