Livingmaps Network, Passengerfilms and A-Team Arts are collaborating for a unique event of film and discussion, reflecting on the changing cultural landscapes and lived experiences that are ‘East London’. The evening reflects on poetry, song and music as the preservers of place-memory; and focuses on economic change, the architecture of the urban landscape, regeneration and belonging and the multi-sensory nature of place-experience through a mix of creative and documentary footage, archive and spoken word.
The ‘Dis/Locations’ programme will be introduced by Sarbjit Natt (Youth Arts Officer, ‘A Team Arts’), with features introduced by Katherine Stansfeld (Passenger Films), Owen Davey (psycho-geographer, curator and film-maker, video-strolls.com), John Wallett (Livingmaps), Emma-Louise Williams (film-maker, radio-producer and director of ‘Under The Cranes’) and Michael Rosen (poet, broadcaster and author). Presenters will be joined by other guests including Architectural Review History Editor Tom Wilkinson for a short concluding panel discussion.
‘Hackney Lullabies’ (2011) Director: Kyoko Miyake. Duration: 11 mins
Every night under Hackney skies, mothers from faraway lands create a familiar space for their children by singing them lullabies, the same ones they heard as children. The film explores the mother’s dilemma in sharing her sense of home with a child who is rooted in another culture. Do the lullabies bring them closer together, or accentuate the difference between them?
‘Robey’ (2014) Directors: Craig Bilham & Owen Davey. Duration: 6:36 mins
The stories in this film are told by the poet Tim Wells, a local to Hackney who agreed to be recorded by Craig Bilham and Owen Davey in June 2014. Over the month that followed, they took a number of journeys in around the west end of Seven Sisters Road and the now derelict Sir George Robey pub, attempting to trace the settings of Wells’ stories, collecting video footage and audio recordings that they felt had a connection to the words. “Our main inspiration was dub music; highly manipulated, built upon and reshaped versions of original reggae tracks – the type of which Wells was raised on – their results often lilting, fading, echoing, full of interference like a memory of the original parts, momentarily lucid and confused. Wells’ stories themselves are a truthful account… a youth misspent in the pubs and parks of Seven Sisters Road during the 1980s, told with the poignancy of sentiment, despite it all.” Owen Davey curates video-strolls.com, an archive of films about place and journeys.
‘Robin Hood Gardens: Requiem for a Dream’ (2014) Director: James English for Architectural Review. Duration: 9:17 mins
“After decades of controversy, Alison and Peter Smithson’s monumental housing estate in Poplar, East London, is finally being emptied of tenants in preparation for its demolition. The blocks will eventually be replaced by a quiver of anodyne towers designed by AEDAS. The AR’s History Editor Tom Wilkinson takes a final look at this landmark of Brutalism, tracing the context of its creation, the vagaries of its reputation, and exploring the unloved, but not unlovely spaces around it, concluding that Robin Hood Gardens is a reminder of architecture’s potential in an age of austerity.”
‘Under The Cranes’ (2011) Director: Emma-Louise Williams. Duration: 56 mins (Cert 12A)
“Based on a poetic play for voices by Michael Rosen and mixing rarely seen archive footage with new cinematography, ‘Under the Cranes’ offers a lyrical, painterly evocation of Hackney, over several hundred years. This is a film which poses questions about the nature of regeneration in Hackney in the recent period. It also explores the theme of migration, showing some of the struggles that people go through to secure a place for themselves, (fighting racists if necessary), but also how migration brings diversity and the seeds of renewal. “…a joyous wonder, an instant addition to the modern canon of filmic London.” Sukhdev Sandhu (BFI/Sight and Sound)
Concluding Panel Discussion
There will be an opportunity for refreshments before the programme and during the interval
The Brady Centre Theatre has raked seating for 100+
Theatre and Centre are wheelchair-accessible (see pdf for details)
How to get to the Brady Arts & Community Centre:
Buses: 25, 254, 106, D3
Tube: Whitechapel, Liverpool Street, Aldgate East