Rough & Riot

A hedonistic journey across east London's gritty streets during the frictions of gentrification

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With a mission to return the ‘grit, grain and dirty majesty to London’s forgotten, hedonistic nights’, Riot on Redchurch Street from LA-based British director Trevor Miller documents the volatile relationships formed on the sordid streets of East London. Set to a soundtrack of original music, the film is explosive from start to finish, capturing fire-fuelled race riots and sweltering love triangles. Recorded solely on 16mm and Super8 film, Miller mirrors the cinematic styling of 1976’s rough and gritty film ‘Killing of a Chinese Bookie’. Recreating John Cassavettes’ use of Cinéma Vérité, Miller combines improvisation with the use of the hand held camera, to impose a vast amount of reality into his recordings. For Miller, enforcing this vibrant energy back not only to the streets of London, but also to his cinematic approach was critical to the development of the film.

"East London and Redchurch Street formed the raw material for the story, London's music underbelly, bands, nightlife, Muslim / gentrification friction, the sense of possibility, degenerate, like an Otto Dix painting. The riot scene in the film is based on a real incident that happened on Redchurch Street a few years back. There was a street art gallery opening opposite the small mosque on the street and people were sitting on the steps of the mosque drinking the free beer from the show, they were asked to move as they were disrespecting, they didn't and huge street fight happened. Shot on fast film stock, claustrophobic and gritty, 80% handheld, late at night and all on location." - producer, Sean McLusky

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