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Contrasts in Kensington
Contrasts in Kensington

Contrasts in Kensington 1937


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Contrasts in Kensington 1937

11 mins United Kingdom Director. Channon Wood

Insects living in damp, cracked walls. No running water in the home and an outdoor toilet. Broken windows and rising rents. Tuberculosis. Thankfully these are not rampant problems in the Kensington area today, due in part to the good work of organisations like the Kensington Housing Trust in creating decent affordable housing. Social and demographic shifts mean the area is almost unrecognisably affluent today in comparison with the slum conditions seen in this well-made amateur documentary.

This film was produced by the amateur filmmaking group Ace Movies and sponsored by the Kensington Housing Trust. The use of a non-professional set-up gives it a greater degree of access and intimacy with its subjects than professional films. Also available on BFI Player is Kensington Calling!, also backed by the Housing Trust but produced on professional 35mm film.

Directed by

Channon Wood


Amateur film


Housing Slums Housing estates


Amateur Auteurs




United Kingdom



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