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Urban Wandering: Estate Q&A

With our shoes and minds well-worn from two weeks of wandering the streets of London on screen, our autumn film season, Urban Wandering – Film and the London Landscape has come to a close.

Earlier in the season, we were taken on a whistle-stop tour on film through five decades of provision of social housing in the capital with an evening of short archive films and one of the first screenings of Andrea Luka Zimmerman’s upcoming documentary, Estate.

Following the screenings, Zimmerman was joined by writer Will Self and Lynsey Hanley to discuss some of the themes raised as we explore the films, the architecture and the residents of that architecture.

Zimmerman speaks about the background to her eye-opening documentary and the unique relationship she was able to create with the residents of Haggerston Estate in the process:

Standing strong at the highly charged political frontline of social housing, Will Self tackles the problems with the utopian view of social housing and wider town and urban development.

Watch a trailer to Andrea Luka Zimmerman’s Estate:

Read Will Self’s introduction to Urban Wandering and his brief history of psychogeography here.

Many of the archive films screened at Urban Wandering are available to view at the BFI’s Mediatheque, including notes written by Lynsey Hanley.

Estate with Will Self, Lynsey Hanley and Andrea Luka Zimmerman took place on Friday 20 September 2013.