Fits and Starts of Restlessness

Fits and Starts of Restlessness, has its first screening at the Dickens 200th Birthday Event, this Tuesday, 7 February 2012, NFT 1, at BFI Southbank, London.

The title is taken from Dickens’ essay Night Walks, and his description of London has having “expiring fits and starts of restlessness”. The film takes its own night ‘walk’ and traces the path of the lost Fleet River, through the night time streets of Saffron Hill – once the site of a notorious rookery – and where Dickens located Fagin’s den in Oliver Twist.

The film is made in collaboration with Dr Heather Shore, drawing on the research for her book Artful Dodgers: Youth and Crime in early Nineteen- century London.

It is a Film London commission, as part of Dickens 2012, an international celebration of the life and work of Charles Dickens.


Voices: Ron Moody, Jennifer Lewin, Frank Prosper, Ruby Wild, Mark Williams
Producer: Tracy Bass
Cinematographer: Martin (Teddy) Testar
Sound recording and Design: Brendan Crehan


Esther Baker, Synergy Theatre Workshop
Cathy Weatherald, Cardboard Citizens
Shira Macleod, Riverside Studios Cinema
Mick Bagnall, City of London Corporation Film Office

For Film London: Josic Cadoret, Kevin Dolan, Maggie Ellis
Made with the support of Film London, BFI, The National Lottery and Skillset