Fits and Starts of Restlessness2016
Fits and Starts of Restlessness (5’27”, 2012)
with Gary Thomas, in collaboration with Dr Heather Shore
Commissioned by Film London’s Dickens 2012 Short Production Scheme. First screened on Tuesday 7 February 2012 at BFI Southbank, at the Dickens 2ooth Birthday Event – part of the Dickens on Screen season.
The film’s 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 Oliver Twist.
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.