As part of Firstsite’s Arts Council Collection National Partner Exhibition, Super Black – exploring what it means to be black in England today.
Nominated for Best Documentary at the East End Film Festival 2015 and filmed over seven years, ‘Estate, a Reverie’ 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, ‘Estate, a Reverie’ asks how we might resist being framed exclusively through class, gender, ability or disability, and even through geography.
Samuel House, the final block in Hackney’s Haggerston estate was demolished in autumn 2014, exemplary of a nationwide, even international, shift in the character and fabric of the inner cities. Zimmerman lived in Samuel House for 17 years, at a time when the estate had been abandoned by Hackney Council and allowed to fall into dereliction, both architecturally and socially. Nevertheless, this was still a home to her and many others.
The film follows an earlier building-wide site-specific photography project and an exploratory book of essays and images.
“Estate is a deeply moving portrait of a community struggling to survive in a boarded-up London public housing project, long slated for demolition. Multilayered and profound, Andrea Zimmerman’s film masterfully immerses us in a dreamlike lost-world of misfits, outcasts and survivors whom she films with love and aching tenderness” – Joshua Oppenheimer, Director of ‘The Act Of Killing’
“There is a generosity of spirit at work in the film that captivates from the get-go – less a political polemic more a poetical portrait of times-fast-going. An enthralling and uplifting celebration of the resilience of humanity in flux” – Andrew Kotting, Director of ‘By Our Selves’