The Real Eastenders
SHOOTING PRODUCER/ DIRECTOR (1x60 mins’) ACME FILMS for CHANNEL 4
In the heart of London’s East End, the docks of the Isle of Dogs were once the beating heart of Empire. Now the docks are long-gone, but the old ways of life carry on for these Real Eastenders, many of whom trace their Island roots back six generations.
Filmed over Summer 2019, first time director Ashley Francis-Roy presents the world as seen by children growing up on the Island’s council estates.
With narration and original music by local singer songwriter Hak Baker, this moving film finds the innocence of childhood alive and well in the least expected of places.
I have been nominated for the Debut Director Award by Edinburgh TV Festival's New Voice Awards for my debut film The Real Eastenders
“An engaging combination of stark reality and lightly mythologised history, Ashley Francis-Roy’s documentary is humane and insightful.
Moving without being sentimental, funny without being crass, it’s a revealing glimpse of a vanishing world... this deserves a series. ”
— Gabriel Tate - The Telegraph
“A vivid portrait of a generation facing an uncertain future.”
— Alison Graham, Radio Times
“A moving look at childhood innocence”
— TV Times
Commissioning Editor: Rita Daniels
Music and Narration by: Hak Baker
Production Company: Acme Films
Production Team: Raphael D’Cruz, Paulina Galon, Sobia Khan
Junior Researcher: Natasha Turner Wray
Drone Operator: Will Davies
Production Accountant : Rodney Brooks
Head of Production : Sacha Whitmarsh
Junior Production Manager : Emma Garvie
Assistant Producer: Jessicah North
Editor: Chris Nicholls
Senior Producer: Evie Buckley
Executive Producers: Jaimie D’Cruz, Jonathan Smith
Filmed, Produced and Directed by: Ashley Francis-Roy