London, A Bigger Picture: Film Screening with Live Music

Written by: Sophie Taylor

Get a different perspective on the city you live in this June. Film London are holding a screening of archive footage of London’s outer boroughs through the decades, underscored by live music accompaniment.

The best of London’s Screen Archives hugely successful project, London: A Bigger Picture will be shown, funded by Heritage Lottery three years ago.

This unique network of archival film collections are managed by Film London, bringing together a rare insight in to London’s rich history. Most of the films to be screened at London: A Bigger Picture have remained unseen for decades.

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From small slices of home videos to feature films, incorporating public information films and newsreels, the collections are varied from industry and business archives as well as amateur productions.

“Individually, these tell personal stories, of how life has been lived: collectively, they tell bigger stories of changing neighbourhoods, patterns of work, travel, commerce, leisure and governance.”

The project encourages people to share their old home movies or films with their local archives, helping them to build a bigger picture of London’s past.

They also screen old footage from your area in our mobile cinema, the KinoVan, and at special indoor screenings.

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As the film material itself is fragile and erodible with neglect, the network are helping make sure the precious footage is cared for and shared with a wider audience.

Viewers are often very moved by these rare journeys back in to London’s past, given the chance to discover more about local and regional history whilst stirring personal memories and a strong sense of place and community.

This precious material has an immeasurable value in civic life, cultural cohesion, education, and well-being. The evidential value of these films as primary sources for historians is being realised.

Film is ‘the gift that keeps on giving’ and we are thrilled when new generations discover new meanings in the material we share.”

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London: A Bigger Picture

Crouch End Picturehouse, 165 Tottenham Lane N8 9BY

Wednesday 14th June 6:30pm – 7:30pm

Free entry. Register here. 

Photos via Film London Facebook. Photo of Crouch End Picturehouse by Mike Barry.

Read our interview with local cult filmmaker and actor, Tim Plester as we discuss British folk culture and history.

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