In late November of 2005, a small café in the East End of London was due to be demolished to make way for a block of flats. On the eve of the demolition, a handful of local residents occupied the café to stop the demolition. Documentary Film Maker Emily James started filming on the first day of the protest, following them through the long cold winter of their occupation.
Beautifully shot, on HDV cameras, the film draws on the naturally photogenic character of the East End of London, and a colourful and expressive multicultural East End community. The observational footage of the campaign and occupation period is interwoven with interviews from the participants to tell a story of resistance which is at the same time unique and universal.
Broadcaster: Channel 4
Duration: 63 mins
LATEST PROJECT BY EMILY JAMES: 'JUST DO IT'
What’s Just Do It all about?
Just Do It is an exciting new feature-length documentary film that follows the mischievous and risky world of UK climate activists.
In early 2009, acclaimed documentary filmmaker Emily James began filming the clandestine activities of several groups of environmental civil disobedient activists in the UK. Allowed unprecedented access, her footage shows us the people behind the politics, providing the often overlooked human element to their story as we watch them take on the combined forces of global capitalism, run-away climate change and those pesky metropolitan police!
Their adventures will entertain, illuminate and inspire, whilst inciting you to get off your arse and change the world.
Currently in post-production and coming to a cinema near you in early 2011, Just Do It is a film pushing boundaries. It is an experiment in crowd-funding, group production and community-engaged documentary filmmaking. Check out the website for more info! http://just-do-it.org.uk/