Creating Hackney as Home

Creating Hackney as Home:
Five reflections on a London borough


Monét's photos

"We finally edited my film. Funnily enough, I’d already written the dialogue in the last poem that I wrote! Denise was thinking that we needed something else and I ended up writing it without her having to tell me, so I’m proud of myself for that one!"

"We thought that it would be really good if for the ending we did like a rewind straight back to the beginning. I think that the dialogue fits in the way that Denise was like fitting things in. I’m also happy with the actual amount of footage we had… and yeah, editing’s actually… like, Denise practically did it, like, with my input… which sometimes gets annoying because she doesn’t always understand where my eye was with this… I am the director and I am the writer! But what I like is her humility cause she’ll say “ok, ok, it’s not my film, it’s your film”. It doesn’t matter because everything she said was good, so we’ll see how it turns out… and I had, like, a great team behind me… so yeah… I’m happy!"

"We did a nightshot in Shoreditch Park… we got there just at sunset, so we had to hold record down for about 5-10 minutes, just recording outside Shoreditch Adventure Playground where the sun was coming down. Then we went to the Cranston Estate. There’s a big park in the middle, well, it’s a big play area for young people. We did a bit of acting with my friends."

"Shekeila was there helping cause she was camerawoman and doing my film. We got really good shots! The whole process of filmmaking is weird because you’ve got to think about everything, and although you might write that down or plan it, you’ll go there and see so many different things or different things pop up that will be, like, ‘oh, that’s good, that should be in my film’ or ‘this should be there’ or ‘we can cut this and then put that in there’ you know…"

"The plan was to film from the top of my mum’s tower block where I used to live in Hoxton… the view is beautiful on the balcony, I got shots of the train coming in from Hoxton station and Shoreditch Park. Downstairs we experimented with recording the shadows of me and Shekeila doing that little hand-clappy thing. I think that is the best part of my film. It was just the shadow, so it could look like we were young, playing as kids."

"Then we went to Hoxton Hall, where I first encountered the performing arts. Next we went to Shoreditch Park and, luckily, my friend Lisa, who works at Shoreditch Adventure, let me do some filming there. So I got to go into the soft play room which I hadn’t been in since I was like eight or nine, so that was bringing back childhood memories… I got to go on the swing, which was, like, a childhood memory. I think I’m a bit too big for it now cause it’s like scratching me into my legs and stuff. It was a bit awkward holding the camera in my hand and being on the swing!"

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