Wick Curiosity Shop

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Wick on Film




March 2011


Hackney Wick


During the March 2011 outing of the Wick Curioisty Shop a variety of films featuring the area as background or protagonist were shown. These films were collected from the artists and directors involved in producing them around London and shown one evening to a room full of people in the shop. All are listed below and are availble to watch online as well the films which didn't make it into the screening but are still included because of their interest to the Wick.

Bulk Haul (4:18mins) 2009
A look at the relationship between a freight train and a musician living in the Wick and how they see the area they live in and use changing as 2012 approaches.
> Bulk Haul in the Shop.

Computer Pub (2:30mins) 1965
'The Pub of The Future' a clip from Tomorrow's World featuring trials of automated drink ordering system at a pub in Hackney Wick. The pub in question was the Victoria (Hotel) on Eastway.
> Computer Pub in the Shop.

Coracle Regatta (3:17mins) 2006
Harry Meadows' film of his first Coracle Regatta project which took place on the Cut outside the Eton Manor's Johnstone Boathouse. The site of the traditional 'Christmas' swim, the artificial waterway continues to host this informal boat race which, coincides with the annual Hackney Wicked Festival, until 2012.
> Coracle Regatta in the Shop.

Edgeland (15:25mins) 2009
Edgeland is a film by artist Sally Mumby-Croft, co-directed by Xavier Zapata. Shot entirely around Hackney Wick it uses voice overs from local people to creating a great introduction to the Wick area and the many changes it is facing from the ever encroaching 2012 Olympic Developments.
> Edgeland in the Shop.

Explodium-X (10:09mins) 2010
Myles Painters' film situates the Olympic Stadium in its local area and aims to examine perceived effects of the Olympic developments using audio from 10 films which feature stadiums. Through panning shots of a still Olympic Landscape, empty of humans, Painter traces the effect of the human hand by tracking development around the area.
> Explodium-X in the Shop.

The Games (17mins) 2008
A film by Hilary Powell made in 2007 before the arrival of the ubiquitous blue fence. A surreal alternative sporting event inspired by the DIY nature of the 1948 London Olympics, 'The Games' sets its athletes loss on a crumbling Hackney Wick which was about to be lost forever.
> The Games in the Shop.

Olympic Stories: Hackney Wick (7:44mins) 2009
A film by Dave Hill, Francesca Panetta and David Levene which looks at people and places which make up the stories behind the areas where the Olympics will be taking place.
> Olympic Stories in the Shop.

Outfall (6:16mins) 2009
"A road movie for a road that was never built". A film by David Knight following the Northern Outfall Sewer which heads east from Hackney Wick. Better recognised as the Greenway, this path was long known as an escape East away from the city and its rules being overtaken by nature, mopeds and graffiti.
> Outfall in the Shop.

This Was Forever (10mins) 2008
A prize winning film from Mark Aitken and young film makers from polkadotsonraindrops which follows the story of the Manor Garden Allotments which struggled to hold their own before being demolished in 2007 to make way for Olympic projects.
> This Was Forever in the Shop.

Trowbridge Blow Down (4:01mins) 1985
A clip from BBC News covering demolitions on the Trowbridge Estate in Hackney Wick, the initial blast was unsatisfactory and became known as "the leaning tower of Hackney".
> Trowbridge Blow Down in the Shop.

Up The Manor
A short film made by Pete Watson as part of an oral history project documenting the Eton Manor Boys Club. The film is currently unavailable to watch online but a copy exists as part of the Wick Curiosity Shop collection.
> Up The Manor in the Shop.

What Have You Done Today, Mervyn Day? (45mins) 2005
The story of the Lea Valley River area as it prepares to be forever changed by the 2012 Olympics directed by Paul Kelly in collaboration with St. Etienne. A celebration of an area which saw the invention of plastic, petrol and the formation of the Labour movement, the film depicts a young boy cycling around the area on the day the Olympic decision was announced.
Filmed and directed by Paul Kelly, produced by Andrew Hinton, music by Saint Etienne, written by Kevin Pearce and edited by Mikey Tomkins.
> The film is currently unavailable to watch online but a copy exists as part of the Wick Curiosity Shop collection.

Some other films which don't have entries in the shop as yet...

Stratford's Last Stand

Running in Hackney Wick Stadium

Princess at the Eton Mission Club

Huge fire on the Olympic construction site

John Frankland's Boulder at Mabley Green

Hackney Vandal Patrol

Product testing at the Lesney Toy Factory