Beckton Alps

Call for voices. by Sarah Wishart


Over the last few years, Nicholas Middleton and myself have been making a short documentary about London. The film covers two journeys on foot – one walking from London City airport and the other from the Elephant and Castle.

Nicholas was born in London and I moved here 21 years ago.  This film is both a labour of love - (its taken so long to make because we've no budget) and a love song from us to London.  It includes footage of the now demolished Heygate Estate, a walk-through the Rotherhithe tunnel and the view from the top of Beckton Alps. The two routes converge in Hackney Wick – and have been filmed over the last four years in all seasons.

The film has always been a project to think about how EU migration touches the city. The visual track looks at two areas of our lives in London and how they’ve changed.  But we don't want to speak for other people.  Instead we’d like to fill the audio track with stories from people from the EU who have come here to study, work, love, have a family, make a life. And this is where we need your help.

We want to fill the audio track with your stories of London – either reasons why you came here – or reasons – especially since the EU referendum – why you might now be leaving. If you are interested in contributing or you want to find out more – please get in touch.  We are particularly interested in hearing from women, LGBTQI, POC, Black and marginalised European voices.