Under the Cranes

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FILM SHOWING on Tuesday 19 July 2011, 6.15pm (refreshments from 5.45pm)

Using the script of poet Michael Rosen’s documentary play, Hackney Streets,  "Under the Cranes" is shot on location in Hackney and intercut with rare archive footage, much of which shows the locality’s past commitment to social housing. As we hear from the famous – Shakespeare in Shoreditch, Anna Sewell, Anna Barbauld – alongside a Jamaican builder, a Bangladeshi  restaurant owner or the Jewish 43 Group taking on Oswald Mosley in Dalston, we see past and present streets, parks, cemeteries and markets.  If you let it, a street will grow,’ says a voice as the film shows layers of lives, offering a lyrical, painterly  defence of the everyday even as it raises questions about the process of ‘regeneration’; and while David Cameron claims that ‘multiculturalism has failed’, this film celebrates how the world comes to Hackney’.  Director Emma-Louise Williams

Q&A with Emma-Louise Williams and Michael Rosen

This event is now fully booked.


Tuesday 19 July 2011, 5.45 for 6.15pm


Hackney Museum, London E8


FREE to all

This page was added on 20/04/2011.