Thursday, 11 October 2012

Hoxton Hall - Friday 23 November 2012 - 7 pm

Under The Cranes-Screening, exhibition and Q&A

23rd November 2012


£6 Full price | £4 Conc. | £3 School Group
Blending drama and documentary styles, Under the Cranes is a beautifully conceived meditation on the multicultural history of  Hackney and the changes that continue to shape this part of East London. Director Emma-Louise Williams seeks to counter the prevailing perception of the inner city as a site of failure, ugliness and misdeed through a socio-poetics of everyday life. Breaking with the linear narrative convention, the audience is invited to apprehend the city as a sequence of interwoven vignettes: 'past in the present; present in the past.  The screening will be followed by a Q & A with poet Michael Rosen and Emma-Louise Williams.  Accompanied by “The Changing Face of Hackney” exhibition of local people’s work.
What other people say

“ Engaging, gentle, dreamlike – Williams’ Hackney is a layered, shifting place teeming with multiple voices and realities, echoed verbally by Rosen’s collage of reminiscence, characteristically generous poetry and collected urban folksongs. Rosen’s presence reminds us of east London’s reputation as a place of political upheaval”
Sight and Sound
“ This beautifully constructed film urges us to recognise what is already there, at the heart of a diverse and thriving community, while raising the question that perhaps we are all living in the shadow of the cranes.”
The Socialist Review

Thursday, 4 October 2012

Open House for Under the Cranes

Watching an excerpt from Under the Cranes, Saturday 22 September 2012
Art House Foundation, 55 Laburnum Street, E2 8BD

Artists, architects, authors and residents reflect on the changing nature of housing in London
as part of Open House 2012.  

With contributions from Owen Jones (Independent newspaper columnist and author of Chavs), Andrea Luka Zimmerman (resident and artist filmmaker, "We Are Here"), Marcus Coates (performance artist/filmmaker), Michael Rosen (poet) and Emma- Louise Williams (filmmaker, "Under the Cranes"),  and Neal Purvis (housing expert). 

 The event was chaired by David Roberts (architectural researcher).