London's burning with boredom now (2017)

London’s burning with boredom now is a short film that takes its title from a line in The Clash, London’s Burning (1977). It amalgamates sections of archival and recent 16mm footage shot inside 53 Beck Road, one of several on a road of terraced houses intended for demolition by the Greater London Council in the late 1970s. Many of these houses were subsequently managed by Acme, as a short-life housing and studio solution for artists. The film is based upon accounts of those artists living at 53 Beck Road, Kieran Lyons (resident 1978 - 1986) and Karen and Peter Bunting (residents 1986 - to date), who describe the initial absence of floorboards in the house, pointing to evidence of the interior plunder by previous tenants and squatters. Missing architectural features and the domestic void are drawn into a reflection on history and power, and the ‘new religions’ that haunted society then, and now. London's burning with boredom now evokes the contemporary housing crisis, alongside the legacy of the Beck Road community.

The film was commissioned for a group exhibition ‘House Work’ at 53 Beck Road curated by Lola Bunting and Holly Willats, and subsequently shown in 'Commission and Commune' at Acme Fire Station, Bow curated by Holly Antrum.


London’s burning with boredom now (2017), 7 min, 50 sec. Single channel film, 16mm film transferred to digital, colour, stereo. Images: London's burning with boredom now, film stills and installation view (photo: Damian Griffiths). Film credits: Camera and edit - Frances Scott, Sound design and mix - Chu-Li Shewring, Voice - Michael Curran, Archival footage of 53 Beck Road - Martin Hearne. Thanks to: Karen and Peter Bunting, Lola Bunting and 53 Beck Road, Phil Coy, Michael Curran, Arantxa Echarte and all at Acme, Martin Hearne, John Kippen, Kieran Lyons, Chu-Li Shewring, King Squat, Holly Willats and Art Licks. Supported by Arts Council England and Henry Moore Foundation.