Collection / Works / Island Race by William Raban

UK, 1996
28 minutes Colour, Sound
Digibeta tape, DVD, SD Digital file

Themes / Politics and protest / Urban / Everyday / London /
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Island Race was filmed on the streets of the East End of London between spring 1994 and summer 1995. The film contrasts everyday events with actions of right wing extremists, counter anti-racist demonstrations, the funeral of a gangland leader and the jingoistic street parties celebrating Victory in Europe day. Using just picture and sound, and no added commentary, the audience are given the space to draw their own conclusions about the films portrayal of English national identity in the late 1990's.