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Urban Lab Films, Passengerfilms and Open City Docs Festpresent two evenings of film and conversations on ESTATES and HIGH RISE LIFE:
15 May 2012 / 19.00 / £4
BEAUTIFUL THING (Hettie MacDonald, 1996); ESTATE (Fugitive Images,forthcoming); MYTHS OF SOCIAL CAPITALISM, PART 1 (Rastko Novakovic and Steven Ball, 2012); HEYGATE (Will Montgomery, 2010).
Frustrated with cliched and simplistic representations of council estates as"sink estates"? Come and join us on Tues 15th May when UCL Urban LabFilms and Passengerfilms will be at The Screen @ RADA for a collaborative nightof films, art and conversation about ESTATES and the UK housing crisis.
Our feature film will be "Beautiful Thing" (1996), Hettie MacDonald and Jonathan Harvey's tender 'coming out' story, in which Thamesmead, setagainst the blue skies of a hot summer, plays an important role. The soundtrack features tunes from Mama Cass Elliot and The Mamas and the Papas that you'll nodoubt be whistling on the way home. The film was widely acclaimed at the timeof its release, winning awards at numerous festivals, including Paris FilmFestival, São Paulo International Film Festival and GLAAD Media Awards. AuthorJonathan Harvey will be present to introduce the film.
We'll also be showing an extract from Fugitive Images film-in-the-making,"Estate", a feature length documentary-fiction hybrid following the bulldozing of the Haggerston Estate, and the construction of replacement housing. Filmmakers Andrea Luka Zimmerman and Lasse Johansson will be present for Q&A.
Rastko Novakovic and Steven Ball will present another film-in-progress, "Myths of Social Capitalism, Part1", recorded on London's Heygate Estate, and critiquing its imminentdemolition.
Poetry and sonic expert Will Montgomery (RHUL) will introduce his soundarchiving project, "Heygate" (2010), recorded in and around theHeygate.
This is the sixth screening of a season by UCL Urban Lab Films and Passengerfilms on urban architectures.
Followed by Q&A with the artists, filmmakers and author of Beautiful Thing, Jonathan Harvey. Chair Ben Campkin (UCL Urban Laboratory).
HIGH RISE LIFE
17th May / 19.00 / £4
An Urban Lab, Open City Docs Fest and LSE collaboration
HIGH RISE (Gabriel Mascaro, 2009); LIFT (Marc Isaacs, 2002).
Followed by a discussion with Marc Isaacs (Director, Lift), Luciana Martins (Birkbeck), Tom Cordell (Director, Utopia London) and Richard Baxter (QMUL). Chair Andrew Harris (UCL Urban Laboratory).
Organised by Melissa Fernandez (LSE), Ben Campkin (UCL) and Oliver Wright (OpenCity).
The Screen @ RADA / Jerwood Vanbrugh Theatre / Malet Street / WC1E 7JN
Tickets available online http://www.rada.ac.uk/productions-and-events/rada-screen/sales-urbanlab-estates, at the RADA box office (+44 (0)20 7636 7076)and on the door (first-come-first-served).
Further details at passengerfilms.wordpress.com & ucl.ac.uk/urbanlab
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