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Michael Rosen and "Under the Cranes"

Sun 11 May 2014 // 17:00

Sun 11th May, 5 pm. £6 advance, £8 on the door. Weekend ticket £15
Under the Cranes Dir. Emma-Louise Williams, 2011, UK, 56 mins, Cert 12A

Poet Michael Rosen heard the Radio Ballads as they were broadcast through his childhood and teens. Later, he worked with both Ewan MacColl, the Critics Group and Charles Parker so the method, style and themes of the Ballads echo in his head. When he was writing the play that Emma-Louise Williams adapted for her film, 'Under the Cranes', these echoes helped him shape the material into a montage of remembered speech, documentary quotes and traditional songs. 

"A polyphonic meditation on time and urban space, a cinematic version of one of Charles Parker’s ‘Radio Ballads’, this Michael Rosen-scripted evocation of the borough of Hackney is a joyous wonder, an instant addition to the modern canon of filmic London."  - Sukhdev Sandhu, BFI/Sight& Sound 

The screening will be followed by a Q&A with Michael Rosen and Emma-Louise Williams. 

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