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Tom Hunter’s memory lane

‘A palace for us’ is a moving account of life at the Woodberry Down estate in Hackney. Tom Hunter’s documentary film shows at the Serpentine Gallery until 20th January.

Written by Jessica Furseth

Woodberry Down girl by Romain Lambert-Louis, after ‘Jackie 1973’ by Erica Dobbs

It’s good Tom Hunter’s film is as good as it is, because the last time I queued this long for something there was a saint at the end of it. Pilgrims wait for hours outside the cathedral in Santiago de Compostela to hug the statue above the saintly remnants – last Saturday the patient patrons of a crammed Serpentine Gallery were rewarded not so much with a divine cuddle, but with a screening of Tom Hunter’s gem of a documentary film.

‘A palace for us’ is set at Woodberry Down, a 2,500-flat council estate complex in North Hackney, up by Tottenham. Going back 50 years, Tom Hunter’s film uses current day narratives and recreated scenes to tell the… read more

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