Home-City-Street is a research project that explores what it means to feel at home, or not at home, on and nearby the busy Kingsland Road in East London.
Eithne and Mitch worked with Casper Laing Ebbensgard to produce four short films.
Ali’s Front Room ( 7 minutes)
Ali’s front room is in fact his kebab shop Floria, near the canal. It was the first kebab restaurant, established by his parents, in East London. Ali came to London from Cyprus as a 15-year-old in the early 1950s. He grew up in Hoxton, when it was known as the gangster land, and considers himself very much an East Ender. He even knew the Kray twins.
‘I’m Sticking Around’ ( 7 minutes)
Debby was born in the 1960s in de Beauvoir Town, a quiet oasis to the west of Kingsland Road, and has (almost) lived there ever since. Debby tells the story of how generations of her family have lived in this area and reflects on how the area is changing faster than its residents. Look out for Debby’s quirky roof garden and solar lights. Debby in involved in local people sponsoring a Syrian family.
‘Still Mark from Hoxton’
Mark, aged three, came to London in 2001 with his dad from Kingston, Jamaica to meet up with his mum. The Geffrye Estate in Hoxton where he lives with his mother and younger brother, has been his home ever since. Even if he becomes a famous footballer he would never leave his flat or the estate.
‘Like a Rolling Stone’
Liz came to the UK at the age of 18 from Montserrat with her sister the 1960s. Liz lived for many years in multi-occupational homes around London until she was offered a council flat on the Holly Street Estate on the 12th floor in the 1970s. We take Liz back to Holly Street after several decades – she hardly recognises the estate, mostof which has been pulled down, or the estate.
The Home-City-Street project is based at the Centre for the Studies of Home, a partnership between QMUL and the Museum of the Home.