Seven Streets, Two Markets and a Wedding – film review

A lovely, melancholy collection of archive shorts from London’s life story

Children in Hackney, east London, in 'Seven Streets, Two Markets and a Wedding'

A spectral and gorgeous collection of archive shorts from London’s life story. There are private mementos and public information films covering a 50-year chunk of the middle of the last century. In 1932, Bermondsey motorists jolt and trundle, passers-by keeping the aspidistra flying. In 1979, a multiracial marching band star at the Tower Hamlets Carnival. From 2014, both eras look Martian. In between is whimsical comedy, eerie poetry. And deep in the past, the present creeps in. The saturated colours of 1960s Marylebone make the streets look like Instagram snaps. Bombsites could be the plots of contemporary developers. This is lovely, melancholy, dizzying.

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