I made this film as a student project during my one year Documentary Film Making course at City Lit. It is about successful efforts to turn a derelict part of North London into a beautiful oasis through community work, traffic reduction (similarly to what are now called LTNs) and ‘guerrilla gardening’.
The protagonist, my friend Andy Newman, unfortunately passed away after this film was produced, in October 2021. He was only 56 and his loss will be felt for years in his community and beyond. The news have been devastating for us, but we hope the film will at least help to make his achievements better known. An obituary describing his impressive role as a community leader can be found on The Guardian https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2022/jan/02/andy-newman-obituary
The film was a semi-finalist at the Lulea International Film Festival in Sweden in May 2021 (Laurel to be added soon). It also received a “Special Mention” at the London X4 Short Film Festival in October 2019 and was part of the official selection for the prestigious Rieti and Sabina Film Festival in Italy (November 2019).
It was previously screened: