A festival screening celebrating filmmaking and Hackney


Join us for a screening festival celebrating digital filmmaking and Hackney, including the world premiere of 24Hour Hackney: A City Symphony. Open Cinema has been an 8-month digital film project led by artist Neil Cummings. Working with a pool of film professionals and enthusiasts, Open Cinema collectively researched, found and made digital films. In the spirit of collaborative learning, we explored the role of film in representing and reactivating people and places, especially Hackney. It’s been amazing.

24Hour Hackney: A City Symphony, (25’30 min)

Inspired by a visit from the Echo Park Film Centre, Los Angeles, USA, 24Hour Hackney is a day in the life of our neighbourhood. Each hour of the day, is represented by one minute of screen time. The clock strikes 7am and our journey begins.


4.00pm – doors open, with food courtesy of OSE associate Michael Whitby, plus refreshments, ‘snacks and loops’ and activities.

4.30pm – programme begins.

Last Day of The Waste (14 min), a film by Andrew Tullis and Iris Wakulenko about the managed closure of the market in Kingsland Road, made from rushes donated in an open-media drop-in-day, ‘Hackney in Pictures’.

Childhood (3 min), a film by Stephen Manning.

Sarah’s Good Family (11 min), Sarah Abou Elnasr and Zoe Lee discuss Sarah’s experience and expectations of a good family.

Carpark (5 min), a film by John, about the struggle that is his carpark.

Workshop Showreel (14mins), a compilation of documents produced as part of the expert workshops of Open Cinema.

Tilt Crash Zoom (3 min), a short account of cooperation.

Ron Hitchens (10 min), a film by Claudine Roux, Andrew Tullis and Lucy Cash on the extraordinary life of Hackney resident, Ron Hitchens.

I am Hackney; memories on a loop (2’26 min), a short animated film exploring memories of Hackney, produced by Hackney Stream, a community adventure by citizens of the pre-digital era.

Hackney Life (7 min), a film by Hulya and Zoe on the precarity of home in Hackney.

Archive Showreel (10 min), a selection of archive films and reminiscences about Hackney, edited and curated by Asya Gefter of Fragile Archivists, click here for more information.

A Walk with Stephen (9 min), a film by Stephen Manning, Neil Cummings and Iris Wakulenko.

If Community Was…… (12 min), inspired by a community film-making workshop lead by Ed Webb-Ingall, an ongoing, endless collective portrait.