Lights, Camera, Action! Film in the ELL boroughs

Film production in the UK has been steadily increasing in past years, and the industry is booming in East London. From All of Us Strangers to Top Boy, the area is becoming a favourite amongst both British and international filmmakers. Not only that, but the local communities are keeping the love for film alive through film clubs, festivals, and memory.

This week, we take a look at film in the Eastlondonlines borough’s, from lost cinemas of the past, to what it means to the community right now, and what the future of film in the boroughs could be. Plus, we’ll be interviewing plenty of key figures in East London’s film scene and finding out exactly why the big screen loves the area so much.

Keep up over the next three days on Eastlondonlines, X, Instagram, TikTok and Facebook.

Thursday, April 11

ELL goes to Hollywood: a guide to film and TV locations in the boroughs

‘Something draws them here’: the importance of film clubs to communities

Lanre Malaolu: ‘I have this impulse to understand who I am’

Friday, April 12

From studio backlots to Croydon’s streets: how one London borough had a Hollywood makeover

‘The ABC was the best thing since sliced bread’: the lost cinemas of the ELL boroughs

Hackney Empire’s golden age past secures a blockbuster future

The life of a location scout, the unsung heroes of film

Saturday, April 13

Behind the scenes of the London Independent Film Festival

Breakout of the algorithm! Why independent cinemas are an act of resistance

Top Boy’s East London: how the TV series has affected residents

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