★★★★ – An unmissable portrait of modern London – Guardian
Focusing on Hoxton Street in Hackney – one of London’s poorest boroughs – The Street follows the enormous changes the area goes through over a four-year period as private developers and companies make deeper and deeper inroads.
We meet local business owners, people who have spent their entire lives in the neighbourhood and others struggling to get by. Easily and almost without noticing, the people of the film become like old friends and we eagerly wait to catch up with their fortunes as the years pass.
In his debut feature, photographer Zed Nelson has managed to capture the toxic collision of gentrification, the Grenfell tragedy, austerity and the nation’s slide into Brexit, holding up a mirror for us to see ourselves in this starkly honest, but always compassionate portrait of modern life.
One of January's MyPhoenix Passport film selection. Members and Friends tickets are £5 – buy your tickets from Box Office to take advantage of this special pricing.
Dir: Zed Nelson
UK 2019, 94mins