Mike Pollitt | Thursday 27 September, 2012 11:57
Si Mitchell’s 10 minute documentary about the Tottenham Outrage, an anarchist murder which shocked Edwardian London, is superb. Talking corpses, blood-spattered maps, dodgy Latvian accents and a narrator wandering in and out of chase scenes…this is a visual style which really, as they say, brings history to life.
Wikipedia has a full run down of the story behind the film. I excerpt the introduction below:
“The Tottenham Outrage is the name given to an armed robbery and double murder which took place in Tottenham, Middlesex and Walthamstow, Essex, on 23 January 1909, which was carried out by two anarchists Paul Helfeld and Jacob Lepidus both Jewish immigrants from the Russian Empire. The “Outrage” became a cause célèbre in Edwardian London, with the route of the murdered policeman’s funeral cortège being lined by a crowd of half a million people. The event led to the creation of the King’s Police Medal, to reward the gallantry of the police officers involved. It also reinforced a feeling of xenophobia, fear of immigrants, and anti-Semitism.”
City history: English Heritage’s round up of London’s newest listed buildings
Profile: Stratford filmmaker Winstan Whitter
Sketch: Dr Richard Barnett’s Sick City Project – London’s history of death and medicine
Some popular articles from past years
- Only 16 commuters touch in to Emirates Air Line, figures reveal
- Punk brewery just as sexist and homophobic as the industry they rail against
- Could red kites be London's next big nature success story?
- A unique collection of photos of Edwardian Londoners
- An interview with Desiree Akhavan
- Silencing the Brick Lane curry touts could be fatal for the city's self-esteem
- London has chosen its mayor, but why can’t it choose its own media?
- The five spookiest abandoned London hospitals
- Hope and despair in Woolwich town centre
- Nice Interactive timeline lets you follow Londoners' historic fight against racism
© 2009-2021 Everywhen Ltd.