Screening – The Battle for Barking

Screening January 13, 2011 7:00 PM

With an admirable amount of observational objectivity, Battle for Barking explores the run up to the 2010 General Election in Barking, a former stronghold for the fiercely conservative British National Party headed by Nick Griffin. Campaigning against Labour candidate Margaret Hodge, Griffin and the rest of the BNP grant unprecedented access to director Laura Fairrie as the race garners international attention.

Filmed throughout the course of a year, the film offers an inside look into the constituency at the heart of this battleground, as older white residents of Barking face the changes brought on by a new flux of immigration. Humorously filled with the voices of residents and candidates alike, Battle for Barking places a human touch on a heated political debate.
86 mins
Directed by Laura Fairrie