For the symposium I wanted to expose the ecosystems of rave culture to the outsider. I wanted to show the reality of working within the scene and what it means to those involved, , to present the side of nightlife that people do not typically see; not the dancefloor, not the flashing lights or dazed crowds, but the bar staff, the promoters, the artists, the managers and the venue owners, the very people who create and provide this culture. To these people club culture is not just about getting lost in the night; it’s about music, art and passion, it’s a job and a way of life. I dedicate my film to those incessant nights, those raves that truly challenge the body’s endurance, a nod to the perpetual rhythm of the beat, the night, the weekend that never ends, the culture that endures, that survives and thrives in each of us who submit to the music. The film examines the imminent fate of south London venue Corsica Studios, a 2 room, 550 capacity, 18-year-old venue that has now found itself amongst the long-awaited redevelopment of Elephant & Castle.
The intention is to take the viewer through the venue and invite them to share experiential moments within it in order to gain an insight of the inner workings of the venue while simultaneously creating an empathetic relationship between the viewer and the subjects. I wanted the viewer to feel like they knew these people, like they belong, even for a moment, in order to be able to understand the importance in these venues and the urgency in my cause. The film evidences newly enacted policies affecting the scene and proves them to be insufficient in club' struggles in the fight for space within the city.