See the Real showcases Waltham Forest films

Published 1 May 2019 by Matthew

A host of short films shot by Waltham Forest residents will be screened this weekend as part of Listen Local.

The collection of 100-second films, created as part of Listen Local, a collaboration between the Royal Court Theatre, National Trust and Waltham Forest London Borough of Culture, with support from the Airbnb Community Tourism Programme, will be screened for the public in the Mini Forest Cinema.

An installation designed by local artists in a repurposed caravan, the Mini Forest Cinema will tour to locations during the course of the weekend including:

- Walthamstow Market (Friday 3 May, 10am - 1pm),
- Chingford Mount (Friday 3 May, 2 - 5pm)
- Highams Park (Saturday 4 May, 10am - 1pm)
- Lloyd Park (Saturday 4 May, 3 - 5 pm)
- Langthorne Park (Sunday 5 May 10am - 1pm) 
- All Saint’s Church (Sunday 5 May 2 - 5pm) 

Listen Local launched earlier in 2019, when Waltham Forest locals were encouraged to make a short film about somewhere special to them. The Royal Court team met residents everywhere from football matches and colleges to faith centres and supermarkets to encourage the budding filmmakers to create pieces for See the Real. All they needed was a smart phone and a place that felt special to them.

The team met 2,800 people, drank 36 cups of team, had 96 hours of meetings and took 124 bus and train journeys. More than 50 films were submitted, with subjects ranging from a personal journey to The Marshes and a tale about cleaning up the media, to a struggle at home and a celebration of community. All the submissions will be screened in the Mini Forest Cinema from Friday 3 - Sunday 5 May.

There will also be a celebration screening event at Drapers Field on Wednesday 9 May. After the Mini Forest Cinema tour, the See the Real films will be available to view on both the Royal Court and the Waltham Forest London Borough of Culture websites.

Following See the Real, Listen Local continues with Stage 2, a series of free workshops for Waltham Forest residents, covering writing, performance and design, led by professional artists. The aim is to reach locals with a wide variety of interested, from music, theatre and poetry, to lighting, design and MC-ing. The skills and experiences of applicants will shape the work created by these groups. More information about the workshops can be found on the Royal Court website.