The Forgotten Estate
Tales of Magyar Sadness
Vision of Paradise (2015)
Home Sweet Home (2014)
In Mercy For A Trespass (2014)
West Ten, Fade Out (2013)
Walking Piece (2012)
Bound for Glory (2011)
Vinyl Replay (2010)
Flood Light (2010)
British F*** Stops (1991)
Flood Light is a poetic journey of discovery into the history of the Grand Union Canal and Westway (A40), inter-related transport and built environments in West London. A search through archives and the V&A Museum leads to personal reflections on childhood, identity and the legacy of my father; a Polish refugee who as a carpenter contributed to the rebuilding of post-war London.
The Grand Junction Canal, as it was first known, was built between 1793-1805. It was initially financed by public subscription with the bulk of the money coming from the aristocratic Temple family. However, it was later built and run by entrepreneurs and an early example of private capitalism using shares and bonds. The transport of goods, primarily coal, from the industrial heartland of the Midlands to London, powered the industrial revolution.
The Westway built between 1966 and 1970 was part of a much larger Greater London Council plan (thankfully, never to materialise) for building motorway-standard roads across London as a solution to the problems caused by traffic congestion and predicted increases in car-ownership.
In 1801, twenty thousand people turned out to celebrate the coming of the Paddington branch of the canal to what was then the outskirts of London. The official opening of the Westway in 1970 involved the local community protesting in favour of ‘homes, not roads’; a moot point given some residents were living a mere twenty metres from the new superstructure. Twenty-three acres of land under the Westway are now managed by the Westway Development Trust for the benefit of the community.
Flood Light was commissioned for RBKC's InTRANSIT festival and supported by the Victoria and Albert Museum.
Portobello Film Festival, 2010: Nominated for Best London Film
Also screened at Whitechapel Gallery, London Short Film Festival, London Independent Film
Festival, Folly For A Flyover Festival, Shoreditch Festival, Centre for Creative Collaboration, Louis Blouin Foundation.
High definition video, 12:32 mins.