Work / Film

Canary Wharf Screen: Melanie Manchot

It’s one of the charms of London that only a Moet-bottle’s throw from the financial hub of Canary Wharf sit streets where the old East End values of community and kinship still thrive. Cyprus Street is one such road, and filmmaker Melanie Manchot spent six months working with the residents there to create this film, which echoes the traditional group portraiture common in street parties of generations gone by. It’s a meditation on change and continuity, taking in immigration, society, history and culture, beautifully choreographed and shot from an intriguing standpoint.