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Estate, a Reverie

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Briony Campbell for Fugitive Images


A spirited celebration of extraordinary everyday humanity. Filmed over seven years, ESTATE, A REVERIE reveals and celebrates the resilience of residents who are profoundly overlooked and stereotyped by media representations and wider social responses. Interweaving intimate portraits with the residents’ own historical re-enactments, landscape and architectural studies and dramatised scenes, the documentary poses the question as to how we might resist being framed exclusively through class, gender, ability or disability, and even through geography…


Type of film
Running Time
85 mins
Andrea Luka Zimmerman
Andrea Luka Zimmerman
David Roberts
Executive Producer
Gareth Evans
Ariadna Fatja-Vilas
Adam Rosenthal, Gareth Evans, David Roberts
Director of Photography
Andrea Luka Zimmerman, Taina Galis, Lasse Johansson
Production Designer
Ann Louise Buckley
David Cunningham
Olivia Chaney
Filmmaker Statement
ESTATE, A REVERIE has not been made about this community, but has been made from it. Through a variety of filmic registers and strategies, I seek to capture the genuinely utopian quality of the last few years of the buildings’ existence, a period when, because demolition was inevitable, a sense of the possible, of the emergence of new, but of course time-specific, social and organizational relationships developed, a fresh understanding of how the residents might occupy the spaces of the estate. The film focuses on the ‘structure’ of its eponymous architecture not only because it is where we live, but also how we live. It is about how we belong in the world and what structures of meaning exist to define personal and social lives.

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Last updated 28th February 2019

Production Company

Fugitive Images
19 Weavers House
Dunston Road
London E8 4FW