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Here for Life + Director Q and A

Dir. Andrea Luka Zimmerman and Adrian Jackson, 2019, Cert. 15

Tue 3 December 2019 // 20:00

Tickets: £5 (full) / £4 (concession) / Free (asylum seekers) Tickets available on the door cash only

An uncommon story told on common ground by ten Londoners. All have lives shaped by loss and love, trauma and bravery, struggle and resistance. They grapple with a system stacked against them. They dance, steal and eat together; agree and disagree, celebrate their differences and share their talents. The lines between one person’s story and another’s performance of it are blurred, and the borders between reality and fiction are equally porous. Eventually coming together on a makeshift stage built on reclaimed ground between two train tracks, they prompt a debate about the world we live in, who has stolen what from whom, and how things might be fixed. Here for Life marks the culmination of a long collaboration between film-maker Andrea Luka Zimmerman and theatre-maker Adrian Jackson, a troupe of Londoners and a dog.

Andrea Luka Zimmerman said: “For me what is most valuable is the sense of a creative and collaborative waywardness and unpredictability in the film: that tenderness and tension co-exist, often in the same moment, feels to me something true to our shared experience.” 

Adrian Jackson said: “If this film tells us anything about London today, it’s that there are many unconsidered lives surviving against the odds. It feels important to tell these kinds of stories today – to hear from people who are often ‘othered’ in a variety of ways - to show a world we don’t see enough of.” 

Awarded a Special Mention, Concorso Cineasti del Presente at 72nd Locarno Film Festival 2019

Discovery Award nominee, British Independent Film Awards 2019

'A film of great compassion and political and aesthetic ambition, in which the idea of a collective is prioritised for a change, but without sacrificing or downplaying the individual voices and idiosyncrasies that it comprises' - Kieron Corless, Sight & Sound

‘A folk tale, a thing of indeterminate, multiple belonging. In the film, a poetics and a politics of the common is palpable’. - Laura Staab, Open City Docs

'Fluidly integrates theatrical performance and process into a beautiful piece of filmmaking' - Hettie Judah, Art Monthly

'“Here for Life” is a moving film about hardship in London' - Prospero, The Economist 

“The British government has claimed to be spending over £1bn on the homelessness scourge: every minister would benefit from seeing this vivid picture of hardship.”- Prospero, The Economist