FILM Estate, a Reverie: on resilience of Haggerston's 'unpeople'

Tony Gosling tony at
Mon Apr 27 12:49:14 BST 2015

Estate, a Reverie
A film by Andrea Luka Zimmerman, 83 min, 2015

A spirited celebration of extraordinary everyday humanity!

Estate is a deeply moving portrait of a community 
struggling to survive in a boarded-up London 
public housing project, long slated for 
demolition. Multilayered and profound, Andrea 
Zimmerman’s film masterfully immerses us in a 
dreamlike lost-world of misfits, outcasts and 
survivors whom she films with love and aching 
tenderness. - Joshua Oppenheimer, Director of The Act Of Killing

Knowing the previous work of its creators, I 
believe this project will achieve something very 
significant for the times we are living in. It 
will remind us - and how appropriate this is for 
the medium of film - that, both politically and 
humanly, the past is not behind us, not 
obsolescent, but beside us and urgent. - John Berger

There is a generosity of spirit at work in the 
film that captivates from the getgo - less a 
political polemic more a poetical portrait of 
times-fast-going. An enthralling and uplifting 
celebration of the resilience of humanity in flux. - Andrew Kotting

· Timely, lyrical, made over seven years from 
within the Hackney housing estate featured
· A utopian fever dream lived, and a community 
made, by those abandoned by the structures around them
· A profound exploration of difference, marginalisation and resilience

Filmed over seven years, Estate, a Reverie 
reveals and celebrates the resilience of 
residents who are profoundly overlooked by media 
representations and wider social responses. 
Interweaving intimate portraits with the 
residents' own historical re-enactments, 
landscape and architectural studies and 
dramatised scenes, Estate, a Reverie asks how we 
might resist being framed exclusively through 
class, gender, ability or disability, and even through geography...

Estate, a Reverie
Produced by Fugitive Images
Directed by Andrea Luka Zimmerman
Filmed by Taina Galis, Lasse Johansson, Andrea Luka Zimmerman
Creative Consultant: Gareth Evans
Edited by Ariadna Fatja-Vilas
Written by Adam Rosenthal, Gareth Evans, David Roberts
Songs composed and performed by Olivia Chaney
Sound by David Cunningham

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