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Ian Bourn
In Lenny's Documentary (1978), Bourn as Lenny sits at his desk, in his den, surrounded by familiar objects, his props.

An opening caption reads '11pm Leytonstone'. Lenny whistles, picks up beer cans, searches his pockets, leans back and lights a cigarette then riffles through his script, mumbling and humming, then writes 'Gateway to the East'. Another inter-title caption reads '5 minutes later': Lenny's still sitting there, confident, fiddling with a tape recorder, smoking, muttering inaudibly. Then he erupts, cursing 'You're a cunt. I'm talking to you - oi, you're a cunt'. Lenny is looking to one side, off-screen. Maybe he's talking to a mirrored image of himself, like Travis Bickle in Taxi Driver, or maybe he's remembering being slung out of the pub for obnoxious behaviour. Two inter-titles later Lenny gets underway, 'Who better to talk about Leytonstone than Lenny? Take it away Lenny - What can I say that hasn't already been said? Er that's not it. Cut.'

Lenny is a fictitious character. As Bourn himself has written 'a mixture of all the friends I hung about with and people I met on the streets of Leytonstone. But he was also a possible version of myself, expressing things I'd never been able to before. The objectivity it allowed me meant I could mix humour and seriousness in what was an incredibly bleak vision of the world.' Lenny struggles to articulate but he's never lost for words, they pour out of him in stream-of-consciousness fashion, like a Samuel Beckett character: he must go on saying what he means, whilst making meanings of what's in his head.

Lenny's head-and-shoulder image is that of television's authoritative factual-programme presenter - he is after all an authority on Leytonstone and its environs.

Still from Lenny's Documentary by Ian Bourn, 1978
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