Blight

by Smith, John

Film: 16mm 1996

Series
Sound on Film II. ACE
Duration
14
Screens
1
Funder
Arts Council of England & BBCTV

An experimental musical documentary filmed during the long and bitter campaign by local residents protesting against plans to demolish their homes to build the M11 Link Road in East London. Using recordings made of people's reminiscences, the score incorporates fragments of speech and natural sounds. "Based on real events which transformed people's lives...music and images are woven into an elegaic evocation of memory and loss, which is both moving and at times gently humorous." (publicity notes). Homes destroyed to facilitate the building of a motorway.

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Composer: Jocelyn Pook

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