Under The Cranes

   Joined Hackney Society this evening to watch the film by Emma-Louise Williams, Hackney woman, all about Hackney as it is now and how it lives through its history and vice versa. Wonderful filming, clear and mesmerising at times. Michael Rosen came in to answer questions too. He reads and shares his poetry throughout the film so we have a film-poem. Loads of archive film, and stills from Getty. Beautiful music.

The event was at Hackney Museum and a warm welcome we had. Hackney is outrageously multi cultural yet our gathering never reflected that at all.

 These past 2 years, I’ve seen many films and photographic displays about Hackney and especially Ridley Road market, and been on many oral history workshops and ‘let’s film Hackney’ courses.. “Under The Cranes  is 56 minutes long and I felt I’d been in the locations too many times. Hackney is overdone at present but more is to come as the thirty-somethings bring out their projects to coincide with the plonking of the Olympic and Paralympic Games site. Have you noticed all the stuff exposing and celebrating Hackney? “Folly for a Flyover”, walks galore , secret cinemas, roof-top cinemas, photographic competitions, and on and on. Love it but saturation point a-coming and the risk of being at someone else’s party.

Course coming up…

A Taste of Hackney is an innovative intergenerational project that charts the
different contributions made by ethnic minorities to the culinary landscape of
Hackney.
Participants will be trained in oral history, research skills, photography,
web-design, blogging and app design and filmmaking to provide material to create
the website, smartphone app (iPhone and Android), and exhibition.
The project will explore the Ridley Road market’s history from its humble
origins in the mid 19th Century to its evolution as a hub of migration
throughout the 20th Century.
(“ethnic minorities”?  In ‘Ackney? Can’t get my head around that and the fact that funders still want that kind of category in 2011.)

Now to catch up on the Hacking Scandal.

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