Neighbourhood Portraits – Hardy Amies & Present Plus

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Character Study

Filmmakers meet the people behind London's creative rejuvenation...

When it comes to emerging creative neighbourhoods, London has an embarrassment of riches, with areas such as Brixton, Hackney, Bermondsey and Hammersmith among the leading lights. Now something of a creative institution itself since moving to Savile Row in 1945, tailor Hardy Amies has partnered up with filmmakers Present Plus to create a series of short documentaries which explore these important hubs, focusing on the movers and shakers in a variety of cottage and artisanal industries.

The Neighbourhood Portraits films are receiving a staggered release on the project’s website, and has kicked off with a beautifully-shot profile of Mikey Sorbello. A coffee roaster for Climpson & Sons in Hackney, Mikey tells how the creative environment of the borough and the like-minded people gathered there nurture ambition and drive each other forward toward success. That community spirit is a strong theme throughout the films and is held up as a key reason why these formerly disadvantaged neighbourhoods are thriving today. Keep an eye out for future releases; an interview with master glassmaker Layne Rowe of Bermondsey’s London Glassblowing is next up.

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