In 1973, behind a shopfront at 113 Roman Road, London E1, four young filmmakers - Joanna Davis, Mary Pat Leece, Ronald Peck and Wilf Thust - set up a cinema and production studio with the aim of introducing "films and filmmaking to those who had previously been excluded from the whole practice”. In the context of a polarised and politically charged Bethnal Green of the 1970s, many local children and young adults found at Four Corners - and in Wilf Thust's workshops in particular - a sanctuary where they could explore forms of self-representation and develop vocabularies of commonality, resistance and dissent. These sentiments are shared by MayDay Rooms and since late 2013, Wilf has 'reopened the account' - together with some of those involved in the 1970's workshops and many others - making collaborative use of his film output, notebooks, and photographs. This process, which takes the form of screenings, meetings and workshops, will continue over the next few years.
Notting Hill Gate, Outside the Playground
Notting Hill Gate, Inside the Playground
Pamphlets - Notes - Media