London, Summer 2012. The magnificent Moorish/ Art Deco grade II listed EMD Cinema in E17 has been bought by Brazilian evangelical group the UCKG who plan to turn the building into a church.
In 2003, the government ruled that the building should be retained as a cinema. In 2011 their plans were thrown out by the local council.
They have returned with new plans that include some cinema screens, and I filmed them allegedly “answering questions” at Walthamstow Library.
I love Waltham Forest, because it is a vibrant, mixed, diverse and inclusive community.
The UCKG can’t be trusted to give a straight answer.
The UCKG can’t be trusted to manage the borough’s cultural needs.
The UCKG can’t be trusted to even deliver what they promise.
They changed their planning application for the old Catford ABC to include “an intimate upmarket cinema” in order to get through planning. There isn’t one there now and there never will be.
For more information: http://www.mcguffin.info, http://www.walthamforestcinematrust.org.uk, http://www.savewalthamstowcinema.org