The Real Eastenders


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.

WINNER Debut Director Award - Edinburgh TV Festival's New Voice Awards

“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