Memo Mori (Richardson, 2009):
(Limited capacity - email firstname.lastname@example.org to book a place)
This is part of the year-long 70x70 film season. London writer, filmmaker and 'psychogeographer' Iain Sinclair celebrates
his 70th birthday year, with the showing of 70 films, handpicked for
their association with his work and shown in venues all over London. Here is a full list of the excellent programme, which finishes in June.
Here is the introduction from Emily Richardson's website:
Memo Mori is a journey through Hackney tracing loss and disappearance. A
canoe trip along the canal, the huts of the Manor Garden allotments in
Hackney Wick, demolition, relocation, a magical bus tour through the
Olympic park and a Hell’s Angel funeral mark a seismic shift in the
topography of East London.
This film has been put together from fragments of footage shot over
three years, 2006 – 2009 in Hackney, each section being an event or
observation of something that has been or is about to be erased from the
landscape. It has been woven together with a commentary by Iain
Sinclair’s and readings from his book, Hackney, That Red Rose Empire.
The film begins with a canoe trip down the canal, taken with Stephen
Gill into the ‘Olympic zone’, where we discovered a shipwreck and a pair
of kingfishers before the security barriers came down to the water
line. We arrive at the Manor Garden allotments where the huts, each
unique, it’s own character, a manifestation of their owners personality
perhaps, sadly about to be demolished to make way for what we do not
really know – an Olympic park or car park or something.
We take a
magical bus tour around the Olympic park in the Demolish, Dig and Design
phase, which, as Iain says in the film, is all statistics and
logistics, piles of mud and no photography. Then to a Hells Angels
funeral, death on the motorway, martyred and immortalised on Hackney Rd
with wreaths of flowers, Satan’s Slaves, RIP in black roses.