HACKNEY’S ATTRACTION for film-makers continues as a feature film shoots in Shoreditch and Dalston.
Birkbeck Mews and St Mark’s Church hall have been locations this week for a movie with the working title of Bomb. Dark Mirror Films of Pinewood is believed to be the production company. It is taking a chance by casting actors who are not yet big names.
The film is a look at one of the most astonishing social movements of the last half-century.
The Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament(CND) started in London in 1958 when several thousand people packed into a hall in Westminster to demand that the UK renounced nuclear weapons and encouraged other nations to disarm.
At the time the West (democratic countries) had encircled the younger Soviet Union/USSR (totalitarian Russia’s unpleasant empire) with thousands of nuclear-weapon-carrying missiles.
The Russians frantically tried to compete in what became termed the Cold War arms race. The cost of this militarisation was such that it is seen as a big factor in the empire’s collapse in 1990.
Around the world people accepted that a nuclear holocaust could erupt at any moment. Hence CND attracted famous people, among them an aristocrat-philosopher Bertrand Russell. A Roman Catholic priest, Bruce Kent, became the face of the British protest group, whose Mercedes-Benz-like symbol went global. Membership hit a peak in 1983. It now campaigns against nuclear power.
The film-maker’s hiring of St Mark’s hall comes at a good time. The magnificent church and superbly detailed ancillary buildings are undergoing re-roofing and decorative plasterwork repairs.