A London Trilogy

Collaborations between electronic indie trio Saint Etienne and filmmaker Paul Kelly, documenting London’s ever-changing environment.

From a beautifully conceived film-poem and an imaginative exploration of the Lower Lea Valley to an uplifting documentary on a London landmark, the collaborations between electronic indie trio Saint Etienne and filmmaker Paul Kelly (Lawrence of Belgravia) document London’s ever-changing environment and landscapes with music by the band.

Finisterre (2003), directed by Paul Kelly and Kieran Evans is a homage to London featuring a host of well-known voices including Mark Perry, Julian Opie, Lawrence and Vic Godard who’ve made the capital their own, soundtracked by songs from the Saint Etienne album of the same name.

Paul Kelly’s What Have You Done Today Mervyn Day? (2005) follows paperboy ‘Mervyn Day’ on his round, tracing the fascinating hidden history of East London’s Lower Lea Valley in the years before it was redeveloped to become the Olympic Park. Guest voices include David Essex and Linda Robson.

Commissioned by the Royal Festival Hall to mark its renovation and reopening, This is Tomorrow (2007) by Paul Kelly lovingly records the immense labour and attention to detail that went into the refurbishment of one of London’s most distinguished concert venues. It features interviews with the Hall’s designers, past and present as well as Jeremy Deller and Alain de Botton.

Special features

  • Today’s Special (2004): three shorts about London’s disappearing cafés
  • Banksy in London (2003): outtakes from Finisterre that document the artist’s work, some of which is no longer in situ
  • Monty the Lamb (2006): a day in the life of Monty, mascot for North London’s Hendon FC
  • Seven Summers (2012): Sarah Cracknell narrates this follow up to What Have You Done Today Mervyn Day?, which revisits the Lea Valley seven years on
  • The Other South Bank (2008): a look at Teeside’s South Bank area
  • Illustrated booklet with an introduction by Paul Kelly and newly commissioned essays by Bob Stanley, Sukhdev Sandhu, Owen Hatherley and Tom Dyckhoff

Product information

    • Certificate

      PG

    • Colour

      Colour

    • Sound

      Sound

    • Running time

      158mins

    • Original aspect ratio

      1.78:1

    • DVD region

      • 2 Europe (except Russia, Ukraine, and Belarus), Middle East, Egypt, Japan, South Africa, Swaziland, Lesotho, Greenland, French Overseas departments and territories

    • Blu-ray region

      • B - Includes most European and Middle-Eastern countries, all of Africa, Australia and New Zealand

    • Catalogue number

      BFIVD944

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