Create London commissioned three short films about east London, which each capture the area at a very significant moment in its history. The brief invited three filmmakers, artists and musicians who were given the opportunity to explore east London on the eve of the London 2012 Olympic Games.
Seven Summers records the summer of 2005. Director Paul Kelly spent three weeks with the band Saint Etienne filming in the Lower Lea Valley. They captured an area that would soon be transformed from an industrial wasteland into the Olympic Park. At that time, it was still heavily polluted and largely deserted, but rich in history: the few square miles between Bow and Hackney Wick were the birthplace of the modern petrol and plastic industries. Now, the area is unrecognisable. Using new and unseen footage, Seven Summers looks back on what has been lost, what has been gained, and what the future holds for the Lower Lea Valley.
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