North London Street Party - Reclaim the Streets [Kings Cross to Tottenham]
Super 8mm film Colour Mute 06.06.1998 7:20
Summary: An amateur film that captures the chaos and crowds in Kings Cross and Tottenham at a Reclaim the Streets demonstration.
Title number: 20533
Description: The crowds gather outside Euston station before heading towards Kings Cross along Euston Road. The protesters mingling with the traffic and the police include punks, skateboarders and children making sandcastles! Large crowd scenes on the grass area outside Euston before they set off. Filmmaker stands in front of a car (Ford Fiesta). Protester stands on top of car. Police officers in background. Banners and flags as protesters intermingle with traffic. Drummers and mid shot of crowd - station in background. Skateboarders jumping off bus shelters. Some shots of graffiti. Poster for North London Street Party - Reclaim the Streets - Saturday 6th June 12 Noon. Group of young people smashing in the front of a parked (dumped?) vehicle that already has its bonnet open. More car jumping - punk with high mohawk. Banners across High Road in Tottenham, near Seven Sisters station. Crowd dancing on the top of a bus stop. Child making sandcastles in street.
Credits: Adams, Mark (Filmmaker)
Further information: Quoted from http://rts.gn.apc.org/local2.htm:
"By mid-afternoon the crowd near Seven Sisters station had grown to over 5000 people and a similar number partied in Brixton."
"Someone set fire to two old cars after the end of the party. RTS would point out that these were our cars, obtained to block the road, and that some of the most "aggressive" acts of which we are aware during the day were the enthusiastic reduction of these same cars to scrap, by a group of five- and six-year-olds."
Locations: United Kingdom; London; Camden; King's Cross, United Kingdom; London; Haringey; "Tottenham"; Seven Sisters