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Here for Life

They say freedom's only possible when there's nothing left to lose. But what, in the end, is the real cost of living?

In a city framed by capital and loss, ten unruly Londoners navigate their wild and wayward way, travelling on their own terms towards a co-existence far stronger than 'community'. On reclaimed land they find themselves on the right side of history , caught between two train tracks, the present tense and future hopes. They question who has stolen what from whom, and how things might be fixed, in an often contradictory rite of passage. Finding solidarity in resistance, they demand the right to go on.

An uncommon story told on common ground, Here for Life dances with a spirited grace and urgency, hovering between fiction and fact, attention and act.

Sometimes we simply need to hear our stories told by someone else...

  • Andrea Luka Zimmerman
  • Adrian Jackson
  • James Lingwood
    Executive Producer
  • Michael Morris
    Executive Producer
  • Cressida Day
    Executive Producer
  • Taina Galis
  • Grant Gee
    Film Editor
  • Therese Henningsen
    Associate Director
  • Marie Tueje
    Sound Designer
  • Marina Doritis
    Production Coordinator
  • Fred Meller
    Production Designer
  • Jo Galbraith
    Key Cast
  • Jake Goode
    Key Cast
  • Richard Honeyghan
    Key Cast
  • Kamby Kamara
    Key Cast
  • Errol McGlashan
    Key Cast
  • Patrick Onione
    Key Cast
  • Ben Smithies
    Key Cast
  • Mwiinga Twyman
    Key Cast
  • Jono Whitty
    Key Cast
  • Sasha Winslow
    Key Cast
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Experimental, Feature, Other
  • Runtime:
    1 hour 27 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    March 1, 2019
  • Country of Origin:
    United Kingdom
  • Country of Filming:
    United Kingdom
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  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • 72nd Locarno Film Festival 2019
    August 15, 2019
    World Premiere
    Special Mention in the Filmmakers Of The Present Competition
  • 2019 Open City Documentary Film
    United Kingdom
    September 8, 2019
    UK Premiere
  • Nominated for BIFA 2019 Raindance Discovery Award
    United Kingdom
    December 1, 2019
Distribution Information
  • Modern Films
Director Biography - Andrea Luka Zimmerman, Adrian Jackson

Andrea Luka Zimmerman is an artist, filmmaker and cultural activist. Andrea’s work is concerned with marginalisation, social justice and structural violence and has been nominated for The Grierson Award and The Film London Jarman Award. Her films include Erase and Forget (2017), which had its world premiere at the Berlin Film Festival and was nominated for the The Glashütte Original – Documentary Award and Estate, a Reverie (2015) which documents the last days of Hackney’s Haggerston Estate before its demolition, the artist’s home for 17 years. Selected exhibitions include Civil Rites, The London Open at the Whitechapel Gallery, London (2018) and solo show ‘Common Ground’ at Spike Island, Bristol (2017). Andrea is the co-founder of the cultural collectives Fugitive Images and Vision Machine (collaborators on Academy Award® nominated feature documentary The Look of Silence). Andrea is a Reader at Central St Martins, University of the Arts London.

Adrian Jackson is a theatre maker, playwright, teacher, translator and one of the world’s leading experts on the Theatre of the Oppressed. In 1991, he founded Cardboard Citizens, a theatre project that aims to change the lives of homeless people through the performing arts. He has directed over 50 plays with Cardboard Citizens, including Pericles (2003) and Timon (2006) with the Royal Shakespeare Company, The Beggar’s Opera (1999) with the English National Opera, Mincemeat (2009), winner of an Evening Standard Theatre Award and A Few Man Fridays (2012). Jackson had a long association with Augusto Boal – the Brazilian theatre maker, theorist and founder of the Theatre of the Oppressed – and has translated a number of Boal’s books into English. More recently, he directed Cathy, by Ali Taylor (2016/17), and, with Caitlin Mcleod, Home Truths, an Incomplete History of Housing Told in Nine Plays (2017).

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Director Statement

Andrea Luka Zimmerman said: “For me what is most valuable is the sense of a creative and collaborative waywardness and unpredictability in the film: that tenderness and tension co-exist, often in the same moment, feels to me something true to our shared experience.”

Adrian Jackson said: “If this film tells us anything about London today, it’s that there are many unconsidered lives surviving against the odds. It feels important to tell these kinds of stories today – to hear from people who are often ‘othered’ in a variety of ways - to show a world we don’t see
enough of.”

Michael Morris & James Lingwood, Co-Directors of Artangel, said: "Here for Life fuses fiction with documentary, conjuring up a world where difference makes no difference and hope is given a voice through trust."