The film is part of Roundtable Projects 2013 -- an open platform for cultural projects developed in partnership with the members of the Romanian community in the UK.
Global cities like London have an incessant rhythm of consumption that needs to be maintained around-the-clock. This short film shines a light on the invisible lives of people working at night whilst the majority sleep or enjoy the nocturnal life. Invisible Lives is a short documentary that explores the experiences of Romanians working at night in London.
This film features night workers in the construction and hotelier industries, a sex worker on the street and a market trader. They share their stories that encapsulate the highs and lows of night work, from moments of danger to moments of tranquillity when night meets day.
These people's lives are hardened by threats from pimps and punters or from tiring 12-hour night shifts. The night workers' experiences are revealed in snapshots through audio stories combined with a visual portrait of nocturnal London-- a city that never sleeps.
Iulius-Cezar Macarie grew up in Romania and collaborates with Nightlaboratory. Since September 2013, he is an 'INTEGRIM' Marie Curie Junior Research Fellow affiliated to the Center for Policy Studies, and in parallel a PhD student in Sociology and Social Anthropology, at the Central European University,Budapest.
Tim Marrinan is a documentary film maker working primarily exploring issues relating to art, culture and society. He currently makes films for the National Theatre and his recent short film Beam Drop screened internationally at film festivals and was aired on television in the UK (Sky Arts), the US (Plum TV).