Cross and Cave

A film by emerging young film-makers in East London about a major new piece of art work for the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

A film about an exciting public art commission for the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

Heather and Ivan Morison completed a new piece of work for the re-vamped Olympic Park. Inspired by caves and shelters, the sculptures sit like urban relics in a newly landscaped northerly section of the park.

Directed by 19 year old Muzzammil Hashmi, the film crew comprises young filmmakers from East London working alongside the Eelyn Lee Productions team.

The film was commissioned by A New Direction for LLDC [London Legacy Development Corporation].

More about the project

Inspired by caves and shelters, the sculptures sit like urban relics in a newly landscaped northerly section of the park. They are formed from simple leaning arrangements of large pre-cast concrete slabs, creating rudimentary, cave like shelter within their geometric forms. Half buried in the ground, they appear to be part archaeological find, and part ruin from the future. The dark concrete surface of the structures bear the marks of the burnt timber shuttering used to form them.

The film has been commissioned by the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and is made by emerging young filmmakers from east London.

Over the past few years, A New Direction has invested in developing the film making and photography skills of a group of talent young people who live in East London Boroughs (Barking & Dagenham, Hackney, Newham, Tower Hamlets, and Waltham Forest). We have partnered them with industry professionals and provided exceptional commissioning opportunities. The film was directed by Muzzammil Hashmi who worked closely with sound recordist Shajna Begum and camera operator Sandy Abdelrahman, as well as photographers Benji Smith, Frances Baker and Tahmina Rahman.

The film was produced by Eelyn Lee Productions who specialises in working collaboratively with young people to create high quality outcomes. The filmmakers were given exclusive access to film Ivan Morison preparing the burnt casts at a timber yard in Sussex; to Byrne's Brothers yard in Beckton where the forms were cast and to the Orbit and the Olympic Park itself.

For more about the young film-makers read this blog