Estate, a Reverie is a 2015 film by London-based filmmaker, artist and cultural activist Andrea Luka Zimmerman.
Filmed over seven years in Hackney’s Haggerston estate, it reveals and celebrates the resilience of residents who are profoundly overlooked by media representations and wider social responses. Interweaving intimate portraits with the residents' own historical re-enactments, landscape and architectural studies and dramatised scenes, Estate, a Reverie asks how we might resist being framed exclusively through class, gender, ability or disability, and even through geography.
Samuel House, the final block in the Haggerston estate, was demolished in autumn 2014, exemplar of a nationwide, even international, shift in the character and fabric of the inner cities. Zimmerman lived in Samuel House for 17 years, at a time when the estate had been abandoned by Hackney Council and allowed to fall into dereliction, both architecturally and socially. Nevertheless, this was still a home to her and many others.
We’re excited to announce the film will be introduced with a short talk by architecture, politics and culture writer Owen Hatherley. Hosted by Cristina Cerulli, Reader in Community-led Architecture and Urban Design at Sheffield Hallam University and Director at social enterprise practice Studio Polpo.
Film running time: 83 minutes
Produced by Fugitive Images with songs by Olivia Chaney. Nominated for Best Documentary at the East End Film Festival 2015.