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World Premier Of Austerity Fight Tonight

June 16, 2017

Tonight is the world premier of ‘Austerity Fight’ at the Rich Mix cinema in Bethnal Green.

Save Charing Cross. NHS demonstration. March 2017.

Save Charing Cross. NHS demonstration. March 2017. From ‘Austerity Fight’.

In February 2016 Hazuan Hashim & I decided to make a feature length documentary about the impact of Austerity policies in the UK. Perturbed by the rise in child poverty, food banks, zero hour contracts, library closures and public services cuts we felt we had to document how ordinary people are responding to austerity. We have been making films together for 15 years and we thought it was our responsibility as filmmakers to do something about the rising tide of inequality throughout the UK. We were delighted to here recently that the film has been accepted for its world premier at this years East End Film Festival on June 16th at the Rich Mix cinema.

'Cut War'. NHS demonstration. London 2017.

‘Cut War’. NHS demonstration. London 2017. From ‘Austerity Fight’

As independent filmmakers we tend to break the established conventions of documentary filmmaking. When most documentaries are made the filmmakers tend to have a narrative that they set out to embellish through what they film. Before the film is even made they can usually tell you what the story line will be and how it will end.

March against the privatisation of the NHS. London 2017.

March against the privatisation of the NHS. London 2017. From ‘Austerity Fight’.

In order to gain finance for films you have to make a ‘pitch’ to production companies who will want to eventually sell the film to distributors or broadcasters. This means the film will have to embrace a narrow ‘middle of the road’ perspective. Years ago we decided to try and work independently so that we could maintain artistic independence and editorial control of our work. This means we don’t really make any money from our films – we just survive. If we wanted to make money we would have to engage in self-censorship.

Doctor. Save the NHS. London March 2017

Save the NHS. London March 2017. From ‘Austerity Fight’.

‘Austerity Fight’ is crowd funded and people from all over the UK and abroad have chipped in £5 or more to help us cover the expense of making the film. We’ve met some incredible people over the last 18 months. We’ve interviewed disabled people who’ve had their benefits cut, pensioners, construction workers, nurses, doctors and academics. As we’ve collected material the film has developed; it’s an organic process and we are never sure where the film will be taking us next. When we viewed the final cut of ‘Austerity Fight’ we were particularly pleased with the wide range of regional accents in the film.

Much of the film was shot in East London and Spitalfields in particular. Over the years we’ve built a considerable archive of film and stills of the UK that helped us with ‘Austerity Fight’. When I started making films people assumed that I had stopped taking photographs. In fact I’m probably taking more stills than ever and probably more people are seeing my photography through the films I’ve been making with Hazuan. I’ve been photographing the East End for 36 years and the film contains a lot of stills taken around the UK over the past year or so. Over the years we’ve developed a style that uses a lot of black and white stills contrasting with moving colour footage.

It would be great to see readers of this blog at the premiere tonight. I will keep you all posted about screenings around the UK. You can book for tonight’s world premier here: Austerity Fight

Around Spitalfields East London (3)

June 15, 2017

The world premiere of a new documentary I have made with Hazuan Hashim is at the Rich Mix cinema in London this Friday at 6:30pm. You can book tickets here: Austerity Fight

Hanbury Street, Spitalfields 2014.

View from a window. Hanbury Street, Spitalfields 2014.

Christ Church Spitalfields 1995

Christ Church Spitalfields 1995.

Outside Christ Church Spitalfields c.1984

Outside Christ Church Spitalfields c.1984.

Spitalfields market c.1991

Spitalfields market. East London 1991.

Cat walk at the Alternative fashion week c.1995

Cat walk at the Alternative fashion week. Spitalfields market c.1995.

Anti Racist Demo, Spitalfields 1992

Anti Racist Demo, Spitalfields 1992.

Spitalfields market c.1985

Spitalfields market c.1985.

Spitalfields c.2002

Street art. Spitalfields 2002.

Inside Spitalfields market c.1996

Inside Spitalfields market 1996.

 

 

 

Christchurch Spitalfields c.1985

Rooftops. Spitalfields 1985.

Around Spitalfields East London (2)

June 14, 2017
Christ Church Spitalfields c.1985

Christ Church Spitalfields c.1985.

Spitalfields 2007

Street Art, Spitalfields 2007.

Spitalfields c.1984

Looking towards the City. Spitalfields c.1984.

Spitalfields Market 2004

The City moving in. Spitalfields Market 2004.

Brick Lane c.1985

Brick Lane bridge, Spitalfields c.1985.

Spitalfields 2008

Street art, Spitalfields 2008.

