Julian Cheyne briefly talks about some of the transformations that have taken place on certain open spaces in London (Leyton Marsh, Wanstead Flats, Greenwich Park) to make way for the London 2012 Olympic Games.Recorded on 27 July 2012
Here we are told about the restrictions facing visitors to the BT London Live fan zone in Victoria Park. She further reflects on what she sees as an over-capitalisation of the Games and its legacy on East London.Recorded on 10 August 2012.
An interview filmed on Friday 27 July (right before the opening ceremony) in which we hear the excitement of the Games from a group of young Londoners as it is just about to begin.
This video shows the deluge of people trying to get into the Victoria Park BT London Live fan park on Friday 27 July 2012 (the night of the opening ceremony). One visitors expresses his disappointment with the system and the lack of alternative entrances.
Caroline Day, a local resident, explains the issues faced by residents and users of Leyton Marsh in Waltham Forest. The Marsh, which is common land, has had a temporary basketball training facility built on it in preparation for the Olympics Games. Caroline explains the difficulties residents and protestors have faced in their actions and correspondence with the Council and Games organisers. Recorded on Friday 27 July 2012. Prior to this an alternative Poverty Torch Relay ran through the London Borough of Hackney, finishing at Leyton Marsh.
We interviewed people in Hackney on the day the Olympic Torch came through the host borough's to see what people were feeling abe the Olympics. Here one resident shares his excitement and who he thinks the Olympics are for
Sue McNeil, a member of the NOGOE (No to Greenwich Olympic Equestrian Events) Action group, talks about how the Games will impact the Park, and the dangerous precedent that she feels could be set as the park is closed for the summer of 2012.
A series of shots taken in Greenwich Park on Thursday 5 July 2012, just before the Park was closed for the summer because of the Olympic events. This video gives an idea of the scale of the takeover of green space, where is occurred, and how people had been using the park at the time.
We interviewed a couple in Hyde Park during the Games, asking their views on the Olympics. Here, they tell us their doubts which mirror those of numerous Londoners, concerning whether or not it has been appropriate in the current economic climate