The Street (DVD)
British documentary, directed by Zed Nelson, charting the lives of those living and working in Hoxton Street, East London over the course of four years.
The film documents the street's inhabitants as they deal with the surrounding area's rapid gentrification, a growing number of luxury property developments, and an influx of young, professional urbanites, and lament the loss of their community.
What the Press Said:
“An unmissable portrait of modern London”
“Hilarious, yet tragic”
**** The Times
“A powerful, poignant picture of loss”
**** Total Film
As the glinting steel and mirror-glass skyscrapers of London’s financial hub edge ever closer, the area surrounding Hoxton Street has been transformed by ‘luxury’ redevelopments and sky-high property prices. This traditional East London street, less than a mile from the City of London, has become the last bastion of the areas disadvantaged – a concentration of the aged, poor and dispossessed. Hoxton Street’s close-knit working-class community has absorbed waves of immigrants since the 1950’s. But as traditional industry has withered, the latest influx of young urban hipsters followed closely by expensive restaurants, digital media start-ups and corporate property developers has brought with it a deepening social and financial divide.
Sensing they have been left behind, the street’s ageing residents lament the loss of their jobs and former ways of life, echoing the 52% who voted to leave the EU. Set against rapid gentrification, unregulated capitalism, years of austerity, the fallout from Grenfell and the eruption of Brexit, Zed Nelson’s feature-length debut is a revealing portrait of life in London today.
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