**For reasons beyond our control, the venue for the screening has changed and will now take place at The Waiting Room on Folkestone Harbour Arm from 7pm. It is a 12 minute walk from the original venue on Guildhall Street [directions]**
The screenings will be followed by a Q&A with the directors Simon Robinson and Pablo Sendra. Please note that Marc Issacs can unfortunately no longer join us as previously advertised.
The third instalment of our film series EDGE in collaboration with Urban Lab Films and The Bartlett’s Film+Place+Architecture PhD takes us to Folkestone. The series compliments the EDGE symposium organised by UCL and the 2017 Folkestone Triennial.
The Edge project is a narrative driven exploration of contemporary situated practice in 'edge' urban settings, focusing on in-between spaces and the creative ways to which these can be used. Guest speakers will bring their own perspectives from the worlds of art, architecture, and anthropology to compliment the curated film programmes.
The screenings will be held at three locations each of which are situated on the High Speed 1 rail link (HS1) route between London and Folkestone. Each event will explore one of the symposiums’ three key themes - Gateway, Periphery and Border.
19:00 - 19:05 Introduction
19:05 - 19:25 The Westway: Four decades of community activism
19:25 - 20:15 Ghosts and Empties
20:15 – 21:20 Calais: The Last Border
21:30 - 22-00 Q&A chaired by Anna Viola Sborgi (Film Studies, King’s College London) with Pablo Sendra, Simon Robinson and Marc Isaacs
CALAIS - THE LAST BORDER
Marc Isaacs / 2003 / UK / 59"
For the English, the French port town of Calais is the gateway to Europe or a place to buy cheap alcohol. But for hundreds of migrants it is the final barrier in the desperate search for a new life in England. For the inhabitants of Calais life can be very hard, filmmaker Marc Isaacs carefully juxtaposes the lives of refugees, migrants and English expatriates prompting each to reflect on life in their home country and their dreams for a better future. Calais: The Last Border is an intimate film about life in a transient town.
‘Born a stones throw away from the location of his first film, Lift, in the east-end of London, thirty-four year old, Marc Isaacs began working on documentary films as an Assistant Producer in 1995. He then assisted Pavel Pawlikowski on Twockers and the award winning Last Resort. After completing Lift in 2001, Marc directed two further documentaries for the BBC about the sub-culture of shoplifting, both of which were nominated for a BAFTA Craft Award in the UK. His documentary film Travellers for Channel 4 was then followed by Calais: The Last Border, which offers an original view of England from across the Channel.’
GHOSTS AND EMPTIES
Simon Robinson / 2016 / UK / 29"
At night the edgelands come alive. The drab grey exteriors of warehouses become bathed in light, sodium, fluorescent and LEDs, in a shifting hue of yellows, reds, ochre’s, greens and blues. Arterial roads are given over to tankers and ‘artics’, ferrying goods
and fuel from giant out of town distribution centres. Boy racers in souped up hatch backs tear apart the still air, bass carrying for miles, engines screaming for respite, wheels screeching for purchase on the damp asphalt. Nightclub patrons are ejected onto the street, bleary eyed and wrestling with gravity, Cigarettes are lit, drinks regurgitated, vivid colours splash. Sirens pierce the void. Like most spaces, edgelands and urban wildscapes can be divided into two distinct spheres of usage, night and day.
Ghosts and Empties is part of a continuing series of films titled 'Zones of Change', exploring themes surrounding the disjointed development of the Thames Gateway region. Using sound, and moving image to act as a portal to read and experience the landscape, the film explores the Gateway region at night.
Simon Robinson is a filmmaker and an AHRC funded practice based PhD candidate at University of the Arts London. He is also a Contextual Studies lecturer at Ravensbourne specialising in television, film, and postproduction. His films have been shown at Tate Britain, the British Library and at numerous academic conferences both within the UK and internationally, in a range of fields related to geography, visual sociology and visual studies. He was shortlisted for the 2015 AHRC Doctoral Film Prize and was selected for 2017 AAG Short Film Festival.
THE WESTWAY: FOUR DECADES OF COMMUNITY ACTIVISM
Pablo Sendra / 2017 / UK / 14"
The Westway, in west London, is Europe's largest elevated urban highway. The area below and around the Westway has witnessed intense community activism in the last four decades, with a diversity of groups campaigning and developing community initiatives, including the largest Community Land Trust in the UK. At the same time, the area is suffering from pressure from the real estate market and social housing tenants are under threat of displacement. The film reproduces a four-mile walk along the Westway, meeting and interviewing a representative from each of the three community initiatives: Grenfell Action Group*, St Quintin and Woodlands Neighbourhood Forum and Westway23. The film aims to explore different forms of community activism, their objectives, their strategies or actions and their results so far. It uses observational and interactive methods.
*The film was recorded in November 2016, before the Grenfell Tower fire happened.
Pablo Sendra is Lecturer in Planning and Urban Design at The Bartlett School of Planning, UCL, where he teaches on the MSc in Urban Design and City Planning. His main areas of research interest are social housing and collaborative processes for planning and designing public spaces. He studies the impact that regeneration processes have on people’s relationships and looks at design strategies that encourage unplanned activities and sociability in the public realm. He combines his academic career with professional practice in Lugadero. In 2014, he won with Lugadero the urban design competition Future Wimbledon for rethinking Wimbledon Town Centre, where he proposes a participatory process where neighbours decide about the future of their town centre. He is also co-founder of CivicWise, a network that works on civic engagement and collaborative urbanism. He has recently co-edited with Maria Joao Pita and CivicWise the book Civic Practices.