"Main Street" produced and directed by Ben Blythe/Kjetil Berge
Ockie resident Ben Blythe, together with Holloway-based artist Kjetil Berge, has recently produced "Main Street" a film comprising a series of interviews in which a variety of people in Essex Road and Holloway Road were questioned about their daily lives.
The responses to apparently simple questions uncovered extraordinary stories. Each person had something interesting to say, some fascinating experience to relate. Veslie, a youth worker for Islington Council, turned his back on troublemaking and now leads groups of young kids on kayaking expeditions. His ambition is to produce movies. Bachulal, who owns ABC Jewellers in Holloway Road, and repairs watches and jewellery, migrated to Islington from Uganda in 1978. His father's shop in Africa, with its profusion of watches, records and gramophones stimulated his interest in repair work. Rashid arrived from Pakistan and worked long and hard for many years in order to become the owner of Snow White dry cleaners in Holloway Road. Ingvild came to London from Norway with two sewing machines and a dummy hoping to break into the fashion industry. Like Rashid, getting started has been hard work - she currently works as a receptionist at Showgirls Latex Boutique in Holloway Road. And there were several others with equally interesting experiences to relate.
The film revealed the hidden dramas of the lives of seemingly ordinary people and provided an insight into the multi-faceted community in which we live. It made compelling viewing and was well worth the short trip to Holloway Road on a rainy Sunday evening. Well done and many thanks, Ben.
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