LPA Photographer Nick David recently completed this fascinating documentary short in collaboration with Jack Flynn.
The film takes us inside Hackney’s Freed Factory that hand-makes the classic pointe shoe for some of the biggest names in ballet. United by an interest in telling stories through photography and film, Nick and Jack set about documenting the manufacturing process but soon found it to be the stories of the employees that were most interesting. Combining the two makes for an equally beautiful and engaging insight into this specialist craft and the people involved.
“The contrast between ballet and the factory floor was really obvious yet we saw a real connection with the sheer physicality of both disciplines. It’s always a privilege to be allowed into other peoples lives and hopefully we managed to capture a bit of the Freed story.” – Nick David & Jack Flynn.