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A CLASS ACT

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ASTRAGAL

Astragal and several colleagues attended a screening of popular band Saint Etienne's new fi lm What Have You Done Today, Mervyn Day? , a romp through the post-industrial landscape of east London's Lea Valley. The cinematography and the point the film makes about the area's extraordinary architectural and industrial heritage are both excellent. But the trouble is the makers felt the need to construct a very loose fictional story around which to sit the amazing images. This involved following Mervyn - a middleclass child actor with the kind of haircut you'd expect - as he cycled around Hackney Wick on a paper round. If the contrived nature of this lazy attempt to create a story did not get to you first, the pisspoor attempt by the main protagonist to take on the role of an impoverished Eastender would certainly have annoyed.

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