As an antidote to the dreaded/eagerly anticipated Olympics, Julien Temple's latest offering is a reminder of all the truly great things that London has to offer.
Undercurrents supplied dramatic footage of people ripping the gates of Downing street off in 1994.
LONDON The Modern Babylon, tells the story of London's epic journey through
100 years of cultural upheaval and reinvention, from the birth of the 20th
century to today, narrated through music and film archive treasures.
The film's themes resonate throughout the last
century: oppression and
despair, division and rioting, accommodation and union.
London has seen
these patterns repeat with small mutations again and again, and each time
the city emerges a little healthier into a new era of social change.
David Bowie, Michael Caine, The Royals and lots of other excellent
Londoners are featured in this rich tapestry of a film.
You can watch it
from 3rd August at Hackney Picturehouse, Rio Dalston, Gate Notting Hill and
Ritzy Brixton, amongst other places.
You can also see Q&A's with Julien on 6th August at the BFI, 7th at the
Rio, and the 8th at The Gate in London
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