Open City: London Documentary Festival

The Art of Dissent: Intervening in the Olympic Dream

Sat 23rd June 2012, 6.30-8.30pm
Open City Festival Tent. Torrington Square, UCL, WC1

Part of the Cityscope strand of Open City Doc Fest.

£8 / £5 concessions
Across the street from the Festival Hub on Torrington Square. The nearest station to Torrington Square is Goodge Street Tube Station, which is about 5 minutes walk from Torrington Square in the London area of Bloomsbury.

Thanks to all the film makers, poet and chair for taking part in a lovely evening. Thanks too to Jessie, Oliver and Jim from Open City Docs Fest to inviting us. The evening included screenings of films made on, around and about the Olympic regeneration project ranging from the parodic to the poetic and political, highlighting subversions and incursions in the Olympic site/dream.

The event was inspired by the content and themes within the book “The Art of Dissent: London’s Olympic State” bringing together myriad artistic practices that intervene in the prevailing discourse, language and image making surrounding the London 2012 Olympic Games and engage critically with the changing landscape of the Lower Lea Valley. The event structure mirrored the book sections – ‘incursions’ , ‘excavations’, ‘displacements’ and ‘aftermaths.’

If you know of any more films relevant here do get in touch.

Challenging the physical, legal, economic and symbolic structures of the mega-event,resisting the attractions of its consensual icons and language.

Pudding Mill River: Purveyors of Sporting Spirits and Foodstuffs

A brief advertisement for this local harvester and producer of the ultimate in Olympic Spirit. 2 mins

Faster Higher Stronger
John Wynne. 2012
Subverted logo animation. Work in progress to be screened finished at our Freeword event.

The Games
Hilary Powell.2007.
A DIY Olympics staged amid the sites and communities set to become the London 2012 Olympic Park.
15 mins

Countering the erasure of the landscape and communities of the Lower Lea Valley , voicing the stories of the dislocated.

Jude Rosen
Reading from the long form poem ‘Reclamations; Voices and Narratives from the Olympic Zone.
12 mins

This Was Forever
Mark Aitken / Polkadotsonraindrops Film Education.
A short film about the Manor Garden Allotments in east London and the struggle of a community to hold its own in spite of Olympic development for the 2012 games.

The Clays Lane Diaries
Zoe Flynn and Bo Chapman. 2009.
An animation / film project with the Travellers community in Clays Lane, E15 to celebrate their culture and 30 years of being on the site, before they were forced to leave by the Olympic development.

Examining and questioning the impact of the Games and the notion of ‘Legacy.’

The Golden Temple
Enrico Masi (Caucaso). 2012.
Trailer for the feature film exploring Olympic Regeneration in East London through multiple local voices. 2mins

Marc Silver. 2012.
A sneak preview of the feature film (first screening 6th August 2012 at the Freeword Centre) about money, power and promises and the 2012 London Olympics. 3 mins

Nothing Will Be Restrained
Tim Abrahams and Simona Pianteri. 2012.
Brand new film essay exploring and critiquing a modern day Tower of Babel – the ArcelorMittal Orbit Tower in the London 2012 Olympic Park.

Benedict Seymour. 2009.
A science fiction dystopian montage.
3 mins


Chaired by Tim Abrahams.
Benedict Seymour
Mark Aitken
Simona Pianteri
Zoe Flynn