On The Streets Where We Live: John Smith

Stow Film Lounge

On The Streets Where We Live: John Smith


Stow Film Lounge is commemorating the 25th anniversary of the building of the M11 with a screening of two major works by Waltham Forest-born avant garde filmmaker, John Smith.

Our programme features Blight (1994-6, 14mins), a beautiful protest musical about the building of the M11 link road and a very rare screening of Home Suite (1993-4, 96mins), a personal exploration of memories conjured up by John's eviction from his Leytonstone home.

We will be inviting local residents who have memories of the building of the M11 link road to join us and, in a not-to-be-missed opportunity, we are delighted that John himself will be in conversation discussing his work in Leytonstone, an area he lived and filmed in for many years.

Blight (PG)
Made in collaboration with the composer Jocelyn Pook (previous collaborator with Massive Attack, Martin Scorsese, Stanley Kubrick), this remarkable film revolves around the impact of the building of the M11 Link Road in East London, using images and sounds of demolition and road building in conjunction with the spoken words of local residents. A moving memento to the end of a community.
UK 1994-6 Dir John Smith 14 mins

Home Suite (PG)
Home Suite is unique a close-up journey through a domestic landscape and a journey through memory. Playing upon ambiguity and the unseen, it is a personal exploration of physical details of the space to trigger fragmented verbal descriptions of associated memories. The film takes the audience of a stunning journey where the details of life connect with a historical moment.
UK 1993-4 Dir John Smith 96 mins
Please note, this film contains imitable behaviour. There is a scene where a character connects live (low voltage) wires with his fingers.