Housing Related Films Compilation
16mm film Black & White Silent c.1955 32:07
Summary: Compilation of housing related films from Hackney Archives.
Title number: 240
Description: A number of films related to housing in Hackney shot over a twenty-year period from the 1940s to the late 1960s compiled in chronological order. 1) Film of construction of Emergency Factory Made (prefabricated) housing, including site clearance and delivery of roofing structure. This is followed by film of a group of men looking into a completed house (Black & white, c.1947). 2) A young family are handed the keys to their new home by Hackney Mayor J.C. Linfoot, while some other local dignitaries look on. There follows some brief views of the exterior and interior of the building. The film ends with unrelated shots of the flowerbeds outside Hackney Town Hall, with tulips in bloom (Black and White, c.1949). 3) The official opening of the Florence Court flats on Kenninghall Road in Hackney. Some speeches are given outside the building to a large seated audience. Those present include Mayor J. Khan, his wife the Mayoress, borough councillors Florence du Vergier and Louis Sherman as well as other local dignitaries. The officials are filmed meeting some of the new residents who stand proudly at the front doors of their new flats (Colour, c.1956). 4) A group of four men stand outside their car in a waterside location (there are some boats visible in the background) and look over some large paper plans. They then leave in their car, travelling through a docks area with railway tracks going through it and inspect the general site. There follow some exterior views of blocks of eight, four and three storey apartment buildings and an estate of houses (Colour, c.1955). 5) The Mayor and other council officials are filmed at a new housing estate. Some of the residents stand at their front doors or at flat balconies to greet the official party. A group of children play on swings in a recreation area (colour c.1959). 6) Exterior scenes of redbrick housing estates in the Upper Clapton area including large six storey blocks of flats followed by exterior scenes of redbrick terrace housing and some newly built three storey flats. The chimney of Millfields Power Station is visible in the background (Colour, c.1965). 7) Exterior views of redbrick four, three and two storey local authority housing shot across the Metropolitan Borough of Hackney. Some of the blocks of flats are balconied. There follows some scenes of housing shot in Austria, including taller blocks of flats that are six or seven storeys high. There are also shots of children playing in the street and on what appears to be a building site. Some dark interior shots within a flat focus on the window clasps. There follows some views of buildings under construction using concrete reinforced with rebar (Colour, c.1965). 8) A couple are filmed sat on a sofa inside a local authority flat, with views to a green space through a window behind. A different couple are filmed standing on their flat balcony looking out, traffic can be seen passing by a few storeys below. Another woman is filmed stood by her sink in front of a kitchen window. Some tenants of a local authority apartment block are filmed from the ground as they stand looking out from their balconies, a man waves with a teacup in his hand. There are exterior views of one of the fifteen storey high-rise blocks of flats on the Trewlawney Estate. A family group stand on their balcony on the top floor of another high-rise block of flats. An on-screen caption appears over them reading
Keywords: Housing; Urban planning
Locations: United Kingdom; England; London; Hackney