Take a bus ride through London in 2014 and you can’t avoid the building sites; the tottering cranes, gaping holes and gap-toothed streets awaiting gleaming new dentures. It feels like a forever changing time-lapse video. But was it always this way?
Paul Kelly’s How We Used to Live revisits bygone decades in Britain’s capital, using archive colour footage from the 1950s to the 1980s. Tonight (12 June) it will close out Sheffield Doc/Fest with a live soundtrack from Saint Etienne.
“We would build towers, no less,” narrator Ian McShane tells us, as South Bank concrete slabs flash by, “in our plastic macs, even the rain seemed modern”.
A glimpse of a steeple is at first the Shard. The hipsters dress the same.