Celebrating St Martin’s

Film, London, Media

KINGS CROSS SOUNDS from Short Form Film Company on Vimeo.

Since 4,500 art students suddenly appeared in my neighbourhood the area has got a lot perkier. I haven’t seen clothes this fun and stupid since I was 21 myself, wandering about in rainbow loons in midwinter, although generally these students seem more intense and conservative than we were. They’re from all over the world, and anxious to make careers for themselves, whereas I think we were just pissing about.

Anyway, to celebrate their arrival, Central St Martin’s College of Art & Design made a video of my manor. It’s a tiny little area defined by borough boundaries but it has many moods, just a few of which are touched on here. What surprised me, though, is that the students overlooked the most extraordinary places in the area, the 3rd century church where Thomas Hardy arranged gravestones around a tree and Mary Wollstonecroft was romanced. The church features in ‘Bryant & May On The Loose’. It’s also a tad perverse to represent the British Library by a blank brick wall rather than the astonishing Da Vinci statue at its core, and to not even bother to go inside, whereas nightclubs are essentially all identical. But hey, students.

If you were making a video of your area in just a handful of streets, real examination would probably yield genuinely surprising results (unless you live in, say, Milton Keynes).

5 comments on “Celebrating St Martin’s”

  1. BangBang!! says:

    It depends where you live in Milton Keynes! A 10 minute walk from my flat will take me to a small wood mentioned in the Domesday Book and which is rarer surviving part of the ‘wildwood’ that covered southern England in the last Ice Age 10000 years ago.

    Milton Keynes isn’t a bad place to live. I should know, I’ve lived in Slough!

  2. admin says:

    There’s always one, isn’t there?
    Stay behind tonight and write 5,000 words on Slough.
    And don’t let me catch you chewing again!

  3. BangBang!! says:

    Yes sir. Sorry sir. An older boy made me do it sir.j

  4. Helen Martin says:

    They’re filming their life in King’s Cross, which includes night clubs but not libraries. Students never change. Fascinating film and I even recognized more than a few places. It’s nice that they like the canal.

  5. Jennifer says:

    Far be it from me to defend students of any kind–or to ever question your veracity–but the second shot is an interior of the British Library. (Heading up the escalator, straight into the rare books collection.)

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