A couple of weeks ago I met up with film-maker Adam Scovell in the Olympic Park and we had a great chat about my London Overground film with Iain Sinclair, psychogeography vs deep topography, the development of London etc.
A: So where does London Overground fit into this then?
J: Part of Iain’s genius is, in the book (and I hope it comes across in the film), dealing with a really unwieldy idea and set of issues to get your head around by addressing it with such a universal idea. I’ve been documenting various campaigns around London over the last few years, starting off with the E15 and even before. And where you look at it on a case-by-case basis, there are economic patterns that underpin this and ways which different local authorities deal with this. But, if you try and find a universal narrative, something that links it all together, it can be quite difficult. Also, from a campaigning pointing of view, you deal with specifics. So London Overground takes the simple device of walking in a day around the Overground, looking at that circuit, which is newly completed (before you had fragments) so we have a new circuit from disused track that ran from Dalston Junction to Whitechapel and other bits to complete a circuit that didn’t exist. In doing so, in a microcosm, it tells you the story of what’s happening in London today.
There’s also an edited version of the interview here on 3:AM Magazine