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The Wick - Dispatches from the Isle of Wonder

I write to you from a far off land...

Two film-makers arrive in the post industrial wasteland known as Hackney Wick. Their aim; to document this 'Isle of Wonder' as it falls under the shadow of the Olympic behemoth.

Filmed in 2012, this is a fresh edit of a personal unshared film. Now is a great time to have eyes see it as it serves as a time capsule of the popular area in East London known as hackney wick that has changed so much over the years as predicted by the film.

Influenced by silence, slapstick, and the absurd, this scripted film is more factual than fictional as it was made entirely by the two fools it follows. With 99% of the budget spent on a radio, a poncho and 100 envelopes they were left with no option other than to undertake all aspects of the filmmaking process themselves. A two man crew was just about plausible for interviewing the Hackney Wick locals, but it became somewhat of an issue when it came to shooting their own scenes. A lot of running behind and in front of the camera resulted in visuals that mirror the lonesome, tragic experience of shooting it.

This is an intimate film about the ill fated journey of two filmmakers and the weird and wonderful characters they encounter. More than that, it is a love letter to a remarkable place, filmed during a unique transitional period which may or may not spell the end for 'The Wick'.

  • John Rowley
  • Tom Metcalfe
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Experimental, Feature
  • Runtime:
    1 hour 1 minute
  • Completion Date:
    March 21, 2023
  • Country of Origin:
    United Kingdom
  • Country of Filming:
    United Kingdom
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  • Aspect Ratio:
  • Film Color:
    Black & White and Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
Director - John Rowley, Tom Metcalfe