Film: Hackney Anarchy Week 1996

edit Jan 2015: This is now available in better resolution:

Or worser resolution as orginally posted here:

Some kind soul has uploaded the Hackney Anarchy Week film to Youtube. You might want to view it as “full screen” though, as it’s slightly low resolution.

The film includes:

  • Alternative TV
  • Stewart Home
  • Anarchist Football
  • Mr Social Control
  • Small Press Book Fair
  • Class War
  • Reclaim the Streets & Critical Mass
  • McDonalds Picket in support of the McLibel Campaign
  • The Association of Autonomous Astronauts
  • Punx Picnic
  • Ken Loach at the Rio – Interview

and a host of others. The film necessarily focuses on the more visual and social aspects of the festival (demos, gigs, performances etc) rather than the meetings and discussions.

It was shot throughout the festival and then shown as a rough cut on the last night in the small theatre above the Samuel Pepys pub (next door to the Hackney Empire). A VHS video was available for sale shortly after the festival had finished.

It’s good to see a number of familiar faces appear, many of whom are still active in 2013 and a couple of whom have sadly passed away over the last 17 years.

hackney anarchy week vhs cover

Other HAW material on this site:

Solfed film show: 1977 – the year of the beaver


The Year of the Beaver

How to kill a strike – featuring the police, the TUC and a Labour government

Monday 2 September  · 7.30pm · Free Entry

Pogo Cafe · 76 Clarence Rd · Hackney · E5 8HB


Stamford Hill: squatting and police corruption

A cheery greeting on the side of Stamford Hill MFI. Sourced from Throbbingsofnoontide
A cheery greeting on the side of Stamford Hill MFI. Sourced from Throbbingsofnoontide

Blogger and former Hackney resident Throbbingsofnoontide has written a great personal account of the squatting scene on Stamford Hill Estate in the late 1980s.

And also some unpleasant memories of being fitted up by the notoriously corrupt Stoke Newington police:

For more info on the police corruption of the era, see Fighting The Lawmen, published by Hackney Community Defence Association.

Event: Brixton Riot films, Monday 12th August


We Want to RIOT, Not to WORK

Three Films about the April 1981 Brixton Riot

plus discussion

Monday 12th August

7.30pm, free entry

At Pogo Cafe, 76 Clarence Road, Clapton, London, E5 8HB

Organised by North London Solidarity Federation

for directions check out: