inHouse Film Festival

inHouse Film Festival

A good, creative community can be hard to come by in London. In a city so vast and full of talent, it can be hard to get your voice heard, and as a result, a lot of artisans go unnoticed. Last weekend, residents of the Haringey Warehouses invited folk to their neck of the woods to join them to showcase the creative force that has long time been brewing amongst them. InHouse was a four-day festival that celebrated an exciting spectrum of talents, including film, fashion and music. With days dedicated to each, plus a Wednesday night launch event, it became apparent that these people form one of the greatest communities that nobody has ever heard of.

Kicking things off with the launch, the event was primarily held in the eXfed building down near Manor House. The space was fantastic, and characterfully adorned with furnishings, props and artwork belonging to the residents. One of my favourite features being a giant gold bar, which served reasonably priced drinks and stood perpendicular to ‘Bean and Gone’, a fantastic coffee stand, and ‘Glazed and Confused’, which served the most incredible selection of donuts you ever did see.

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Photo: Selina Mayer

There was a lot to take in, but the first major event that grabbed my attention was ‘Rolling Visual Audio’; a team of musicians, sound mixers and artists collaborating in a hypnotic performance where three painters put vibrant visuals to the soundscape being produced behind them. It was completely beyond me how such a spectacle would come about, but this style of innovation proved to be very common over the course of the weekend.

Talent and skill within the community was incredibly diverse. The evening that followed was the fashion event; with a full show dedicated to designers from the warehouses. And if that wasn’t enough, there were fashion film screenings either end of the show, and around the space were works of local photographers. Friday night’s music show was another perfect example of the level of diversity we’re talking about. YEWS, YuYa and Ziaflow performed in succession, and each were as contrasting as you could ask for; synth pop going into explosive folk and ending in a vocal layering act. No two acts were the same and the ever-changing shift in atmosphere kept everyone engaged in the action.

inHouse Film Festival

Photo: Selina Mayer

What did remain consistent was the great sense of community. The whole event was built virtually on no money, and using the skills and resources of everyone available. This was a real no-gloss show, and ran incredibly smoothly, considering that this is the first year that it’s run. The collective force that went into this production was immense, and gives a voice to these practitioners that may not have been given the opportunity elsewhere. And despite being so tight-knit, everyone involved was fully welcoming and grateful that you’d come to see the show. With such a flow of positive and creative energy, it’s really no wonder that the talent in the warehouse scene is as rich as it is.