Trail of the Spider: 24 July 2008

LUX presents – HACKNEY PREMIERE of Anja Kirschner and David Panos’, ‘TRAIL OF THE SPIDER’
…filmed on location in Hackney Marshes & Essex

Trail of the Spider is a Western shot in Hackney and Essex, with a cast of actors and non-actors including many residents of East London.

The film recreates the epic panoramas of the Wild West using landfill sites in the Thames Gateway, gravel pits serving the Olympic Park, and Hackney Marshes – an area affected by the land grab accompanying the 2012 Olympics.

Trail of the Spider takes elements from the history of the Western (the stylized violence of Spaghetti Westerns and the melodrama of golden era ‘Horse Operas’) and combines them with the suppressed history of the multi-racial American West, where many cowboys were black, and alliances that crossed racial boundaries were common.

The film also addresses class conflict and displacement in East London today. By using standard Western plot devices of the ‘arrival of the railroad’ and the ‘end of an era’, Trail of the Spider explores the compromises and struggles of a population facing a new order of property speculation and gentrification.

The screening will be followed by a Q&A with the makers of the film + bar and DJs MIZ CB2000 & guests.

Thursday 24 July 2008.
7.30pm doors |8pm screening | party ’til late at Chats Palace Arts Centre, 42-44 Brooksbys Walk, Homerton, Hackney, London E9 6DF

Entrance FREE

This is London article about the film.


  1. Badass poster for sure!

    BTW maybe the color line was hard and fast in the movies, but I think these days people know more about it than they were shown. At least in the US anyway.

  2. Hello ,
    This film is amazing !!
    The Feeling on set was unforgettable
    Thanks for letting me take part ..
    Thanks too anja and dave letting me have quite a big part ..
    All my love Jessica Rattigan
    Tuesday 3rd March 2009

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