Private Project

Lea River Bridges

A psychogeographic dérive through East London, from Waltham Abbey to the River Thames, which takes the many overhead viaducts spanning the River Lea and Lee Navigation as its structuring principle. By limiting our variables (shots are more or less identical in composition and duration), we are asked to renegotiate our mode of engagement: trained toward the peripheries of frame, and increasingly aware of a shifting soundscape, we encounter — and come to anticipate — the dramatic fluctuations that unfold across these everyday urban ecologies. This is a study of London from one of its key edgelands, capturing a landscape defined by industry, marshland, gentrification; by motorways, railways, canal boats; by joggers, dogwalkers, cyclists; and by, somewhere in the near distance, generator hums, police sirens, church bells.

  • Michael Pattison
    Play History, Memories & Desires, Road
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Experimental
  • Genres:
    landscape film, structural film, psychogeography, experimental
  • Runtime:
    34 minutes 38 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    March 23, 2017
  • Production Budget:
    0 GBP
  • Country of Origin:
    United Kingdom
  • Country of Filming:
    United Kingdom
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  • Shooting Format:
    Canon C100 Mk II
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  • Student Project:
  • East End Film Festival
    United Kingdom
    June 24, 2017
    World Premiere
  • American Documentary Film Festival
    Palm Springs, California
    United States
    April 11, 2018
Director Biography - Michael Pattison

Michael Pattison (b. 1987) is a film critic and filmmaker from Gateshead. His publications as a writer include Sight & Sound, MUBI, Reverse Shot and In September 2016 he began a PhD in film practice at Newcastle University. His project, funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, investigates and responds to questions of urban space.

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