Four Corners Cinema

113 Roman Road,
London, E2 0QN

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Four Corners Cinema

The Four Corners Cinema was part of a gallery and film-making community space. Text from the Four Corners website: “Four Corners was formed in 1973 by four young filmmakers – Joanna Davis, Mary Pat Leece, Ronald Peck and Wilfried Thust. They sought to develop independent filmmaking, both at the level of production and what was on the screen, and bring films and filmmaking to those who had previously been excluded from the whole practice. At 113 Roman Road in Bethnal Green, they created a cinema and production workshop, screening films to local audiences. The organisation was provisionally franchised under the Channel Four Workshop Agreement in the 1980’s, producing films such as "Bred and Born”, “Hang On A Minute and Is That It?” among others. “Nighthawks” (Ron Peck/Paul Hallam 1979) was Britain’s first gay feature film, and East London filmmaker Ruhul Amin’s “A Kind of English”, (Channel 4 in 1986), was the first Bangladeshi feature film to be made in Britain. After Channel Four funding ceased in the mid-1980’s, Four Corners became a production and training resource, supporting BAFTA and Turner prize nominees alongside local artists and trainees.

The small raked cinema at 113 Roman Road held monthly screenings of filmmakers' work, much of it cut upstairs in the edit suites. From the 1990’s Four Corners became increasingly recognised for its high-quality, free industry training scheme for unemployed people from diverse and non-traditional backgrounds."

In 2007 a new building was opened a few doors down at 119-121 Roman Road and the old building and cinema was converted into a hotel.

Contributed by Andrew Woodyatt
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