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Residents invited to be part of a documentary film of life in Hackney


Hackney Homes is celebrating 50 years of Hackney this year and to mark this historic milestone, a short documentary will be premiered at Hackney Picture House Cinema on 22 October.

Local creative agency Mill Co. will be directing the film which will paint a picture of social housing in Hackney over the last 50 years helping to show the borough as it was, highlighting the challenges and celebrating the change, cultural diversity and rich cultural landscape.

The film will tell the story through the experiences of the people who have been tenants of Hackney Council since its creation in 1965, when the London Borough of Hackney, Shoreditch and Stoke Newington merged to form what is today known as Hackney.

Hackney Homes is keen to hear from some of the first tenants and those who made Hackney their home in the 60’s and 70’s. They would like to know what residents hoped for before they arrived in the borough and what they experienced. Hackney Homes also want to speak with residents who moved into their property in the 80’s and 90’s up to the present day, about their take on their Hackney home and life in the borough today.

Cllr Philip Glanville, Cabinet Member for Housing
Hackney has changed a great deal over the past fifty years, but throughout that time housing has remained one of the most important issues for all of us. I hope that residents who have been a key part of that journey will share their personal experiences, and help us tell the story of council housing in Hackney by taking part in this short film.
Cllr Philip Glanville, Cabinet Member for Housing

Residents who would like to be part of this short film and share their story, will need to contact Hackney Homes Resident Participation Team on 0208 356 7845 or email: getinvolved@hackney.gov.uk, before 31 August to register their interest.

The directors will be capturing video footage over the next five weeks. Filming will take place at a convenient time and location for each participant and will last approximately 60 minutes.

For more information, please visit www.hackneyhomes.org.uk/celebrating-50-years-of-hackney