Canary Wharf Summer Screens return with London archive films

By Rachel Bishop on June 18, 2014 12:27 PM |

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A rare glimpse into lost archives of London will be shared with Wharfers this week at free outdoor screenings in Canary Wharf.

Seven Streets, Two Markets and a Wedding, the inaugural release from Film Hub London, will showcase a feature-length collection of archive material made up of 10 rare films looking at London from 1930 to 1980.

The screenings from June 19-21 are part of Film Hub London's Made in London initiative, which aims to engage audiences across the capital with a wide range of London-produced content.

Adrian Wootton, chief executive of Film London and the British Film Commission said: "The free screenings at Canary Wharf demonstrate how the Hub is effective in reaching new audiences with non mainstream film, and the excellent reviews are obviously a hugely encouraging start for the Hub's debut feature-length programme."

One of the archive screenings will be Tower Hamlets Carnival (1979), which begins at Victoria Park, and parades through iconic parts of the East End.

At one point the filmmaker looks back along Mile End Road, allowing some of the taller buildings of the City of London to be seen in the background.

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Rebekah Polding, Film London's London Screen Heritage manager, said "We wanted to give viewers a picture of how London changes and doesn't change.

"We also felt that whilst archival film of iconic London is fairly well known, everyday scenes of the real life of Londoners are pretty rare, and hopefully the title captures that sense that this is about a living city, not a capital or business centre."

The screening will be shown in Canada Square Park June 19 to 21 as part of the Canary Wharf Summer Screenings series that runs from June 19 to August 19.

Go to filmlondon.org.uk or canarywharf.com for more information

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