Rob Wray 2003 — 2015


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Elefest is special because it celebrates one of the most maligned and misunderstood areas of London, we created Elefest to celebrate the cultural and creative diversity of the area and the people who live in it. – Rob Wray, director Elefest A free festival which has been held annually since 2003, based in multiple [...]


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A short film by collaborators David Reeve and Patrick Steel, 'Doreen' was shown at the Open City Docs Festival in London in 2012. It is a portrait of Doreen Gibbs, a resident on Heygate Estate, in 2012 shortly after notice was given by Southwark Council of the compulsory purchase order on her home. The film was [...]

Larry and Janet Move Out

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Still, Larry And Janet Move Out_credit- caption-Larry And Janet Move Out. A film from collaborators David Reeve and Patrick Steel, 'Larry and Janet Move Out'. The film chronicles the fallout of Southwark Council's Compulsory Purchase Order and the relocation of its tenants from Heygate Estate from the personal perspective of a couple who have lived [...]

Changing Landscapes

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The Hotel Elephant screening programme, 'Changing Landscapes,' selected archive films and footage focusing on large-scale building projects across London from the 1960s and 1970s. The films were shown courtesy of The London Metropolitan Archives in Hotel Elephant's pop-up cinema on their previous site located off of Newington Causeway. The screening featured 'Changing Face of London', 1960, a short [...]

Concrete Heart Land

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Our film charts the struggles of the local community to keep their homes, stay living in the area, and maintain communal benefits in the face of extreme development pressures. Throughout the film we hear the community engaging in some of the crucial battles with elected officials, planners and barristers, in municipal planning meetings, public [...]

Elefest 2013

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Elefest has been an ongoing event since 2003, bringing together films, music and people over several days in and around Elephant and Castle. 2013 events included the only UK screening of the restored Jamaican cult film The Harder They Come with a DJ set by Don Letts, pop-up market by TheStockMKT, pop-up ping pong in the Shopping Centre, the UK [...]

Sentient City

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Still, Sentient City, 2013. Image credit: Tom Wolseley Sentient City is a video piece that transects London, shot between Hackney Road in the east and Walworth Road in the south, with a narrative that juxtaposes the personal, economic and political processes of the city. … A 30 minute slow tracking shot of [...]

Up The Elephant

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Still, Up The Elephant. Image: Julie Speechley Up The Elephant is a documentary which focuses around the murmurings and repercussions of the regeneration plans for the Heygate Estate and surrounding Elephant and Castle at its the early stages. Produced in 2002, it portrays the distant relationship the residents had in the decision making process [...]

Nightcleaners Part I: A Woman’s Work – Screening and panel discussion

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Still, Nightcleaners Part 1. LUX Artists Moving Image. The screening of this film, Nightcleaners: Part 1 by the Berwick Street Collective, was part of Celebrating Women in Southwark season. The event was organised by Acme's Southwark Artist-in-Residence 2008-2009, Ana Laura Lopez de la Torre. The screening was followed by a panel discussion with film co-director Humphry Trevelyan and people [...]

A Ritual for Elephant & Castle: Live at The Coronet

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Marcus Coates with Chrome Hoof live at The Coronet. Image credit: Nick David. Image courtesy of the artist and Workplace Gallery. Vision Quest: A Ritual for Elephant & Castle is a documentary film which explores the transitions currently taking place in the South London neighbourhood. The documentary follows artist/shaman Marcus Coates as [...]