Anyone with siblings will recognise the scenario. An incident from the past comes up and it’s the cue for a well-worn discussion about parental quirks, favouritism and shared family traits. We’ve all been there and, in this film, the Fisher family go there too. They, however, have the conversation while sitting in a tunnel built by their father while he was a prisoner of the Nazis during World War II. It’s intense, emotional, oddly amusing and, in the end, surprisingly universal too. ‘If you put this bit in your film’, quips family joker Ronel, ‘add a parental warning’.
Prompted by film director David Fisher, the middle-aged Fisher children are on a pilgrimage to Austria. They’re retracing their father Joseph’s footsteps during the war so inevitably, much of the journey is harrowing. But eventually, there’s a vivid sense of closure too. The town of Gusen, which once housed a concentration camp, looks beautiful in the snow and boasts an incongruously jolly brass band. Everyone moves on because everyone must. Eventually, the Fisher children look like they’re making peace with the past too.
White Post Cafe
This trendy café/bar/eatery is just round the corner from Hackney Wick Overground and the Olympic Park. Serving up coffee from The Roasting Shed and pastries from The Flour Station during the day, this canalside venue also offers a decent selection of spirits, wines and craft beers in the evenings. There are some pretty cool events going on too, with live DJ sets and local bands playing most weekends. If that wasn’t enough, then 50 percent off drinks between 5-7pm on weeknights might tickle your fancy.
Venue says: “Sit down drink up! Happy hour with 50% of all drinks between 5-7pm every weekday! There's simply no other offer like this in 'the 'Wick'!”