The final sound is laid and the film is officially finished. June 1 is the first screening and therefore the ‘official release date’
June 1 at Puny Gods Cinema in Exeter, at the BILL DOUGLAS CINEMA MUSEUM
June 7 – 12 at Sheffield Docfest Videotheque
“Some people called me a street artist . … Some called me a wanker.” Nazir Tanbouli, Taking Over the King’s Land.
What on earth is an Egyptian doing painting the walls of a condemned block of flats in East London? As the city prepares for the 2012 Olympics, the Kingsland social housing estate lies in ruins, synonymous with crime and brutality. Taking Over The King’s Land follows artist Nazir Tanbouli and his self appointed task to take over the condemned housing estate and cover it with art. He battles the endless rain and the bitter weather of the “British summer.” Can art counter the urban atmosphere of deprivation, blight and neglect?
During the whole project The King’s Land the process of creating murals over an entire derelict housing estate was being documented by film and photography.
The film, TAKING OVER THE KING’S LAND (running time 23:00) is complete and is being released by New Reel Films. It’s being submitted to festivals at present. For more about the film, click on the menu above.
Here’s the trailer:
There will also be a short book published by Studio75 to accompany the film, coming out in late 2013.
The Urban Snap street art blogger has been following the King’s Land since its early days and he paid a visit to the site the other day.
A few months back the BBC sent a crew to film the King’s Land and Studio75, and interview me. (read about it here). Well the film is finally out.
As part of the London Calling season, BBC World Service has been discovering some of the quirkier areas of the Olympic city. In this episode Selin Girit from BBC Turkish explores Dalston in the east of the city. Actually Studio75 is on the border right between Shoreditch and Dalston and so we qualified for both episodes (Shoreditch one here) but we got to be in the Dalston one; Dalston’s just north of us, which the BBC is calling the “hippest place in London”.
It’s pretty cool to be “representing” London internationally like this. Anyway, the film is nice and gives a real flavour of what it’s like around here – when the weather’s good 😉
Some highlights of the King’s Land Art Party. The performers:
RIGHTEOUS BAND the Reggae Supergroup – follow them on @RighteousBand
The lyrics of the songs this Roots group were singing to us all never felt more true and beautiful than on this day!
DIDJITALIS yes that’s right, a jazz | DJ | didgeridoo fusion collective, awesome!
A beautiful day – even the weather was kind.
There will be more photos, and eventually video! Super-talented students and staff from SAE INSTITUTE the nearby Film and Audio-engineering school over on Kingsland Road came and helped out massively. They filmed and photographed the whole day, and even did a splendid DJ set. Thanks so much to Stefano, Lisa, Binita, Charles, Abdel, Nick and Jordan! (NB. SAE will be doing the upcoming Shoreditch Festival so keep an eye out for some great stuff there!)
IT’S THE OPENING of the project today but I could not resist bloggin this photos. Last night at about 9 pm I completed the last ever King’s Land mural. It is 2 full colour murals on upper balconies of the bricked off building. (this is just one of the 2)
These 2 were actually the first murals I did but i soon realised that the heaviness of them (acrylic on paper) would not stand up to the weather if put in an unprotected place. And for sure the weather turned out worse than anyone ever expected this season! But yesterday my good friend DJ MR TAD brought me a scaffold and so Anna and I were able to get up onto the bricked off balcony and mount these murals in a place where they’d be protected. The bricked off bit was pretty vile though, a sludge of dead rats and sewage from the broken drains, all kinds of crap we had to stand in it when we put up the murals. Will never forget that!
Ok it’s time to go off to the party. After 3 months hard labour I’d like to say I’m gonna relax and enjoy the fruits of my labour but actually I a won’t be able to: I am booked for a gig of live drawing at the Lost Dawn club night in Kings Cross at 11 pm till 2 am. And tomorrow I have to go look at a new wall …
On 30 June the King’s Land will be completed, officially. As you will know if you’ve been following this blog, it’s been a good few months of making murals and remaking them. After June 30 though, the murals will stay as they are until the building comes down, in late autumn. I’ll have covered every building on the estate.
So, those of you who are in or near London, please do come on Saturday and celebrate the project. I can’t promise great weather, but I can promise art and music.
the murals are pretty much done, but there are some things that need to happen between now and “official” launch of the final vision on 30 June. The rain is coming thick and fast again so I will need to repair the existing murals. Depending on how much rain, they might need to be remade. I have more than enough drawings for that already. Second, Tony Lee, my friend and fellow artist, has made some drawings for the project which we’ll install in time -.just before the 30th
Meanwhile I am working in the studio as usual; if there’s a spot of dry weather do pop on down, see the murals and say hi.