Cable Street is a short walk away from my home in Wapping, east London. In 1936 Oswald Mosley attempted to lead 3,000 members of the British Union of Fascists through the largely Jewish East End.

This march was stopped during a major civil disturbance that took place in Cable Street and the immediate area when up to 300,000 local residents and anti fascist groups combined to stop the police escorting the fascists any further into the East End. This event became known as the Battle of Cable Street.

In celebration of the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Cable Street the mural celebrating this event was being restored. I was asked by Councillor Rabina Khan of Tower Hamlets Council to create a short film about the mural. I was given complete freedom as to how the film was to be shot.

Only a few weeks before I had photographed the attempt by the right wing English Defence League (EDL) to march through Tower Hamlets.

So I decided to use the still photographs I had taken that day in 2011 of the EDL rally and the peaceful protest against this rally in Commercial Road, archive stills of the 1936 march and footage I shot of the newly restored mural to put the Cable Street mural in context.

The Cable Street Mural is on the side of St George’s Town Hall, Cable Street, E1 0BL

For information about the Battle of Cable Street see:

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