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Capital: Framing London
—28th Nov 14
As the city centre is gutted of diversities – social, economic and cultural – so the edgelands, the overlooked zones, the marginalised quarters, come fully into their own as sites of fecund and rewarding enquiry. Their devotees always knew it was thus. Now, Johnnys and Jills come lately, we can catch up. Fortunately for us, certain bold and boldly wandering film-makers were there before we were, and before the latte reservoirs spilled over and passageways between shops were sold for a lifetime’s wage work. So, from the suburbs to the fringes, from the escarpments to the wild east, please welcome a triptych of takes – prime cut examples of the fact that, with the right sight involved in proceedings, there is always something new to see under heaven.
These lensers are not in and out like would-be MPs on the pull, promising wells and electricity to the benighted and the thirsty. Theirs is the long haul, charting the full ground of their concerns; collaborators hale and hearty also, and with a strikingly writerly slant. Indeed, given we’re London-eyed here, and on foot for most of it, it would frankly be an oversight if the great urban chroniclers Iain Sinclair and Will Self did not make an appearance or two. And for those doubters, there’s firm evidence that Russell Brand has been as committed as he has been comic or celeb, and for somewhat longer than the latest Newsnight chatfest.
We start with Patrick Keiller (the filmic-topographic godfather of us all); we leave with a funeral. Perhaps it was ever thus. London is dead, long live London! Or, as certain port-veined uncles used to declare, capital!
+ John Rogers; hosted by NOW Cinema Curator Gareth Evans.
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Cinema opens at 7.30pm for 7.45pm start
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Patrick Keiller: Norwood (1983) 26 mins
“Norwood continued the ‘story’ of Keiller’s first film Stonebridge Park (1981) and the technique, in another London suburb. These short films of increasing technical sophistication climaxed in 1989 with The Clouds, a further topographical exploration combining another anxious fictional commentary…” – Geoff Brown and Bryony Dixon, from www.screenonline.org.uk “Imbued with loss on the edge of despair, Norwood’s cultural pessimism is fitting for these fag-end times.” – Michael O’Pray “It is wry, funny and surreal; a wonderful film.” – Jo Comino, City Limits.
John Rogers: The London Perambulator (2009) 45 mins
This important essay film looks at the city we deny and the future city that awaits us. Leading London writers and cultural commentators Will Self, Iain Sinclair and Russell Brand explore the importance of the liminal spaces at the city’s fringe, it’s Edgelands, through the work of enigmatic and downright eccentric writer and researcher Nick Papadimitriou – a man whose life is dedicated to exploring and archiving areas beyond the permitted territories of the high street, the retail park, the suburban walkways.
Emily Richardson: Memo Mori (2009) 23 mins
Memo Mori is a journey through Hackney tracing loss and disappearance. A canoe trip along the canal, the huts of the Manor Garden allotments in Hackney Wick, demolition, relocation, a magical bus tour through the Olympic park and a Hell’s Angel funeral mark a seismic shift in the topography of East London; with commentary and readings from Hackney, That Red Rose Empire by Iain Sinclair.
—Cinema opens at 7.30pm for 7.45pm start
When & Where
NOW Gallery, Greenwich Peninsula
NOW Gallery; a new art and platform for South East London.
The Gateway Pavilions, Peninsula Square, London SE10 0SQ