East End Through the Ages
VHS Colour;Black & White Sound 2000 55:00
Summary: Video documenting the history of London's east end through the ages.
Title number: 3000
Description: East ender Steven Berkoff presents the story of London's east end. Placing his own personal spin on the area, Berkoff begins with the historical and cultural influences on his play 'East' that dealt with both the myth and substance of east end life. He paves a path through the east end streets that takes in the social history and human realities of some of London's poorest boroughs, from the battle of Cable Street against Oswald Moseley's fascists in 1936, through gangland and Petticoat Lane market. There are references to striking workers, the unemployed and new migrants and how revolutionaries and anarchists have made their homes on the local streets. Archive film from the BBC, Pathe and British Movietone News provide visual support to tales of urban poverty and the effect of the Second World War. Alongside these Berkoff poses the vibrant street life that has included pimps and prostitutes, new youth sub cultures from Teddy boys to skinheads and the famous Cockney rhyming slang. He also consider some of the many cultural heroes that have emerged from the area from director Alfred Hitchcock to footballer Bobby Moore, actress Barbara Windsor and musicians from Billy Cotton to David Bowie. Beginning and ending his journey on the Isle of Dogs, Berkoff ponder the future of the east end and whether its expanding financial districts will scrape away the communal experiences he celebrates and replace them with a more isolated and individualistic culture.
Credits: Director: Michael Dean; Director: Mont Tombleson; Producer: Michael Dean; Producer: Mont Tombleson; Presenter: Steven Berkoff; Cameraman: Steve Webb; Sound Recordist: Helen Thomas; Additional footage: Michael Gee Lewis; Additional footage: Kathey Battrick; Production Assistant: Lucy Pullinger; Executive Producer: Tim Exell; Executive Producer: Jules Gammond
Keywords: Social history
Locations: United Kingdom; England; London; Tower Hamlets; Dogs, Isle of