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Behind the scenes of BBC Storyville's A5: The World on a Road'

Posted on 30/05/2012
Marc Isaacs

Audiences at the Play! festival will get the opportunity to delve behind the scenes of a BBC feature-length documentary and get a sneak preview of some of the footage.

Award winning Director and Royal Holloway, University of London Media Arts lecturer Marc Issacs will discuss his recent BBC Storyville film project, A5: The World on a Road’ ahead of broadcast later in the year. 

The A5 was once an Iron Age trackway and is one of Britain's longest and oldest roads. It has always been an important lifeline for people who have come from all over the world, running like a thick blood vessel through north-west London, England and Wales, rich in history and humanity. Paved by Romans and Victorians, the road has maintained empires and attracted migrants such as the Saxons and as far back as the Celts from mainland Europe.

Today it is a real microcosm of the wider world. Working and living together on the road are affluent Europeans, African refugees, royalty from the Arab world, exiled Middle Eastern artists, Latin American cleaners and any other kind of person you can imagine.

This feature length documentary is a longitudinal observational portrait of these people Marc encounters on the A5, as he films his journeys from London to Holyhead.

In the autumn of 2011, Marc collaborated with 12 MA Documentary by Practice students on a filmmaking workshop.

Over eleven weeks, MA students produced and directed their own short films exploring the stories and characters they found. The strongest final student films produced with Marc will be premiered on the BBC Film Network.

Marc will screen and discuss clips from his own BBC feature documentary at the Play! festival and also present clips of the student films made as part of this innovative teaching initiative.

  • The Firestation Auditorium – 6.30pm-7.45pm. 


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