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Free screening of Olympic Park artist’s film

  • Date: 6 March 2012
  • Area: London

Twelve Seventy, a film created by the Olympic Park’s Artist in Residence, which pays tribute to the contribution of local people in delivering the London 2012 Games, shows in Plaistow this week.

Screenings will be 7-9 March at 6.30-7.30pm each evening, with light refreshments and an introduction by Neville Gabie. To book your free tickets, email .

The Arts Council-funded piece gives a personal insight into the ordinary jobs that are as much a part of the story of the Games as the athletes competing and shows an onsite bus driver swimming the length of her 1.3km route in the Aquatics Centre.

Olympic Park Artist in Residence Neville Gabie researched and made the film as part of a series of commissioned works during a 15 month residency on the site that is being supported by the Arts Council England and the Olympic Delivery Authority. Gabie filmed Semina (Sam) Yousef - one of a team of 30 bus drivers on the Olympic Park - swimming the distance of her 1,270-metre route in the 17,500-capacity venue. The distance is equivalent to more than 25 lengths of the 50 metre pool.

Neville was appointed as the Artist in Residence for the Olympic Delivery Authority in October 2010. His appointment is recognition of the work he has made as temporary installations, photography and film throughout his career in responding to specific places and locations, particularly in relation to urban regeneration.

Gabie said:

'As just one of the thousands of individuals with their own life stories and reasons for working on the Olympic Park, Sam’s story gives us a snapshot of some of these characters; those people who have all played a part in its creation. They are some of the best known faces of the Olympic Park during construction, the first people you see on entering the site and the last before leaving.'

Moira Sinclair, London Executive Director of Arts Council England, said:

'This summer we will see elite, almost superhuman, athletes performing on a world stage in London. Neville’s work captures the people that will make all this possible; the cornerstones of great Olympic feats that don’t make the headlines. 2012 is a celebration of sport, culture and London – but also of Londoners who make it the great city that it is.'

Twelve Seventy will be screened for free during March at the Newham Leisure Centre where Sam Yousef is a regular swimmer.

Screenings will be 7-9 March at 6.30-7.30pm each evening, with light refreshments and an introduction by Neville Gabie. To book your free tickets, email  .