The invisibles on Job Street
Commissioned by Cricklewood and supported by Community First, this short docu-drama tells the story of three Romanians who ended up on Chichele Road, one of the London roads known as a jobstreet. Despite the obvious argument about the illegality and inappropriateness of the phenomenon, we chose to look at the human story behind the invisible faces of people ‘loitering’ in search for day labour.
It was at the beginning of 2014 when Alsitair Lambert, a local artist, invited Immersive Theatre to come and visit the place, hoping we might be interested to work together on a project that would reflect those little daily life details that you might not find in the press.
At first, it was difficult to find job seekers who would agree to let us interview and film them, partly because when you come on Chichele Road you hope you are not going return the next day. However, Asford Place, a local community organisation, helped us meet Stefan and Iulian who kindly shared their stories with us. Alistair managed to get in touch with Doru, another mysterious newcomer who was in search for a job in Crickelwood. It was Andrew, a resident anthropologist who helped us see another picture of the local migration and Laura who gave us a useful insight into how Asford Place started to work with Romanian migrants.
The rest is just another story about finding your place in the world.
Duration 17.50 min
Direction Cristian Luchian Script Anca Doczi Luchian Project Manager Alistair Lambert
Narration Anca Doczi Luchian, Alistair Lambert Video Camera & Edit Cristian Luchian Camera Assistant Voichita Judele Music composer Joel Le Blanc ( Tyrrell )
Puppet maker Alistair Lambert Puppeteer Anca Doczi Luchian
Thank you Ashford Place, Laura Chilintan, Andrew Lawday, Oliver Lawday, Stefan Lazar, Iulian Colta