Presented by Heavenly Films
Followed by a Q&A with the directors and members of Saint Etienne
Heavenly Films and BBC Arena team up to bring you two outstanding documentaries about London. This program is a special Save The Social event and all proceeds will go towards The Social, Little Portland Street which has recently been under threat of closure due to rent hikes and developers.
Old Kent Road (1985)
directed by Mary Dickinson for BBC Arena.
Notorious as the cheapest square on the Monopoly board, the Old Kent Road can be traced back to Roman times when it formed part of Watling Street, which led from Dover to Londinium. In the middle ages it became a route of religious pilgrimage for those journeying to Canterbury to visit the tomb of the martyred Thomas Becket. Mary Dickinson’s classic study of this historic thoroughfare was shot for the BBC Arena series in 1985, and provides a charming portrait of a lost world of eccentric South London characters and their emporia, many then on the brink of being edged out by drive-in fast food joints and Thatcherite redevelopment schemes.
The film will be followed by a Q&A with director Mary Dickinson hosted by Travis Elborough.
directed by Paul Kelly and Kieran Evans with a soundtrack by Saint Etienne.
Mapping a lived-in London of timeworn shops and cafés, derelict housing estates and long-since gentrified neighbourhoods, Finisterre, the first of much loved electro-pop trio Saint Etienne’s feature length collaborations with the acclaimed filmmaker Paul Kelly, offers a pitch-perfect homage to a city and its inhabitants.
The film will be preceded by a Q&A with directors Kieran Evans and Paul Kelly plus Saint Etienne members Pete Wiggs and Sarah Cracknell.