LONDON LOCKS: Politics in Style

LONDON LOCKS is one of those films that makes me want to shout ‘THERESA MAY NOTHING YOU SAY MAKES SENSE, YOU DON’T SEEM TO HAVE ANY PERSPECTIVE ON ANYTHING, YOU NEED TO WATCH THIS FILM AND MANY OTHERS’ at a newspaper.

It’s a short film about people with dreadlocks in London. It sounds menial but, like most things, it’s the ordinary expressions of everyday human activity that show us the most essential things. Things like: structural racism, the fallout of multiculturalism, and, most crucially, logic and simplicity.

Logic and simplicity. Things entirely missing from British politics, and things so blindingly obvious when you watch a short film with a bunch of Londoners talking about their experience of growing up in their city with something as threatening, violent and aggressive as!!!!!………..their hair.

LONDON LOCKS is very political. It’s very enjoyable. It’s energising, like walking through any of our wonderful markets on a Sunday morning and just enjoying being in the throng of human activity without buying a single thing. It’s eye-opening, too: I can’t imagine being told I couldn’t have the hairstyle I wanted at school and not understanding the reason. But this is not an extraordinary thing. It’s largely accepted as normal.

There’s so little normal left about any of our structures. It’s honestly a wonder to me that we all don’t wander around the streets, dazed and confused, trying to comprehend what’s happening and why everything is over-complicated, unable to think straight, experiencing nothing but anger and confusion interspersed with fast thrills to soothe the pain.

But the fact is, filmmakers like Aaron Christian and many others, and all the subjects of his film, are making an effort to give people the clear, concise perspectives they so desperately search for. See this film, and share it.

London Locks from Aaron Christian on Vimeo.

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