Listen Local: See the Real...

Throughout 2019 we’re in Waltham Forest working on Listen Local, a new project as part of the Mayor’s London Borough of Culture. We launched in January with See the Real, a competition inviting Waltham Forest residents to make a 100 second film of somewhere that was special to them. All people needed was a smart phone and an idea; and there was a £250 prize for the winning film.

Over 100 films were submitted by the deadline in March. They varied from a personal story about a journey to The Marshes, to a completely made up tale about cleaning up the media; from a quiet struggle in one person’s home, to celebrating the communities of Waltham Forest. Scroll down to watch a selection of the films including the winning entries.

In April we created a Mini Forest Cinema to take the films on tour. The cinema was designed by local artists in a re-purposed caravan and built in Waltham Forest with help from a group of young people from the borough, including a group of SEND Young people from The Limes.

Mini Forest Cinema - The Tour


The Limes Edible Forest Garden
Walthamstow Market
Lloyd Park
Waltham Forest Town Hall
Sir George Monoux College
Tesco Superstore


The Paradox Community Centre
Highams Park Signal Walk
Chingford Mount


Leytonstone Leisure Centre
Leytonstone Station
Langthorne Park
Hollow Ponds


Leyton Mills Retail Park
Waltham Forest Mela
All Saints Church

We were overwhelmed with brilliant film submissions from people all over the Borough of Waltham Forest; from Leyton to North Chingford, across the Marshes to the Green Man Roundabout.

As expected Waltham Forest has a lot to say and you said it, with heart, humour and imagination. Each film expressed a real care for the locality and its inhabitants. A s watched every submission, with tears of sadness and laughter, communicating how privileged they felt to be taken into the world of each film maker.

After much deliberating, our judges (a panel of local artists and community leader) announced our winners:

Winner: Christopher Cole
Joint 2nd Prize winners: Annie Jenkins; Scott Lyons

The Submissions

Produced by the Royal Court in collaboration with The National Trust. Commissioned as part of the Mayor’s London Borough of Culture 2019 in Waltham Forest, with support from the Airbnb Community Tourism Programme.