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2011 London Protests hit the screen at the Toronto Film Festival

The lineup at the Toronto Film Festival this week is a reminder of why it’s useful to plot the relationship between ‘real’ protests mediated on television news broadcasts, and their depiction in popular culture. Several of the films being screened in Toronto examine the London protests of 2011. The Hard Stop, a documentary about the killing of Mark Duggan, incorporates news footage of rioters. London Fields updates Martin Amis’ 1989 portrait of a city in crisis, simmering with discontent. And Urban Hymn connects with song, underlining the need to include popular music in the analysis of protest on screen (see Diana Grecu’s ‘Where have all the protest songs gone? Protest, rock music and the global music industry’ for more).