Christ Church from Spitalfields roof top c.1988

Christ Church from Spitalfields roof top c.1988.

Spitalfields Market 2013

Chimneys of Spitalfields Market 2013.

Spitalfields Market c.1989

Spitalfields Market c.1989.

Spitalfields 2013

Street art, Spitalfields 2013.

The world premiere of a new documentary I have made with Hazuan Hashim is at the Rich Mix cinema in London this Friday at 6:30pm. You can book tickets here: Austerity Fight

Brick Lane In The Past

June 13, 2017

The world premiere of a new documentary I have made with Hazuan Hashim is at the Rich Mix cinema in London this Friday at 6:30pm. You can book tickets here: Austerity Fight

Brick Lane c.1987

Brick Lane 1987.

Brick Lane c.1988

Street salesman. Brick Lane 1988.

Brick Lane c.1983

Brick Lane launderette 1983.

Brick Lane c.1999

Michael Myers playing a barrell organ. Brick Lane c.1999.

Brick Lane c.1989

Vegetable van. Brick Lane 1989.

Brick Lane c.1986

Brick Lane 1986.

Brick Lane c.1984

Brick Lane 1984.

Brick Lane Music Hall 1990

Dockyard Doris at Brick Lane Music Hall 1990.

Brick Lane c.1986

Taking a rest. Brick Lane 1986.

Brick Lane c.1984

Brick Lane 1984.

Whitechapel Market Over The years

June 12, 2017
Whitechapel Market 2016.

Whitechapel Market 2016.

Whitechapel Market 2014

Whitechapel Market 2014.

Whitechapel Market 2016.

Whitechapel Market 2016.

Whitechapel Market c.1989

Whitechapel Market c.1989.

Man with an umbrella. Whitechapel Market 2016.

Man with an umbrella. Whitechapel Market 2016.

Whitechapel Market c.1983

Whitechapel Market c.1983.

Shopping. Whitechapel Market 2016.

Shopping. Whitechapel Market 2016.

On the phone. Whitechapel Market 2016.

On the phone. Whitechapel Market 2016.

Whitechapel Market c.1983

Whitechapel Market c.1983.

Whitechapel Market 2016.

Whitechapel Market 2016.

 

Windows

June 11, 2017
Bishopsgate Goods Yard, 2013

Bishopsgate Goods Yard, East London 2013.

Woman in chicken shop in Bishopsgate, c.1985

Woman in chicken shop window. Bishopsgate, London c.1985

Liverpool City Centre, 2005

Window reflection. Liverpool City Centre, 2005.

Derelict site, Osbourne Street 2009

Broken window. Osbourne Street, East London 2009.

Liverpool 8, 1981

Man through a window in a derelict house Liverpool 8, 1981.

Derelict site, Osbourne Street 2009

Broken window. Osbourne Street, East London 2009.

The Passage Pommeraye, 2013

Windows. The Passage Pommeraye, Nantes 2013.

On the underground, 2013

Window on the underground, London 2013.

Barcelona, 2005

Cracked window. Barcelona, 2005.

Whitechapel Road, c. 1988

Passing a window. Whitechapel Road, c. 1988.

Never Give Up!

June 10, 2017

Pensioners campaigning to save Liverpool Women's Hospital

Pensioners campaigning to save Liverpool Women’s Hospital

Voting for a mass campaign of non payment. The Davenant Centre, East London 1990

Voting for a mass campaign of non payment of the ‘Poll Tax’. The Davenant Centre, East London 1990

Max Levitas (now 101) campaigning in 2015

Max Levitas (now 102) campaigning for social housing in 2015

Campaigners outside the home of Horif Miah who was threatened with bailiffs. East London 1991

Campaigners outside the home of Horif Miah who was threatened with bailiffs (for non payment of the ‘Poll Tax’). East London 1991

Health campaigner Felicity Dowling

Health campaigner Felicity Dowling. Liverpool 2016

'Outrage' protest 1992

‘Outrage’ protest calling for Gay law reform. London 1992

Protester against cuts in adult education, 2010

Protester against cuts in adult education, 2010

Protester at anti nuclear rally

Protester at anti nuclear rally. Brighton sea front early 1980s

Cuts protest, TUC March London 2011

‘Tory cuts medicine’, TUC March London 2011

Belle protesting with others outside a BNP election meeting, 1986

Belle Harris protesting with others outside a BNP election meeting, John Scurr School 1986

Protester against the war. London 1991

Protester against the war. London 1991

Cruise missile protest

Protest against ‘Cruise’ missiles halts traffic on Whitechapel Rd in 1982