In case you hadn’t noticed, Idris Elba has perfected the art of plate spinning. The Hackney-born actor is in a state of constant dabble, balancing several projects on the go at once. First off, there’s perceptible industry murmurs that he’s next in line to take on the bow tie-wearing, martini-swigging role of Bond. This year, he also launched his new record label 7Wallace Music; and now, his directorial debut, Yardie, is set for release this month.
An adaptation of Victor Headley’s cult novel, Yardie, goes into the seedy underbelly of 80s Hackney in this tale of retribution. And to celebrate its release, film distribution company StudioCanal has teamed up with east London charity, The Autograph Archive, for a free exhibition at Hackney Picturehouse.
The series includes photos of Britain’s black communities in the 70s and early 80s. A man balancing on gargantuan speakers. Women at a beauty pageant. A barber in Hammersmith.
Back in the Day: The Autograph Archive x Yardie will run between 18 August – 2 September 2018 at Hackney Picturehouse. Yardie comes to cinemas on 31 August