Interview: filmmaker Cavan Clerkin on Nice Guy

Cavan Clerkin talks about his independently-made crime drama which recently premiered at the East End Film Festival (published by the Hackney Citizen newspaper) Nice Guy, an independent gangster film shot in Hackney, recently premiered at the East End Film Festival. Starring Cavan Clerkin (Pierrepoint, The Shadowline), it documents the demise of David, a middle-aged man

Get Carta – the art of mapping

(An article written for the June edition of the Hackney Citizen newspaper, published online here) Eight artists explore community, place, and nature at the Karin Janssen Project Space in Well Street Well Street’s Karin Janssen Project Space is a pocket of white light on a multicoloured community high street. Next door, polka-dot umbrellas are stacked

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Rudimental – dance music with a Hackney soul

(An article I wrote for the Hackney Citizen newspaper.) The quartet of former youth workers are set for mainstream success with their feelgood blends Teetering on the edge of the underground but ready to blast into the mainstream, Rudimental are already commandeering the airwaves. ‘Spoons’, a house tune they produced in a couple of hours,

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The artists’ playground

A response to Hackney’s art-laden streets (by me – published in the Hackney Citizen in 2009) THE streets of East London serve as a canvas for artists: from the stone sculptures on London Fields to the Hackney Peace Carnival mural brightening up Dalston Lane. The public can feast their eyes on artwork galore: with East

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Clapton Mosaicist – Jo Thorpe

Below is an article that I wrote for the Hackney Citizen. From Pompei to Hackney – the shapes of things to come Clapton designer Jo Thorpe discusses traditions and trends in mosaics Jo Thorpe has become a name synonymous with mosaic. “Not many artists are doing what I’m doing,” she declares, “it’s for older people

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Broadway Market

Rich and I made a short film about the gentrification of Hackney and the way it has affected the residents – old and new. We focused on Broadway Market. [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_QPNMDTDjQ4&feature=player_embedded] It was published on the Hackney Citizen website, with an article that I wrote (see below) to go alongside the film. (published 12 Feb 2010)

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