Based on the idea of the A5 – which runs from Marble Arch to the Welsh coast – being a lifeline for new émigrés, it introduces Irish folk singers and labourers, a German-born air hostess (the interior of whose house, rather brilliantly, looks like the inside of a plane), an elderly Austrian lady who fled the Nazis and many more.
They share the dreams and sadnesses common to all of us but also live with a sense of displacement, a feeling of walking a tightrope without much of a safety net. Young singer Keelta’s beautiful Celtic ballads echo through Mark Isaacs’s film and often seem to speak for them all.
The London Loom
This weaving school in Haggerston comes from Francesca Kletz and Brooke Dennis, a duo who fell in love with freestyle weaving and decided to showcase why. Classes (Japanese and tapestry) last from between one and half hours to five hours, with materials included.
Venue says: “Tapestry workshop, Thursday May 4! £55 - and you keep the loom!”