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Nicky Hamlyn
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The work of Raban and Smith can be categorised as documentary.

However, what distinguishes them from familiar TV fare is the intensity of observation, and the detailed picture of the texture of urban existence that emerges.

This is a result of filmmakers making work in and of their own locale: in places (as opposed to locations) with which they are intimately familiar. (Although Rhodes' films and videotapes are not documentary in the same way, she too lives and works in east London, parts of which appear in her work).

These films, then, offer a much more acute and intensively observed experience of their setting, than an equivalent TV documentary would. As such, they encourage a more critical engagement on the part of the viewer, who is invited to compare them, as putative documentaries, with their broadcast equivalents.

Still from Island Race by William Raban, 1996
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