A short film by Tim Shore and Gary Thomas in collaboration with Dr Heather Shore
The title is taken from Dickens’ essay Night Walks, and his description of London has having “expiring fits and starts of restlessness”. The film takes its own night ‘walk’ and traces the path of the lost Fleet River, through the night time streets of Saffron Hill – once the site of a notorious rookery - and where Dickens located Fagin’s den in the novel Oliver Twist (1838).
The film was made in collaboration with Dr Heather Shore, drawing on the research for her book Artful Dodgers: Youth and Crime in Early Nineteenth-Century London.
Featuring the voices of Ron Moody, Jennifer Lewin, Frank Prosper, Ruby Wild, Mark Williams.
Funded by Film London's Dickens 21012 Short Production Scheme, as part of Dickens 2012, an international campaign to mark the bicentenary of Charles Dickens's birth in 2012.
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