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The Games

by Optimistic

created by. Film is by Hilary Powell with Dan edelstyn of Optimistic Productions

Made in late February 2007 ?The Games? is a 15 minute film that involves staging a condensed and surreal Olympic games amid the East London sites of the future 2012 Olympic Park, poised on the brink of total transformation.

Through a guerrilla choreography and scenography (collaboration on set design with The Office for Subversive Architecture) strange Olympian sporting activities take over an area filled with junk and rubble, factories, allotments, construction workers and multiple communities. A commentary guides the way through these Olympic Games - from a diminutive torchbearer?s arrival in derelict streets to a final award ceremony. ?The Games? harks to the post war 1948 Olympics, echoing the ?making do? and ?getting by? attitude and celebrating the classic British underdog making it against the odds.

Hilary Powell?s film ?The Games? was produced by Optimistic Productions ( and co-commissioned by Urbis (

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