We can now announce the curators’ choice award for films submitted to the UK Awards category.
Canning Town is a dance film shot beneath its street lights, capturing desolate cityscapes that will soon no longer be there. House prices continue to rise and the redevelopers of East London are steadily encroaching from all sides. Fabiola Santana and her Mother Leah moved to Canning Town from Portugal in 2008. In 2018 they moved out. This film honours those 10 years by making a dance with the forces of union and separation – between two lovers, a mum and daughter, a country and its continent.
The film was selected by Simon Fildes, Iliyana Nedkova and Gitta Wigro from the films submitted to the UK screendance awards category.
The panel felt the film was an atmospheric psycho-geographic examination of a particular time and place in British history and pushed the screendance form in to new territory. Congratulations to the creative team Will Dickie, Fabiola Santana and Will Hanke.
Responding to the award the directors sent this statement. “Thank you to everyone at screen dance for hosting Canning Town, and for this super award! We were really thrilled to see our work amongst many high-quality films from around the world. We are so disappointed to have not been there with you to meet in person. At the same time, many of our friends and family from far and wide were able to experience the festival with us, which was great. We would like to give a special mention to Will Hanke for his camera work, and Fabiola’s mother Leah for her contribution and her love. We hope that we can offer this making process to other towns, cities, street corners and dancers in future. And continue to listen to public space with our bodies. Do get in touch with us if you have any comments or questions, we’d love to hear from you. WilL & Fabs x”
The panel felt a special mention in this awards category should also be made for the film ‘Swivel’ by Lois Norman