London Unplugged is a portmanteau exploration of disparate characters scattered across London. A refreshing take on the complexities, contradictions and compromises of modern living in the greatest city on Earth. An anthology film about modern Londoners, comprises ten shorts of largely female-led stories from a talent pool of emerging filmmakers. It explores themes of isolation, asylum, unmanageable rents and identity.
Many of the stories derive from real world testimony, through extensive research with London frontline organisations; the Refugee Journalist Project, Migrant Resource Centre and Four Corners Film, the Bethnal Green filmmaking charity. This authenticity gives the film a sense of ‘London-as-lived’.
The film also showcases two adaptions by classic female authors when they were new, young voices struggling in London around the time of suffrage; Virginia Woolf’s ‘Kew Gardens’ and Katherine Mansfield’s ‘Pictures’. Eight of the short films’ directors are female.