Grab your camera to show London and the world what you love about your life in Hackney

Hackney Empire sign at Mare Street Lon E8 © ∂å

SOME GOOD IDEAS are so obvious you wonder why you didn’t suggest them yourself. Such as encouraging Hackney people to make a short film of what life here means to them and to post it on YouTube.
Then edit the best of the uploads for a film to be screened during the London Olympic and Paralympic games this year.

The idea of helping locals to tell the world what they think of the borough has come from Hackney Museum and an independent Dalston documentary filmmaker.
It’s part of Mapping the Change, a Heritage Lottery-funded project (£293,000) run by the museum, the Vestry House Museum in Walthamstow Village and Waltham Forest and Tower Hamlets councils about local people and the effect on them of the Olympic and Paralympic games.
Kerry McLeod, of Shacklewell Lane-based Mosaic Films, told Loving Dalston: “We responded to a brief from Hackney Museum, which wanted to produce a crowd-sourced documentary as part of Mapping the Change. We pitched and were awarded the commission.”
The project offers participants some thought-starters, including:
* what does Hackney mean to you?

* what’s your favourite place or person in Hackney and why?

* what do you want the rest of the world to know about Hackney?

* what do you think is the biggest challenge facing Hackney today?

Before you dismiss the list as anodyne, consider that “challenge” is in this case is bureaucratese for “problem”. But the problems are well known (clues: democratic accountability; summer 2010-style shopping). So why not focus on the good?
Hackney’s community-services councillor, Jonathan McShane, said: “Mapping the Change will provide us with a revealing and valuable account for future generations to look back on.”

* Details: mosaicfilms.com/2012/01/hackney-life.php
Contributions should be uploaded to youtube.com by midnight on 12 March 2012.

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