Collection / Works / Firestation by William Raban

16mm film, UK, 2000
26 minutes Colour, 4:3, Stereo
Available formats: BluRay, HD Digital file

Themes / Architecture / Art and Artists / Found footage /
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FIRESTATION documents the transformation of a derelict fire station into studio and living space for artists.  The opening of the restored building is celebrated in performances and installations by its new occupants, dramatically bringing it to life.  In common with William Raban’s films which reflect upon different aspects of the changing face of London’s East End, this tightly structured film-poem confronts the present with the past: the building’s war-time role is recalled in archive images, and by women who served in it as Auxilary Fire Service officers.

The film features work by: Marty St.James, Barbara Tyrrell, Paul Burwell, Kirsten Reynolds, Lindsay Seers, John Riddy and Station House Opera.


Director, Cinematographer & Editor: William Raban

Sound: David Cunningham

Rostrum camera & Assistant Director: Begonia Tamarit